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Written answers

Monday, 24 October 2005

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Pig Keepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of pig keepers who also keep (a) ducks and (b) poultry.

    • Poultry Keepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many poultry keepers she estimates there are in England.

      Ragwort Control Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department has taken to ensure that local authorities highways departments comply with the Ragwort Control Act...

      Ragwort Control Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department has taken to ensure that other Government Departments are aware of the provisions of the Ragwort...

      Rural Post Offices, Banks and Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received on the effects of the closure of rural (a) post offices, (b) bank branches and (c)...

      Snares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on where and why the Department will give licences for the use of snares.

  • Transport

    • A21 Upgrade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what inquiries his Department is undertaking regarding statutory blight compensation for people affected by the proposed A21 upgrade in East Sussex.

    • Merchant Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2005, Official Report, column 671W, on merchant navy, how many of the (a) officers and (b) seamen serving in the...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the progress on the trial M42 hard shoulder running.

      Northern Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will review the public-private partnership funding arrangements for the Northern Line; and if he will make a statement.

      Rail Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to announce the award of the contract for the integrated Kent franchise.

      Road Closures (Sporting Events)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which trunk roads in the east midlands were closed on 2 September 2005 as a result of a cycle race taking place; how long those closures were operative...

      Road Closures (Sporting Events)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what his policy is regarding road closures taking place for non-essential, non-transport related events; whether any assessments are made before...

      School Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what regulations apply to the safety of children who are fare-paying passengers on designated school buses; what regulations apply to the supervision...

      Terrorist Suspect Renditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to establish whether aircraft passing through UK airports are being used for the extraordinary rendition of terrorist suspects;...

      Transport Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many studies of transport funded by his Department are in progress within the (a) Essex and (b) Greater London areas; and what the cost of such...

      Volunteering

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

  • Church Commissioners

    • Property Sales (Vauxhall)

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many properties the Church Commissioners have sold in Vauxhall constituency in the last two years.

    • Property Sales (Vauxhall)

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what assurances have been given to the tenants of properties sold by the Church Commissioners in Vauxhall...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many vehicles for which the Law Officers' Department are responsible are fitted with retreaded tyres.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • 1911 Census

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs by what means members of the public can gain access to information from the 1911 Census.

    • Access to Justice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps she has taken to ensure access to justice for residents of the EU working in England and Wales.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what guidance has been given to juvenile courts in relation to custodial sentences for offenders in breach of antisocial...

      Court-admissible DNA Tests

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what guidance her Department issues to laboratories which wish to become accredited to provide court-admissible DNA...

      Cremations and Burials

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many (a) cremations and (b) burials of deceased human bodies have been carried out in each of the last five years for which...

      District Judge (Northamptonshire)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the merits of appointing a district judge for Northamptonshire.

      Electoral Administration System

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which provisions of the Electoral Administration Bill will apply to Northern Ireland.

      Electoral Administration System

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will place in the Library copies of the submissions received by her Department as part of its consultation on the...

      Electoral Administration System

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate she has made of the numbers of unregistered voters for (a) the UK as a whole and (b) each region of the UK.

      Electoral Administration System

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps the Government are taking to improve the administration of elections, with particular reference to (a) ensuring...

      Electoral Administration System

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will take steps to make the marked electoral register available in electronic format.

      Expert Witnesses

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what checks medical experts are subjected to prior to giving evidence at trial.

      Expert Witnesses

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether trial judges are required to establish the credentials of expert witnesses.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what representations she has received from public bodies on their entitlement to withhold information requested under the...

      Judiciary (Disabled Judges)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many judges have a physical disability; and what steps the Department takes (a) to monitor disability among the judiciary...

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much was levied in fines by each magistrates court in Greater London in each of the last five years; how much was written...

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much has been spent over the last five years on (a) maintaining and (b) refurbishing (i) Barry, (ii) Neath, (iii) Port...

      Marcus Downie

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what are the reasons for the length of time it took to conclude the inquest into the death of Marcus Downie; and if she will...

      Ministerial Travel

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

      Persistent and Prolific Offenders

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what guidelines she has issued on how criminal cases involving persistent and prolific offenders should be treated by the courts.

      Postal Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make it a requirement for returning officers to make available a marked register indicating postal voters.

      Prison Deaths

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the inquests that have been completed in the past five years following a death in prison; what the date of the...

      Voter Turnout

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps her Department (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to increase turnout in the next general election.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Architects Registration Board

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with the Architects Registration Board concerning its disciplinary procedures.

    • Architects Registration Board

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether (a) he and (b) his officials have discussed with the Architects Registration Board rules of propriety in choosing members employed in quasi-judicial inquiries.

      Architects Registration Board

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he intends to review the operation of the Architects Registration Board.

      Departmental Vehicles

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

      Highbury

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received concerning the planning application for the re-development of Highbury Stadium into Highbury Square; and whether he has made...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people were found to be unintentionally homeless but not in a priority need category in Gravesham in 2005.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what house building programmes have been commissioned in Kent since 1997, broken down by borough council.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for South-West Surrey (Mr. Hunt) of 14 October 2005, Official Report, column 612W, on housing, if he will break down the...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people are on the housing register in each London borough.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people are in council housing in Kent, broken down by borough council.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the council allocations were for housing transfers into (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) five bedroom properties in each London borough in the...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what requirement there is for tenant involvement in registered social landlords after transfer of council housing in large scale voluntary transfers; and how...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the levels of tenant satisfaction (a) before and after large-scale voluntary transfer, (b) before and after the establishment of...

      Housing Associations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish the value for grant assessments of each housing association produced by the comparator developed by the National Audit Office and the Housing...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment the Government has made of the (a) regional variations in take-up of incapacity benefit and the (b) implications for regional economic...

      Local Authority Pensions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Oldham, East and Saddleworth (Mr. Woolas) of 18 October 2005, Official Report, column 878W, on local authority...

      National Society for Epilepsy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to announce the decision on the planning inquiry into the National Society for Epilepsy's appeal against the rejection of their planning...

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of Thames Gateway Communities Plan development will be on land designated as (a) brownfield, (b) greenfield, (c) flood plains (brownfield) and (d)...

      Travellers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Government have to introduce changes to the law relating to unauthorised Traveller encampments.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many United States personnel have been committed to NATO's International Security Assistance Force role in Afghanistan by the US Secretary of Defence...

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the operational status of the United Kingdom's aircraft carriers.

      Civilian Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he has made in the negotiations with the trade union side about an enhanced redundancy package for civilian staff employed by the...

      Members' Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many hon. Members have visited the tunnels controlled by his Department in Gibraltar in each of the last five years; (2) how many (a)...

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to (a) replace and (b) extend the life of the Vanguard class submarine; and if he will make a statement.

      UK Military Advice/Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the training schemes available to members of overseas armed forces (a) at Ministry of Defence establishments in the UK and (b) provided...

      UK Military Advice/Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) to which countries the UK has sent advisory military and training teams in each year since 1997; (2) in which countries the UK has stationed...

  • International Development

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to channel aid directly to the people in Africa through non-governmental organisations.

    • Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to improve the humanitarian situation in the Darfur region of the Sudan.

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he expects negotiations to be completed to finalise the details of the International Development Association and African...

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what governance measures the Heavily Indebted Poor Completion Point countries will need to meet in order to be eligible to benefit from...

      Developing World

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to tackle (a) famine and (b) disease epidemics in the developing world.

      Malawi/Niger

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken to ascertain the need for humanitarian assistance in (a) Malawi and (b) Niger.

      Malawi/Niger

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department has provided to Niger in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Nicaragua

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assistance he is providing to the people of the Atlantic Coast in Nicaragua; (2) if he will make the disbursement of...

      Swaziland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) multilateral and (b) bilateral aid has been given by the United Kingdom to Swaziland to tackle AIDS in each of the last 10 years.

      United Nations Population Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) males and (b) females are employed by the United Nations Population Fund in the counties in China where they operate; and...

      United Nations Population Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how employees of the United Nations Population Fund monitor the Chinese one child policy within the counties they operate in; and if he...

      West Papua

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of illegal logging and mining activity in West Papua.

      World Trade Talks

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) discussions he has had and (b) agreements have been reached between his Department and (i) the Department for Trade and...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experimentation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Department's policy is on the setting up of a Royal Commission into Animal Experimentation.

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of (a) the assistance, with particular reference to interpretation facilities, available to asylum seekers making...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applications from Somali nationals have (a) not yet been finally determined and (b) been refused in each of the last five...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum made in (a) 2000, (b) 2001, (c) 2002, (d) 2003, (e) 2004 and (f) 2005 by nationals of (i) Sierra Leone, (ii)...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for asylum have been made in each year since 2001.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers in Gravesham are awaiting the result of (a) an initial decision and (b) an appeal.

      British Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for naturalisation as a British citizen since 2001 have been processed within (a) six months, (b) 12 months, (c) two...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will to reply to the letter to him dated 7 September from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr. Kenroy Brown.

      EU Accession Country Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many citizens from East European member states of the EU resident in the UK have registered with the workers registration scheme, broken...

      EU Accession Country Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the economic impact of the settlement of economic migrants from European Union accession countries in the UK...

      EU Accession Country Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have come to the United Kingdom from the new EU accession states under the Worker Registration Scheme; and what estimate he...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his strategy for (a) combating trafficking in human beings and (b) caring for victims of trafficking.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to make financial concessions on the cost of identity cards for (a) people on low income, (b) young people and students and...

      Illegal Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal migrants including dependants he estimates are resident in London.

      Illegal Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants have been found (a) within the UK and (b) in London in each year since 1992.

      Illegal Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many successful prosecutions have been brought against employers for hiring illegal immigrants in each year since 1992.

      Immigrant Labour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the net contributions of immigrant workers to the UK economy in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will commission research on whether the integration of refugees is affected by the grant of limited rather than indefinite leave to remain.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many working hours have been lost at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate due to the loss of computer access in each of the last...

      Mobile Telephones (Driving Offences)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many fixed penalty notices have been issued in England and Wales for offences involving using hand-held mobile telephones when...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the identification requirements are for a UK passport photograph of a person who is wearing a burka or other face-covering apparel.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the photographic identification requirements for identity cards in the Identity Cards Bill are to be the same as those currently used...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time was between receipt of a request for the return of documents by the Home Office Passport Unit and the issuing of a loss...

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the human rights records of the top 10 refugee producing countries in 2004.

      Secure Training Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the Youth Justice Board's report on the use of restraint in secure training centres.

      Skills Advisory Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether he expects the reports of the Skills Advisory Body to be published in full; (2) what the proposed terms of reference of the...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visas for temporary stays in the United Kingdom have been issued in each year since 2000.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were issued in each of the last five years to individuals working in (a) health care and (b) social care.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-European Economic Area foreign nationals were granted permits in 2004 to work in the United Kingdom.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of jobs for successful applicants under the Worker Registration Scheme covering the new EU accession states have been...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the future of the seasonal agricultural workers scheme.

  • Treasury

    • Academies (Tax Relief)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) tax, (b) VAT and (c) other excise duty reliefs and exemptions apply to (i) city academies, (ii) foundation schools and (iii) the sponsors of city...

    • Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money has been allocated to publicising the Child Trust Fund for the periods (a) January to 31 December 2004, (b) January 2005 to 30 June 2005, (c)...

      Compensation Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what payments for compensation for (a) discrimination and (b) unfair dismissal have been made by his Department and its agencies over the last three years;...

      Corporation Tax (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the annual amount received from corporation tax in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to reform the Financial Services Authority; and if he will make a statement.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received regarding (a) expenditure on human resources and (b) senior staff pay and bonuses at the Financial Services Authority...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received regarding malpractice at the Financial Services Authority; and if he will make a statement.

      Fuel Oil Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue the Government received from the duty levied on fuel oil in the financial years (a) 2002–03, (b) 2003–04 and (c) 2004–05;...

      Fuel Oil Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much VAT the Treasury collected from the sale of fuel oil in the financial years (a) 2002–03, (b) 2003–04 and (c) 2004–05; what...

      Game Rearing Farms

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 10 October 2005, Official Report, column 292W, on game rearing farms, what estimate he has made of the amount of revenue which is...

      Hospital Births

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many births to women resident in (a) Fareham, (b) Gosport, (c) Portsmouth and (d) Havant local authority areas took place in (i) Blackbrook maternity...

      Ministerial Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether (a) he or (b) any other Minister in his Department uses (i) an automated signing machine and (ii) a stamp for ministerial correspondence purposes.

      Mortgage Products

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he next plans to review the range of mortgage products on the market.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will break down the tax relief given on approved pension scheme contributions in 2004–05 by decile of the pre-tax income distribution; (2)...

      Pre-owned Asset Regulations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Written Statement of 21 July 2005, Official Report, column 111WS, on pre-owned asset regulations (double charges), when he plans to publish...

      Private Members' Bills

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what occasions since 1997 Ministers from his Department have (a) authorised parliamentary counsel to assist in preparing amendments to private Members'...

      Public Sector Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will produce an annual estimate of the unfunded liabilities of public sector pension schemes; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with Health Ministers on the operation of their public service agreements; and if he will make a statement.

      Regional Economic Performance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will establish a system of six-monthly published reports on regional economic performance including productivity, wage levels, investment influences,...

      Regional Pay Variations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what monitoring he undertakes of (a) local and regional variations in pay and (b) the account taken of extra costs for retention and recruitment that arise...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the progress of the merger of the Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have been recruited to work within Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff are employed by HM Revenue and Customs in Northern Ireland, broken down by grade; and how many of those staff are currently investigating (a)...

      Spectrum Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the likely level of the proposed spectrum tax; and if he will make a statement; (2) how much he expects to be raised in...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will cease to pursue low income households for the repayment of overpaid tax credits; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a more recent draft of the tax credit award notice than the draft under review as at 10 June.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the tax credit entitlement of a family on a total income of £12,000 per annum with two children will be the same whether there are one or two...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the number of tax credit overpayments in 2004–05; what their total value is; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in the City of Edinburgh local authority area are in receipt of (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Kent have benefited financially from the tax credit system in 2005.

      VAT (Sun Beds)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether VAT is levied on charges by sun bed tanning retail outlets.

      Volunteering

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

      Working Hours

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were working (a) fewer than 16 hours per week, (b) more than 16 hours per week and (c) more than 30 hours per week in each year since...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the percentage of children living in households with income at or below £13,910 in (a) Waltham Forest, (b)...

    • Compulsory Redundancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) voluntary and (b) compulsory redundancies there have been in his Department (i) in 2005 and (ii) in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Underspend

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

      Energywatch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made by Energywatch in giving advice to smaller companies and public sector organisations on using flexible purchasing...

      Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many companies in the UK have an export licence for the export of arms to Israel.

      Films (Conditional Bookings)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received concerning the effect of repeal of the Films (Alignments) Order 1989 on conditional bookings; and if he...

      Ministerial Visits (Nuclear Installations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will give (a) the date and (b) the location of ministerial visits to nuclear installations that (i) have taken place in the past six...

      National Grid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the capacity of the national grid to accommodate new wind turbines; what that capacity is; and at what...

      North Sea Energy Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his Department's projection of UK continental shelf oil and gas production as measured in billion barrels of oil equivalent is up to the...

      North-East Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the work of the north-east development agency over the last four years.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the nuclear materials accountancy system at British Nuclear Fuels Thorp reprocessing plant at Sellafield is designed to track nuclear...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) polling and (b) focus groups on nuclear power his Department has undertaken in the last three years ;and if he will place copies of...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans his Department has to fund the maintenance of the Central Point of Expertise on Timber.

      Volunteering

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

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the waste electrical and electronic equipment directive to be implemented.

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether a regulatory body will be put in place to ensure producers comply with the responsibilities of the waste electrical...

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects the producer responsibility element of the European directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment to be implemented.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research he has undertaken on the potential for large scale offshore wind farms.

  • Prime Minister

    • Chechnya

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with President Putin on (a) human rights and (b) reports of disappearances in Chechnya; and if he will make a statement.

  • Wales

    • Welsh Language Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many Departments of state have yet to comply with the Welsh Language Act 1993 in not having adopted a language scheme; and if he will make a statement.

    • Youth Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether he has met the Secretary of State for the Home Department to discuss issues of youth crime in Wales.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Cultural Industries (South-West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the contribution of cultural industries to the economy in the south-west region.

    • Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment she has made of the implications for binge drinking of the changes proposed by the Licensing Act 2003.

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the likely health impact of the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003.

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what opportunities will be given to local organisations and residents to contest licence extensions or renewals under the new Licensing...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment the Department has made of the decision to open up 25 per cent. of BBC production to independent companies.

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what further initiatives the Government will take to promote ongoing public involvement with the BBC following the review of its charter.

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost in real terms of the BBC licence fee has been in each of the last 30 years.

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will ensure future decisions on extending local BBC services are based on (a) public value and market impact tests, (b) the...

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to encourage regional development agencies to maximise the commercial benefits to the regions of...

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to undertake appraisals of the facilities in the south-east which may be used as part of hosting the 2012 Olympic games.

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to involve East Anglia in the London Olympics.

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans there are to hold events in Northern Ireland as part of the 2012 Olympic games.

      Art (Crosby)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the role of art in economic regeneration, with particular reference to Crosby.

      Lottery Funds Distribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take action to reduce the unspent lottery balance.

      Lottery Funds Distribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the process for the distribution of national lottery funds.

      Art Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many art galleries in England are in receipt of funding from the Arts Council.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the rates of employee absence in her Department have been in each year since 1997.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures she is taking to ensure that local and community radio has access to digital bandwidth for transmission.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures (a) her Department and (b) Ofcom is taking to promote take-up of digital (i) radio and (ii) television.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) people and (b) households in the (i) United Kingdom and (ii) Forest of Dean constituency receive analogue but cannot...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number and percentage of households in the (a) United Kingdom and (b) Forest of Dean constituency that...

      Hemel Hempstead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list (a) heritage and (b) conservation sites in the constituency of Hemel Hempstead.

      Historic Buildings (Suffolk)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) listed buildings and (b) scheduled monuments are within 50 metres of the high water mark along the Suffolk coast.

      Licensed Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the Answer of 27 June 2005, Official Report, column 1276W, on licensed premises, if she will estimate (a) the number of...

      Licensing Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what guidance has been provided to licensing authorities when considering whether to modify or add conditions to the operational...

      Motorsports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many motorsport projects have been financially supported by the Government through the Motorsport Unit since its inception; what...

      Premier League (TV Rights)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) financial assistance and (b) legal assistance, Ofcom has offered to the European Commission on deciding the structure of...

      Premier League (TV Rights)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions Ofcom has had since 1 June 2004 with telecommunications regulatory bodies in other EU countries on the matter of...

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of households which did not have a television licence but had a television in each of the last...

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many households in the Pudsey constituency are in receipt of the free television licence for over-75s.

      Television Signals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of (a) people and (b) households in (i) Kettering constituency, (ii) Northamptonshire and (iii) England can receive...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Registration

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what is the Electoral Commission's predicted drop in registration as a result of a switch to...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how much has been spent on the Afghan drugs eradication programme; and how many hectares of poppies have been eradicated;...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions the head of the interdepartmental Afghan drugs unit has visited Afghanistan; and which provinces he has...

      Al-Qaeda Training Camps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of al-Qaeda training camps in operation in overseas locations.

      Azerbaijan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will make representations to the Government of Azerbaijan on ensuring the parliamentary elections on 6...

      Central America

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the priority his Department accords to diplomatic representation in central America.

      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 2005, with regard to Mrs....

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who is responsible for running the Foreign and Commonwealth Office estate (a) in the UK and (b) abroad; what relevant specialist...

      Echr

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent by the Government since 1997 on defending cases at the European Court of Human Rights.

      Greek Cypriots (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what negotiations have taken place during the United Kingdom's presidency of the European Union on settling disputes over land...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the impact of the Israeli security fence on the number of suicide bombings in Israel.

      Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to the Government of the Maldives about the trial of Mohamed Nasheed, Chairman of...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures the UK Government have taken as a state party to the fourth Geneva convention to fulfil its obligation to take...

      United Nations Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in which ways the UK Government plan to mark United Nations Day on 24 October.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • First-class Post

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the Commission will undertake an urgent investigation into the reasons that House of Commons franked...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent in each of the last five years for which figures are available to reduce benefit fraud; and if he will make a...

    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of carpal tunnel syndrome were granted compensation under industrial injuries legislation in each of the last five years, broken...

      Marginal Deduction Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the value of passported benefits is taken into account when figures on marginal deduction rates are produced.

      Pension Credit

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

      Pension Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many calls made to the Pension Service have (a) met an engaged tone, (b) been received and (c) been handled by an adviser in the last 24...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) children and (b) pensioners were living in poverty in (i) Walsall borough and (ii) Walsall North constituency in (A) 1997 and (B) 2005.

      Public Sector Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what is his latest estimate of the total value of unfunded liabilities of public sector pension schemes; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Sector Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to put public sector pension schemes on a funded basis; and if he will make a statement.

  • Leader of the House

    • Cycle Allowance

      To ask the Leader of the House how many hon. Members claimed the cycle allowance in the last period for which figures are available; and how much each of the 10 highest claimers claimed.

    • Scottish Legislation (Scrutiny)

      To ask the Leader of the House how much parliamentary time was spent scrutinising Scottish legislation between 1993 and 1999, broken down by legislative stage.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will introduce proposals to allow tabling and answer of written parliamentary questions during the summer recess.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Air Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many air weapon offences have been committed in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

    • Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent guidance has been issued to poultry owners in Northern Ireland in relation to Avian influenza; and what discussions he has had with...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average time was that patients in the Province waited for treatment for cancer of the brain in (a) 1999 and (b) the last 12 months for...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of women referred urgently in the last 12 months by their general practitioner with suspected breast cancer were seen by a...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average time was that patients in the Province waited for treatment of prostate cancer in (a) 1999 and (b) the last 12 months for which...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many surgeons at each hospital in the Province carried out more than 50 prostate operations in the last year for which figures are available.

      Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cars were registered in Northern Ireland in each of the past 10 years.

      Cervical Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when liquid-based cervical cytology screening will be introduced in the Province.

      Child Support Agency Management Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the breakdown of the Child Support Agency Management Board in Northern Ireland by religious background.

      Clinical Academics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many clinical academics taught medical students in the Province in the last year for which figures are available.

      Cold Case Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether there have been any changes to (a) the remit, (b) the terms and conditions of the investigating officers and (c) the manner and conduct...

      Contaminated Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his estimate is of (a) the value and (b) the acreage of contaminated land in Northern Ireland.

      Cyclists (Prosecutions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prosecutions have been brought against cyclists for cycling on pavements in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children in the Province were registered with a dentist in 1997.

      Disabled Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what powers (a) the police and (b) local authorities have to deal with the improper use of disabled parking bays by able-bodied drivers;...

      Doctors' Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money was spent by each health board on salaries for doctors (a) on suspension and (b) absent on special leave in each of the last...

      Education and Library Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the overall deficit of each education and library board in Northern Ireland is for the year 2005–06.

      Electroconvulsive Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what obligations there are on hospital staff in Northern Ireland who are involved in electroconvulsive therapy procedures to understand the...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many requests have been received under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 by each Government Department in the Province.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the costs which have resulted from requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      G8 Summit (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many officers of the Police Service of Northern Ireland were assigned to operational duties relating to the recent G8 summit in Scotland.

      GPs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many vacancies for general practitioners there are in the Province.

      Harbour Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department has invested in (a) Portavogie Harbour, (b) Kilkeel Harbour and (c) Ardglass Harbour in each of the past three years.

      Health Service Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) managers and (b) senior managers there are within the health service in the Province.

      Health Service Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) managers and (b) senior managers there were in the health service in the Province in 1997.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were deemed homeless under the homeless legislation in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.

      Hospital Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the percentage change in whole-time equivalent hospital consultants in the Province since 1997.

      Household Waste (Recycling)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of household waste each council in Northern Ireland recycled in the last period for which figures are available.

      Housing Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were on the waiting list for a housing transfer in each housing executive district in Northern Ireland as of 1 October 2005; and...

      Identification Parades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many identification parades have taken place in each Police Service of Northern Ireland district command in Northern Ireland in the last...

      Identification Parades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in how many cases an identification parade has been the evidence on which a prosecution has been taken to court in each of the last three years.

      Illegal Motor Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many roadside tests were carried out on motor vehicles to test for illegal petrol and diesel in Northern Ireland in each of the last five...

      Infant Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average infant school class size has been in each year since 1998; and what the total number of infant school pupils was in each year.

      Legal Gun Dealers/Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many legal gun dealers there are in Northern Ireland; and if he will list them.

      Legal Gun Dealers/Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list legal (a) gun clubs and (b) ranges in Northern Ireland.

      Liver Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average time was that patients in the Province waited for treatment for liver cancer in (a) 1999 and (b) the last 12 months for which...

      Negligence Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many clinical negligence claims there have been against each health trust in the Province in each of the last three years.

      NHS Clinical Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the percentage change in whole-time equivalent NHS clinical staff in the Province since 1997.

      NHS Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when sessional general practitioners in the Province will be able to join the NHS pension scheme.

      Non-clinical Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the annual spending was on administrative and non-clinical staff within the health service in the Province in each of the last two years.

      Non-consultant Hospital Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the percentage change in whole-time equivalent non-consultant hospital doctors in the Province since 1997.

      Northern Bank Robbery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been (a) questioned, (b) arrested and (c) detained in connection with the Northern bank robbery.

      Northern Bank Robbery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many officers are working on the Northern Bank robbery case.

      Northern Bank Robbery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money has been recovered to date from the Northern Bank robbery.

      Northern Bank Robbery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money the most recent change of notes after the Northern Bank robbery cost the Northern Bank to implement.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the percentage change in whole-time equivalent qualified nurses in the Province since 1997.

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average time was that patients in the Province waited for treatment for ovarian cancer in (a) 1999 and (b) the last 12 months for which...

      Police Officer Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many police officers there were in Northern Ireland on 1 September (a) 1997, (b) 1998 and (c) 2005, broken down by (i) regular, (ii)...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) Roman Catholics and (b) Protestants qualified for the merit pool of suitably qualified candidates on each recruitment exercise for...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the cost of Police Service of Northern Ireland recruitment exercises for each of the last three years.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many recruitment exercises have been carried out by the Police Service of Northern Ireland for new constables in each of the last three years.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new Police Service of Northern Ireland constables were appointed in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the size of the merit pool was for recruitment exercises carried out by the Police Service of Northern Ireland for new constables in each...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many regular Police Service of Northern Ireland (a) full-time reserve and (b) part-time reserve officers are on (i) long term sick leave and...

      Police Stations (Closures)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the police stations on closure lists in each district in Northern Ireland.

      Primary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pupils attended (a) state controlled, (b) Catholic maintained and (c) integrated primary schools in Northern Ireland in each of the...

      Public Bodies (Appointments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) Protestant, (b) Roman Catholic and (c) non-determined appointees there have been to (i) the Child Support Agency in Northern...

      Racially Motivated Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were convicted and sentenced for racially motivated crime in each year for which figures are held.

      Racially Motivated Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) hate crimes and (b) racially motivated crimes there have been within each district command unit in Northern Ireland over the last...

      Racially Motivated Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been prosecuted for racism in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were convicted of a rape charge in each of the last five years.

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many rapes there were in each of the Police Service of Northern Ireland district commands in each of the last five years.

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of rape were reported in each parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland in the last year for which figures are available.

      Road Traffic Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many road traffic officers are stationed in each Police Service of Northern Ireland district.

      School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent on transport provided for children travelling to and from each school in Northern Ireland in the last year for which figures...

      School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many school children use school funded transport to travel to and from maintained schools.

      Seat Belts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the (a) minimum and (b) maximum (i) fine and (ii) penalty points issued for not wearing a seat belt in Northern Ireland.

      Seat Belts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland were stopped for not wearing their seat belts, in each of the last three years, broken down by district; and...

      Sexual Assaults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) rape and (b) sexual assault incidents were recorded in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Sexual Assaults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions for (i) rape, (ii) assault with intent to rape and (iii) indecent assault took place in each of...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new dwellings were constructed for social housing in each of the last three years in Northern Ireland.

      St. Luke's Hospital (Suicides)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients or former patients at St. Luke's Hospital, Armagh, have committed suicide within the confines of the hospital in the last 10 years.

      Stinger Devices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions stinger devices have been used in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years, broken down by district.

      Stinger Devices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many stinger-type devices are operated by the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

      Teacher Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many teachers are working within the education system in Northern Ireland, broken down by age group.

      Teenage Pregnancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many girls under the age of 16 years became pregnant in each health board in the last year for which figures are available (a) in total and...

      Vacant Dwellings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of vacant dwellings in (a) public and (b) private sectors in Northern Ireland in each of the last three...

      Vehicle Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many recorded (a) theft of vehicle and (b) unauthorised taking of vehicle offences there have been in each Police Service of Northern...

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients from each health board area in the Province are waiting for radiotherapy treatment.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average length of time has been that patients in the Province have waited for radiotherapy in the last 12 months for which figures are...

      Warm Homes Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many contractors are working within each parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland for the Eaga Partnership Warm Homes Scheme, broken...

      Warm Homes Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the recent monthly update from the Warm Homes Scheme in Northern Ireland and the steps he is taking to increase...

      Weapon Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applications for personal protection weapon licences have been made in each month since August 2004; and how many such licences were...

  • Education and Skills

    • 14 to 19 Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations she has received on the Government's 14–19 White Paper; and if she will make a statement.

    • Academy Courses (London West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of the 16 to 19-year-olds expected to study at the proposed academy on the Brunel University's Uxbridge campus will be...

      Academy Courses (London West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will publish the criteria against which the proposal to establish a 16 to 19 academy based on Brunel University's Uxbridge campus is...

      Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps the Government are taking to improve the (a) levels of awareness of and (b) information about allergies and related issues for...

      Asperger's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what steps she is taking to ensure that teachers are trained to provide appropriate support to children with Asperger's syndrome; (2)...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what guidance she has issued to schools on dealing with students who have asthma; and what recent discussions she has had on this...

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many local education authorities in South England applied for a Building Schools for the Future one-school pathfinder project in the...

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many cases of bullying were recorded in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in Cumbria in each year since 1997; and what the...

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what estimate she has made of the number of bullying-related child (a) suicides and (b) attempted suicides in (i) Greater London and...

      Child Care (Grandparents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to assist local authorities to support grandparents who act as foster parents, guardians or holder of a residence...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children have left care on average over the last 10 years; and what percentage move directly into bed and breakfast accommodation.

      Children (Leaving Care) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures are in place to monitor the impact of the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000; and if she will make a statement.

      City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment she has made of the VAT liability that would be incurred if existing city academies made their buildings freely...

      Computers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the ratio of children to computers was at each primary school in (a) Romford, (b) Havering and (c) England in each of the past 10 years.

      Connexions Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much her Department is planning to spend on the Connexions card in (a) 2005–06, (b) 2006–07, (c) 2007–08 and (d)...

      Departmental Vehicles

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

      Deprivation Indicators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the 20 local authority wards with the (a) highest and (b) lowest proportions of children (i) receiving free school meals...

      Detentions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many detentions were issued in schools in Greater London in each of the last five years.

      Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many candidates received extra time due to dyslexia while sitting (a) GCSE and (b) GCE A/AS level examinations in 2003–04.

      Educational Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations she has received from providers of Work-Based Learning about the replacement of training allowances with educational...

      Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many A and A* grades at GCSE were achieved in schools serving the 2,000 most deprived wards in the country in each year from 1997.

      Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority to complete its review of coursework; and if she will make a statement.

      Foreign Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to increase the numbers of pupils learning a foreign language at (a) primary and (b) secondary level.

      Free School Meals (Meriden)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schoolchildren in Meriden are eligible for free school meals; and what the take-up has been in each year since 1997.

      Free School Meals (Meriden)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schoolchildren in Meriden receive free school meals, broken down by school.

      Free School Meals (Meriden)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schoolchildren in Meriden whose families are in receipt of child tax credit are eligible for free school meals.

      GCSE Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people have failed to gain A*-C grade at both GCSE English and mathematics in each year since 1997.

      GCSE Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what policies the Government have in place to improve boys' GCSE examination results; and how much funding has been allocated for such...

      Grandparents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make it her policy to introduce an allowance for grandparents who are permanent carers for their grandchildren where the parents...

      Grandparents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate her Department has made of the number of children who are cared for permanently by their grandparents.

      Grandparents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many grandparents in England have (a) residence orders, (b) registered foster caring agreements, (c) guardianship status and (d) private...

      Grandparents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures are in place to ensure that grandparents who are raising their grandchildren full time receive the financial help to which...

      History Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will consider integrating black history into the national history curriculum.

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school-age children are receiving education at home.

      LEA Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the impact of migration into a local education authority on per capita funding for that LEA.

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to introduce nutrition standards for meals provided in (a) children's homes and (b) other accommodation for looked-after...

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research her Department has commissioned on the outcomes for looked-after children at various stages in their lives after they have...

      Mathematics Centre of Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the new National Centre of Excellence in Maths Teaching.

      Ministerial Travel

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

      Missing Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were reported as missing (a) in England and Wales and (b) for each police authority in each year since 1997.

      National Centre for Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the position of the UK in the recent report by the National Centre for Languages.

      National Contact Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she has taken to monitor and assess (a) funding arrangements and (b) performance of the national contact centres.

      Outdoor Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made with the guidance on outdoor learning; and what steps she is taking to ensure that children from low income...

      Phonics Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) on what criteria her decision to review the teaching of phonics was based; and if she will make a statement; (2) if she will make a...

      Polling Stations in Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance she has given regarding the closure of schools for use as polling stations.

      Pre-school Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many free (a) nursery and (b) pre-school places were available for (i) 3 and (ii) 4-year-olds in Pudsey in each of the last 10 years.

      Pupil Absences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in each local education authority have been removed from the admissions register because of (a) extended family holidays...

      Pupil Assaults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many incidents of violence towards teachers by pupils there were in each of the last five years.

      Runaway Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make it her policy to ensure that the inspection of services and delivery within the Staying Safe Framework specifically asks...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department takes to ensure that children without a place at the beginning of the school year are provided for by local...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had with local authorities in London to determine the effectiveness of this year's secondary school application...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were left without a place in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools (i) at the beginning of the 2005–06 academic year...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to improve the ability of secondary schools to satisfy parental choice in admissions.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of children in the Waverley borough council area left school at the minimum age in each of the last five years, broken down...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school nurses are employed by (a) each local authority and (b) individual schools in each authority; and how many vacancies there...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) pieces of (i) guidance and (ii) teaching material and (b) forms have been sent to (A) primary schools and (B) secondary schools...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many applications to increase pupil numbers school organisation committees have received in the last 12 months; and what the outcome was...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she has introduced to promote setting of classes; and if she will make a statement.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much capital funding was available to schools in (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06, broken down by (i) modernisation funding, (ii)...

      Secondary Education Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she plans to publish the implementation plan for the reform of 14–19 education.

      Secondary School Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many secondary school teachers have left the profession before completing five years of teaching (a) in total and (b) broken down by...

      Special Educational Needs

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

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to ensure adequate provision for special educational needs.

      Special Schools (Kent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many places at special schools in Kent there were in (a) 1997–98 and (b) 2004–05.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the criteria are for entry to the Graduate Training Programme for teachers; and whether previous teaching experience and qualifications...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to increase the number of male teachers working in early years educational provision.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to ensure that qualified teachers from Australia and New Zealand are able to teach in England; and if she will make...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many secondary school teachers teach the subject in which they undertook a degree; and how many teach a subject different from their...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made in introducing arrangements to allow teachers to opt for salary sacrifice in order to obtain child care vouchers.

      Travel to Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average distance travelled by children to secondary school is in (a) England, (b) Kent and (c) Gravesham.

  • Health

    • Academic Medical Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on progress on identifying sites for the proposed academic medical centres.

    • Air Pollutants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what conclusions have been reached by her Department's Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants in its consideration of the case for guidance on...

      Alzheimers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the recent changes in the provisions of medication for dementia sufferers in the Essex Strategic Health Authority area.

      Alzheimer's (Drugs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures she has taken to ensure that the wider social implications of Alzheimer's drugs are fully taken into account by the National Institute for...

      Anaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of anaemia among under-18s were diagnosed in England in each of the last five years.

      Authority Boundaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many strategic health authorities are proposing new primary care trust boundaries that extend beyond the geographic boundary of the strategic health...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place to ensure that all English residents are protected in the case of an outbreak of avian influenza.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contingency planning has been undertaken in Somerset for an influenza pandemic; and if she will make a statement.

      BCG Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which groups of children in schools in mid-Dorset and North Poole constituency will be offered BCG vaccinations; and whether parents of children who will...

      Bounty Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions her officials have had with the Bounty Company about the extension of its use in hospital for the promotion of health messages.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many non-smokers died from lung cancer in the Essex strategic health authority in the last five years.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the likely effects on patients in the East Worthing and Shoreham constituency of the proposed transfer of specialist...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what restrictions exist on (a) the advertising of cures for cancer and (b) the reporting of items relating to cancer; and if she will make a statement.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people receiving cancer treatment have been sectioned under the Mental Health Act in each of the last five years for which records are...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cancer treatments have been approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in each of the last five years for which...

      Care Homes (Diet)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what level of expertise and training is required of Commission for Social Care Inspection inspectors on the management of nutrition and dietary care for...

      Child Cancer Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were treated for cancer with platinum based chemotherapy drugs in each of the last five years.

      Child Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which drugs have been prescribed to children by NHS doctors in the last 12 months which have not been licensed for children.

      Cider and Perry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will introduce minimum fruit content requirements for cider and perry.

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether patients taking a medicine as part of a clinical trial have the right to continue taking the medicine if clinically appropriate following its...

      Communicable Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the responsibilities are of (a) health authorities and (b) local authorities in the area of communicable disease control.

      Community Health Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will set out the dates on which (a) the abolition of community health councils was first proposed, (b) the legislation abolishing community health...

      Community Matrons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many community matrons are employed in each primary care trust in the Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority area; and for how many patients...

      Community Pharmacies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the terms of the community pharmacy contract stipulated an enhanced services expenditure floor to primary care trusts.

      Contagious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list occasions since 1997 when highly contagious diseases have been identified in the UK as having originated abroad, broken down by country...

      Decontamination Supercentre Procurement Processes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when further waves of the NHS decontamination supercentre procurement processes are expected to be announced; (2) how many procurement competitions...

      Delayed Hospital Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many delayed hospital discharges there were in England in each year since 1997; (2) what assessment she has made of the impact on local...

      Dementia Care (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the Essex strategic health authority area suffer from dementia.

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people were fitted with digital hearing aids in each primary care trust area in the last 12 months; (2) how many digital hearing aids were...

      E. Coli

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of E. coli have been identified in (a) Southend-on-Sea and (b) Basildon hospital trusts over each of the last five years.

      East Sussex Hospitals Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what involvement Ministers had in the appointment of the new chief executive of East Sussex Hospitals Trust; (2) what involvement Ministers had in...

      Emergency Dental Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people visited (a) NHS accident and emergency departments and (b) dental school emergency departments for emergency dental treatment in each of...

      First Aid Advice (Intoxication)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to publicise first aid advice to young people on how they should treat other young people who may be intoxicated.

      Fluoridation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many strategic health authority areas have water fluoridation programmes in place; (2) how many people reside in areas covered by a water...

      Fluoridation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish the results of public opinion surveys initiated by strategic health authorities and primary care trusts on the fluoridation of the...

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people followed the proceedings of the meeting of the Food Standards Agency held on 15 September via the internet; what questions were raised by...

      General Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received from organisations representing patients about the inability to book general practitioner appointments in advance;...

      H5N1 Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for how long the H5N1 vaccine remains viable for use after manufacture.

      Health Services (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of delayed transfers of care there have been in (a) Southend-on-Sea and (b) Basildon hospitals in each of the last three years.

      Health Services (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many MRSA cases have occurred in (a) Southend-on-Sea and (b) Basildon in each of the last three years.

      Health Services (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of hepatitis have been identified in the Essex strategic health authority in each of the last three years.

      Health Services (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many occupational therapists have been employed within the Essex strategic health authority in each of the last three years.

      Health Staff (Duty of Care)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) doctors' and (b) nurses' duty of care is to patients (i) before death and (ii) after death.

      Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Strategic Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the outturn against planned expenditure for Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire strategic health authority in 2005–06;...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what grounds HIV treatment is available free of charge to people living in England; (2) what the policy on charging overseas visitors to the...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many babies have contracted HIV/AIDS from their HIV positive mothers during (a) pregnancy and (b) birth in each of the last five years for which...

      Hospital Staffing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many agency staff have been employed in the Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust (a) as doctors, (b) as nurses and (c) in other capacities in...

      Hypertension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the incidence of hypertension has been in each year since 1997.

      Influenza Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what quantities of influenza drugs her Department plans to stockpile in preparation for a potential avian influenza pandemic.

      Influenza Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which manufacturers supply winter influenza vaccines to the NHS.

      Influenza Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance she has issued on the most effective time during the year for winter influenza vaccines to be administered to at-risk groups.

      Influenza Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure continuity of supply of influenza vaccine.

      Influenza Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) influenza vaccine and (b) H5N1 vaccine has been allocated to the Dorset and Somerset health authority area; and if she will make a statement.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in developing the provision of a mental health telephone helpline.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data the annual mapping of older people's mental health services will collect; and when (a) the first exercise will be completed and (b) the data...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients went to see their GP about mental health problems in (a) 1994 and (b) 2004.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of children who care for a mentally ill parent.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government is taking to support children who care for their mentally ill parent.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Government have allocated to child and adolescent mental health services during each of the past three years; and how much it plans to...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many episodes of cognitive behavioural therapy have been conducted with NHS patients with mental illness in each of the last five years; (2)...

      MMR

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doses of MMR vaccine have been purchased from overseas suppliers in the current year; broken down by (a) source and (b) cost.

      New Dental School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria she has established for universities bidding for a new dental school; what representations she has received from universities bidding to...

      NHS Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations her Department has received since 2003 from (a) the Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk Strategic Health Authority, (b) the West...

      NHS Prescription Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS prescriptions were made (a) to all people and (b) to people aged over 60 years for (i) chlorpromazine (largactil), (ii) thioridazine, (iii)...

      NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by how many the procurement staff establishment at the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency is to be reduced; and what savings she estimates this will produce.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary school pupils in (a) England, (b) London and (c) Kingston and Surbiton are identified as (i) overweight and (ii) obese.

      Oxygen Supply Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects the new regional oxygen supply service to be introduced; whether its start date has been delayed; and if she will make a statement.

      Peripheral Vascular Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished admission episodes relating to peripheral vascular disease there have been in each year since 1997.

      Pharmacies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will make a statement on the Government's policy on the future of (a) dispensing rural pharmacies and (b) community pharmacies; (2) what...

      Public Health (Control of Disease) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to review the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984.

      Ritalin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions for Ritalin and similar drugs have been made in each of the last 20 years.

      Saneline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will assist the funding of Saneline.

      Seroxat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she has initiated research into the effect of Seroxat on babies in the first three months of pregnancy.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of (a) the number of under-18s in England who are smokers and (b) the percentage of underage smokers who come from smoking...

      Sperm Count

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the average sperm count among UK males in each year from 1976.

      St. Albans and Harpenden PCT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's assessment is of the provision of genito-urinary medicine within St. Albans; and if she will make a statement.

      Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospital trusts in the Surrey and Sussex strategic health authority area are operating a freeze on recruitment of medical staff.

      Utilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice and regulations govern the purchase of electricity and gas by NHS organisations; and whether such advice is issued by (a) individual NHS...

      Weight Management Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will list primary care bodies which have set up weight management clinics; (2) how many general practitioners have set up weight management...

      Weight Management Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care bodies monitor the prevalence of obesity.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Agricultural Development

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What funds they are making available though the Department for International Development or otherwise to encourage the cultivation in Afghanistan of crops other...

    • Afghanistan: Counter-narcotics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following consultation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, what is the agreed course of action for United Kingdom forces in Afghanistan tasked with...

      Afghanistan: Counter-narcotics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What approaches they have made to the governments of other European Union member states to contribute to common funding to encourage the cultivation in Afghanistan...

      Agriculture: Financial Support

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish a comparison with the similar prevailing statistics on a like-for-like basis the totals of current farm spending support paid to farmers...

      Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 20 July (WA 241), whether they will ensure that the Home Office is in a position to provide...

      Big Lottery Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much funding the big lottery fund has allocated to projects in education, health, environment and voluntary sectors since its launch on 1 June 2004.

      Blood Transfusions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When a replacement can be expected for the Chief Medical Officer's letter Better Blood Transfusion—Appropriate use of Blood; which was due for review in July...

      Blood Transfusions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What impact the National Blood Transfusion Committee (NBTC) Toolkit is expected to have on (a) the use of blood transfusions for non-life-saving use; and (b) the...

      British Consulate, Istanbul

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they propose to begin work on the restoration of the church and churchyard of St Helena's at the British Consulate in Istanbul after its destruction by...

      British Fluoridation Society

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What financial contributions they have made or will make to the British Fluoridation Society for the years 2004–05 and 2005–06; and whether they intend...

      Child Support Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are contemplating changes to the Child Support Agency.

      China: North Korean Refugees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the government of China concerning their action in deporting to North Korea seven North Koreans who entered a Korean...

      Civil Servants and Special Advisers: Memoirs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the same restrictions are imposed on Ministers of the Crown as on civil servants and special advisers as regards the publication of memoirs and the profits...

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the outcome of recent meetings with United States government representatives on mutual action to counter the adverse effects of global warming; and...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they expect in plans to reduce Common Agricultural Policy subsidies further in time for announcements at the 22-24 November meeting of the European...

      Consulate General: Hamburg

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received from interests in Germany and the United Kingdom regarding their proposals to close the British Consulate in Hamburg; and...

      Counter-terrorism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What advice they have sought from Israeli anti-terrorist personnel in the past four years to help in handling security problems in the United Kingdom.

      Croatia: EU Membership

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of the recent announcement that the European Union has opened membership talks with Croatia, whether they are confident that Croatia has fully met the...

      Croatia: Visa Regime

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have not abolished the visa regime in relation to the Republic of Croatia.

      Defence Budgets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they collect and collate on a like-for-like basis information about the defence budgets and expenditure of the several members states of the European Union and...

      EU Expenditure Programmes: Fraud and Corruption

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken, and propose to take, to counter fraud and corruption in European Union expenditure programmes during the United Kingdom presidency.

      EU Force Mission: Bosnia and Herzegovina

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will set out the achievements of the initial phases of the activities of the European Union force mission in Bosnia.

      EU: Directive on Services in the Internal Market

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they expect the Bolkestein directive on European Union services legislation to be agreed in the near future when the European Parliament's opinion is delivered.

      EU: Northern Dimension

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Triesman on 8 June (WA 68), whether a date has been fixed for the first ministerial meeting under the second action plan...

      European Union Constitutional Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish a concise version of the European Union Constitutional Treaty to enhance public understanding in the member states.

      Food Standards Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will accept advice to Ministers agreed by the board of the Food Standards Agency on 15 September on the setting of the maximum permitted levels for...

      G8: UK Presidency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Triesman on 13 June (WA 101-02), whether they are now in a position to publish a full breakdown of the costs of staging...

      Government Departments: Efficiency Targets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much of the efficiency target for all departments, delivering over £20 billion of efficiency gains, as set out in the Pre-Budget Report of December 2004,...

      Gulf War 1990–91: Church Representations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations the Prime Minister has received from the Lord Bishop of Norwich, the Roman Catholic Bishop of East Anglia and other Church leaders concerning...

      Helicopters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to increase the availability and number of military support helicopters over the next five years.

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the report contained in the Sunday Times on 11 September regarding a possible change in the format of Holocaust Memorial Day is correct; and what plans...

      Housing: Energy Efficiency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their policy on incorporating higher energy efficiency standards in (a) the new build and refurbishment of social housing; and (b) private housing...

      Israel and Palestine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent representations they have made to the government of Israel about the continued detention without trial of some 7,000 Palestinian citizens.

      Millennium Dome

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much lottery money was put into the Millennium Dome project.

      Millennium Dome

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much taxpayers' money has been put into the Millennium Dome project to date; and How much the Millennium Dome has cost the taxpayer to date since it was closed...

      Ministers: Constituency Matters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Ministers and Government Whips have preferential access to the Prime Minister and other Ministers concerning enquiries made on behalf of their...

      Ministry of Defence Property

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What conditions apply in disposals to developers of public assets such as Ministry of Defence property in relation to provision of affordable housing, in...

      NHS: Consultant Physicians

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to redress the loss from the National Health Service of consultant physicians because of premature retirement.

      North Caucasus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the stability of the North Caucasus region of the Russian Federation and the implications for the spread of international terrorism.

      Police Intelligence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the budget allocated by the Home Office for the development of a national police intelligence system; and what proportion of this budget has been expended...

      Police Intelligence: Bichard Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their plans to meet the recommendation in Sir Michael Bichard's report of his inquiry into the Soham murders to develop a national police intelligence...

      Police Shootings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will continue to support the mandatory reference of all police shootings to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

      Prisons: Chaplaincies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What area is provided for chaplaincies in the men's and women's sides of HM Prison Peterborough and in HM Prison Bronzefield respectively.

      Royal Air Force: 32 Squadron

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have for up-dating the aircraft operated by 32 Squadron RAF; and how the capital costs (including consequential carrying charges and depreciation)...

      Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received the advice they requested from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition on the merits of fortification of flour with folic acid.

      South Asia Earthquake

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assistance they are providing to the governments of Pakistan and India in rescuing people trapped under buildings following the earthquake of 8 October.

      Sudan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress is being made to (a) extend the arms embargo to the whole of Sudan; (b) prevent the use of armoured personnel carriers in Sudan; and (c) bring the...

      Sudan: African Union

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in deploying the 6,171 military personnel and 1,560 civilian personnel authorised for the mission in Sudan on 28 April by the African...

      Terrorism Act 2000: Labour Party Conference

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many persons were stopped and searched under the provisions of the Terrorism Act 2000 in Brighton and Hove during the period of the Labour Party conference in...

      Trade Deficit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consult with experts in France and Germany to find ways of reducing United Kingdom visible deficits by building up goods and services as well as...

      Youth Hostel Association: Lottery Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much lottery funding was allocated to the Youth Hostel Association in the years 2003, 2004 and to date in 2005.

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