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Written answers

Wednesday, 19 October 2005

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Council/Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what action he has taken since May 1997 to encourage local authorities to build council houses.

    • Council/Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the level of public funding for social housing was in (a) 2005 and (b) 1997.

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to review planning policy relating to telecommunications masts.

      Affordable Housing (South-East)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress he is making in ensuring that affordable housing is available in the South East.

      Roadside Advertising

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent representations he has received from members of the public concerning roadside advertising.

      Key Worker Living Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effects of the key worker living scheme on recruitment and retention of public sector workers.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much revenue was raised in council tax in England in each year since its creation; and what the estimated figure is for 2005–06.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what role (a) the Valuation Office Agency played in the council tax revaluation in Wales and (b) is planned for the Agency in a future council tax revaluation in...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the likely cost of the council tax rebanding exercise in England.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the Valuation Office Agency will continue to work on the council tax revaluation in England.

      Departmental Bodies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list (a) public relations consultancies and (b) public affairs consultancies employed by (i) the Audit Commission and (ii) the Standards Board for...

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the value for money of his Department's website; and if he will make a statement.

      Electricity Spending

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much each departmental site has spent on electricity in each year since 2001.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what energy-saving measures he has implemented in his Department since it was established.

      Local Authority Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the revenue expenditure of each local authority in England was in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Local Government Ombudsman

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received about reform of the Local Government Ombudsman over the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government Pensions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on progress of the negotiations on the Local Government Pension Scheme.

      Local Government Pensions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate has been made of the funding shortfall in local authorities pension funds in England.

      Maladministration

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which local authorities have been found guilty of maladministration in each of the past 10 years.

      Public Toilets

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what discussions his Department has had with the British Toilet Association on the subject of toilets in public places; and what the outcome was of those...

      South West Regional Assembly

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has for elections to the South West Regional Assembly.

      Volunteering

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many volunteering positions his Department has offered in each of the last five years.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agricultural Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of recent trends in the value of agricultural land.

    • Animal Husbandry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of male cattle she estimates were shot within one month of birth in the last period for which figures are...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what surveillance and protection measures are in place to deal with a potential outbreak of avian influenza; and if she will...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Department has spent on research into avian influenza in each of the last five years.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the symptoms of avian influenza are; and how they differ in different domestic species.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of vets who are qualified to identify avian influenza.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the requirement for protective (a) clothing and (b) equipment for (i) poultry farmers and...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it remains Government policy that action to tackle climate change post-2012 should include mandatory national targets...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she has taken to ensure the accuracy of the inventory of UK carbon emissions; and if she will make a statement on...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the representations she has received concerning the effect of Common Agricultural Policy subsidy reductions...

      Dog Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will implement a dog registration scheme to fund stray animal care.

      Environmentally Sensitive Areas Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects on farmers of the ending of the environmentally sensitive areas agreements.

      Flood Defences (Oxfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the flood mitigation measures on Lakes H and I at Radley Lakes,...

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which countries undergoing a foot and mouth disease outbreak are subject to import control measures initiated by the UK; and...

      Foot and Mouth Disease (Brazil)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on reports of an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Brazil; and what steps she is taking to...

      Foot and Mouth Disease (Brazil)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which countries have suspended imports of Brazilian beef following the reported outbreak of foot and mouth in Brazil.

      Gamebirds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will introduce legislation to ban the production of gamebirds for the purpose of shooting them for sport.

      Herbicides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact on (a) farmers and (b) the environment of herbicide resistance in wild plants; and...

      Herbicides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to prevent the spread of the herbicide tolerant gene found in charlock in the Government's...

      Incinerators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to build and develop an incinerator in Dungeness; and if she will make a statement.

      Newcastle Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on how the recent outbreak of Newcastle Disease was dealt with.

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's policy is on storing nuclear waste.

      Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent advice she has received on ocean acidification and its impact on marine biodiversity and climate change.

      Off-roading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received regarding (a) antisocial and (b) illegal off-roading by people with motorised...

      Organophosphates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to reduce exposure to organophosphates, with particular reference to those involved in agriculture.

      Scrapie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress on the National Scrapie Plan.

      Sewage Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much sewage was disposed in the Channel in each of the last five years; and what plans she has to develop sewage...

      Sheep Dip

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what evaluation she has made of research by (a) UK organisations, (b) the UK Government and (c) other EU member states into...

      Sheep Dip

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for an alternatives to organophosphates for sheep dips; and what research the Department has funded on this.

      Veterinary Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to introduce the recommendations in the Competition Commission's report on prescription-only veterinary medicines.

      Volunteering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many volunteering positions her Department has offered in each of the last five years.

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is taking to (a) reduce water abstraction and (b) increase river flows during the summer months; and if she...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to build new reservoirs in the (a) East and (b) South East of England; and if she will make a statement.

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are in place to ensure the water needs of the (a) East and (b) South East of England are met; and if she will...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who is responsible for protecting water supplies from tampering; and what measures are taken to do so.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he proposes for dealing with antisocial behaviour by children under 10 years.

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were issued in the Peterborough city council area in (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in (a) Essex and (b) each police division in Essex in each of the last three years.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the average length of time to determine asylum appeals from the date of being lodged to the date of hearing for appeals lodged...

      British Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons who have been granted British citizenship since 1 January 2000 had, prior to the granting of British citizenship, been (a)...

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is Home Office policy that police community support officers are entitled to be issued with personal protective equipment...

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate he has made of the levels of (a) violent crime, (b) car crime, (c) robbery and (d) burglary in Pudsey constituency; and...

      Drug Addiction (Crime)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the proportion of crime undertaken as a direct consequence of drug addiction; and if he will make...

      Environmental Sustainability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what remit relating to sustainable development is (a) required and (b) undertaken by bodies for which his Department is responsible; and if...

      EU Travel Bans

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list individuals subject to an EU travel ban who have entered UK territory in the last three years.

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which regions of the United Kingdom are owners or keepers of soft airguns and low powered airguns, with an energy level in excess of one...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the HomeDepartment if he will assess the accountability of police forces in England and Wales in their use of firearms.

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes are required to the laws banning the use of certain handguns in order to allow the relevant Olympic events to take place at the...

      General Almog

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether his Department is proposing to take further action to effect the arrest of General Almog; (2) whether his Department made a...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of (a) private and (b) commercial vehicles entering the UK were searched by immigration officials at the (i) Hull, (ii)...

      Licensing Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers are available to the police to disperse youths in known troublespots; and if he will make a statement.

      Parking Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will collate and publish figures for (a) the income from parking fines and (b) the number of parking fines issued in each local...

      Passport Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the procedures are for the identification of an entrant at passport control who is wearing a burka or other face-covering apparel.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what basis the fees charged for transferring indefinite leave to remain stamps (No Time Limit) from former to current passports of...

      Police Force Restructuring

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will consider proposals for joint co-operation between police forces rather than full mergers as part of the consultation exercise on...

      Runaway Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make an assessment of the Children's Society claim that a national network of refuges is required to support runaway children.

      Sex Abuse Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on the validation process for individual claims for compensation from claimants alleging historical sex...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the trained strength of each of the armed forces against requirement was on the latest date for which figures are available, broken down by rank.

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 10 October 2005, Official Report, column 7W, on armed forces deployment, if he will name the three aircraft carriers earmarked...

      Avon Skin So Soft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effectiveness of 'Avon Skin So Soft' as an alternative to the mosquito repellent...

      Bentley Priory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many firm bids there have been for Bentley Priory, Middlesex.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will reply to the letters dated 26 July and 31 August from the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry...

      Cranwell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many RAF fast jet pilots have passed through Cranwell in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many RAF fast jet pilots he expects to enter...

      Defence Exhibition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the cost of servicing the Defence Systems and Equipment International Exhibition in September in respect of (a) armed...

      Defence Reductions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what plans he has for further reductions to the number of (a) warships, (b) aircraft and (c) ground vehicles beyond those outlined in the 2004...

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his latest estimate is of the sales of the Eurofighter in the first five years of operation.

      Gloucestershire Airport (Invoices)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average time taken by his Department to settle invoices submitted by Gloucestershire airport with respect to landing fees and fuel was in the...

      Military Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many serving military personnel in the (a) army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force are (i) single, (ii) married, (iii) divorced and (iv)...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many air miles were accrued through departmental ministerial travel in his Department in 2004–05, broken down by Minister; how many were (a)...

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedures have been put in place to ensure that funding received by QinetiQ from the Department on a non-competitive or allocated basis is used for...

      Regiment Naming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the full procedure and timetable is for (a) selecting and (b) formally agreeing a new name for a regiment, with particular reference to the King's...

      UK Nuclear Deterrent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to seek a vote in the House on the future of the UK nuclear deterrent.

      Volunteering

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

  • Trade and Industry

    • Birmingham Stock Exchange

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent by the West Midlands Regional Development Association on the creation of a stock exchange in Birmingham; and what the...

    • Investbx Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what expenditure Advantage West Midlands (a) has so far incurred and (b) is expected to incur on establishing the Investbx scheme.

      Civil Partnerships Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how he plans to inform (a) employees and (b) businesses of the change in rules that will occur as a result of the introduction of the Civil...

      Coal Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the impact of coal imports on the UK's balance of payments; and if he will make a statement.

      Energy Efficiency (Commercial Sector)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the percentage of energy usage in the commercial and services sector that could be saved through energy...

      Energy Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received from manufacturing industry about the competitive impact of UK energy prices; and if he will make a statement.

      Gas and Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what demand modelling he has performed to examine the interplay between gas and electricity generation in the event of a one in 20 cold winter.

      Hazardous Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether she supports the proposal for the EU to exempt the brominated flame retardant deca-BDE from the ban on hazardous substances in...

      Independent School Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects the Office of Fair Trading will publish the results of their inquiry into possible collusion in setting fee levels at certain...

      Independent School Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the cost of the Office of Fair Trading inquiry into possible fee-setting at certain independent schools.

      Independent School Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will place in the Library the evidence submitted to the Office of Fair Trading inquiry into possible collusion in fee-setting at...

      Liquefied Gas Pipeline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what discussions he has had with Transco about the proposed routes of the liquefied gas pipelines from Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire; (2)...

      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.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many disabled miners or their widows have received compensation for lung disease and vibration white finger in (a) Jarrow constituency,...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much compensation has been paid forlung disease and vibration white finger to disabled miners or their widows in (a) Jarrow constituency,...

      National Grid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the impact of a reduction in the voltage on the national grid in the event of a one in 50 cold winter on (a)...

      National Grid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to what level the voltage on the national grid may be reduced in the event of a one in 50 cold winter.

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what contingency plans are in place to deal with a possible shortage of natural gas during the winter of 2005–06; and what significant...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether a privatised British Nuclear Group would continue to take overseas contracts for the reprocessing of nuclear material in the UK; and...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many and what percentage of drums of high-level nuclear waste held at Sellafield have been classified by BNFL as not safe to be returned...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the production of nuggets of soluble radioactivity in the vitrification process.

      Offshore Wind

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the potential of Tees Valley offshore wind to help the Government achieve their target for renewable energy...

      Post Offices (Fraud)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices were temporarily closed because of suspected fraud within their premises in the last year for which figures are available.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) Government expenditure and (b) administration costs of regional development agencies was in each year since their creation; and...

      Regional Industrial Development Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) expenditure and (b) administrative costs of each regional industrial development board were in each year since their creation;...

      Regional Industrial Development Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the role and responsibilities of (a) regional industrial development boards and (b) regional development agencies are.

  • Minister for Women

    • Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health on teenage pregnancy.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Ministerial Travel

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

    • Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what monitoring arrangements his Department has in place in respect of the administrative performance of the Ombudsman Service; and what the (a)...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Vehicles

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

    • Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many air miles were accrued through departmental ministerial travel in 2004–05, broken down by Minister; how many were (a)...

      Volunteering

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many volunteering positions his Department has offered in each of the last five years.

      World Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) aid and (b) other assistance has been provided to developing countries to support their participation in the forthcoming world...

  • Education and Skills

    • Academy Courses (London West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of the overall capital funding in the London West Learning and Skills Council (LSC) area is expected to be spent on the...

    • A-level Grades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment she has made of the relative accuracy of A-level grade predictions made for the purpose of university admissions in...

      Basic Skills Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the eligibility criteria are for receiving free basic skills training at further education colleges.

      Communication Aids Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to extend funding for the Communication Aids Project beyond March 2006; and what steps she will take to safeguard the...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the Minister of State for Schools will give a substantive reply to the letter of 22 June from the hon. Member for Aldridge-Brownhills...

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will take steps to stop the expansion in the number of faith schools.

      Foreign Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many A-level students sat examinations in (a) French, (b) German, (c) Spanish, (d) Russian, (e) Mandarin and (f) Arabic in each year...

      Geography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of pupils took (a) GCSE and (b) A level geography in each year since 1995.

      Graduate Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research her Department has commissioned into employment rates of graduates; and if she will make a statement.

      Harlington Upper School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the effects on students at Harlington Upper School in Bedfordshire during recent examinations, on building...

      Home Economics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools have facilities for the practical teaching of food preparation.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the availability of college-certificated courses of changes in Learning and Skills Council funding...

      Post-16 Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the cost of raising per capita funding for 16 to 18-year-olds in further education colleges to the level of...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department takes to ensure that furniture no longer required following school refurbishments is recycled or reused.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the provision of dining facilities in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools.

      Special Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many secondary schools in special measures are designated for replacement by city academies.

      Special Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools have been in special measures for more than one year.

      Teacher Dismissals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers were dismissed for having sexual relations with pupils in London in each year since 1997.

      Twenty-First Century Science Examination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the use of the OCR GCSE examination Twenty-First Century Science in secondary schools.

      University Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many students have applied through UCAS for university places in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years; (2) how many...

      Vocational/Academic Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research her Department has commissioned into public attitudes towards (a) vocational and (b) academic education; and if she will make...

      Volunteering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many volunteering positions her Department has offered in each of the last five years.

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding was available for youth services in (a) England, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) Doncaster North in each of the last 10...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Serious and Complex Cases

      To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to the answers of 10 October 2005, Official Report, columns 1–2W, if he will list those serious and complex cases in which all proceedings are complete...

    • Volunteering

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many volunteering positions the Law Officers' Department have offered in each of the last five years.

  • Transport

    • A11

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the regional consultation process on the dualling of the A11 in Suffolk will be completed.

    • Barge Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the minimum period of training is for barge drivers on the Thames.

      Burn Closes Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from North Tyneside borough council in relation to closure of Burn Closes Bridge in the interest of public safety.

      Congestion/Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research has been commissioned on the effects on levels of (a) congestion and (b) carbon emissions of the closure of local (i) post offices, (ii)...

      Exeter Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the Competition Commission's inquiry into Exeter airport.

      Left-hand Drive Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road accidents in England involved left-hand drive commercial vehicles in the last period for which figures are available.

      Left-hand Drive Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents involving (a) loss of life and (b) injuries were caused by visitors from abroad failing to drive on the left-hand side of the road...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to make a substantive response to the named day written question of 12 July from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford concerning rail...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 13 October to Question ref. 17108, what the reasons are for the time taken to provide a substantive answer to the question...

      Railway Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what provision he is making for the protection of railway staff from assault.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of fatal road traffic accidents have involved drivers under the age of 20 years in each of the last five years.

      Security Exercises (London Underground)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what security exercises were undertaken by Visor consultants in or around London Underground stations in the week preceding 7 July.

      Thames (Navigational Standards)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussion he has held with the Port of London Authority on navigational standards on the Thames.

      Thames (Navigational Standards)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Thames bridges have been struck by barges in the last (a) five and (b) 10 years; how many bridges have been closed as a consequence in each...

      Thames (Navigational Standards)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what reports he has received on the causes of the recent strike at Battersea Bridge.

      Western Orbital Route

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to re-instate the Western Orbital Route in the road programme; and if he will make a statement.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Streets for All"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost was of producing and distributing English Heritage's Streets for All", streetscape manual for the West Midlands.

    • Alcohol Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what assessment the Government have made of the impact of extending licences for the sale of alcohol in residential areas; (2)...

      BBC Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will ensure that public value and market impact tests relating to BBC services are undertaken by Ofcom.

      BBC Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will define specific areas where the BBC should offer assistance to local commercial media in their migration from a traditional...

      BBC Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure transparency in the BBC's investments in local services.

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications for (a) premises licences, (b) late night refreshment licences and (c) club premises certificates have been made...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effects on community halls' budgets of the Licensing Act 2003.

      TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many concessionary television licences for elderly people have been issued in each of the last two years, broken down by Northern...

      TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people were fined for not having a television licence in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Environmental Audits

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what recent audits of (a) energy use, (b) energy efficiency, (c) waste disposal and (d) recycling in the House...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many asylum appeals lodged (a) before and (b) after 4 April were processed and determined by the Asylum and Immigration...

    • Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many (a) asylum appeals and (b) immigration appeals have been lodged with the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal since 4...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many (a) asylum appeals and (b) immigration appeals lodged with the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and its predecessor...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the current backlog is of cases at the Immigration Tribunal; how many are (a) asylum cases, (b) immigration cases and (c)...

      Consultants

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much the Department spent on external consultants in 2004–05.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Africa Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what work the Africa Directorate is planning to outsource in 2005–06; and what criteria are used to decide which...

    • Africa Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will increase the budget of the African Directorate within the Department; (2) for what reasons the staffing of the...

      Ahmiddiya Muslims (Pakistan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Pakistan about protecting the lives and property of the minority...

      Ambassadors/High Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many ambassadors and high commissioners do not have a good working knowledge of the primary language of the country to which...

      British Detainees/Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British nationals are (a) being detained pre-conviction and (b) in detention serving sentences in (i) Egypt, (ii)...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people were employed in (a) Africa Command and (b) the Africa Directorate in each year between 2002 and 2005.

      Dr. Gomez de Martinez

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK has been asked to participate in the investigation into the death of Dr. John Gomez de Martinez.

      Malaya and Borneo Campaign Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations have been received from the Malaysian Government on awarding a medal to the British veterans...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many air miles were accrued through ministerial travel in his Department in 2004–05, broken down by Minister; how many...

      Opium (Afghanistan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on dealing with opium production in Afghanistan.

      Overseas Service (Children's Education)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what factors were taken into account in devising different funding formulae for the contribution made by the Government to the...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Turkish counterparts regarding the imprisonment of Kurdish separatist leader Öcalan.

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the European Court of Human Rights regarding Kurdish separatist leader Öcalan,...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's position on Turkey's property rights laws for its non-Muslim citizens.

      UK Airspace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK Government allows the use of UK airspace for the extraordinary rendition of those accused of terrorist activities.

      Visitor Visa Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visitor visa appeals lodged (a) before and (b) after 4 April are outstanding; and if he will make a statement.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Csa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to monitor (a) the performance of the Child Support Agency database and (b) the accuracy of CSA payments.

    • Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been paid to date by the Financial Assistance Scheme, broken down by pension scheme.

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the impact of the incapacity benefit pathways to work pilots as of June on (a) inflows to jobseeker's allowance,...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each London constituency (a) received state pension, (b) applied for pension credit and (c) received pension credit in each...

      Pensions Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the pensions ombudsman's budget for the 2005–06 financial year is.

  • Treasury

    • Bank Notes (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many bank notes of each denomination from each bank in Northern Ireland were in circulation in the last period for which figures are available.

    • Child Trust Fund Vouchers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Child Trust Fund vouchers had been issued up to 30 September; how many of these have been cashed; and if he will make a statement.

      Customs and Excise (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many specialist detector dogs are in use by Customs and Excise in Northern Ireland; and what they are specifically used to detect.

      Drug/Alcohol Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths of people aged (a) under 18 and (b) over 18 years in (i) London and (ii) each London borough there have been where the use of (A)...

      London (Population)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what basis the level of provision for doubtful debt relating to tax credit overpayments as reported in the Department of Inland Revenue 2004–05...

      Mutual Societies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the role of mutual societies in the UK economy.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of reducing the lower earnings limit by (a) £2, (b) £5, (c) £10, (d) £15, (e) £20, (f)...

      Online Tax Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he expects the April 2006 deadline for online tax collection for sub-contractors to be met; what arrangements are being made to assist operators who...

      Private Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number and percentage of people living in London who have a private pension.

      Proceeds of Crime Act

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what amounts have been recovered by (a) HM Revenue and Customs, (b) the Metropolitan police and (c) other relevant agencies under the provisions of the...

      Search-and-rescue Organisations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will allow search-and-rescue organisations an annual grant to offset irrecoverable VAT payments made during the previous year.

      Tax (Late Payment Fines)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was raised from fines imposed by (a) Her Majesty's Customs and Excise and (b) the Inland Revenue for (i) late completion of tax forms and (ii) late...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will introduce tax credits for self-employed low earners; (2) what tax provisions are available to help self-employed low earners.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate of the cost of tax credit overpayments in 2004–05 has been given to the National Audit Office; and when the final figure will be available.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much Customs and Excise collected in VAT revenue during the last financial year for which figures are available.

  • Health

    • Childhood Leukaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made of the link between childhood leukaemia and overhead power lines.

    • Teenage Pregnancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards achieving targets for the reduction of conception by women under the age of 18 years.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which of the Department's Priorities for Action for 2005 involve autism.

    • Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many breast cancer patients in Northern Ireland are being treated with Herceptin.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the availability of the breast cancer treatment drug Herceptin in Northern Ireland; and what plans he has to...

      CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what plans he has to increase the CCTV coverage in East Belfast; (2) what criteria are used by Government when choosing sites for CCTV...

      Departmental Computer Fraud/Theft

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

      Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the projected revenue to be raised from domestic rates in Northern Ireland is forecast to be in 2006–07.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much cash has been seized from operations against drug dealing in Northern Ireland since 2000.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what amount of drugs has been seized by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.

      Education and Library Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many occurrences there have been in the last six months of Education and Library Boards reinstating services outside their agreed financial...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Equality Commission intends to publish the latest monitoring report into employment patterns in Northern Ireland.

      Equality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints have been made against the Equality Commission in each of the last three years.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals in each Government Department in the Province are employed to deal with freedom of information requests.

      Frozen Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the organisations whose assets have been frozen in Northern Ireland due to links with terrorism in each of the last 10 years.

      Grant Maintained Independent Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to allocate funds to grant maintained integrated schools to employ staff in order to implement the Costello review of post...

      Hip Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many hip replacement operations were carried out in each of the last five years.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many hospital beds there were in each health trust in the Province in June 1997.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the percentage bed occupancy in each hospital in the Province has been over each of the last 10 years.

      Hospital Negligence (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money was claimed in compensation by patients due to (a) negligence and (b) malpractice in each hospital in Northern Ireland in each of...

      Hospital Operations (Cancellations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average number of operations which have been cancelled in each hospital or trust in Northern Ireland has been in each quarter in the...

      Hydebank Wood Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he has taken to implement the recommendations by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission for improving conditions for female...

      Influenza Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent steps he has taken to promote the influenza vaccination among Northern Ireland's elderly population.

      Maritime Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many deaths due to drowning on the coasts around Northern Ireland there have been in each of the last 10 years.

      PPPs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many public-private partnerships there have been in Northern Ireland over the last five years, broken down by (a) Westminster parliamentary...

      Protected Elective Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many protected elective procedures have been performed at Lagan Valley and South Tyrone Hospitals in the last year for which figures are...

      Psni

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many officers there are in the Police Service of Northern Ireland at the rank of (a) assistant chief constable, (b) chief superintendent,...

      Retail Planning Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when does he plans to publish the Review of Retail Planning Policy.

      Retail Planning Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when did the consultation on the Review of Retail Planning Policy commence.

      Registered Child Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many registered (a) day nurseries, (b) childminders, (c) playgroups and (d) out of school clubs there are in Northern Ireland.

      Pulmonary Hypertension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pulmonary hypertension sufferers in Northern Ireland are receiving treatment which includes use of the drug Cialis.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Counter Narcotics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What constraints they impose on commanders of United Kingdom Forces in Afghanistan regarding the use of military equipment for the eradication of poppy fields and...

    • Aircraft Registers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are aware of a proposal for the Isle of Man to establish an aircraft register; and, if so, whether they will support the proposal.

      Aircraft Registers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they continue to support the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in its promotion of the Cayman and Bermuda registers as offshore vessels of the CAA.

      Aircraft: Foreign Registration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why no regulatory impact assessment was undertaken on the Department for Transport's consultation for foreign registered aircraft.

      Aircraft: Foreign Registration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made any assessment of the number of foreign registered aircraft based in the United Kingdom.

      Aircraft: Safety

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What studies they have undertaken to compare the safety record of general aviation aircraft in the United Kingdom to that of the United States.

      Airports: Security Levy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether airlines are required to pay a security levy per passenger at United Kingdom airports; if so, at which airports; on what basis it is required; and to what...

      Aviation Health: Contaminated Air

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will commission epidemiological and clinical studies of airline pilots and crew who have flown British Aerospace BAe 146 aircraft with a view to...

      Aviation Health: Contaminated Air

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the invitation to take part in the United States Federal Aviation Authority-funded research project into contaminated air in commercial...

      Aviation Health: Contaminated Air

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why contaminated air detection systems are not fitted to all British commercial aircraft.

      British High Commission: New Delhi Meeting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What matters were raised at the meeting on 5 August between officials from the British High Commission in New Delhi and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the...

      Drink Driving: Fatalities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the fact that 590 people were killed by drink-drivers in 2004; and whether they will now reduce the permissible blood alcohol limit for...

      EU: Turkey

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What principal benefits to Britain and the European Union they would expect in the event of Turkey joining the European Union as a full member.

      European Monetary System and EU Single Currency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will outline at future meetings of European Union Finance Ministers their prospective timetable for United Kingdom adherence to the single currency.

      European Union General Affairs and External Relations Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will seek at the next European Union General Affairs and External Relations Council a discussion of the modalities of an early United Kingdom...

      Flat Tax Regime

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have considered a flat tax regime; and what is their current view on this issue.

      Guantanamo Bay

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are taking steps to press the United States Government to close down the Guantanamo Bay facility.

      Gulf War Illnesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Drayson on 21 July (WA 281) on payments so far made in respect of illnesses contracted by troops involved in the current...

      Gulf War Illnesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they are giving to the research findings of the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention on the health and well-being of...

      Iraq: C130 Hercules Crash

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to publish the findings of the investigation into the cause of the loss of the C130 Hercules and its crew on 30 January in Iraq.

      Israel: West Bank

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, following the summer withdrawal from Gaza, they will make representations to the Israeli Government for near-term withdrawals from all military and...

      Lorries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the internal and external costs and benefits of introducing longer or heavier lorries.

      NHS: British Overseas Territories

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many children from each of the British Overseas Territories, formerly British Dependent Territories, with urgent medical needs for which appropriate care was...

      Pilotage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the use of a simulator of the harbour at South Shields Maritime College, Belfast, to train marine pilots to operate in Belfast will enable them to become...

      Pilotage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to complete and implement the national occupational standards for maritime pilots, recommended in the report by the Marine Accident Investigation...

      Questions for Written Answer

      asked the Leader of The House: What action she will take to ensure that government departments abide by the two-week deadline for answering Written Questions in view of the fact that on 11...

      Rail Safety and Standards Board: Ufton Nervet

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which recommendations of the Rail Safety and Standards Board in respect of the Ufton Nervet level crossing accident remain to be implemented; and who will provide...

      Small Arms: International Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they propose to take on developing an international treaty, under the authority of the United Nations, for the control of the global sale of small arms,...

      Somalia: Piracy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What reports they have received about the hijacking of commercial vessels by pirates operating from Somali territory; and whether they will seek a mandate from the...

      Sudan: African Union

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the government of Sudan about claims made by the African Union (a) that government security forces have attacked refugee...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they are making about the pattern of harassment, attacks and the abduction of non-governmental organisation workers in Darfur.

      Sudan: United Nations Peace Support Mission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in deploying the 10,000 strong United Nations peace support mission to Sudan.

      United Nations Firearms Protocol

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What positive results came from the international conference held in New York in July on the United Nations Firearms Protocol and related arms control issues.

      Working Time Directive: Heavy Goods Vehicle Drivers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they propose to take to ensure that heavy goods vehicle drivers working for agencies and those domiciled abroad conform to the working time directive.

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