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Written answers

Thursday, 27 October 2005

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the European Commission on GM crops; and if she will make a statement.

    • Kyoto Protocols

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the prospects for the Kyoto protocols being adhered to in the long term.

      Water Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what long-term planning to take account of (a) climate change and (b) development of new water resources is (i) in place and...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the total floor space area is of buildings (a) owned and (b) leased by (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies.

    • Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether his Department has joined the Watermark project.

      Departmental Stationery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the Department's main suppliers of (a) copier paper, (b) stationery, (c) envelopes and (d) paper for reports, in each case stating (i) the...

      Departmental Water and Sewerage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the annual spending by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies on water and sewerage services has been in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Water and Sewerage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales at which non-office sites on his estates he has identified opportunities for significant water savings.

      Out-of-hours GP Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the National Assembly for Wales Government on the cross-border implications of improvements to the out-of-hours GP...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what arrangements his Department has to report publicly on its key sustainable development impacts.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what parts of his Department's estate will not be covered by the commitments set out in the Framework for Sustainable Development on the Government Estate.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps have been taken by his Department to review its arrangements for public reporting of its sustainable development impacts.

      Video Conferencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many video conferencing units are installed in (a) his Department and (b) each agency of the Department; what percentage of offices have these...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list each constituency which contains a proportion of the 0.2 per cent. of telephone lines in England which cannot at present get...

    • Regional Industrial Development Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2005, Official Report, column 1063W, on regional industrial development boards, what the budget of each...

      Telephone Nuisance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what factors are affecting the timing of the publication by Ofcom of new guidance on reducing the level of telephone nuisance from predictive...

      Telephone Nuisance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will press Ofcom to use its powers to prevent silent calls.

  • Education and Skills

    • School Leavers (Basic Skills)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures her Department is taking to improve the standard of basic skills of school leavers.

    • Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many classroom assistants were employed in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) England in (i) January 1997 and (ii) January 2005.

      Post-16 Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the difference in funding levels between school sixth forms and post-16 provision in further education.

      GCSE Mathematics Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the 2004–05 GCSE mathematics results.

      Teacher Training (PE)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to improve teacher training for physical education.

      Part-time Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on financial support for part-time students.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to extend the Sure Start programme.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) in how many local Sure Start programmes are (a) 0 to 5, (b) 6 to 10, (c) 11 to 15, (d) 16 to 20, (e) 21 to 25, (f) 26 to 30, (g) 31 to...

      Selective Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the merits of selective education; and if she will make a statement.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils aged 16 to 18 have been educated in (a) further education colleges and (b) sixth forms in schools, in England since 2000,...

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what role pupil referral units play in supporting children in education.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departmental Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what core elements make up the £6,459,000 spent by his Department on planning.

    • Fire Control Centres

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what he estimates the total cost will be of establishing the nine regional fire control centres.

      Fire Control Centres

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total annual running costs were of emergency fire control rooms in each of the last five years.

      Fire Control Centres

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the initial estimates were of the cost of establishing the nine regional fire control centres.

      Key Worker Living Initiative

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homes have been built in (a) each borough in Hampshire, (b) Southampton and (c) Portsmouth under the Key Worker Living Initiative; and how many of these...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate the Government have made of the average proportion of local government expenditure that is financed from council tax in (a) local authorities in...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate the Government have made of the average gearing ratio in (a) local authorities in England, (b) district councils, (c) unitary councils, (d) London...

      Pathfinder Renewal Project

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the electoral wards in Newcastle and Gateshead where the demolition programme funded by the Newcastle-Gateshead Pathfinder in (a) 2004–05...

      Pensions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the effective rate of employer contributions is to final salary pension schemes in the public sector for firefighters.

      Pensions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 10 October 2005, Official Report, column 396W, on local government pensions, if he will publish the figures available for each of the...

      Regional Spatial Strategy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will take steps to ensure that the necessary infrastructure is in place to support the Milton Keynes and South Midlands regional spatial strategy.

      Respect

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much funding he plans to provide to the Home Office's unit dealing with respect issues; and if he will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Lupus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was made available by his Department for research into effective treatment of lupus in each of the past five years; and if he will...

    • Tax Credits (Helpline)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps have been taken to improve the public telephone helpline of the regional Inland Revenue office for tax credit inquiries from Northern...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Prosecutor's Pledge

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps the Crown Prosecution Service plans to take to help victims as part of the prosecutor's pledge.

    • Non-stranger Rape

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will investigate what further steps can be taken to improve the conviction rate in prosecutions for non-stranger rape.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps he is taking to speed up decision-making in the Crown Prosecution Service.

      European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Solicitor-General what advice the Department has provided on the compatibility of extended detention without charge with the European Convention on Human Rights.

      Dead Bodies (Identification)

      To ask the Solicitor-General which agencies work with the police and coroners in the task of identifying dead bodies discovered in the UK; and what the respective roles are of (a) the coroners,...

      Dead Bodies (Identification)

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many unidentified corpses are held in morgues in England and Wales; and how many have been unidentified for more than (a) 12, (b) 18 and (c) 24 months.

      Dead Bodies (Identification)

      To ask the Solicitor-General what guidance is issued to coroners on the use of DNA samples in establishing the identity of dead persons.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps he is taking to increase the support provided to victims of domestic violence in the criminal justice system.

      Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General what representations he has received from and on behalf of independent financial advisors on the Financial Ombudsman Service; and if he will make a statement.

      Fraud Convictions

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many people have been convicted of fraud in London in each year since 1997.

  • Treasury

    • Business Conduct

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will extend the time allowed for return of the twice yearly questionnaire required of businesses operating under the conduct of businesses rules; and...

    • Cash Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the increase in the numbers of fee-charging cash machines on low income households.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have received child benefit in (a) Tamworth constituency, (b) Staffordshire, (c) the West Midlands and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter to the Paymaster General from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire (PO Ref: 4/22437/2005).

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will obtain an answer from the chairman of HM Revenue and Customs to the letters to him from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton dated 18...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the role of the Financial Services Authority with regard to (a) the burden of administration its procedures involve and (b) the...

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue has been lost to his Department in relation to the Gift Aid scheme in each year since its inception; what estimate has been made of the...

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) for what reasons his Department has re-interpreted the arrangements for charities which can disregard admission charges in return for gift-aided...

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate was of (a) early retirement and (b) resignation on grounds of stress and ill health in Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs in each of the last...

      National Insurance/Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the merits of combining national insurance with income tax.

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have been paid the minimum wage in each year since it was introduced.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assumptions about the reform of public sector pension scheme retirement ages are contained within existing public expenditure estimates; and if he will...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Eastleigh (Chris Huhne) of 13 October 2005, Official Report, column 417W, on self-invested pension plans, if...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his latest estimate is of the value of tax credit overpayments written off from (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c) 2005–06 to...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the recent changes to the tax credit computer system which provide information on processing errors with tax credit awards.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer under what circumstances (a) a married couple and (b) an unmarried couple previously treated as a family for tax credit purposes is treated as separated for...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the revenue yield would be of (a) abolishing the family element of child tax credit and (b) withdrawing the family element of child tax credit on...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what proportion of child care tax credit claims have been (a) inaccurate and (b) fraudulent; (2) how many fraudulent tax credit claims over...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Leader of the House what assessment he has made of the (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills of new recruits to his Office.

    • Hon. Members' Offices (Broadband)

      To ask the Leader of the House how many hon. Members' constituency offices have been connected to broadband; and how many hon. Members who have applied for broadband in their constituency offices...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners are (a) eligible for council tax benefit and (b) in receipt of council tax benefit in (i) Basingstoke, (ii) Hampshire and...

    • Departmental Priorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the Department's priorities for the next year.

      Employment (Hornsey and Wood Green)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the levels of (a) employment and (b) income in Hornsey and Wood Green constituency; and if he will make a statement.

      Job Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job vacancies there are in Doncaster, North constituency; how many there were 12 months ago; and what the national vacancy rate is per...

  • Transport

    • A21 Upgrade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people have been contacted by the Highways Agency regarding compulsory purchase orders on property affected by the proposed A21 upgrade.

    • A21 Upgrade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many properties have been purchased by the Highways Agency in connection with the proposed A21 upgrade between Flimwell and Robertsbridge.

      A21 Upgrade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what advice the South East of England Regional Assembly has given in connection with the proposed A21 upgrade.

      A21 Upgrade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list compulsory purchase orders made in connection with the proposed A21 upgrade between Flimwell and Robertsbridge; and what the average...

      A38 Roadworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the economic impact on the Plymouth travel to work area of the 25 week extensive roadworks to the A38.

      A38 Roadworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the roadworks to the A38 are being carried out on a 24-hour a day basis; and if he will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to improve the Department's performance in replying to hon. Members' correspondence.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills of new recruits to his Department.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what training in (a) literacy and (b) numeracy is offered to employees of his Department.

      Greenhouse Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on his policy on encouraging the reduction of greenhouse emissions within the transport industry.

      Motorway Roadworks (Safety)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what policy considerations underlay the decision not to publish the Transport Research Laboratory report entitled "Safety performance of traffic...

      National Boatmaster's Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he has taken to ensure that the introduction of a national boatmaster's licence will not adversely affect standards of safety on the River...

      New Drivers (First Aid Education)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the merits of introducing an element of first aid education for new drivers; and if he will make a statement.

      Private Car Park Operators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what controls are in place to regulate the maximum (a) charges and (b) penalties applied by private car park operators.

      A507

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received regarding traffic and pedestrian safety measures for the A507 between Shefford and Campton in Bedfordshire; and if...

      A507

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) accidents and (b) fatalities have been recorded on the A507 between Shefford and Campton in Bedfordshire in each year since 1996; and if...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Government's policy is on (a) on-surface pedestrian crossings, (b) speed limits and (c) sub-surface pedestrian crossings for main trunk roads;...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Government have spent on promoting (a) traffic and (b) pedestrian safety in the county of Bedfordshire in each year since 1997; and if he...

  • Health

    • Nice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new chemical entities are awaiting assessment by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE); whether the average number of...

    • Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Department is taking to clarify the (a) detail and (b) structure of the proposed units of dental activity to be required to be delivered as...

      Prescriptions

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

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who the Director of Finance of his Department is; what specialist finance qualifications he or she holds; and what the details...

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills of new recruits to his Department.

      Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the UK embassies which cover other countries, giving in each case the other countries covered.

      Heads of State (Visits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions in the last 30 years a country has had its Head of State invited to make a state visit to the UK within 10...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when each decree made by the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq expires; and if he will arrange for the texts of the...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will call on the Israeli Government to co-operate with the International Atomic Energy Agency in an inspection programme...

      Middle East (Chemical/Biological Weapons)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will support a programme of inspection, verification and monitoring of any stocks of chemical and biological weapons held...

      South Asia Earthquake

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to help British citizens to find information on the whereabouts of their relatives who may...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 September 2005 to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Lynne Jones), Official Report, column...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials from his Department visited Zimbabwe in the summer to report on conditions in that country for returned...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills of new recruits to his Department.

    • Departmental Staff

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

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what training in (a) literacy and (b) numeracy is offered to employees of his Department.

      Direct Budgetary Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how his Department will (a) monitor and (b) disaggregate information on how bilateral aid given under the method of direct budgetary...

      Food Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what procedures his Department has in place to monitor early warning signals of food emergencies from (a) the United Nations Food and...

      Food Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of food emergencies in (a) Burkina Faso, (b) Burundi, (c) Chad, (d) the Central African...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has held with the Pakistan Government about long-term assistance following the Kashmir earthquake.

      Low-income Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his Department's progress towards meeting its target for 2005–06 of having 90 per cent. of its...

      Swaziland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid the UK provided to Swaziland in real terms in each of the last 20 years.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is providing to Uganda in 2005–06; and if he will make a statement.

      UN Central Emergency Revolving Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with his G8 counterparts on the funding of the UN central emergency revolving fund.

      UN Central Emergency Revolving Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding each of the G8 nations have (a) pledged, (b) committed and (c) spent on the UN central emergency revolving fund.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans the Government have to send more British troops to Afghanistan.

    • Americk Hayes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) disciplinary and (b) remedial action took place in response to the bullying of Fusilier Americk Hayes at Catterick barracks.

      Ammunition Manufacturers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which bulk small arms ammunition manufacturers are (a) operating in the UK and (b) British owned.

      Deaths Investigations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance he has issued on the co-operation to be offered by (a) British army units and (b) British military police posted abroad to civilian police...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills of new recruits to his Department.

      Departmental Staff

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

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what training in (a) literacy and (b) numeracy is offered to employees of his Department.

      Discharge Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel (a) opted for an early discharge from duties, (b) opted against extending their service and (c) have been medically discharged...

      Harrier GR9

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to revise the in-service date for the Harrier GR9; and if he will make a statement.

      HMS Victory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average annual cost of maintaining HMS Victory has been over the last five years.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether commanding officers in Iraq have been given authority to enter Iran in order to close off suspected arms supply routes.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many reservists in Iraq have been classed as unfit since March 2003 and have since been classed as fit for mobilisation; and if he will make a statement.

      Manning Control Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has sought a legal opinion on the compatibility of administrative discharge as a result of Manning Control reviews with (a) the Employment...

      Manning Control Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what manning control reviews have been conducted in each of the last five years.

      Manning Control Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance he has issued on the conduct of manning control reviews; when the last occasion was on which such a review was the subject of a direction...

      Nuclear Missiles (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence further to his statement in the House of 7 July 2005, Official Report, column 481, on defence in the world, what recent assessment he has made of the...

      Nuclear Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research into (a) fission and (b) fusion reactors his Department has funded in each year since 1975.

      Sustained Deployments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last had discussions with the chief of the defence staff about the availability and preparedness of the armed forces for sustained deployment;...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average length of tour of a Trident submarine was in the last period for which figures are available.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish a Green Paper setting out the options for replacement of Trident.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the staff complement is of a Trident submarine, broken down by (a) rank and (b) function.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the design life is of a Trident (a) nuclear warhead and (b) missile.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Trident missiles and (b) nuclear warheads for those missiles are stockpiled in (i) the UK and (ii) the US.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how long it takes to target the missiles on board the Trident submarine fleet.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Swan Hunter has retained lead ship status on the Landing Ships Dock (Auxiliary) project; and if he will make a statement.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Active People Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) statutory funding and (b) National Lottery funding Sport England plans to spend on the Active People survey; and if she...

    • Active People Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Sport England plans to spend on the Active People survey, broken down by main cost area; and if she will make a statement.

      Active People Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the Sport England Active People survey is expected to be published; and if she will make a statement.

      Active People Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the objectives of the Sport England Active People survey are; and if she will make a statement.

      Active People Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the sample size of Sport England's Active People survey will be; how this sample size was decided; and if she will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will reply to the letter of 22 August from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire (Ref: CMS 21128/DC).

      Digital Television (Hertfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of (a) people and (b) households in (i) Hemel Hempstead constituency and (ii) Hertfordshire can receive analogue but not...

      Drinks Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent meetings she has held with representatives of licensees with regard to the pricing of soft drinks; and if she will make a...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the establishment of the Licensing Fees Review Panel.

      Listed Buildings (VAT)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on reducing the effects of VAT on repair costs to owners of listed...

      Music Manifesto

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the music manifesto.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list lottery funds made available to fund projects in British overseas territories in each of the last three years; and if...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the projects which have been unsuccessful when applying for a grant from the lottery fund in the last year for which...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many winning national lottery tickets resulted in a pay out of (a) £50,000 to £499,999.99, (b) £500,000 to...

      Playing Field Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether it is her policy to end the sale of playing fields; and if she will make a statement.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what steps her Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to make the private finance initiative contracting process conducted...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure that private finance initiative projects for which her Department is responsible create the minimum...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment is made (a) of the environmental impact and (b) against sustainable development criteria of bids for contracts awarded...

      Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to increase participation in swimming; and if she will make a statement.

      Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent meetings she has had regarding parental supervision of children in swimming pools; and if she will make a statement.

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to fund the maintenance of the Central Point of Expertise on Timber within the Department.

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the refurbishment projects in her Department that (a) are in progress and (b) will start in the next six months; what...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department's procurement policy covers timber used on and in the construction of departmental building projects; and if she...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to increase inbound tourism; and if she will make a statement.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the UK's tourism deficit.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will assess the impact of a national road pricing system on tourism; and if she will make a statement.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance her Department follows on answering written parliamentary questions.

  • Home Department

    • Accession State Worker Registration Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the passport of Mr. Andrej Nagin, which was sent to his Department in connection with Mr. Nagin's application for a registration...

    • Air Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the merits of introducing a licensing system for air-powered weapons.

      Air Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidences of violence involving the use of air weapons there were in (a) Houghton and Washington East and (b) the Northumbria...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were issued in (a) Lancashire and (b) Ribble Valley in each of the last three years.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in Gravesham; and how many have been breached.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in each constituency in the UK.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in (a) Romford, (b) Essex and (c) London since 1999.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the 100 antisocial behaviour response courts.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the costs of the antisocial behaviour response courts have been, broken down by (a) court and (b) month since their inception.

      Communication Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the option for a clearing house model is being considered in respect of the Acquisition and Disclosure of Communication Data Draft...

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers community support officers have; and what representations he has on increasing their powers.

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on EU co-operation on counter-terrorism.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were committed on London Underground in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available, broken down by offence.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) levels of and (b) detection rates for (i) violent crime, (ii) car crime, (iii) sexual crime, (iv) burglary and (v) robbery were...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what were the rates for (a) mugging, (b) violent crime and (c) burglary in each ward in the Waverley borough council area in each of the last...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the crime detection rate for offences of (a) violence against the person, (b) sexual offences, (c) robberies, (d) burglaries and (e)...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the 20 wards with the (a) highest and (b) lowest crime rates for (i) mugging, (ii) violent crime and (iii) burglary.

      Drunkenness (Kent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests have been made for drunk and disorderly behaviour in Kent in each year since 1997.

      Encounter Receipts Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police authorities are operating pilot schemes of encounter receipts.

      Firearms Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken was by each police force to process applications for firearms certificates to police firearms licensing...

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made, in terms of (a) headcount reductions and (b) cost savings, in achieving the efficiency objectives set for the...

      Historical Sex Abuse Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who is responsible for the training of police officers in historical sex abuse cases.

      Historical Sex Abuse Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reforms have been made in response to the Home Affairs Committee's Report on historical sex abuse investigations in 2002.

      Historical Sex Abuse Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has issued on the appropriate measures to be taken by agencies involved in historical sex abuse investigations to minimise...

      Hizb ut-Tahrir

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the activities of Hizb ut-Tahir in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Hunting Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) arrested and (b) prosecuted, where all proceedings are complete, under the Hunting Act 2004.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will (a) publish the results from and (b) respond to the consultation on immigration rules as they relate to ministers of religion...

      Institutional Abuse Investigations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police investigations into institutional abuse have taken place since 1995; when each (a) commenced and (b) concluded; how many...

      National Alcohol Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding is available to implement the Government's National Alcohol Strategy.

      National Firearms Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2005, Official Report, column 909W, on the National Firearms Register, what progress has been made on...

      Neighbourhood Watches (Kent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to encourage the formation of neighbourhood watches in local communities in Kent.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the question of 7 June, from the hon. Member for Eddisbury, on the number of designated education hours lost in...

      Persistent Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is for tackling persistent and prolific offenders.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have been recruited in North Kent in each year since 1997.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will expand the strength of the Merseyside police force.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to ensure, following the merger of police forces, that two seats on the new police authority will be provided...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police vehicles in (a) Southend and (b) Essex were (i) purchased and (ii) hired in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Racial Attacks (Gravesham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many racially motivated attacks there have been in Gravesham in each year since 1997.

      Road Traffic Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the operation of section 15A of the Road Traffic 1988.

      Road Traffic Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the operation of section 41A of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

      Road Traffic Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the operation of sections 22 and 22A of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

      Road Traffic Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the operation of (a) section 16, (b) section 27 and (c) sections 28 and 29 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

      School of Economic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received on the operation of religious cults, with particular reference to the School of Economic Science.

      Secure Training Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young people were admitted to secure training centres for breaking antisocial behaviour orders in each of the last six months.

      Sex Abuse (Gradual Disclosure)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has evaluated on gradual disclosure of sex abuse; and if he will make a statement.

      Stolen Artworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces in England and Wales maintain a website displaying art and artefacts stolen in their area.

      Under-age Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children under the age of 10 years would have been charged in the last 12 months if they had been over the age of criminality when...

      Victims Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been disbursed by the Victims Fund in (a) England and Wales and (b) the London borough of Croydon (i) in total and (ii) per head...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Burial Records

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what guidance and regulations apply to the recording of burial details in church and chapel grounds; (2) whether the...

    • Commercial Court

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the Government intends to publish its (a) analysis of the potential risk of losing commercial court business to further...

      Coroner System

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on progress on reform of the coroner system.

      Court Buildings (Disabled Access)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many and what percentage of court buildings are (a) fully and (b) partially accessible to disabled people who are (i)...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills of new recruits to her Department.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what training in (a) literacy and (b) numeracy is offered to employees of her Department.

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will bring forward legislation to allow electoral registration officers to consult central Government databases in order...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) how much was raised from each local authority from the sale of electoral registers in each of the past 10 years, listed...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the impact of the level of available funding on an electoral registration officer's...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much was spent on central Government advertising on (a) registration and (b) encouraging people to vote in each of the past...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much was spent on publicising (a) local and (b) general elections in each local authority area (i) in total and (ii) per...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what measures her Department has taken to encourage electoral registration officers to cross-reference local government...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many electors in each constituency in the UK have dual registration on electoral registers; and what measures are in place...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will publish the guidelines the Home Office issued to electoral registration officers on house visits for electors who...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will take steps to standardise electoral registration forms.

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what guidelines have been issued on follow-up procedures to be used by electoral registration officers for individuals who have...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether she expects the boundary commission to take account of the number of non-registered voters when redrawing new...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment the Department has made of the main reasons for non-registration of voters.

      EU Document COM (2005) 172

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on the Government's policy on the European Commission document COM (2005) 172.

      House of Lords

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to bring forward legislation to change the powers of the House of Lords; and if she will make a statement.

      Immigration/Asylum

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list lawyers in England and Wales who carry out pro bono immigration and asylum legal aid work.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs by how much funding for criminal legal aid has changed in the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what percentage of solicitors' firms who were offered civil legal aid contracts refused them in each of the last five years,...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what allocation has been made for the funding of legal aid in criminal cases in each of the next five years.

      Postal Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what guidelines her Department has given to electoral registration offices on the timing of the despatch of postal ballots; and...

      Residential Homes (Abuse)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much in public funds has been spent in funding civil actions arising out of abuse in care homes and residential schools...

      Travellers' Hotline

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on legal advice hotlines for Travellers.

      Voter Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what is her policy on using national insurance numbers in relation to voter registration; and if she will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001: Overseas Provisions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether prosecutions for bribery are pending or expected under the overseas provisions of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.

    • Committee on Standards in Public Life

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to implement the recommendation of the Committee on Standards in Public Life that most of the complaints made to the Standards Board for...

      Illicit Trade Advisory Panel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Illicit Trade Advisory Panel has been convened by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport since November 2004; and what are their plans for this...

      Iraq: Prosecution of Trooper Williams

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the case of Trooper Williams, on which date or dates (a) the Attorney-General asked the Director of Public Prosecutions to consider the case; (b) Corporal Blair...

      Monetary Policy Committee

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will receive direct applications from those who wish to be considered for membership of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee.

      Monetary Policy Committee

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to introduce a system of parliamentary scrutiny of those they propose to appoint as members of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee.

      Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Cosmetics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has spent on cosmetics in each of the past eight years.

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their intentions regarding the full ratification of the Optional Protocol of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child regarding the...

      Valuation Office Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the postponement of council tax revaluation in England, what work will the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) now be conducting during this period; and...

      Working Time Directive: Heavy Goods Vehicle Drivers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the case of a heavy goods vehicle driver breaching the permitted hours of duty under the Working Time Directive while in the United Kingdom, what follow-up...

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