Written answers

Tuesday, 25 October 2005

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Cap

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Prime Minister on the future of the common agricultural policy.

    • Cattle Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many applications for cattle passports were rejected for being out of time in each year since 2000.

      Coastal Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what forms of renewable soft sea defences, other than groynes and shingle banks, are being employed for coastal protection...

      Coastal Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of (a) environmental impact assessments, (b) permissions and (c) licences for (i) remedial work to existing...

      Coastal Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) average and (b) fastest rate of coastline erosion is along unprotected parts of the Suffolk coast.

      Coastal Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how long she expects the existing coastal defences at Sizewell to remain viable.

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the grants available for the installation and use of combined heat and power equipment.

      Consultancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many consultants her Department employs; and how much has been spent on consultants in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many vehicles for which the Department is responsible are fitted with retreaded tyres.

      Farm Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she last met the president of the Country Land and Business Association to discuss the impact of regulations on farm...

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with tenant farmers and their representatives concerning the implications of delays in single...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of recent fuel price rises on fuel poverty; and if she will make a statement.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group's estimate of the expenditure needed to achieve Government...

      GM-free Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the powers of the EU Commission to overrule the wish of member states to declare GM-free...

      Media Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Department has spent on external media relations in each month of the last year.

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the retail price of a litre of liquid milk.

      New Reservoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many new reservoirs (a) have been built since 1997, (b) are in the course of construction and (c) are planned to be...

      Organic Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when her Department plans to publish its recommendations for the labelling threshold for organic food.

      Pollution (Bystander Exposure)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the report by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution on bystander exposure.

      Queen's Flight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many officials accompanied her each time she used the Queen's flight in the last 12 months.

      Regionally Distinct Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to promote regionally distinct food.

      Rights of Way (Appeals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many appeals there have been against designations as a right of way under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000,...

      River Minsmere

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what environmental impact assessments have been conducted as to the likely effects of the reopening of a river mouth for the...

      Sewage Odour Minimisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to minimise odours before sewage is spread on farmland, with particular reference to Gravesham.

      Sustainable Procurement Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 September 2005, Official Report, column 2418W, on the civil service, how the work of the...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will promote a ban on illegally felled timber at EU level.

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on, or been a party to, the effect of illegal logging on (i)...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will increase the penalties for persons and companies convicted of importing illegally felled timber.

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for International Development about promoting alternatives to...

      Warm Front

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many households in Batley and Spen constituency have received assistance under the Warm Front Scheme in each of the last...

  • International Development

    • Overseas Aid (Corruption)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what benchmarking information his Department requires from those countries which receive aid from the UK on their progress in (a)...

    • Overseas Aid (Corruption)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 13 July 2005, Official Report, column 1045W, on the UN Convention Against Corruption, whether he expects the...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Alcohol-related Crime

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many prosecutions for alcohol-related crime have been brought in Thames Valley in each year since 1997.

    • Handcuffs (Exports)

      To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to the answer of 10 October 2004, Official Report, column 3W, on handcuffs (exports), what criteria the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office used in...

  • Education and Skills

    • After-class Tutoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimates she has made of the percentage of (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers who participate in after-class tutoring (i)...

    • After-class Tutoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which neighbourhood drop-in centres offer tutoring and homework help for primary school age children, in (a) London and (b) Kingston and...

      A-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils have re-taken A-level modules (a) once and (b) more than once in each of the last five years, broken down by subject.

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidelines are available for teachers on how (a) to prevent and (b) to report child abuse; and if she will make a statement.

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to increase public awareness of child abuse; and if she will make a statement.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the percentage of classes in key stage 1 over the statutory maximum class size of 30; what the percentage was...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average class size for each primary school in Romford was in each of the past 10 years.

      Cricket

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps the Government are taking to encourage the playing of cricket in state schools.

      Educational Attainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what initiatives her Department has launched to raise attainment in deprived areas; what the cost has been of such initiatives; and what...

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what mechanisms are used to monitor (a) the level of contact and (b) the outcomes of contact between faith schools and schools which do not...

      Geography Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the adequacy of training in geography given to primary school teachers.

      Gifted Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the expected cost of weekend masterclasses is for gifted pupils; and whether the teachers who will lead them will be paid an overtime wage.

      Grandparents (Caring)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance is available to grandparents who permanently care for their grandchildren on the different legal arrangements under which they...

      Key Stage Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what percentage of primary school pupils achieved level 4 and above at Key Stage 2 in (a) reading, (b) writing, (c) mathematics and...

      Korean Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will take steps to ensure that Korean studies continues to be available at universities; and if she will make a statement.

      London Skills Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the main achievements of the London Skills Partnership.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her estimate is of the savings to the Exchequer of introducing a pension scheme retirement age of 65 years for all teachers and...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the effective rate of employer contributions is to final salary pension schemes for teachers in the public sector.

      Pupil Absences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made in reaching an agreement with travel companies on reducing the cost to families of holidays during school...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school places will be created as a consequence of the allocations of the Targeted Capital Fund announced on 12 October 2005; and...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2005, Official Report, column 1072W when each school went into special measures; and whether she...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) knives, (b) guns and (c) other weapons were confiscated from schools in England in each of the last 10 years.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made on implementing the recommendations of the School Meals Review Panel.

      Sen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of its total budget was spent by Lancashire local education authority on special needs education in each of the last 10 years.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many secondary school teachers have (a) a first class, (b) an upper second, (c) a lower second, (d) a third class degree and (e) no degree.

  • Transport

    • A303 Improvements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the options for improvements to the A303 past Stonehenge.

    • A5 Closure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons a stretch of the A5 was closed on Sunday 18 September; on whose authority the road was closed; for what period of time it was closed;...

      Airlines (Subsidies)

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

      Blue Badges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he plans to publish proposals on altering the criteria for eligibility for blue badges.

      Conferences and Seminars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the conferences and seminars that his Department organised between 1 September 2004 and 28 July 2005, broken down by (a) cost and (b)...

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport over what period Crossrail was expected to make a return on its outlays at the original cost estimate; and what the current estimated period is for...

      Cycle Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of new cycle lanes have been provided using public funds in Southend since 1997.

      Cycling Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many injuries have been experienced by pedestrians as a result of accidents with cyclists in the last three years.

      Departmental Finance

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

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list those of his Department's advisory non-departmental public bodies which the Government are required (a) to consult prior to legislative...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which of the advisory non-departmental public bodies sponsored by his Department have a statutory base; which (a) publish their advice to Government,...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which of the advisory non-departmental public bodies sponsored by his Department (a) hold public meetings, (b) conduct public consultation exercises,...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the rates of employee absence in his Department have been in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 11 October 2005, Official Report, column 427W, on departmental websites, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of...

      EU Aviation and Emissions Trading Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library (a) copies of all papers circulated at and (b) the final declaration of the conference convened by the UK presidency of...

      EU Directives

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

      European Council Regulation 2407/92

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many applications were approved for a waiver under Article 8.3 of the European Council Regulation 2407/92 between 1 January 2001 and 1 May 2005; to...

      Ministerial Travel

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

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on plans for trial use of the hard shoulder as a running lane on the M65.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to widen the M25 between junctions 23 and 31; and if he will make a statement.

      Pedestrians (Car Accidents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many pedestrians have been (a) killed and (b) injured through being hit by cars or other vehicles in each of the last 10 years for which figures...

      Public Transport Schemes (Lancashire)

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

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on progress on the new franchise for Thameslink services.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact of the new West Midlands franchise on rail services between Leighton Buzzard and London Euston, with...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what performance measures his Department has in place to monitor the (a) quality and (b) reliability of service provided by the company awarded the...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the level of Government subsidy for the railway industry will be in the 2006–07 financial year; (2) what plans the Government have...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations his Department has received on the proposed Railfreight terminal at Radlett Aerodrome; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Strategic Rail Authority regarding the future of train services in (a) Sole Street, (b) Gravesend, (c) Higham and...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who is responsible for the pension deficit on South West Trains; what would happen to the pension liabilities in the event that a new franchisee was...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers use (a) Westcliff-on-Sea and (b) Leigh-on-Sea stations at (i) morning peak, (ii) evening peak and (iii) off-peak hours.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received about train timetabling on the Hastings to London Victoria route.

      Rebranding

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

      Regional Transport Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to ensure the prioritisation of regional transport schemes by committees of regional assemblies are (a) publicised...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has had from the emergency services since June 2001 on the removal of (a) speed humps and (b) pinch points on the road network.

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the reasons that (i) men and (ii) women commit offences under sections (A)...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of administering the speed camera network was in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by main area of expenditure.

      Thames Port Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to make a final decision on the proposed new Thames port.

      Travel Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will estimate the annual cost of extending a national half-fare travel concession to young people aged (a) 14 to 16, (b) 14 to 18 and (c)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what arrangements are planned under the new pension arrangements to maintain civil servants' pension rights (including qualifying dates) in the...

    • Civil Service Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what representations he has received on proposed changes to the Civil Service Pension Scheme.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what training in (a) literacy and (b) numeracy is offered to employees of his Department.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment he has made of the literacy and numeracy skills of new Civil Service staff recruited through the Fast Stream Accelerated...

      E-Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of public sector spending on information and communications technology for e-Government in each year since 2001, broken...

      Strategy on Adult Basic Skills

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on the implementation of the Strategy on Adult Basic Skills for the Civil Service.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • EU Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which (a) Ministers and (b) Departments are involved in discussions on the European Union's next financial perspective and the...

    • EU Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the negotiations concerning (a) the European Union's next financial perspective, (b) the future...

      EU Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals the Government are putting forward to EU (a) partners and EU (b) institutions with regard to the European Union's...

      United States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the purpose of his forthcoming visit to the United States.

      United States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the itinerary is for his forthcoming visit to the United States.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • 2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the potential economic benefits to the North East arising from London hosting the 2012 Olympics.

    • 2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department plans to take to ensure that businesses situated in all parts of the United Kingdom are able to tender for...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what training in (a) literacy and (b) numeracy is offered to employees of her Department.

      National Lottery Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received from charities regarding the National Lottery Bill; and if she will make a statement.

      National Sports Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings she has had on the establishment of the National Sports Foundation; and if she will make a statement.

      Stonehenge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effects on the construction of the Stonehenge Visitors Centre on the delay of constructing the A303...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to promote tourism in England.

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to his Department of the leasing or hiring helicopters and fixed wing aircraft from commercial contractors has been in the 2005–06...

    • Aircraft Crashes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of Annex H to the RAF Board of Inquiry report into the loss of Tornado GR1A at Killin (Glen Ogle) on 1 September 1994.

      Aircraft Crashes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of the RAF Boards of Inquiry reports on (a) the Tornado ZE858 which crashed at Stainmore, Cumberland on 21 October...

      Arms Fairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department issues guidelines to companies on the types of weapons made available for sale at arms fairs.

      Army Prosecuting Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many investigations of alleged ill-treatment by service personnel in Iraq have been discontinued at a commanding officer's request before the Army...

      Balkans

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

      Civilian Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civilian staff employed by the Department have been made redundant in each year since 1998.

      Departmental Vehicles

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

      Earthquake Rescue Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what requests (a) the UK Government and (b) NATO have received from the (i) Pakistani, (ii) Kashmiri and (iii) Indian authorities for helicopters and...

      Fraud Investigations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Special Investigations Branch personnel and (b) secondees from other agencies were assigned to the investigation of fraud in (i)...

      Fraud Investigations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he was first informed of Special Investigations Branch (SIB) inquiries into fraud in the Adjutant General's Office; what estimate he has made of the...

      Infantry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the adequacy and availability of British infantry to respond to additional urgent deployments; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to ensure the repatriation of Royal Naval equipment seized by Iranian forces in the Shatt-Al-Arab.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many hired cars and vans are in use with UK forces in Iraq; and what the cost was of the hire of such vehicles in Iraq in 2004–05.

      Land Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with the US Administration on the use of antipersonnel landmine production.

      Manning Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on manning levels in (a) the Army and (b) the Royal Navy.

      Transport Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the operational status is of the Royal Air Force's VC10 fleet; and if he will make a statement.

  • Wales

    • Council Tax Revaluation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the total amount of additional tax revenue collected by his Department was following the council tax revaluation process in Wales.

    • Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will define his responsibilities with regard to health services within Wales.

  • Health

    • IVF Treatment (Hampshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure IVF treatment is available in North Hampshire in line with National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines.

    • Haemophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made with the provision of recombinant clotting products for people with haemophilia.

      NHS Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds there were in the NHS in England in (a) 1997–98 and (b) 2004–05.

      Emergency Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to improve access to emergency care in the community.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to prepare for a potential pandemic of avian influenza.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what amounts of vaccine for an H5N1 strain of influenza she plans to stockpile for use in the first wave of an avian influenza pandemic before the actual...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice is being issued to poultry owners on the possible effects of avian influenza on (a) their and (b) their families' health.

      St. George's Hospital, Tooting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the change has been in the funding of St. George's Hospital, Tooting since 1997.

      Mersey Regional Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on plans to improve the Mersey regional ambulance service.

      Abortions (Overseas Residents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the countries of residence of women listed as overseas residents in the abortion statistics for the last year for which information is...

      ADHD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which voluntary organisations dealing with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder receive funding from her Department; and how much.

      Adverse Medical Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she made of the number of extra bed days caused by adverse incidents in NHS hospitals in 2004–05; and if she will make a statement.

      Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Government intend to publish the outcome of their review of the provision of allergy services; and if she will make a statement.

      Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much specialist allergy treatment is provided by the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Strategic Health Authority; and if she will make a statement.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients below the age of 50 years the Essex strategic health authority area have been treated for breast cancer.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the proportion of cancer patients who were not referred with suspected cancer and were therefore not covered by the two week...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average length of time taken by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has been to carry out a treatment appraisal in each of...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Government have considered setting up a separate advisory group to examine new cancer treatments; and if she will make a statement.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of cancer patients started their treatment (a) within 31 days of a decision to treat and (b) within 62 days of an urgent general...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what new initiatives she plans to reduce the incidence of lung cancer in women.

      Cardiac Specialists (Kent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors specialising in cardiac care there are in Kent hospitals.

      Darent Valley Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress Darent Valley Hospital has made towards achieving its accident and emergency targets.

      Darent Valley Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress Darent Valley Hospital has made towards achieving its waiting lists target in each department.

      Deanery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been allocated to deanery funding in the NHS in each year since 1997.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what specific training is provided to doctors, nurses and other health care professionals in treating and caring for those with dementia.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she has issued guidance to English primary care trusts relating to the dental treatment of patients resident in Wales.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate she has made of the number and percentage of dental practitioners accepting new NHS patients, in (a) England and (b) each primary...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to lay before Parliament (a) the National Health Service (General Dental Services Contracts) Regulations 2006 and (b) the National Health...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she plans to publish her response to the consultation on the Draft National Health Service (Dental Charges) Regulations 2006; and when she expects to...

      Diet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average daily consumption of fruit and vegetable portions has been in each of the last five years for (a) adults and (b) children.

      East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the replacement of the chief executive of the East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints have been received by the Food Standards Agency concerning adverse effects of aspartame in each year since 2000 and what percentage...

      Genitourinary Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on progress towards the 48 hour appointment target for genitourinary clinics by 2008.

      Health Services (Leeds)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the services provided by Leeds primary care trusts; how many staff are employed to provide each service; and what assessment she has made...

      Herceptin (Devon and Cornwall)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated cost is of the decision by Devon and Cornwall primary care trusts to fund Herceptin for early stage cancer.

      Hospital Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many items of correspondence her Department has received objecting to the plans to close the Walnuttree and St. Leonard's hospitals in Sudbury.

      Hospital Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) NHS and (b) private (i) in-patient procedures and (ii) out-patient consultations were carried out in each of the hospitals managed by the...

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many copies of the Review of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, A Public Consultation have been produced; at what cost; and if she will...

      Mayday Health Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects Mayday Health Trust to sign contracts for the construction of Purley Hospital.

      NHS Commissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what basis the budgets to be delegated from primary care trusts to commissioning GP practices under practice-based commissioning will be...

      NHS Commissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received on the length of the consultation period on Commissioning a Patient-Led NHS.

      NHS Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to standardise the eligibility criteria for NHS continuing care used by strategic health authorities.

      NHS Finance (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the financial position of NHS trusts in Gloucestershire.

      NHS Services (Pudsey)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses were employed by the NHS in health facilities serving Pudsey in (i) 1997, (ii) 2001 and (iii) 2004.

      NHS Structure (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has for reorganisation of the NHS organisational structures in Essex.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on obesity management in the NHS in each of the last five years.

      Out-patient Appointments (Gravesham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was in the last three years for an out-patient appointment in Gravesham.

      Paediatric Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average age of paediatric nurses employed in the national health service has been in each year since 1997.

      Patient Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust on sending confidential patient records to South Africa for processing.

      Pregnancy Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place to help pregnant women who (a) smoke and (b) are addicted to drugs; and if she will make a statement.

      Pressure Sores

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department has achieved its 5 per cent. per annum target for reduction of pressure sores.

      Progress Educational Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what criteria were used in selecting the Progress Educational Trust to conduct an online consultation on behalf of the Department of Health as part...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her estimate is of the percentage of (a) males and (b) females between the ages of 16 and 19 years in England who are regular smokers.

      Struck-off Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors have been struck-off by the General Medical Council since 2001.

      Students (Alcohol Consumption)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of university students who consume alcohol on a (a) daily and (b) weekly basis.

      Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute beds have been closed in the current year in each hospital trust within the Surrey and Sussex Health Authority area.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the programme for vaccinations against tuberculosis.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many incidences of tuberculosis there were in each local health authority in each of the past five years.

      Ulcerative Colitis/Crohn's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to draw up guidelines on treatments and standards of care for individuals suffering from (a) ulcerative colitis and...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make the appointment of access officers by local authorities mandatory; and if he will make a statement.

    • Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost of the carer's allowance was in each of the past 10 years; how many people received the carer's allowance in each year; and...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many families received child maintenance payments in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency in (a) 2002–03, (b)...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the compliance rate for Child Support Agency cases for each quarter from 2000–01 to 2005–06; and if he will...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the backlog of uncleared Child Support Agency cases for each quarter from March 2001 to July 2005 in (a)...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints originating from Scotland have been received by the Child Support Agency in each year since 1997; how many went forward for...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact of IR591 on the levels of child maintenance being paid through the Child Support Agency by...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many former Child Support Agency employees were awarded compensation from employment tribunals in (a) 2002–03, (b) 2003–04, (c)...

      Disability Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) women and (b) men are claiming disability benefit in (i) the Tees Valley and (ii) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency.

      Disability Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for disability living allowance have been rejected in each of the last five years for which records are available.

      Disability Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disability living allowance applications have been (a) approved, (b) rejected and (c) approved subject to a reduction in components...

      Employment Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance he has given to local authorities on the preparation of policies relating to employment rights of those who become disabled...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people, broken down by gender, who have made applications for incapacity benefit in the last year have had their applications refused...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the cost is of a domiciliary medical examination to assess claimants' eligibility for benefits; (2) what criteria benefits...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the monthly off-flow from incapacity benefits for each Jobcentre Plus district has been since January 2003, broken down by region.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have (a) requested and (b) been granted a domiciliary medical examination to assess their eligibility for benefits in each of...

      Marginal Deduction Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether it is possible for (a) a benefit recipient and (b) a recipient of both tax credits benefits administered by his Department to have a...

      Opinion Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) subject matter and (b) dates were of opinion survey research undertaken by the Department and its agencies in the last 12 months;...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the total (a) overpayment and (b) underpayment of pension credit; how many people have been affected; and what the average...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with the Pension Service on the use of pension credit payments under the Supporting People initiative to...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many days the Department has lost due to sickness in the past five years for which figures are available.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list (a) the special advisers in his Department, (b) their specific areas of expertise and (c) the total cost of employing them in...

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received winter fuel payments in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK since their...

      Public Sector Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the estimated total annual cost of all public sector pension schemes is for each year from 1988–89 to 2008–09; and if he will...

  • Trade and Industry

    • ACP Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government are taking to enable African, Caribbean and Pacific countries to have the option of signing either an Economic...

    • Auditor Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the provisions relating to auditor liability in the European Commission's Eighth Directive.

      Bain Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects Sir George Bain's report on his findings on the Royal Mail will be published.

      Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to encourage companies based in England to act responsibly in respect of (a) human rights and (b) the environment in...

      Employee Shares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many companies have issued shares (a) directly to their employees and (b) to an employee benefit trust in each year since 1997.

      Energy Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action he is taking to ensure that British companies are not adversely affected by higher energy costs than their European competitors.

      Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many licences were issued under export control regulations in connection with the Defence Systems and Equipment International Exhibition...

      Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what UK companies have sought licences for the export of machines or parts to be used in the construction of a security barrier by...

      Football Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions his Department has had since May with representatives from other EU governments on football television broadcasting rights.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his assessment is of the impact on employment levels in the small shops sector of (a) the introduction of and (b) subsequent increases in...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people in Norfolk have been paid at the level of the national minimum wage since its introduction.

      National Grid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consultation has occurred with (a) the general public and (b) industry about the reduction in voltage on the national grid that may be...

      Newspapers and Magazines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will review the local wholesaling arrangements by publishers for the supply and distribution of newspapers and magazines.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the nuclear installations in the United Kingdom where nuclear materials accounting operates on a near real time basis.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps are being taken to develop new nuclear power plants in the UK.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he plans to publish a White Paper setting out the Government's proposals on whether to build new nuclear power stations.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what account has been taken of projected rises in sea levels due to global warming in the siting of new power stations; (2) what...

      Post Office Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many mobile post offices are operating in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) the North Down constituency.

      Post Office Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects the Office of Fair Trading to rule on the suitability and fairness of the standard contract offered by Post Office Ltd. to...

      Power Cuts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made of the possible implications for the operation of medical equipment of a cut in mains voltage during a one in 50...

      Property Searches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he plans to implement (a) the method of determination and (b) the level of charging by local authorities for property searches in...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what volumes of (a) low-level, (b) intermediate and (c) high-level radioactive waste are stored in the United Kingdom.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research his Department is funding in respect of transforming biomass into hydrogen.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been spent (a) within the EU and (b) within the UK on (i) nuclear fusion and fission research and (ii) renewable energy research...

      Renewable Energy

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

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he plans to extend the current programme of funding for the renewable energy industry for another 12 months.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much money has been spent on the testing of wave and tidal technology projects in each of the last five years.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking to encourage the use of solar power.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the (a) grants and (b) amounts available for the installation of domestic (i) solar-thermal panels, (ii) photovoltaics, (iii)...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent research he has evaluated on the use of wave technology for energy generation; and if he will make a statement.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the projected maximum practicable percentage contribution is to United Kingdom's energy needs that can be provided by wind farms.

      Rosewall Sculpture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if he will make a statement on Royal Mail's planned auction of the Rosewall Sculpture; (2) what discussions he has had with the...

      Severn Estuary (Tidal Barrage)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans his Department has to review the viability of a tidal barrage on the Severn Estuary; and if he will make a statement.

      Small Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the number of small shops in England which (a) are and (b) will in 2015 be run by (i) major retailing chains and...

  • Treasury

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have benefited from child benefit in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.

    • Child Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what funding has been allocated to measures to tackle child poverty for (a) 2005–06 and (b) future financial years; and if he will make a statement.

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the details of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) aspects of the G8 debt proposal to be finalised; if he will list those countries which...

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) policies and (b) measures of governance are required by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank of the Completion Point Heavily...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills of new recruits to his Department.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what training in (a) literacy and (b) numeracy is offered to employees of his Department.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the work of the Financial Services Authority in monitoring private pension schemes.

      Financing Negotiations (EU)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the UK presidency plans to take forward future financing negotiations in the EU.

      Fiscal Reform

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to reform the fiscal rules.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of taxpayers in (a) South Swindon and (b) the UK paid tax at the (i) basic rate and (ii) higher rate in 2004–05.

      Investors Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the value of professional indemnity insurance when a firm failing its obligations will be eligible for support from the...

      Local Tax Offices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what public consultation was undertaken before the decision was made that payment of tax would not be accepted at local tax offices after 31 December.

      Low Value Consignment Relief (Jersey)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received calling for the reduction or ending of Low Value Consignment Relief on goods sent by mail order from Jersey; what his...

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for how many deaths malnutrition was given as a cause of death in each of the last 10 years, broken down by age.

      National Lottery (Duty)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue his Department expects to receive in national lottery duty in each year from 2005 until 2012.

      National Lottery (Duty)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue his Department received in national lottery duty during each year from 1997 to 2005.

      New Deal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his Department's contribution to the establishment of the new deal for skills.

      Northern Ireland Housing Executive Tenants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Northern Ireland Housing Executive tenants are in receipt of child tax credits, broken down by (a) district housing executive area and (b)...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the rate of employer contribution to the pension schemes of civil servants employed by HM Revenue and Customs in the most recent year for which...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his estimate is of the cost to the Government of dropping the plans to raise public sector pension ages to 65 years for existing public sector...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the total level of annual contributions made by public sector workers towards the cost of their final salary pension schemes;...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the real annual growth rate of spending on public sector pensions for (a) 1997–98 to 2004–05 and (b)...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of public sector pensions as a percentage of gross domestic product in (a) 1990–91, (b) 2003–04 and (c)...

      Public Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the level of public borrowing in 2005–06.

      Public Borrowing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether public borrowing is estimated to exceed spending at the end of the current financial year.

      Secondments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in his Department are seconded from accountancy houses; and how many of his officials have worked on secondment to outside accountancy houses.

      Sipps

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions he has had with the English regional assemblies regarding the affordability of housing in rural areas after investment in residential...

      Stamp Duty Tax Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an assessment of the merits of introducing stamp duty tax relief in deprived wards.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of progress towards implementation of measures outlined in the last departmental sustainable development action plan; and what...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what rating for the Department's estate has been attained under the most recent assessment of the application of BREEAM98.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been paid to the organisation awarded the contract to run the tax credits system.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has stopped sending out unnecessary duplications of award notices to tax credit claimants; and when changes to stop this happening...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average time taken from HM Revenue and Customs issuing instructions to an employer to stop paying the working tax credit element of the tax credit...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost per minute is of calls made to the tax credit hotlines; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many changes of circumstances were reported to HM Revenue and Customs sections dealing with tax credits in each of the last two financial years.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the National Audit Office Report on the Accounts of the Inland Revenue 2004–05, with particular reference to the...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the analysis of the household survey data for 2003–04 to provide an estimate of families eligible for, but not claiming, child tax...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what budget provision has been made by HM Revenue and Customs for tax credit overpayments which will not be recovered in (a) 2003–04 and (b)...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the take-up rates of (a) child tax credits and (b) working tax credits.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his original estimate was for planning purposes of the level of tax credit overpayments in the new tax credits introduced in 2003–04; and if he...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of tax credits introduced in 2003 on work incentives; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were in receipt of tax credits in Northern Ireland on 1 October, broken down by (a) tax credit and (b) parliamentary constituency.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have received an overpayment of tax credits in Northern Ireland in each month since their introduction; and if he will make a statement on...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the reports on the new tax credits system prepared by the Office of Government Commerce and provided to the Prime Minister; and on what...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the number of tax credit awards overpaid in 2004–05; what estimate he has made of how much these overpayments are...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what rationale has been applied in determining the level of the provision for doubtful debt relating to tax credit overpayments as reported in the...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of the administration of tax credits in 2004–05.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit claimants in (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06 had their awards reduced by (i) 10 per cent., (ii) 25 per cent. and (iii) 100 per...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money has been overpaid to tax credit recipients in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the north east and (d) the UK in (i) 2004...

      Tax Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many taxpayers in each parliamentary constituency paid the (a) starting, (b) basic and (c) higher rate of tax in the last year for which figures are...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people (a) have been unemployed and (b) have been unemployed in each ward of the Vale of Clwyd in each of the last 30 years.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the change in the level of unemployment has been in the Jarrow constituency in each year since 1997.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of youth unemployment has been in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.

      Workless Households

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of children have lived in households with two adults, neither in work in each year since 1982; and if he will make a statement.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Architects Registration Board

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he next expects to make appointments to the Architects Registration Board.

    • Architects Registration Board

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what appeal process is available to architects who have had complaints against them upheld by the Architects Registration Board.

      Admiralty House

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the Answer of 5 July 2005, Official Report, column 298W, on council tax, what contribution his Department has made towards the total maintenance,...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) gross total expenditure and (b) gross revenue raised from council tax in each precepting and billing local authority in England was in the latest...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many pensioners in Gravesham have experienced increases in their council taxes since 1997.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average band D council tax has been in Suffolk in each year since the establishment of the council tax.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) costs and (b) contractual liabilities were incurred for the council tax revaluation in England by (i) the Valuation Office Agency and (ii) central...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the phrase corporate overhead" in the Department's business plan covers.

      Empty Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the timetable is for introducing secondary legislation on empty dwelling management orders.

      Fire Control Centres

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will meet the Hampshire fire and rescue authority to discuss the proposal for a South East regional fire control centre.

      Fires

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) accidental and (b) non-accidental fires were recorded in each London borough in each year since 1997.

      Fires

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many fires broke out in Essex in the last year for which figures are available; and what percentage were caused by arson.

      Greater London Authority

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what extra (a) powers and (b) responsibilities the Government are considering transferring to the Greater London authority.

      Green Belt

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what planning guidance and publications the Government have published since May 1997 that relate to the development of Traveller sites on (a) green field and (b)...

      Green Belt

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will take steps to prevent further development of green belt land beyond existing commitments; and if he will make a statement.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what further measures the Government plans to introduce to tackle homelessness in London.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people in England have been registered as homeless and needing accommodation in each year from 1999–2000 to 2005–06, broken down by local...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average time taken to place homeless families in permanent accommodation was in each local authority in England in the last period for which figures are...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many affordable housing units expected to be built or procured through the Housing Corporation Approved Development Programme and Challenge Fund will be (a)...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of (a) local authority housing, (b) housing association housing and (c) private rented accommodation reaches the Decent Homes Standard, broken...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received from the Regional Housing Board on the amount of affordable housing needed in (a) Kent and (b) Gravesham.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the affordability of shared ownership schemes in areas of high house prices; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was allocated to council house refits for disabled people in (a) Kent and (b) Gravesham in the last year for which figures are available; and what...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate (a) the amount of outside funding brought into social housing by large-scale voluntary transfers in the last two years and (b) the...

      Key Workers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the categories of people who qualify for key worker status; and if he will make a statement.

      Key Workers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment the Government has made of the take-up rates for the Government's key workers' initiative schemes.

      Key Workers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the eligibility requirements are for each of the Government's key worker initiative schemes.

      Local Authority Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the expenditure per head was in each local authority in England for (a) public order and safety, (b) enterprise and economic development, (c) science and...

      Local Government Cabinets

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the Government plan to conduct a review of the cabinet system in local government.

      Local Government White Paper

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the timetable is for the publication of the Local Government White Paper.

      Micro-bikes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he has taken to encourage local authorities to work with trading standards officers to ensure local retailers of micro-bikes act responsibly in making...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many planning permission applications have been granted for mobile phone masts in Gravesham since 1997.

      Pathfinder Renewal Project

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much of the capital modernisation fund was spent in each pathfinder renewal project, broken down by investment in (a) renewal, (b) clearance, (c) land...

      Pathfinder Renewal Project

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost to the Newcastle-Gateshead pathfinder is over the next three years of funding a team of regeneration specialists to be employed by Newcastle city...

      Planning Delivery Grants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what assessment he has made of the merits of allocating a greater proportion of the planning delivery grant budget to growth areas designated by the...

      Public Open Space

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recommended acreage of public open space has been set for each local authority; and how much is available in each local authority listed in descending order...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) pursuant to the answer of 11 October 2005, Official Report, column 444W, on regional assemblies, whether his Department holds copies of the corporate plans...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether financing of possible elected regional assemblies remains part of the remit of the Lyons' Inquiry.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the Audit Commission audits regional chambers in England.

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will introduce regulations to prohibit individuals on the sexual offenders register from serving on local authorities.

      Solar Power (Buildings)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will change new build regulations to require the inclusion of solar power.

      Supporting People Initiative

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the Audit Commission's report on the Supporting People initiative.

      Supporting People Initiative

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many Government (a) Departments and (b) agencies are involved in the administration of the Supporting People initiative.

      Supporting People Initiative

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions his Department has had with the Local Government Association on the Supporting People initiative.

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what regulations apply to Network Rail telecommunications masts being used to provide mobile phone telecommunication services for the general public.

      Traveller Sites

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if his Department will introduce measures allowing local communities to have greater involvement in decisions on where official Traveller sites are placed.

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been in each of the last five years for selling alcohol to minors.

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of antisocial behaviour orders have been breached.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to allow the media to publish the (a) names and (b) photographs of all those upon whom antisocial behaviour orders have...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding is expected to be allocated for antisocial behaviour orders in Gravesham in 2005.

      Anti-terrorism Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were detained by the police under anti-terrorism legislation during the (a) Labour party conference in Brighton, (b)...

      Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the police have the power to effect an arrest warrant in respect of a person while he is in an aeroplane on a runway at Heathrow.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Iraqi asylum seekers were receiving section 4 support from the National Asylum Support Service as at 31 July (a) 2005 and (b) 2004.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of refused asylum seekers who did not make section four declarations in each of the last five years.

      Bruche Police Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what information the Minister of State based his statement in a letter dated 13 July to the hon. Member for Warrington, North that there...

      Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the process of enabling agencies to comment on the draft regulations required under section 2 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and...

      Community Legal Service (Scope) Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research his Department has commissioned on the effects of the Community Legal Service (Scope) Regulations 2004.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department will reply to the letter of 1 July from the hon. Member for Aylesbury to the Secretary of the Immigration and Nationality...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister for Immigration will reply to the letters from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, of 29 July and 26 September...

      Crime and Disorder Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the areas within the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham that have been designated under section 30 of the Anti-social...

      Crime and Disorder Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences of (a) violence against the person, (b) sexual crime (c) robberies, (d) burglaries and (e) theft of a vehicle were recorded...

      Detection Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the percentage detection rate is for crimes committed against (a) under 18s, (b) 18–24s and (c) over 24s as specifically as...

      Emergency Numbers (Mobile Phones)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received concerning the proposal to encourage the saving of In Case of Emergency numbers in the address books of...

      European Refugee Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on expenditure by the European Refugee Fund since September 2000.

      Extradition Requests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent requests have been made by foreign governments to the UK Government for extradition of named individuals; what the Government's...

      Historic Sex Abuse Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support is provided for alleged offenders of historic sex abuse during (a) the investigation and (b) the trial.

      Historic Sex Abuse Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times in the last 10 years media coverage has been assessed to have prejudiced an investigation into historic sex abuse.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the statement of the Under Secretary of State of 19 July 2005, Standing Committee D, column 413, on the Identity Cards Bill,...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his latest estimate is of the total cost of the identity cards scheme.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what further assessment he has made of the reliability of technology features of the proposed identity card for purposes of validity since...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the KPMG review of the costing methodology and key cost assumptions of the identity card scheme arrived at the same current best...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government plans to store high-definition images of (a) all and (b) some of the biometrics to be used for identity cards.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2005, Official Report, column 907W, on identity cards, whether the estimate referred to of the likely rates...

      Illegal Alcohol Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many retailers have been prosecuted in (a) South Tyneside, (b) Northumbria and (c) England and Wales for the illegal sale of alcohol to...

      Micro-bikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will bring forward legislation to enable the police to destroy micro-bikes seized under the Police Reform Act 2002 for use in an...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the implications of having 13 items of biometric data for each person on the National Identity Register on the...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer the question from the hon. Member for Portsmouth South, dated 19 May, reference 330.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment the Government have made of the impact on the Government's current best estimate of the total average annual running costs...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the timetable is for the amalgamation of police forces in England and Wales.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police cells are in use in Bournemouth; and if he will make a statement.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements for parliamentary scrutiny he plans for the proposals for restructuring of police forces; and to what timetable.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure that no police force will (a) suffer a reduced budget and (b) be required to reduce the number of police,...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with chief constables on the restructuring of police forces; what terms of reference he has given to (a)...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department issues to police forces on regular health and fitness tests for police motorcycle riders; and if he will make a...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was paid out by the Metropolitan Police in rewards for information relating to crimes in each year since 1997.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the letter of 3 August from the Minister of State to the hon. Member for Warrington, North, on what information she based her...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the letter from the Minister of State to the hon. Member for Warrington, North of 3 August, if he will make it his policy to...

      Psychics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police authorities have used the services of a psychic; and at what cost; and if he will make a statement.

      Retina Identification

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 20 July 2005, Official Report, column 1786W, in what proportion of iris identification checks a misidentification...

      Sexual Offences Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 21 July 2005, Official Report, column 2219W, on the Sexual Offences Act, if he will publish such data as he has...

      Street Drinking (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures have been introduced to reduce street drinking in Wales since 1997.

      Student Visas (Deportations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been deported after attempting to procure a student visa in the last 10 years.

      Telecommunications Mast

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date the Tetra telecommunications mast in Haverfordwest was activated.

      Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Government's policy is on dealing with Travellers who are deemed to be staying on illegal sites.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many officials from his Department visited Zimbabwe during the summer to report on conditions for returned failed asylum seekers;...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Illegal Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been charged in relation to the operation of illegal fuel laundering plants within Northern Ireland in the last three years.

    • Illegal Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many petrol filling station owners have been convicted of selling illegally laundered fuel in Northern Ireland in the last three...

      Tax Credit Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will re-introduce personnel in the Regional Inland Revenue Office in Belfast who would be available to meet interested parties such as...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the adequacy of provision of publicly-funded advice for asylum seekers in Swindon; and what...

    • Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many vehicles for which the Department is responsible are fitted with retreaded tyres.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent submissions the Department has received in support of the revision of human rights legislation.

      Judicial Appointments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many (a) High Court judges, (b) county court judges, (c) masters, (d) magistrates and (e) occupants of other judicial...

      Judicial Appointments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the Government's policy is on the minimum legal qualifications necessary for a judicial appointment; and if she will make...

      Legal Services Board

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the remit of the Legal Services Board will be; and when it will commence operations.

      Marked Electoral Registers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2005, Official Report, column 38W, on marked registers, whether VAT is payable on the charges...

      Volunteering

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many volunteering positions her Department has offered in each of the last five years.

  • House of Lords

    • Asylum Dispersal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which United Kingdom towns, cities or regions are exempt from asylum dispersal.

    • Aviation Health: Contaminated Air

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With which government and non-government organisations responsibility lies for ensuring that the health of passengers and crew of United Kingdom airline companies...

      Aviation Health: Contaminated Air

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What exposure standards currently apply to any synergistic effects of simultaneous exposure to numerous chemicals which may be experienced by aircraft passengers...

      Aviation Health: Contaminated Air

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why filters are not fitted to commercial aircraft to prevent crews and passengers from being exposed to pyrolysis products from synthetic jet engine oils and...

      Aviation Health: Contaminated Air

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have evidence that contaminated air events are under-reported by airline crews, as previously indicated by a British Airline Pilots Association's...

      Biomass Fuel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What undertakings have been given to Peninsula Power to provide financial support for a Ferco Silvag biogas plant at Winkleigh, Devon; and what is their evaluation...

      British Citizenship: Status Letters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 7 April (WA 139) on the issue of status letters by the Home Office, why the Home Office...

      British Nationality: Indian Citizenship Law

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 27 October 2004 (WA 126), whether the press release of the Consulate-General of India dated...

      British Overseas Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the case of an otherwise stateless child born in the United Kingdom to non-settled parents who were both solely British Nationals (Overseas) of non-Chinese...

      British Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many United Kingdom passports have been issued in the past 12 months to persons with addresses in (a) Northern Ireland; and (b) the Republic of Ireland.

      Countryside: Right of Access

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they (a) have taken since the introduction of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000; and (b) propose to take, in order to inform the general...

      Department for Transport: "Streets for All" Publications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What costs have been incurred by the Department for Transport in the production of the Streets for All publications.

      EU Constitutional Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received notification from other European Union member states that the verification process of the draft constitutional treaty will continue once...

      EU: Enlargement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they plan to ensure that the enlarged European Union can act efficiently during the coming years; and what operational provisions of the Nice Treaty they will...

      European Court of Human Rights: Non-implementation of Judgments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which judgments of the European Court of Human Rights have not been implemented in the United Kingdom; when the judgments were given; and, in each case, what are...

      European Defence Equipment Market

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they have made in persuading other member states of the European Union to agree to open the European defence equipment market; and whether they...

      Foster Carers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to bring to an end the estimated shortage of 8,000 foster parents in England.

      Foster Carers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the remuneration of foster parents compares with that of other caring professionals, bearing in mind their day and night responsibilities; and whether they...

      Foster Carers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the level of remuneration provided to foster parents is adequate to allow them to make pension provision for themselves.

      Foster Carers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they are taking to achieve better induction services and in-service training for foster parents, together with support during placements of children.

      Foster Carers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the assessment of the Fostering Network and the British Association for Adoption and Fostering that fostering services are under-funded...

      Geothermal Power

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What studies they have undertaken into the possible use of geothermal power in the United Kingdom; what contribution this could make to employment; and how costs...

      Greyhound Welfare

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to regulate the disposal of greyhounds after their careers as racing dogs have finished.

      Iraq: British Forces and Civilian Population

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to improve relations between British forces and the civilian population in Iraq.

      Iraq: Protection of Cultural Property

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What cultural properties the British forces in Iraq are seeking to protect; and whether they are holding talks with the Iraqi authorities on additional measures by...

      Ministry of Defence: Case of Trooper Williams

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether retrial under the concurrent jurisdiction has ever been sought by the Ministry of Defence other than in the case of Trooper Williams; and, if so, when.

      Ministry of Defence: Stolen Equipment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Drayson on 21 July (WA 291–292), whether they will provide itemised details of the equipment stolen from the...

      Professor David Coggon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Professor David Coggon, chairman of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides, has, under the University of Southampton's university business scheme from 1...

      Royal Household: Travel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 11 October (WA 96), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the financial...

      Safeguarding Children: Chief Inspectors' Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the remarks by the Lord Adonis on 13 October (Official Report, col. 454), when the action plan to the joint chief inspectors' report will be published.

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the proposed complement of 7,700 African Union soldiers will be in place in Darfur by the 22 October deadline; and whether this number of peacekeepers will...

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are honouring their obligations under Article 37 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

      Victoria Cross

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they propose to mark the 150th anniversary in 2006 of the institution of the Victoria Cross.

      Wind Energy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their latest estimate of the number of jobs that will be generated in the United Kingdom between now and 2020 as the result of the development of wind power.

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