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Written answers

Thursday, 20 October 2005

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Disabled Access

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what assessments of the facilities and procedures in Parliament have been made in relation to the Disability...

    • Steel Barriers

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the total cost of the installation of the steel barriers on the roadside of the Palace of Westminster...

      Steel Barriers

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what level of security risk was quantified in the advice that led to the replacement of the concrete blocks...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many vehicles for which his Office is responsible are fitted with retreaded tyres.

    • Linux OpenSource Software

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list those Government Departments and agencies which (a) use Linux OpenSource software and (b) have licensing and service agreements...

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Prime Minister how many vehicles for which his Office is responsible are fitted with retreaded tyres.

    • Volunteering

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

  • Scotland

    • Correspondence

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

    • Departmental Vehicles

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

      Self-invested Personal Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding the impact on demand for second homes of allowing self-invested personal...

      Statistics (Constituency Boundaries)

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

      Telephone Inquiries

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

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on levels of recycling in the UK.

    • Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) targets and (b) incentives exist to encourage the recycling of trade waste by shops and commercial premises.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on avian influenza.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish her contingency plans to be implemented in the event of an outbreak of H5NI virus; what research her...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to prevent the spread of avian influenza to the United Kingdom.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research the Government have commissioned to ascertain whether recent severe weather conditions have been due to climate...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the Contraction and Convergence strategy for combating climate change.

      Community Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on how the Community Action 2020 programme will be implemented in Oxfordshire.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total spending by her Department on (a) staff, (b) accommodation and (c) procurement in the (i) Moray constituency...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total spending by her Department on (a) staff, (b) accommodation and (c) procurement in (i) Banff and Buchan and...

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list all sites which have been considered by her Department as possible locations for the storage or disposal of...

      Ruddy Ducks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the evidence behind the decision to grant licences to cull ruddy ducks.

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the amount of illegally logged timber entering the UK from China, with particular reference to...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Beacon Council Status

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list local authorities which have been awarded Beacon Council status for improving urban green spaces.

    • Casinos

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many appeals (a) the Deputy Prime Minister and (b) the Planning Inspectorate have considered on casino developments in the last three years; and what the...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the Minister for Housing will reply to sections 1 and 3 of the letter from the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne, Central sent in August on Housing Act...

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been allocated in each year since 1996–97 to (a) Bradford Metropolitan council, (b) Wakefield Metropolitan council and (c) local authorities in...

      Environmental Impact Assessments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what requirements exist on local authorities to carry out environmental impact assessments on sites being considered for development; (2) what requirements...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what estimate has been made of the revenue from VAT likely to be raised from home information packs; (2) whether value added tax will be levied on home...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) priority homeless and (b) homeless households were in temporary accommodation in England in each quarter since Q1 1993.

      Homes for Life Standard

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on progress in the adoption of the homes for life standard in new build.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which 25 local authorities in England have (a) the largest number of people on the housing register and (b) the largest waiting lists for processing homeless...

      Housing Task Force

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his housing task force is required to ensure tenant involvement after housing transfer.

      Planning Committees

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities in relation to ward councillors sitting on planning committees considering planning applications from...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) on what basis the consultation period for planning permission applications is decided; (2) under what conditions the consultation period for planning...

      Regional Chambers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister who is responsible for the liabilities of England's Regional Chambers.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he has asked the Housing Corporation to take to improve tenant involvement in running housing associations.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his estimate is of the total number of council houses transferred to (a) housing associations and (b) arm's length management organisations (i)before May...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will revise his calculations of the amount of social housing necessary over the period to 2010 to take account of the proportion of young people unable to...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made towards the Government's target of making all social housing decent by 2010.

  • Home Department

    • European Contractors

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

    • Football Hooliganism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many football supporters in (a) England and (b) Wales are subject to football banning orders preventing travel to football matches...

      Football Hooliganism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests relating to football hooliganism there have been since 2001.

      Magic Mushrooms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many submissions were received (a) in favour and (b) against the reclassification of magic mushrooms prior to the Drugs Act 2005 being passed.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications he has received for the post of the head of the National Offender Management Service; and when he expects to make an...

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are being taken to combat the trafficking of women into the UK to work as prostitutes.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of Prison Service staff have been (a) reinstated to posts within the service and (b) compensated but not reinstated...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what quantity of drugs have been seized in each London prison from (a) prisoners, (b) visitors, (c) prison governors, (d) officers and (e)...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison cells in England and Wales have capacity for (a) one inmate, (b) two inmates and (c) three or more inmates.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of prisoners have been in overcrowded cells in each of the last five years for which records are available.

      School of Economic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will seek to legislate against the activity of religious cults, with particular reference to the School of Economic Science.

      Secure Training Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish the full report on the investigation into Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre.

      Secure Training Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff are employed in each of the four secure training centres.

      South London and Maudsley Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were transferred to the care of the South London and Maudsley Trust for drug rehabilitation and mental health care in the...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Auditor Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with (a) officials and (b) auditing firms about reform of auditor liability.

    • Football Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to meet (a) the FA Premier League, (b) the European Commissioner for Competition, (c) the Department for Culture, Media and...

      Football Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what role (a) Ofcom and (b) the Office of Fair Trading are playing in implementing European competition law regarding the structure of premier...

      Football Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions his Department has had since May with the European Commission on the structure of premier league television broadcasting...

      Football Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport since May 2005 on the roles of (a) Ofcom and (b) the...

      Ministerial Travel

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

      Motorsport Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how much the Government have allocated to the motorsport unit since its inception. (2) what assessment he has made of the efficacy of...

      Paternity Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many and what percentage of those entitled to paid paternity leave took advantage of their right during (a) 2005 and (b) 2004.

      Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to ensure that the UK's compliance with the waste electronic and electrical equipment directive is compatible with...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Anniversary Commemoration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will commemorate the 450th anniversary of (a) the death of Mary Tudor, (b) the accession of Elizabeth I and (c) the Elizabethan...

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to increase the public take-up of broadband internet access in (i)East Sussex and (ii) the UK as a whole.

      Departmental IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list for each IT project her Department has undertaken since May 1997 which has incurred a total expenditure of £5...

      Olympic Lottery Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she has made representations to the Treasury about the tax revenue from the new Olympic lottery games.

      Premier League Football (TV Rights)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) pursuant to the written answer of 6 June 2005, Official Report, columns 265–66W, on premier league football (TV rights), if...

      School Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the £750 million pledged to school sport by the Prime Minister at the 2000 Labour party conference has been (a)...

  • Education and Skills

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will list the adult education allocations for each Learning and Skills Council for (a) 2005–06, (b) 2004–05 and (c)...

    • Basic Skills Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate has been made of the number of 16 to 18-year-olds who are eligible for basic skills training; and what proportion have taken it up.

      Black/Ethnic Minority Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the educational attainment of black and ethnic minority pupils in Liverpool in (a) primary, (b) secondary,...

      Key Stage Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research her Department has undertaken on attainment at key stage 3 taking into account (a) gender, (b) social class, (c) racial or...

      Teachers/Schools (Website Criticism)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance she has issued to (a) teachers and (b) schools on steps they may take if they believe they have been unfairly criticised on...

      Teenage Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many women who have become pregnant or given birth before reaching the age of 16 years attained five GCSEs at grades A*-C in each of the...

      Timber Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans her Department has to fund the maintenance of the Central Point of Expertise on Timber.

      Under-age Drinking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she is taking to reduce the incidence of under-age drinking among school pupils; and if she will make a statement.

  • Transport

    • 2012 Olympics (Transport Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to promote an additional access road for Canvey Island for use during the 2012 London Olympic games.

    • Air Traffic Control (Computer Malfunction)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions the National Air Traffic Control Service's computer has malfunctioned in the last three years.

      Aircraft Flights (Buckinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the trend in the number of aircraft flights over Buckinghamshire during the last five years.

      Aircraft Flights (Buckinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the likely future trend in (a) the number of aircraft flights and (b) level of aircraft noise over Buckinghamshire during...

      Aviation Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what aviation public service obligation subsidy applications have been received from the Welsh Assembly Government.

      Aviation Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) airlines and (b) routes receive public service obligation subsidies in the United Kingdom.

      Aviation Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on public service obligations subsidies to airlines in the United Kingdom.

      Bus Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of priority bus lanes have been created in Southend since 1997.

      Civil Aircraft Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the monitoring of the compliance of civil aircraft noise levels with international noise certification standards.

      Cleaner Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action is being taken to increase the use of cleaner alternative fuels to reduce carbon emissions.

      Coastguard Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent on coastguard services in (a) Essex and (b) the UK in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Departmental Vehicles

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

      Driving (Right-hand Side)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will undertake a study into the advantages and disadvantages of driving on the right-hand side of the road.

      Driving (Right-hand Side)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received in favour of driving on the right-hand side of the road.

      First Class Rail Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment the Government have made of the level of take-up of first class rail fares by (a) private and (b) corporate customers.

      Free Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the annual percentage increase in the number of passengers using buses following the introduction on 1 April 2006 of free...

      Impounded Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cars were impounded by each London borough in each year since 1997; and what the cost was to each borough in each year.

      Midland Mainline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the likely impact on Midland Mainline services out of St. Pancras of train traffic to the London 2012 Olympic village.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many sites there are on the motorway and trunk road network marked with chevrons designed to ensure motorists keep their distance from the car in...

      Powered Wheelchairs/Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received about the sale of mini-motorcycles and powered scooters to minors; and if he will make a statement.

      Powered Wheelchairs/Scooters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to publish the results of his Department's review of laws governing the use of powered wheelchairs and scooters on the highway.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received regarding the award for the Integrated Kent Franchise.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) for what percentage of stations on the rail network plans have been approved for the renovation to make them accessible to wheelchairs and people...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions his Department has had with the association of train operating companies on encouraging train use by passengers, with...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions road transport replaced trains between Swindon and Gloucester or Cheltenham in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Road Traffic Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the operation of section 75 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

      Second Severn Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the construction costs of the second Severn bridge will be met; and what the outstanding debt on the crossing is.

      Stonehenge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will announce the arrangements for his review of the alternative options for the Stonehenge A303 Road Improvement scheme, including a timetable...

      Traffic Cones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will arrange for different colour cones to be used to mark the approach of a junction and the end of the temporary lane on major highways where...

      Transport (Gravesham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of transport infrastructure needs in Gravesham.

      Transport (Gravesham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what account his Department takes of the protection of (a) historic homes and (b) forests in (i)Gravesham and (ii) England in approving the...

  • Health

    • Age Barriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of NHS facilities which operate an explicit age bar to treatment.

    • Agenda for Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received regarding funding for healthcare in East Sussex for the period 2005 to 2010; and what proportion of this funding...

      Agenda for Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received regarding the implementation of the NHS Agenda for Change at the East Sussex hospitals NHS trust.

      Alliance Medical

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 5 October 2005, Official Report, column 2811W, on Alliance Medical, whether the capacity planning exercise conducted with...

      Alliance Medical

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 October 2005, Official Report, column 2810W, on Alliance Medical, what assessment she has made of the compatibility of the...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had on the report A Strategic Review of the Provision and Commissioning of Ambulance Services across Cheshire and Merseyside; and...

      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to improve the standard of care available to those with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes of care for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder there have been in each year since 1997.

      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions of Ritalin have been issued in each of the last five years.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many diagnoses have been made of autism spectrum disorders in each of the last five years for which figures are available; (2) what data her...

      Biopsy Specimens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number and percentage of biopsy specimens mislaid within the national health service in the last year for which figures...

      Births

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many babies weighing 8.8lbs or more were born in England in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Births

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cases of shoulder dystocia were recorded in births of children weighing more than 8.8lbs in each of the last five years for which figures...

      Blindness (Rehabilitation Workers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what short-term contingency measures are being implemented to address deficiencies in the number of qualified rehabilitation workers who assist blind and...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions her Department has had with (a) Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust and (b) Greater Manchester Strategic Health Authority regarding the...

      Burns Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she intends to announce the findings of the Burns Care Review.

      Cataract Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are expected to be treated at the independent treatment cataract units in (a) Oxfordshire and (b) England in the first year of operation.

      Cataract Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there are plans to renew Netcare's contract to provide independent treatment scheme cataract units.

      Cataract Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the performance of independent treatment scheme cataract units will be assessed as part of trusts' performance targets.

      Cataract Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much it has cost on average to treat a patient at independent treatment scheme cataract units in (a) Oxfordshire and (b) England since they were...

      Coeliac Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to improve rates of diagnosis of coeliac disease; what steps she is taking to improve the standard of care given to those with...

      Communications Difficulties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that those who have difficulty communicating with others are able to access the communication aids they need.

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many researchers have been funded by her Department for the purpose of finding a cure for cystic fibrosis; and at what cost in the last five years.

      Down's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average life expectancy is of people with Down's syndrome; and what estimate she has made of the average total cost of health care for each...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners are making referrals using the choose and book system.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Department has established a recommended charging scale for work undertaken by GPs when filling out forms for patients referred by private...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent estimate her Department has made of the number of deaths caused by misdiagnosis by general practitioners; and if she will make a...

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS hospitals have waiting lists for digital hearing aids of over (a) six months, (b) one year and (c) two years.

      Hospital Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many responses the West Suffolk Primary Care Trust received to its consultation document into the closure of the Walnuttree and St. Leonard's...

      Hypertension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to improve the care given to those with hypertension; and what steps she is taking to encourage self-monitoring of blood pressure.

      Hypothyroidism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to inform health professionals on how best to diagnose hypothyroidism; what current best practice is in relation to the diagnosis...

      International Recruitments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses and midwives and (b) doctors were internationally recruited through bilateral agreements or memoranda of understanding in each year...

      Management and Administrative Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the management and administrative costs referred to in the guidance on commissioning a patient-led NHS issued on 28 July by Sir Nigel Crisp will be...

      Maternity Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospitals in England have midwife-led maternity units; and how many births took place in each in 2004.

      Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what advice she has received from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on the effectiveness of Alimta, in combination with...

      Methadone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths have been attributed to methadone use in each of the last five years.

      Mobile Communications (Interference)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has to re-examine the Medical Devices Agency's device bulletin, MDA DB 9702 March 1997,...

      Myasthenia Gravis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support the Government provides for people diagnosed with myasthenia gravis; and if she will make a statement.

      National Pulmonary Hypertension Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements have been made for central funding of the national pulmonary hypertension service for (a) the current year and (b) 2006.

      National Specialist Commissioning Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role is performed by the national specialist commissioning advisory group in supporting regional centres of (a) specialism, (b) research and (c) drug...

      No Secrets Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 July 2005, Official Report, column 1911W, on the No Secrets guidance, whether each local authority has (a) established...

      Pakistani Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Pakistani midwives applied to be registered with the National Midwifery Council as part of the overseas nursing programme in each of the last...

      Peripheral Vascular Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to improve the care given to those with peripheral vascular disease.

      Prescription (Charges/Guidance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health where English primary care trusts can use (a) All Wales Medicines Strategy Group and (b) Scottish Medicines Consortium guidance to make decisions on...

      Prescription (Charges/Guidance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions incurring a prescription charge were dispensed with a net ingredient cost of (a) under £3.50 and (b) under £6.50 in the...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many planned primary care trusts will cover areas outside geographic areas covered by corresponding hospital trusts.

      Private Sector NHS Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what requirements will be placed on private sector providers of services to the NHS to invest in the training of medical staff.

      Private Sector NHS Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the likely impact on NHS recruitment and retention of the demand for medical staff in the new private health centres.

      Psychological Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting times for psychological therapy were in the last period for which figures are available, broken down by mental health trust.

      Scanning Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who incurs the financial cost of making a site ready for a mobile scanner operated by Alliance Medical Ltd.

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of sexually transmitted diseases were diagnosed in (a) England, (b) London and (c) Kingston and Surbiton (i) in each year since 2002 and...

      Sleep Apnoea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will direct the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to conduct an appraisal on the use of continuous positive airway pressure for...

      Specialist Rehabilitation Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average number of specialist rehabilitation beds per 1,000 people in (a) each of the English regions and (b) England was in the latest year...

      Stroke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what methods her Department is using to increase awareness and understanding of stroke.

      Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the targets that (a) her Department and (b) each executive agency her Department is responsible for has set during the next 12 months.

      Thyroid Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many thyroid patients have been wrongly diagnosed as having chronic fatigue syndrome in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Your Health, Your Care, Your Say

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will set out the (a) purpose, (b) programme and (c) costs of the consultation Your Health, Your Care, Your Say.

      Your Health, Your Care, Your Say

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how members of the public are selected to attend events organised as part of the Your Health, Your Care, Your Say consultation.

      Your Health, Your Care, Your Say

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many strategic health authorities held local consultations on your health, your care, your say, broken down by (a) location and (b) number of people...

      Your Health, Your Care, Your Say

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which organisations have been invited to complete the questionnaire on Your Health, Your Care, Your Say.

      Your Health, Your Care, Your Say

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects the results of the Your Health, Your Care, Your Say questionnaire to be published.

      Your Health, Your Care, Your Say

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance was given to Opinion Leaders Research by her Department on the organisations to which invitations to regional consultations on Your Health,...

      Your Health, Your Care, Your Say

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people attended the Your Health, Your Care, Your Say regional meetings at (a) Gateshead, (b) Leicester, (c) London and (d) Plymouth; (2)...

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the purposes of child benefit.

    • Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are employed in the administration of the Child Trust Fund; and if he will make a statement.

      European Court of Justice (UK Tax Revenue)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the cases pending before the European Court of Justice in which UK tax revenue is at stake.

      Employment Statistics (North-east)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were in work in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside and (c) the UK in each year since 1997.

      Employment Statistics (North-east)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the level of long-term (a) youth and (b) adult employment was in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside and (iii) the UK in each year since...

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with members of Equitable Life's Board of Directors regarding the failure of that company's recent legal action against its...

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with the parliamentary Commissioner for administration concerning his ongoing inquiry into Equitable...

      Firearms Seizure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will publish the HM Customs and Excise assessment of the percentage of firearms seized at ports of entry that are intended for criminal use; (2)...

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people work for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs in Northern Ireland.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many whole-time equivalent staff are employed in HM Revenue and Customs Large Business Service; and how many were employed in each of the predecessor...

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax offices were closed (a) in total and (b) in each (i) region and (ii) country in the UK in each of the last two years.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost would be of reducing the higher rate of income tax from 40 per cent. to 35 per cent.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were subject to effective marginal tax rates of over 50 per cent. in (a) 1996–97, (b) 2000–01, (c) 2003–04 and (d)...

      Manufacturing Sectors (Work Force)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the (a) UK and (b) London work force was accounted for by the manufacturing sector in each year since 1992.

      Royal Family (Annual Accounts)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will invite (a) Her Majesty the Queen and (b) His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales to submit their annual accounts for scrutiny to the National...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what tax revenue his Department received from stamp duty on the sale of (a) residential and (b) commercial and business properties in each financial year...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax claimants have been sent improved annual tax credit award notices which set out how their award has been calculated.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 12 September 2005, Official Report, columns 2386–387W, on tax credits, if he will update the figures to take account of the...

      Timber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many prosecutions for the attempted importation of illegally logged timber into the UK have taken place in each of the last three years; and what...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Claims (Hornsey and Wood Green)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people claiming (a) state pension, (b) jobseeker's allowance and (c) incapacity benefit in Hornsey...

    • Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been awarded disability living allowance on the basis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in each of the last five...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of housing benefit recipients opted for their housing benefit to be paid directly to their landlord in each year since 1997.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) self-employed people, (b) people earning less than the lower earnings limit, (c) unemployed people and (d) other non-contributing...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will make it his policy to set the state pension above the official poverty level; (2) if he will make it his policy to link the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the additional cost to the Financial Assistance Scheme of extending support to individuals who were between three...

      Pensions Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on developments in provision of office space and IT systems for the pensions ombudsman.

      Recycling

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

      Water Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what change there was in water consumption by his Department between 2002 and 31 March 2005; and what assessment he has made of which...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what numbers of case starts in asylum were allocated, and what numbers were used in (a) England and Wales and (b) Yorkshire and...

    • Child Protection

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to review and consult upon child protection and care proceedings; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what the total spending by the Department on (a) staff, (b) accommodation and (c) procurement in (i) Dundee East...

      Senior Bar (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what is the perceived religious affiliation based on educational background of the panel selected to oversee appointments to...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Embassies (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria would be used to determine the closure of a British embassy in Africa.

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the letters from the hon. Member for Banbury to the British ambassador in Tel Aviv of 31 May, to UKvisas of 15 July, and to...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter to him dated 12 July 2005 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr....

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, dated (a) 16 June, with regard to Mr. Abbas,...

      Departmental Vehicles

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

      EU (Turkey's Accession)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) surveys and (b) other measures of UK public opinion he has commissioned on Turkey's prospective accession to the...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answers of 12 July 2005, Official Report, column 872W, on the EU constitution, if he will make a statement on...

      Heads of State Meeting (Hampton Court)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the attendees expected at the Informal Meeting of Heads of State or Government at Hampton Court Palace on 27...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Libyan authorities regarding the possible transfer of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi from a...

      UK Ambassadors (Commonwealth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the names of the UK ambassadors in each Commonwealth country; and on what date each was appointed to the position.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Uzbekistan concerning human rights abuses, with particular regard...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost has been of stationing UK troops in Afghanistan in each year since the operation began.

    • Airlift Capacity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the projected cost is of new airlift capacity up to 2015.

      Apache Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many AH-64 Apache helicopters are operational.

      Armed Forces Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list those Army units who have been deployed to Iraq on (a) one occasion, (b) two occasions, (c) three occasions and (d) four or more...

      British Troop Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British troops are in (a) Afghanistan, (b) Iraq, (c) Kosovo, (d) Bosnia and (e) Germany.

      Defence Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is in respect of integrated project team leaders visiting bidders and potential suppliers outside the UK; and what records are kept of...

      Defence Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps are taken to minimise the (a) time taken and (b) costs incurred by bidders on defence procurement contracts; and under what circumstances (i)...

      Defence Weaponry (Space)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on weapons in space; (2) what plans the Government have (a) to support and (b) to promote...

      Defence Weaponry (Space)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the United Kingdom operates a defence mechanism for the protection of UK satellites in space.

      Departmental Purchasing

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

      Departmental Rebranding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on rebranding in his Department and related agencies in each of the last five years.

      Estate Disposals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's targets for disposals of (a) land and (b) buildings in Hampshire are in the 2005–06 financial year; and if he will list the...

      Export Support Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of the export support team was last year; and what the forecast cost is for each of the next two years.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2005, Official Report, columns 1204–05W, on Iraq, whether the British deputy senior judge advocate in Iraq told...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the activities of British armed forces in Basra on 20 September.

      Merlin Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Merlin helicopters are in operation with the Royal Navy, broken down by (a) condition and (b) age.

      Military Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) trained strength and (b) trained requirement is of the UK (i) regular armed forces, (ii) reserve forces and (iii) Territorial Army.

      Nimrod

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on plans for the replacement or upgrade of the Nimrod.

      Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the unit production cost, broken down by (a) indirect resource departmental expenditure limit, (b) direct resource departmental expenditure...

      Public Service Agreement Target

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what metrics have been established for measuring the Department's success in achieving public service agreement objective II; and what weighting has been...

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guaranteed funding QinetiQ is due to receive from his Department's science and technology budget over the next five years.

      RAF

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

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list (a) the reasons for designating each of the Royal Navy ships referred to in his written answer of 13 July 2005, Official Report, column...

      Submarine IT Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the potential for Alfred McAlpine Business Systems to become a supplier...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what ongoing contractual obligations the United States has to service (a) Trident submarines and (b) their nuclear payloads; and if he will make a statement.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the options for the replacement of the Trident fleet together with projected costs in each case.

      UK Troops (Belize)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK troops will be stationed in Belize in December.

      Ulster Defence Regiment/Royal Irish Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are known to have served in (a) the Ulster Defence Regiment and (b) the Royal Irish Regiment home service battalions in the last 30 years...

      Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the welfare provided by the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes.

      Withdrawn Military Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many tanks are expected to be withdrawn from service in 2005–06.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will clarify and consolidate statute relating to abortion in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

    • Anaesthetists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps his Department is taking to ensure that trained assistance is provided for anaesthetists.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of patients referred by their general practitioner with suspected breast cancer was assessed by a specialist within two weeks at...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of patients in each health trust was treated for breast cancer within six weeks in the last 12 months for which figures are...

      CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been arrested or questioned regarding a crime which was caught on CCTV cameras in each of the four Belfast Westminster...

      Community Paediatric Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many community paediatric clinics employ staff qualified in child and adolescent mental health in (a) North Belfast and (b) West Belfast.

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on services for cystic fibrosis sufferers in the Province.

      Cytology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the (a) accuracy and (b) effectiveness of cervical cancer screening in the Province.

      Cytology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans there are to introduce human papilloma virus testing in the Province for screening against cervical cancer.

      Cytology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what advice he has received from the Department's regional sub-group regarding introducing liquid-based cytology screening in the Province for...

      Cytology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland where in the Province pilot schemes have been operating of liquid-based cytology screening.

      Cytology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which boards have commenced pilot schemes of liquid-based cytology screening.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many residential care places are available in the Province for individuals with early onset dementia.

      Disabled Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland have official disability vehicle stickers.

      Eastern Health and Social Services Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Eastern Health and Social Services Board has sought a business case for implementing new IT systems.

      Faith-based Projects (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding was provided to faith-based (a) groups and (b) projects in Northern Ireland over the last five years, broken down by...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many firefighters were operating in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years, broken down by sex.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many fire fighters have been injured in the line of duty in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many operational fire stations there were in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Health Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many procedures each health board in the Province has bought from (a) within and (b) outside the Province in each of the last five years;...

      Health Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints were made against each health board in each of the last three years.

      Health Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which health trusts in the Province have commenced their own internal bank staff system; and what costs each has incurred (a) setting up, (b)...

      Hip Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are awaiting hip replacement surgery in each of the health boards in Northern Ireland.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many hospital beds there are within each health trust in Northern Ireland.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the percentage bed occupancy was in each hospital in Northern Ireland in each of the last 12 months.

      Hospital Staff (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many assaults there were on hospital staff on hospital premises in each health board in each of the last three years.

      Hospital Telephone Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many whole-time equivalent receptionists are employed at the main switchboard of each of the hospitals in the Province.

      Hospital Telephone Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many telephone lines there are for the main switchboard at the Royal Victoria hospital.

      Hospital Telephone Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many receptionists there are on the main switchboard at the Royal Victoria hospital (a) on weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm, (b) on weekdays...

      Influenza Vaccines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what changes are planned to the (a) provision and (b) distribution of influenza vaccines in the Province.

      Influenza Vaccines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what extra facilities will be provided to assist general practitioner surgeries in the Province with the storage of increased numbers of...

      Knife Attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many violent attacks involving knives were recorded in Northern Ireland in each of the past three years; and what steps he is taking to...

      Marfan Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations have been made to the Department from (a) medical staff and (b) others regarding provision for sufferers of Marfan syndrome...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many consultants specialising in mental health are employed by the (a) Royal Group, (b) Mater hospital and (c) United Hospitals Trust at...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many consultants specialising in child and adolescent mental health are employed by the North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to improve the safety of patients and staff on mental health wards in the Province.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) members of staff, (b) patients and (c) visitors have suffered (i) verbal and (ii) physical assaults at each mental health trust in...

      Missed Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many missed hospital out-patient appointments there were in each health trust in the Province in each of the last three years.

      NHS (Overseas Workers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the training costs that are saved as the result of having staff from overseas working within the NHS.

      NHS (Overseas Workers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many nurses from abroad are employed at (a) the Mater hospital and (b) the Royal Group of hospitals.

      Physiotherapists

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

      Physiotherapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many physiotherapists are employed by each health trust in the Province; and how many were employed five years ago.

      Racially Motivated Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) maximum and (b) minimum sentence is which has been handed down to a person charged with racially motivated crime in Northern Ireland.

      Rail Workers (Injuries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many rail workers have been injured while working on the rail lines in Northern Ireland in each year since 1998.

      Roads (West Belfast)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when work in respect of the road layout at the Mackey site in West Belfast began; and when it is planned to be completed.

      Sex Offenders Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are on the Sex Offenders Register in Northern Ireland.

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the costs resulting from sickness absence among health service employees in the Province in 2004–05.

      Velcade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the availability of Velcade in Northern Ireland; and what plans there are to increase access for patients to Velcade.

      Violent Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the timetable is for legislation to require the assessment and risk management of violent offenders in Northern Ireland; and if he will...

      Violent Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he plans to bring forward legislation on the assessment and risk management of violent offenders in Northern Ireland.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the longest time is that anyone in the Province has waited for radiotherapy in the last 10 years.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) average and (b) longest current waiting time is for an IVU investigation within each trust in the Province.

  • House of Lords

    • Belfast: St Mary's University College

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the legal status of St Mary's College in Belfast; what is the structure of its governing body; whether it contains any religious representatives; if so, of...

    • Belfast: Stranmillis University College

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What effect Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 had on the decision to alter the governance of Stranmillis University College in Belfast; whether, and on...

      Companies House Pricing Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the deletions made by Companies House before releasing the final report of the Companies House Pricing Review (June 2004) under the Freedom of Information...

      Control Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 20 July concerning the London terror attack, when they will publish information about the number of...

      House of Lords: Dress Code

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether any changes in the dress code for any part of the House of Lords during sitting days have been introduced since 2000; if so, what the changes were; and...

      Northern Ireland Parades Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in view of the recent rioting in Northern Ireland, they will consider a reform of the Parades Commission.

      Northern Ireland: Post-primary Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What official reports have been presented relating to post-primary education in Northern Ireland since 2000; who has chaired each study; and what experience each...

      Northern Ireland: Primary Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the number of children in primary education in Northern Ireland; and how many attend (a) state sector schools; (b) Catholic maintained sector schools; (c)...

      Northern Ireland: Smoking in Public Places

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they propose to ban smoking in all public houses and restaurants in Northern Ireland.

      Palace of Westminster: New Traffic Arrangements

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What assessment of the risk to cyclists was carried out when the new traffic arrangements for St Margaret Street and Old Palace Yard were designed; and whether...

      Redundant Heavy Weapons: Disposal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are supporting the disposal of redundant heavy weapons in the countries of the former Soviet Union in the manner identified and recommended by the...

      Socio-economic Models

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have considered the Rhineland socio-economic model, in view of its apparently positive aspects in Germany; and whether any conclusions can be drawn...

      Violent Crime

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of the most recent year for which figures are available, how many violent crimes committed by people under the age of 18 were committed by (a) males;...

      Wind Energy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to wind turbines currently installed for electricity generation, what proportion of time since their installation they have not been able to generate...

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