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Written answers

Monday, 17 October 2005

  • Cabinet Office

    • European Contractors

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

    • Advisory Committee on Business Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list senior civil servants whose move to the private sector was vetted by the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments in (a) 2004...

      Hampton Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on progresstowards amalgamating 31 inspection agencies, consequent upon the recommendations of the Hampton Review; and...

      Recycled Tyres

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what percentage of the tyres from the Government car service were recycled in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a...

      Volunteering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many volunteering positions his Department has offered in each of the last five years.

      Wyre Estuary (Gas Storage)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what discussions the Duchy has had with (a) Canatxx UK Ltd. and (b) associate companies regarding the granting of mineral working rights for gas...

  • Defence

    • Future Rapid Effect System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last discussed the future rapid effect system with the chief of defence procurement.

    • Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the running costs of the Trident submarine fleet were in 2004–05.

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many submarines are in service in the Royal Navy; and how many there were in each of the last five years.

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with the US Administration regarding (i) an extension to the service life of US Ohio-class...

      Royal Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last discussed the state of the RAF with the Chief of Air Staff.

      Royal Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to ensure that the pensions of employees at RAF Cosford are protected as part of the defence training review.

      Royal Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of (a) families and (b) organisations with an interest in RAF Innsworth under the Crichel Down Rules relating to...

      Land Disposals (Vale of Clwyd)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what Ministry of Defence land and assets in the Vale of Clwyd he has recently disposed of; and what further plans he has to dispose of land and assets in...

      The Balkans

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

      Anglo-Russian Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what developments there have been in relations between Anglo-Russian defence establishments since the awarding of Russian medals to UK submariners.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his recent visit to British forces in Afghanistan.

      Initiators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future security of supply of initiators currently produced at Royal Ordnance, Chorley.

      Force Deployments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last discussed with the Chief of the Defence Staff the availability and preparedness of the armed forces for sustained deployments.

      Force Deployments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of the UK armed forces are (a) deployed on and (b) recuperating from operations.

      Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the backlog of applications is for (a) Suez campaign and (b) Op Telic 1 medals.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the vote on the constitution on the security situation in Iraq.

      Peace-building Capabilities (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role his Department is playing in strengthening African peace-building capabilities.

      Veterans Awareness Weeks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has for Veterans Awareness Weeks.

      Air Support Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which British air support units are based in Mazar-e Sharif.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what monitoring of UN human rights recommendations relating to aid provided by his Department to Colombia is undertaken; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what land and property is in the possession of his Department in East Belfast; and on what terms in each case.

      DML

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the deficiencies in project management at DML, identified by his Department in 1996, have been completely rectified; and if he will make a statement.

      Fixed Wing Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many operational fixed wing aircraft there are in the Royal Air Force, broken down by type.

      Fleet Auxiliary Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last assessed the needs of the Royal Navy for fleet auxiliary support; what the (a) provision and (b) demand were assessed to be; and what...

      Military Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the self-provision of equipment by HM forces to make good deficiencies.

      US Missile Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what requests the Government have received from the US Missile Defence Agency since 2001; how many were related to ground-based interceptors; and if he...

  • Prime Minister

    • Air Miles

      To ask the Prime Minister how many air miles were accrued through his official travel in 2004–05; how many were (a) foregone and (b) donated to charity, broken down by charity; and whether...

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Prime Minister what the outcome was of his discussions with the Indian Government on climate change, with particular reference to the position of the US Administration.

      India/China Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list (a) Ministers and (b) officials who accompanied him on his recent visits to (i) India and (ii) China.

      Lord Birt

      To ask the Prime Minister what (a) personal attributes and (b) relevant experience of Lord Birt led him to put Lord Birt forward for the position of head of Urenco.

      Lord Birt

      To ask the Prime Minister what mechanisms were in place to ensure Lord Birt did not have access to papers on Government policy where there may have been a conflict of interest with his role for...

      No. 10 Downing Street

      To ask the Prime Minister what works are planned for renovating 10 Downing street; and what the estimated costs are.

      No. 10 Downing Street

      To ask the Prime Minister what the total cost was of the recent alterations to the main entrance gates to Downing street.

      Tibet

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he raised the issue of Tibet on his recent visit to China; and if he will make a statement.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Husbandry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what regulations apply to the minimum time which must elapse between a calf being born and being removed from its mother.

    • Animal Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) wild animals and (b) products made from animals, illegally traded on the internet she estimates have been...

      Animal Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action the Government are taking (a) domestically and (b) internationally to prevent the illegal trade in (i) wild...

      Animal Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the draft Animal Welfare Bill will include provisions to prohibit the sale of (a) wild animals and (b) products made...

      Animal Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Scottish Executive regarding imposition of maximum journey times for the export...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to issue a direction that poultry should be kept indoors in order to mitigate the threat of an avian...

      Battle Area Community Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to continue Government funding for the Battle Area Community Transport scheme in East Sussex.

      Battle Area Community Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the representations she has received regarding future Government funding for Battle Area Community Transport...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 July 2005, Official Report, column 949W, on bovine TB, for what reasons her Department does not...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to make a statement on the Government's plans to deal with the incidence of bovine TB.

      BSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Food Standards Agency on the reliability of a test for BSE in cattle that are over 30...

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she has taken to provide a description of the Department's estate, including (a) executive agencies, (b) staff...

      Endangered Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the factors which underlie the change in the number of gross imports of Convention on...

      Endangered Species

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will set up a hotline to facilitate reporting of alleged offences under the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species.

      International Whaling Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will encourage further countries to join the International Whaling Commission.

      Live Animal Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will impose eight hours as the maximum journey time in relation to the export of live animals.

      Marsh Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to implement the recommendations of the Marsh Report; and if she will make a statement.

      Native Amphibians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list native amphibians classified as (a) critically endangered, (b) endangered and (c) vulnerable; and what...

      Native Amphibians

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the risk posed to native amphibians by the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis; and if she...

      Poultry Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy to ban the use of battery cages for the breeding of (a) pheasants and (b) partridges.

      Poultry Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what provisions are in place to protect the welfare of ducks reared for food; whether rearing practices will be included in...

      Poultry Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the use of battery cages to hold pheasants and partridges; and what plans she has to improve...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has (a) to increase recycling targets and (b) to provide targets for increased recycling for local authorities...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to encourage local councils to increase the volume and proportion of commercial waste which is...

      Tap Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent research her Department has carried out on the levels of (a) female contraceptive residues and (b) farm animal...

      Waste Recovery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress she has made towards meeting the Government's targets for waste recovery set in 2004.

      Wild Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate of the (a) sparrow and (b) buzzard population has been in each of the last five years.

      Wild Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will ban the importation of wild caught birds.

  • Transport

    • A1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action he is taking to tackle congestion on the A1 in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.

    • A1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) road accidents and (b) road fatalities there have been on the A1 (i) in Tyne and Wear and (ii) Northumberland in each of the last 10 years.

      A14 (Junction 7)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the ability of junction 7 of the A14 to cope with the traffic demands of housing expansion in and around Kettering up to...

      Cambridge Guided Bus Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to announce his decision on the Cambridge Guided Bus scheme.

      Cambridge Guided Bus Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to publish the inspector's report on the Cambridge Guided Bus scheme.

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average carbon dioxide emissions per air passenger was in each year since 1990.

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the annual carbon dioxide emissions from the transport sector were in each year since 2000; and what measures he has in place to reduce these.

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what methods his Department uses to assess the global environmental impact, including possible effects on meeting climate change targets, of proposals...

      Corby Link Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will fund the construction of the proposed new Corby link road between the A6003 and Corby as a dual carriageway.

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what legislation requires the compulsory renewal of driving licences at the age of 70; and if he will make a statement.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many meetings of the (a) EU Committee on application of the legislation on access to the groundhandling market at Community airports, (b) EU...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what position the Government are advocating with EU partners in respect of the inclusion within the EU emissions trading scheme of non-EU aircraft...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if his Department will delay an increase in airport runway capacity at Stansted airport until such time as the aviation industry is fully included in a...

      Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to respond to the recent consultation on the conspicuity of heavy goods vehicles.

      Infrastructure Development (Bournemouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on his plans to develop transport infrastructure in the Bournemouth area.

      London Hackney Carriages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will set out what regulations restrict Hackney carriages outside London from picking up passengers when flagged down on the street.

      Maritime Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many ships were detained in each British port by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency due to (a) sub-standard conditions and (b) breaches in safety...

      Midland Mainline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the level of subsidy to Midland Mainline has been in each year since the first franchise was awarded; and what estimate has been made of the level...

      Midland Mainline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to increase the rail capacity on Midland Mainline to take account of population growth in Kettering under the Sustainable Communities...

      Public Transport (East Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total Government spending on public transport schemes in East Sussex has been in each year since 1997.

      Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of the expenditure on stations announced by Network Rail on 10 October 2005 is to be spent outside London.

      Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made with the feasibility study on a possible renewable transport fuel obligation; and if he will make a statement.

      Road Safety (Mobile Telephones)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much funding has been allocated to dissuading motorists from using hand-held mobile telephones while driving; (2) what road safety campaigns...

      Road Safety Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what national advertising campaigns relating to (a) reducing speed and (b) drink driving there have been in each of the last five years.

      Stansted Airport Expansion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transportwhat assessment he has made of the possible impact of (a) changes in the cost of aviation fuel and (b) public attitudes to the environmental impact of...

      Yellow School Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made with encouraging the use of yellow school buses as a means of reducing traffic congestion.

  • Education and Skills

    • Adoptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will assess the impact of the post-adoption support rules on access of adopted children and their parents to social services.

    • Adoptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the co-ordination of support services for adopted children with psychological and behavioural difficulties.

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the impact on the number of adult education courses of the recent change to the funding regime for the...

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students have participated (a) in adult education courses and (b) in courses for people with learning disabilities in further...

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students with learning disabilities have enrolled in adult education courses in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      After-school Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether she plans to run pilot schemes for Children First clubs as part of the Department's plans for provision for children out of school...

      Cafcass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding has been allocated for the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service computer system in each year since its foundation.

      Cafcass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding has been given to Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service in each of the last five years; and how much is...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall, North of 30 August regarding a constituent.

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the latest estimate is of underspend by her Department (a) in cash terms and (b) as a percentage of departmental budget for financial...

      Further Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what factors were taken into account in making the decision to reduce the annual cash growth allocated to the further education sector for...

      Graduate Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of (a) graduates and (b) graduates from ethnic minorities were employed within (i) six months, (ii) one year and (iii) two...

      Langlands Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects to announce the Government's response to Sir Alan Langlands' Gateways to the Professions report.

      PhD Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of PhD students in the UK emigrated to work abroad following the completion of their degree in the last period for which...

      Post-16 Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people (a) participated in further education and (b) were categorised as not in education, employment or training in each of...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of prisoners completed an educational course at a single facility in each of the last five years.

      Special Needs Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent, as a proportion of total budget, by Essex local education authority on special needs education in each of the last seven...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether mature students are eligible for financial support in undertaking a five-year degree in medicine.

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the exclusion of graduate students from tuition fee deferment on the graduate student...

  • Home Department

    • ASBOs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were issued in North Yorkshire in each of the last three years.

    • Bruche Police Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what value was placed on the land and buildings at Bruche Police Training Centre prior to their transfer to Centrex.

      Bruche Police Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions have been held with Centrex about the future use of the site of the police training centre at Bruche.

      Compact Mediation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of the compact mediation scheme in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many complaints it...

      Compact Mediation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the aims are of the compact mediation scheme.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many consultants are employed by his Department to advise on (a) police force numbers and (b) the reorganisation of police authorities.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on current levels of (a) violent crime, (b) car crime, (c) sexual crime, (d) burglary and (e) robbery in...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on current detection rates of (a) violent crime, (b) car crime, (c) sexual crime, (d) burglary and (e) robbery in...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State forthe Home Department if he will make a statement on (a) levels and (b) detection rates of (i) violent crime, (ii) sexual crime, (iii) car crime, (iv) robbery and...

      Criminal Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the recommendation regarding disclosure made by Lord Justice Auld in his review of the criminal courts report has been implemented.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the value of the illegal drugs trade in 2004–05, broken down by (a) London borough and (b) police...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of progress towards the target of halving drug use, stated in Tackling Drugs to build a Better Britain.

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of 999 calls received in London were considered unnecessary in each year since 1997.

      Environmental Sustainability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on his Department's Sustainable Development Strategy.

      General Almog

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department was informed of the issuing by Bow Street magistrates of an arrest warrant against General Almog.

      Group 4

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

      Gypsies/Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the (a) documents and (b) guidance that his Department has published relating to Gypsies and Travellers since 1997.

      Jury Trial

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on consultation undertaken regarding the appropriateness of jury trial for all cases.

      Laptop Computers

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

      Management Consultants

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

      Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of Statefor the Home Department what estimate he has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by...

      Offences Against the Person Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the tariff range of sentence for those convicted under (a) section 18 and (b) section 20 of the Offences Against the Person Act...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the implications are of the award of the 2012 Olympic games to London for the (a) workload and (b) staffing levels of his Department.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of prison sentences handed down in (a) 1992, (b) 1997, (c) 2001 and (d) 2004 were for (i) six months or less, (ii) three...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance has been given by the prison service on the control, management and treatment of prisoners with severe personality disorders...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total amount of criminal assets recovered in (a) Northumbria and (b) England and Wales was in each year since the initiative to...

      Proceeds of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money has been seized as a result of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in each year since its commencement, broken down by (a)...

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) investigations into and (b) successful prosecutions for rape in London there were in each year since 1997.

      Russell Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of the Russell Commission report; and if he will make a statement.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to tackle sexual offences.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases suspects detained under the Terrorism Act 2000 (Schedule 8 as amended by section 306 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003) have...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) detained, (b) released and (c) charged within the first seven days of arrest under the Terrorism Act 2000...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases suspects detained under the Terrorism Act 2000 (Schedule 8, as amended by section 306 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003)...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been detained for more than seven days under the Terrorism Act 2000 (Schedule 8, as amended by section 306 of the...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received on the likely impact of the draft Terrorism Bill on civil liberties; and what response he has made.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research his Department undertook in relation to the draft Terrorism Bill on the merits of extending the period permissible before...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the HomeDepartment what assessment he has made of the compatibility of (a) sections one to three, (b) sections 17 and 18, (c) section 19 and (d) section 20 of...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests, (b) charges and (c) convictions were made for terrorist-related offences after a warrant had been executed under (i)...

      Timber

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

      Watermark Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the sites in his Department which are included in the Watermark project.

      West Mercia Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much West Mercia police has received from his Department's rural policing fund.

      Wheel Clamping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the regulation and licensing of the wheel clamping industry.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the merits of promoting sporting participation as a way of reducing crime among young offenders; and if he...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of (a) copying paper and (b) paper for printed publications used by the Department in (i) 2003–04 and (ii)...

    • Departmental Stationery

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

      Departmental Stationery

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

      Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the Department's main suppliers of (a) copier paper, (b) stationery, (c) envelopes and (d) paper for reports; in each...

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people have switched from analogue to digital television services in each year since 1999.

      Gambling Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the timetable is for the publication of (a) secondary legislation and (b) guidance in relation to the Gambling Act 2005.

      Gambling Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans the Government have to change the number of (a) small, (b) large and (c) regional casino licences to be allowed under the...

      Gambling Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate (a) her Department, (b) the Gambling Commission and (c) the Gaming Board have made of the anticipated average floor size...

      Gambling Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what estimate the Government has made of the change in the number of adult gamingcentres as a consequence of the Gambling Act...

      Gambling Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what role the English regional chambers will play in the allocation of casino licences under the Gambling Act 2005.

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make it her policy to return the responsibility for the issue of licences for the sale of alcoholic beverages to...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received requesting a review of the proposed changes in the licensing laws; what response she has made; and...

      London Bombings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact of the London bombings of 7 and 21 July 2005 on tourism in (a) London and (b) England; and if...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what she estimates the additional levy on London council tax bills to fund the Olympics will be; and what the proposed (a) commencement...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the revenue to be generated each year from additional levy to be charged on London council tax bills to...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the transport infrastructure needs associated with hosting the 2012 Olympic Games; and if she will make...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for how many years the Olympics council tax supplement will be levied on London council tax bills; and what the estimated supplement is...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much is planned to be raised from the Olympics council tax supplement on London council tax payers.

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what weight will be given to the environmental record of prospective bidders in determining tenders for work in connection with the...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture,Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the likely impact of the 2012 Olympic Games on the Tooting constituency; and if she will make a statement.

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture,Media and Sport what commitments she has made in respect of Government funding to support delivery of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics games.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the national lottery operator has paid to the National Lottery Commission in licence fees in each year since 1994.

      National Sports Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what arrangements have been put in place for (a) the For Sport Consortia, (b) the British Olympic Association and (c) other sports to...

      National Sports Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who will chair the National Sports Foundation; and what the senior management structure will be.

      Test Cricket

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will put cricket test matches on the A-list of sporting events.

      TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will reduce the television licence fee for students sharing accommodation in halls of residence; and if she will make a statement.

      TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how much has been spent on advertising and promotion of television licences in each of the last five years for which records are...

  • Treasury

    • Air Miles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many air miles were accrued through ministerial travel in his Department in 2004–05, broken down by Minister; how many were (a) foregone and (b)...

    • Aviation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has examined the impact of (a) the aviation tax in the Netherlands and (b) aviation taxes elsewhere in his examination of the options for...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to vary levels of excise duty on biofuels.

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on the level of the climate change levy.

      Controlled Oil

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many registered dealers of controlled oil thereare in (a) the UK, (b) England and Wales and (c) Scotland; (2) how many registered dealers of...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has met the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions since May 2005 to discuss the Financial Assistance Scheme.

      Fiscal Deficit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the level of fiscal deficit in the current financial year.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to aggregate earnings where people are doing more than one job and earning less than the lower earnings limit for national insurance...

      NHS Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the NHS trusts which owe sums in respect of PAYE and national insurance contributions relating to August or earlier to HM Revenue and...

      NHS Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total sum outstanding from NHS trusts to HM Revenue and Customs is in respect of PAYE and national insurance contributions deducted which relate to...

      Online Tax Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what target time has been set by HM Revenue and Customs to process online tax returns for the main categories of taxpayers; and what the (a) average and (b)...

      Scottish Charity Title Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what guidance his Department issues to the staff of the Scottish Charity Title Unit to assist them in determining whether a body can be deemed to be...

      Self-Assessment Tax Returns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average cost of administering a self-assessment tax return in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Self-Assessment Tax Returns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many UK PAYE taxpayers receive a notice of coding from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs but do not receive a self-assessment return.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the difficulties experienced by solicitors and homeowners with the scanning of stamp duty land tax forms at Her Majesty's...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are in receipt of child tax credit.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the Treasury of administering child tax credit was in each year since itwas established.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the extent of in-year tax credit overpayment in Scotland, broken down by (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority.

      Tax Credits

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

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many cases the automatic recovery of tax credit overpayment has been suspended while a dispute between the claimant and HM Revenue and Customs is...

  • International Development

    • Access to Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what intermediate goals his Department has set to judge its progress in contributing to the G8's commitment to achieving as close as...

    • European Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his policy towards linking good governance with the distribution of financing available under the 9th...

      Hurricane Katrina

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department has given the United States following Hurricane Katrina; and if he will make a statement.

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list consultancy companies which the Department has used in drawing up tourism strategies for the Island ofSt. Helena.

      United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when the Government (a) made representations to and (b) held discussions with (i) counterparts in other UN member states and (ii)at UN...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Disabled Access

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether the doorknobs in Portcullis House have been assessed as compliant with the Disability Discrimination...

    • Mail Screening

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the cost of screening mail outside the parliamentary estate was in the last period for which figures are...

      Portcullis House

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the cost has been of providing a window cleaning service in Portcullis House in each year since its...

      Security

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what action is being taken in response to the recent discovery of a non-passholder in an unauthorised...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the aid promised to Africa at the G8 summit will be used for the purposes for...

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Britishembassies have closed in Africa in the last 12 months.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps he is taking to stop human rights violations taking place in Burma; (2) what steps he is taking to bring the...

      Committee of the Regions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the process is for agreeing nominations to the Committee of the Regions; and whether the Government will reflect...

      Embassies/High Commissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further plans he has (a) to close, (b) to contract and (c) to expand embassies and high commissions.

      EU Travel Bans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list individuals subject to an EU travel ban whom he has met over the last three years.

      Extraordinary Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he received a letter from Martin Scheinin, a rapporteur for the UN Commission on Human Rights, regarding alleged British...

      Hong Kong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12th July 2005, Official Report, column 878W, on SirDonald Tsang, whether Sir Donald Tsang (a) has...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what formal representations have been made to the Government of Iraq concerning possible Iranian support for insurgents...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from Iraqi officials concerning possible Iranian involvement in the insurgency in Iraq; and...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date his officials in (a) Iraq and (b) London were first informed of reports that (i) Iranian and (ii) Hizbullah...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the UK Government's position is on whether the recent Israeli air strikes on Gaza and the resumption of targeted...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the legality of Israel's E1 plan outside Jerusalem and (b) its implications for progress with...

      Krishna Maharaj

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made on behalf of Krishna Maharaj; and if he will make a statement.

      Peru

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on the progress of judicial reform in Peru, with particular reference to the case of...

      Ricin Investigations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he received the report from Porton Down regarding the analysis of substances believed to be ricin found during...

      Royal Navy Patrol Boats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the Iranian Government to return the three Royal Navy patrol boats seized in 2004.

      Tibetan Students (China)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Chinese Government have cancelled the passport of any student from Tibet granted a chemistry scholarship by his...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what acknowledgement has been (a) sought from and (b) made by the government of Turkey, in connection with the accession of that...

      Volunteering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many volunteering positions his Department has offered in each of the last five years.

      West Papua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of human rights abuses in West Papua.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans there are to provide a Province-wide autism strategy.

    • Big Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people work in the Big Lottery Fund for Northern Ireland.

      Breast Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his Answer of 4 July 2005, Official Report, column 191W, on breast screening, what percentage of women (a) with a disability and (b)...

      Cervical Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the percentage uptake rate was for cervical screening among women in each health board area in each of the last five years; and what the...

      Classrooms (Road Noise)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what guidelines are set for the maximum level of background road noise in (a) classrooms and (b) classrooms in schools with special needs.

      Criminal Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentage of criminal prosecutions in Northern Ireland resulted in a conviction in each of the past 10 years.

      Crosshill Quarry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what legislation was in place to control hazardous waste at Crosshill Quarry, Crumlin in the period from 25 November 2003 to 19 December 2003;...

      Electroconvulsive Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals have been treated with electroconvulsive therapy in the Province in each of the last 10 years.

      Electroconvulsive Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures are used in Northern Ireland hospitals to establish consent from a patient for electroconvulsive therapy.

      Fire Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new members have been appointed to the Fire Authority since May.

      Fire Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the Fire Authority to be reconstituted.

      Firearm Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) firearm certificates were held, (b) new applications for firearm certificates were granted and (c) firearm certificates were...

      Foster Care

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

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many full-time general practitioners are employed in the Province; and how many there were (a) five and (b) 10 years ago.

      Health Service Administrators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many administrators were employed within the health service in Northern Ireland in the last year for which figures are available.

      Health Service Administrators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many administrators were employed within the health service in the Province in June 1997.

      Health Service Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the cost to the health service in the Province in the last 12 months of the failure by patients to return equipment...

      Hospital Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many managers within the Ulster Community and Hospitals Trust are (a) Protestant and (b) Roman Catholic.

      Hospital Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total number of hospital treatments was in Northern Ireland in 2001.

      Hospital Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many hospital treatments there were in Northern Ireland during the last 12 months.

      Hospital Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total number of hospital treatments in the Province was in 1999.

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of (a) Clostridium difficile and (b) Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia have been reported (i) at each hospital and (ii) within...

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidents of (a) hospital acquired and (b) other healthcare acquired infections there were in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      Maritime Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many emergency calls relating to people having difficulty at sea around the coastline of Northern Ireland there have been in each of the...

      Medical Notes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland at what locations, apart from hospitals, hospital medical notes are stored in Northern Ireland.

      Missed Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the number of missed appointments at GP surgeries in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many multiple sclerosis sufferers in the Province are waiting to commence treatment with beta interferon or glatiramer, broken down by...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many multiple sclerosis patients in the Province were waiting to commence treatment with beta interferon or glatiramer in each of the last...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many multiple sclerosis patients in the Province on the waiting list to commence treatment with beta interferon or glatiramer have been...

      Northern Ireland Events Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding has been allocated by the Northern Ireland Events Company in the last five years, broken down by (a) Westminster parliamentary...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new nurses have been appointed in the Province in each of the last five years.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate how many of the Province's qualified nurses have left the profession in each of the last 10 years.

      Occupational Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many occupational therapy vacancies there are within each health trust in the Province.

      Occupational Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new occupational therapists have been appointed in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many operations were performed in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.

      Physiotherapists

      To ask the Secretary of State forNorthern Ireland how many physiotherapists have been appointed in the Province in each of the last five years.

      Police Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make it his policy to bar people without terrorist convictions but against whom there is good intelligence of involvement with...

      School Crossing Patrol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement to the House on the Government's policy towards the provision of school crossing patrolmen/women at primary schools...

      School Crossing Patrol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether an education board is obliged to immediately replace a retiring school crossing patrolman/woman with a new patrolman/woman whenever...

      School Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what obligations school nurses in Northern Ireland are under to inform parents when they are approached by a 13-year-old schoolgirl seeking...

      Sexual Health Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what consultations have taken place with religious groups in relation to the development of the sexual health strategy.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of theimplications of the recent announcement by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission that the freedom to...

      Speech and Language Therapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new speech and language therapists have been appointed in the Province in each of the last five years.

      Speed Limits (Residential Zones)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many 20 mph residential zones are planned in Northern Ireland; and what the locations are of the planned zones; (2) how many 20 mph...

      Sports Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding has been allocated by the Sports Council in Northern Ireland over the last five years, broken down by (a) Westminster...

      Teriparitide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the availability of Teriparitide in Northern Ireland.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Commercial Court

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much funding the Treasury is providing for the improvement of the facilities at the commercial court.

    • Electoral Administration Bill

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will deposit in the Library copies of the responses received to her Department's consultation paper on the Electoral...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what investigations she has undertaken into whether the Data Protection Act 1998 is being used as a way of preventing...

      Graduated Fees

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent consultations she has had with the General Council of the Bar and the Law Society about the graduated fee payment...

      Legal Deposit Libraries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the Government have produced guidance on the effect of the Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003 on political parties and...

      Lyons Inquiry

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what guidance has been issued to the Lyons Inquiry into local government funding on whether the inquiry is a public authority...

      Marked Electoral Registers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how the fee payable for delivery of the marked elector register following the 2005 General Election is calculated for each...

      Marked Electoral Registers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list what representations and complaints her Department has received since the general election in relation to the...

      Opinion Surveys

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the (a) subject matter and (b) dates were of opinion survey research undertaken by the Department and its agencies in the...

      Postal Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many and what percentage of (a) votes cast in each constituency at the last general election were postal votes and (b)...

      Property Repossessions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many courtrepossessions of property there were in the last 15 years.

  • Work and Pensions

    • A Helping Hand for MPs"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the total cost was, including man hours of research, of the production of A Helping Hand for MPs by the Health and Safety Executive;...

    • Opportunity for All"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will publish the Opportunity for All report for 2005.

      Benefits Agency Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many independent companies have access to the Benefits Agency database; and if he will make a statement.

      Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value of the cold weather payment for senior citizens was in the winter of 2003–04; and what it is for 2005–06.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have claimed incapacity benefits in the Birkenhead area in each year since 1997.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on nursery and childcare support for employees of Jobcentre Plus.

      Outsourced Employment Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State forWork and Pensions (1) what the total management costs of each outsourced Government employment programme have been in each year since their creation; (2) what...

      Shop Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice he has received from the Health and Safety Commission on sickness and absence among retail shop workers; what assessment the...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of people in Houghton and Washington, East constituency were unemployed in each year since 1997; and what estimate...

  • Health

    • Alzheimer's

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions she has had with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on the NHS making available drugs to treat Alzheimer's...

    • Cancer Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many drugs have been in receipt of NHS funding without having been recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence appraisal...

      Death Certification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has for changing the arrangements for payments that doctors receive in addition to their normal salaries for filling out (a) the form to...

      Death Certification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many payments for completion of the cremation form have been given to doctors in each of the five years for which records are available.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the current average waiting time is from first appointment with a dentist to operation for a child in the Avon area whose tooth needs to be removed...

      Departmental Land/Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what target has been set by the Department for (a) land and (b) building disposals in Hampshire in the current financial year, broken down by site.

      Departmental Land/Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many properties her Department is paying rent for that are empty in (a) Brent East, (b) Brent and (c) London.

      Departmental Land/Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when her Department's property at 20 Willesden High Road was last in use; how much rent per month is being paid for the property; what plans her...

      Diagnosis Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has (a) made and (b) received of the productivity of diagnosis treatment centres.

      Doctor Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many qualified doctors in England are unemployed; and how many vacancies there are for newly qualified doctors in England.

      Drug Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps she is taking to speed up the drug appraisal process in England; (2) what steps her Department are taking to improve the efficiency of...

      Hospital Re-admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many emergency re-admissions of people there have been in each quarter since 2001; and how many were of people aged (a) 0 to 10, (b) 10 to 18, (c) 18...

      Hospital Re-admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rates of re-admission to hospitals were in (a) England and (b) Lancashire in each year since 1997.

      Hospital Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) consultants and (d) auxiliary staff have been victims of violence at work in the Brighton and Sussex University...

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Aylesbury (Mr. Lidington) of 27 June 2005, Official Report, columns 1344–45W, on Clostridium...

      IVF Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what action she plans to take in response to the decision by North Hampshire Primary Care Trust not to provide in vitro fertilisation treatment; (2)...

      Male Breast Reduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many male breast reduction operations were carried out in the last year for which figures are available.

      Medical Services (Dudley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department has allocated for (a) hospital services, (b) general practitioner services and (c) dental services in (i) Dudley North and (ii)...

      Methadone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the costs have been of prescribed methadone for each NHS trust in Greater London in each year since 2001.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place to improve the recruitment and retention of midwives in the NHS.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many MRSA infection cases there were in the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust area in each of the last five years for which figures...

      Myasthenia Gravis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the disease myasthenia gravis; and what plans she has to support those who are diagnosed with this disease.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhat the call capacity for NHS Direct has been in each year since it was established; and what the planned call capacity of NHS Direct is in each year...

      NHS Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reports she has received regarding prospective deficits in NHS trusts in Oxfordshire; andwhat action her Department has taken to address them.

      Nice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to speed up the appraisals of medicines and technologies undertaken by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

      North Bristol NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list each of the job titles of staff employed at North Bristol NHS Trust, together with the number of full-time equivalent staff employed in...

      Pregnancy (Low-lying Placenta)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment (a) she and (b) the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence have made of the merits of providing pregnant women at...

      Prescriptions (Pre-payment Certificates)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pre-payment certificates for prescriptions have been issued in London in each of the last 12 months.

      Pressure Sores

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of progress against the NHS targets of a 5 per cent. reduction in incidence of pressure sores per annum; what figures she has...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the financial outturn for each primary care trust in England was in 2004–05; and if she will make a statement.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many primary care trusts that inherited deficits of (a) £1 million to £1.999 million, (b) £2 million to £2.999 million, (c)...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total funding of primary care organisations has been in each year since 2001, broken down by Government office region; and if she will make a...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2005, Official Report, columns 798–800W, on the private finance initiative, what total value of assets and...

      Protection of Vulnerable People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) referrals, (b) provisional listings and (c) confirmed listings have been made to the (i)Protection of Children Act and (ii) Protection of...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the effect on UK carbon emissions of the switch in electricity generation from gas to coal during the winter of...

    • Clean Coal Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research has been commissioned by his Department into clean coal technology and carbon sequestration since 1997; and if he will make a...

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent developments there have been in his policy on the extension of the term of copyright protection granted in the EU to the creators...

      Dynamic Teleswitch Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many dynamically teleswitched meters there are in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales.

      Dynamic Teleswitch Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he has taken to ensure consumers with dynamically teleswitched meters are able to choose their electricity supplier; and if he will...

      Electricity/Gas Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of the UK's electricity supply is projected to come from gas by 2010; and what percentage of the gas needed is expected to be...

      Energy Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the change in energy prices has been in (a) the UK and (b) the rest of the EU in each of the last 10 years; on factors account for those...

      Energy Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking to help businesses cope with increased energy prices.

      Energy Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average cost in the United Kingdom is of 900 litres of home heating oil; and what that figure was in 2003–04.

      Energy Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much the Government has provided for research into non-hydrocarbon energies, broken down by type, since 1997.

      Ethanol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent assessment he has made of the contribution which the production of ethanol can make to meeting UK energy requirements in the...

      Gas-powered Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the proportion of gas-powered energy generation that will come from (a) natural gas and (b) liquid natural gas...

      Gas-powered Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the operational liquid natural gas importation terminals in the UK; and what the capacity of each is.

      Gas-powered Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the required liquid natural gas importation capacity for the UK over the next (a) five and (b) 15 years.

      Graveney Sub-station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether his Department has discussed with London Array Ltd. the proposed electricity sub-station at Graveney; and if he will make a statement.

      Ministerial Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he has taken to ensure that (a) he and (b) the Energy Minister has access to advice on energy matters from sources other than his...

      North Sea Energy Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures are being taken to extend oil and gas production in the North Sea beyond 2020.

      North Sea Energy Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many jobs are estimated to be directly dependent upon North Sea energies industries.

      Nuclear Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much his Department spent on research into nuclear energy technologies in (a) 2005 and (b) each of the previous five years.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the costs of security for UK civil nuclear reactors was in each year since 1975, broken down by the costs of (a) hiring private sector...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects a White Paper to be issued on the future of nuclear power in the United Kingdom.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list EU countries (a) which have indicated a commitment to an increase in the number of nuclear fission plants and (b) which have a...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his Department will require the Department for Trade and Industry to segregate accounts relating to (a) commercial activities and (b) decommissioning...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the lifecycle carbon emissions of a nuclear fission plant; and if he will make a statement.

      Ocean-generated Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment the Government have made of the Ocean WaveMaster Ltd. technology for energy generation, trialled by Manchester university; and...

      Oil Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what forecast has been made of oil barrel prices by the International Energy Agency in each year since 1980; and what the actual price was for...

      Patent Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State forTrade and Industry what the Government's policy is on patent applications that may threaten national security.

      Power Lines (Burial Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent estimate he has made of the cost of burying power lines in England and Wales.

      Private Finance Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that the private finance initiative projects for which his Department is responsible create the...

      Private Finance Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the Answer of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 83W, on private finance projects, what total value of assets and liabilities...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government are taking to encourage and promote the use of renewable energy in Bedfordshire; and if he will make a statement.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his policy is on the creation of a grid to link different countries in respect of the generation of offshore renewable energy.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of energy in each EU country was derived from renewable energy sources in the last period for which figures are available; and...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent assessment he has made of the (a) adequacy and (b) reliability of the method used to calculate relative costs of energy generation...

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the change in the quantity of carbon dioxide emissions in each of the first two years of operation of the...

      Smart Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make an assessment of the effects of the use of smart meters in Italian premises on energy use.

      Smart Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make it his policy to encourage the installation of smart meters in all domestic premises; and what discussions he has held with...

      State Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the status of state aid to British Energy; what liabilities the Government have guaranteed; what...

      Strategic Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade andIndustry what the current level of (a) crude oil and (b) products in the Strategic Reserve is; and what (i)releases and (ii) acquisitions have been made...

      Sustainable Energy (China/India)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions he has had with the Governments of (a) China and (b) India on sustainable energy.

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what plans Ofcom has to auction telecommunications licences for the 1.78 GHz and 1.88GHz bands; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      UK Trade and Investment (Nigeria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 30 June 2005, Official Report, column 1771W, on UK Trade and Investment, if he will place in the Library the...

      UK-Europe Gas Interconnector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry why the UK-Europe gas Interconnector was unable to import at full capacity during winter 2004–05; and what assessment he has made of the...

      UK-Europe Gas Interconnector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the UK daily natural gas import capacity via pipeline or LNG was during the winter of 2004–05; and what the estimated import...

      Uranium Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the number of years' global supply of uranium reserves; and if he will make a statement.

      Websites

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

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment was made by the Department prior to granting consent to the construction of an offshore wind farm on the Rhyl Flats to the...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent Government studies have been undertaken into low frequency noise and vibration emitted by wind turbines; and if he will make a...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what definition his Department uses of low frequency noise and vibration in relation to wind turbines; and if he will make a statement.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what plans his Department has for (a) visits to the area affected by the Teesside off-shore windfarm and (b) discussions with people...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether feedback to Ministers from developers relating to the Teeside off-shore windfarm from (a) statutory consultees and (b) non-statutory...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • 106 Agreements

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment has been made of (a) the average cost of a section 106 agreement to a developer and (b) the regulatory cost of section 106 agreements in each of...

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of the affordable housing units to be built or procured through the Housing Corporation Approved Development Programme in the East Midlands Region...

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what reviews he has undertaken of compliance with PartM of the building regulations.

      Business Rates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the net yield from business rates after reliefs in England was in each year since 1997; and what the estimated figure is for 2005–06.

      Business Rates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the 2005 business rates revaluation in England was revenue neutral in 2005–06 on the basis of figures for 2004–05.

      Casinos

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many planning applications to build casinos there have been in the last two years.

      Concessionary Bus Fares

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which authorities will incur a net cost as a result of the funding formula for the proposed expansion of the concessionary bus fares scheme for older people.

      Councillors' Remuneration

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what guidance the Government have issued to councils on (a) allowances, (b) salaries and (c) pensions for councillors; and whether they form part of the...

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much his Department has spent on its website in each year since 2001; and what estimate he has made of the number of visits to the site.

      Design for Manufacture Competition

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether value-added tax will be levied on properties built for the design for manufacture competition.

      Design for Manufacture Competition

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what profit margins his Department has calculated for homes constructed in the design for manufacture competition.

      Design for Manufacture Competition

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate his Department has made of the average sale price of a house constructed in the design for manufacture competition.

      Empty Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) second homes and (b) empty homes there were in each local authority area in England in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Empty Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what maximum duration a local authority may possess a property under an empty dwelling management order; and what restrictions exist on (a) renewing and (b)...

      Empty Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether local authorities are required to charge a market rent on properties obtained under an empty dwelling management order and then rented out to a third party.

      Empty Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much an owner of a property will receive from a local authority for their property that has been rented out to a third party under an empty dwelling...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the new south-east regional fire control room in Fareham is expected to be operative; whether the new site is fully resilient; what its estimated cost is;...

      Government Offices

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the size and structure of the Government office regions are dependent on EU approval under the Nomenclature of Units for Territorial Statistics...

      Home Ownership

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate the Government has made of the numberof people in England who have three or more homes.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what changes have been made to the presentation of homelessness statistics in his departmental press releases and statistical bulletins in the last six months.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received about the practices adopted by Birmingham city council in relation to its responsibilities to the homeless; and what action...

      Household Projections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to publish the household projections for the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people were on the housing register in each English local authority for each year from 1996–97 to 2005–06; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what process was followed to assess the impact of the withdrawal of the supported housing management grant to residential care homes for vulnerable people with...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what alternative funding provision has been made available to those in receipt of the supported housing management grant in (a) Sutton Coldfield and (b) the West...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many of the members of his housing task force have left to work in the private sector since its creation; and what restrictions are placed on their leaving to...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will extend the work of his housing task force to include advising local authorities who decide to retain their housing stock.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his housing task force provides adviceto local authorities who retain their own housing stock.

      Interreg Project

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his Department's role in the future of the Interreg Project.

      Local Authority Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many local authorities have entered into private finance initiative contracts for the maintenance of their stock of council houses.

      Local Authority Legal Advisers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidelines are issued by his Department to local authorities concerning the obligations of local authority legal advisers.

      Local Public Service Boards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the Government's plans to introduce local public service boards.

      Lyons Inquiry

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) whether the amended remit of the Lyons Inquiry (a) includes and (b) prohibits consideration of (i) the structure and tiers of local government and (ii) the...

      Lyons Inquiry

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations his Department's working group on Local Government Financial Statistics has made to the Lyons Inquiry.

      Lyons Inquiry

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects the Lyons Inquiry into local government finance to publish its interim report.

      Parking

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what changes the Government have made to planning guidance and regulations on the (a) provision of parking spaces and (b) level of parking charges since 1997.

      Pathfinder Areas

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the estimated total public expenditure is in each of the Pathfinder areas for each year of the programme.

      Pathfinder Areas

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what is the estimated cost of purchasing a property in the Pathfinder areas in order to demolish it.

      Pathfinder Areas

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister howmany homes are planned to be demolished in each of the Pathfinder project areas for each year of the programme.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will make provision for the public to appeal in a planning permission application case where the matter is of considerable public interest; (2)...

      PPG3/PPS3

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects a (a) draft and (b) final version of the new PPG3/PPS3 to be published.

      Public Services (Inspection)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how Cabinet Office plans for league tables of public services will relate to local government and existing inspection regimes; and if he will make a statement.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the decision-making powers of regional assemblies.

      Regional Chambers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether England's regional chambers are defined in (a) law and (b) Government policy as part of local government in England.

      Regional Chambers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance the Government have produced on the legality of local authorities making payments to England's regional chambers; and if he will make a statement.

      Regional Chambers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the level of central government funding to each regional chamber in each year since their creation was; and what the estimated figures for (a) 2005–06...

      Regional Emphasis Documents

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the Government's plans to commission regional emphasis documents from the Government officer of the regions, regional development...

      Small Business Rate Relief

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the interim take-up of small business rate relief was in each council in England.

      Small Business Rate Relief

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether small business rate relief is available in relationto the levy charged by business improvement districts.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the impact on smaller registered social landlords of requiring all lead regulated associations to produce an annual efficiency...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to respond to the Audit Commission's report on Financing Council Housing; and what changes to the present system would be necessary to implement...

      Telecommunication Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what planning controls apply to (a) Network Rail telecommunication masts and (b) standard mobile phone masts.

      Telecommunication Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many mobile phone masts were registered for business rates in England in each year since 1997.

      Telecommunication Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received about the proliferation of telecommunication mast applications in residential areas; and if he will make a statement.

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment the Government have made of flood risks to Thames Gateway developments arising from the Communities Plan.

      WiMax Transmitters

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what planning controls apply to WiMax transmitters.

  • House of Lords

    • Child Poverty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations the Secretary of State for Education and Skills has received from the Reverend Paul Nicolson of the Zacchaeus Trust 2000 on the impact of...

    • Defence Budgets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the principal points of difference in respect of items included and excluded between the published defence budgets of the United Kingdom, France, the...

      European Blood Safety and Quality Regulations 2005

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is (a) the estimated impact on the United Kingdom blood supply; and (b) the estimated compliance cost to the National Health Service of the European Blood...

      European Rapid Reaction Force

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information they have about the establishment of a European Rapid Reaction Force Headquarters at Lille; and what is the extent of the United Kingdom's...

      Income Tax Revenue

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) What the aggregate cost would be of raising all personal thresholds for income tax to £7,500 per annum if accompanied by abolition of the 10 per cent. tax...

      Iraq: Transfer of Security Responsibility

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What date they have set for the withdrawal of United Kingdom military forces from Iraq.

      Joint Strike Fighter Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What milestones have been achieved in the Joint Strike Fighter programme; what are the next milestones; and when they expect to achieve them.

      Joint Strike Fighter Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current status of the weight reduction programme for the Joint Strike Fighter to be based on the new United Kingdom aircraft carriers.

      Lord Birt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which organisations and individuals the Lord Birt has met during his tenure as the Prime Minister's strategy adviser.

      Mobile Phones: Use in Hospitals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the reasons for prohibiting the use of mobile phones in hospital wards.

      Royal Air Force: University Air Squadrons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Drayson on 21 July (WA 323), whether they have completed the review of University Air Squadrons; if so, what were the...

      Sports Council for Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What extra reserves they propose to give to the Northern Ireland sports council in the period 2006–08 in preparation for the London Olympics in 2012.

      Truancy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there have been any prosecutions of parents whose children have played truant from school; and whether it is now their policy to prosecute parents in such...

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