Written answers

Thursday, 3 November 2005

  • Trade and Industry

    • Employment Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions have taken place between the Government and the trade unions on employment rights.

    • Oil/Gas Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the current reserves of oil and gas are; and if he will make a statement.

      West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations have been received by his Department and Advantage West Midlands from organisations in north Staffordshire regarding the...

      Company Law Reform Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proposals he expects to make in the Company Law Reform Bill on tackling employment abuses by UK companies operating abroad; and if he...

      Company Law Reform Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry Whether he expects the provisions of the Company Law Reform Bill to help to prevent labour rights abuses by UK companies operating overseas.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the level of British business investment in Uganda has been in each of the last three years.

      Nuclear Power Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the future of nuclear power generation in the UK.

      UK Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government are taking to limit the flow of manufacturing jobs out of the UK.

      Monopolies/Monopsonies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will review the terms of reference of the Office of Fair Trading in relation to local monopolies and monopsonies.

      Chinese Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on EU trade restrictions on exports from China.

      Debt Recovery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs on increasing enforcement powers for financial institutions...

      Departmental Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list formal consultations being sponsored by his Department and its agencies; and what the (a) commencement date and (b) deadline...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) consultants and (b) other self-employed persons are working for his Department; and what the cost is estimated to be (i) in...

      Nuisance Phone Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking to tackle nuisance telephone calls; and if he will make a statement.

      Statutory Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will remove the upper age limit for entitlement to statutory sick pay as part of the age equality regulations.

  • Minister for Women

    • Goods and Services (Discrimination)

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what plans the Government have to prevent discrimination in the provision of goods and services.

    • Domestic Violence Action Plan

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what discussions she has had with the Solicitor-General on the impact of the National Action Plan for Domestic Violence on the number of successful...

      Women Engineering Graduates

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what percentage of engineering graduates are women; and if she will make a statement.

      Breastfeeding

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government are taking to encourage acceptance of breastfeeding in public places.

      Women High-flyers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what estimate she has made of the number of women in senior board positions in each of the last five years.

  • Prime Minister

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister when he expects to reply to the letter dated 16 May from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding the Tear Fund.

    • Ministerial Pensions

      To ask the Prime Minister what the cost to public funds would be of providing the full pension package to which they are entitled to (a) him and (b) the Lord Chancellor were they to retire today.

  • Treasury

    • Business Mileage Allowance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will uprate the business mileage allowances payable to (a) people using their own cars for business purposes and (b) company car drivers in line with...

    • Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of beneficiaries of (a) taper relief and (b) exemption from capital gains accrued but unrealised at death in (i)...

      Cash Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from members of the public about fee-charging cash machines.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to improve the flow of information from HM Revenue and Customs to the Child Support Agency.

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) land and (b) property his Department owns in the Kettering constituency.

      Departmental Skills Development Plan

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which individual is responsible for developing and implementing his Department's skills development plan.

      HMRC Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff are employed by HM Revenue and Customs, broken down by (a) sex and (b) ethnicity.

      Marine Diesel Derogation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to safeguard the UK derogation on the taxation of marine diesel after 31 December 2006.

      North Sea Oil

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the revenue from North sea oil in financial year 2005–06; and what estimate of such revenue informed the Budget in...

      Olympic Lottery Game

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will apply the tax revenue from the Olympic lottery game to the funding of the Olympic games.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2005, Official Report, columns 51–52W, on pensions, what further information he would need to collect to enable...

      Petrol/Diesel (Duties Revenue)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of how much revenue will arise from (a) fuel duty and (b) VAT from the sale of petrol and diesel for financial year...

      Public Spending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of public spending per head was in the UK in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) Government office region and (b) local authority area.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he proposes to introduce a cap on the deduction of gross pension contributions in tax credit income assessments.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of (a) telephones, (b) telephone calls and (c) other telephone charges relating to the tax credits helpline were in each year from...

  • Home Department

    • Community Offender Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on (a) the performance of piloted community offender panels and (b) proposals for their wider implementation.

    • Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on updating the Department's website www.homeoffice.gov.uk since it was established.

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the websites that come under his Department's responsibility; what the cost was of each in the last year for which figures...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 20 July 2005, Official Report, column 1781W, on domestic violence, on what frequency surveys are conducted to gauge...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps have been taken by his Department to review its arrangements for public reporting of its sustainable development impacts;...

      Equality and Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Department has spent promoting equality and diversity in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what training is obligatory for members of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children's Specialist Investigation...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, under the fitness for purpose review of police forces in England and Wales, the existing revenue and capital balances of each police...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase the amount of time spent by police officers on the beat.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers are suspended for (a) less than three months, (b) more than six months, (c) more than 12 months and (d) more than 24...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what relative importance will be given to (a) respect for regional boundaries and (b) local identity in reaching decisions on re-organised...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what local consultations he plans to conduct in Worcestershire on the reorganisation of police forces.

      Recruitment Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many licences were issued to recruitment agencies in the UK to employ immigrant workers in 2004–05.

      Religious Hatred

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what definition he uses of religious hatred.

  • Defence

    • Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many aircraft of each type were (a) withdrawn from active service and (b) mothballed in each of the last three years.

    • Army Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions the Army Board has requested that the Attorney General review specific military cases since 1997, in relation to cases in which all...

      AWE Aldermaston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the recently announced additional £1 billion to be spent on maintenance of the Trident nuclear warhead at Aldermaston is (a) new money and...

      Central Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) training programmes and (b) visits have been undertaken by UK military forces in (i) Uzbekistan, (ii) Tajikistan, (iii) Kyrgyzstan and (iv)...

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on items of art in 2004–05.

      Estate Disposals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 20 October 2005, Official Report, column 1212W, on estate disposals, what assessment has been made in relation to the possible...

      Future Carrier Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he first considered the possibility of co-operating with France in the future carrier programme; and what was the origin of this proposal.

      Information Infrastructure Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what mechanisms have been put in place to monitor the performance of EDS in the Defence Information Infrastructure project; and what discussions have...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many helicopters have been privately contracted for use by UK forces in Multinational Division South East, Iraq; what the cost is; and if he will...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of armed forces personnel who have served in Iraq were (a) Welsh, (b) Scottish and (c) English.

      Literacy and Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many employees in his Department requested training to improve their (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills in each year since 2002.

      Literacy and Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of new recruits to his Department do not have a level 2 qualification in English and mathematics.

      Logistics Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many logistic vehicles are owned by his Department; and how many have additional armoured protection for the cabs and underside.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to undertake studies to assess the levels of public (a) support for and (b) opposition to the continued possession of nuclear weapons by...

      Ordnance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where (a) boxer caps, (b) initiators and (c) other manufactured components have been supplied from during the interruption of supply from Chorley Royal...

      Ordnance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what tests and quality checks have been conducted on the new supplies of (a) initiators and (b) boxer caps; and when these tests were carried out.

      Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which series of vehicles will be replaced by the Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) soldiers, (b) airmen, (c) seamen and (d) Territorial Army soldiers have left the armed forces within 12 months of deployment to Iraq; and if...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Territorial Army personnel are deployed overseas, broken down by country; and how many are available for deployment.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his latest estimate is of the cost of the (a) Swan Hunter-built vessels and (b) BAE Systems-built vessels which form part of the Landing Ships Dock...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departmental Websites

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his Answer of 10 October 2005, Official Report, column 375W, on departmental websites, what the cost was of each website in the last year for which...

    • Disabled Facilities Grant System

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what funding has been made available for the disabled facilities grant system (a) as a whole and (b) in each region in each year since 1997.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what timetable he has set for the establishment of regional fire control rooms; and if he will make a statement.

      High Hedges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what average fee is charged by local authorities to people seeking redress under the Government's new high hedges legislation.

      Property (Cash Incentives)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) whether conditions can be placed on the geographical location of a property bought with the aid of financial assistance provided through a cash incentives...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Equal Opportunities

      To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what equal opportunities strategy the House has in place.

    • House Employees

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2005, Official Report, column 553W, on House employees, if he will break...

      Parliamentary Communications Directorate

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how long on average the Director of the Parliamentary Communications Directorate took to respond to telephone...

      Serjeant at Arms Residence (Cleaning)

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the expenditure on cleaning the Serjeant at Arms's official residence was in the last year for which...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • 0870 Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the occasions in the last five years on which 0870 telephone numbers have been used by her Department as contact...

    • Departmental Property (Kettering)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) land and (b) property her Department owns in Kettering constituency.

      Library Lending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) videos, (b) DVDs and (c) CDs were lent by libraries in (i) Brent and (ii) London in each year since 1997.

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 17 October 2005, Official Report, column 715W, on London Olympics, when the procurement strategy will be published.

      Scottish Olympic Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received on a possible separate Scottish Olympic team.

      Scottish Olympic Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if her Department will support the creation of a Scottish Olympic team if it is clear that this is what Scottish people want.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with other countries on the risks of avian influenza.

    • Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason the two parrot samples obtained from dead birds at the quarantine facility in Essex were referred to in her...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is common practice for field officers from her Department to pool samples taken for the determination of H5N1...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether breaches of quarantine rules have been observed by her officers at the quarantine facility in Essex referred to in...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether field tests are available for the detection of the H5N1 avian influenza virus in birds.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on confirming the working hypothesis on the origin of the H5N1 virus recovered from bird samples...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has for isolating premises on which poultry infected with H5N1 avian influenza virus are identified.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance she has issued on the minimum safe distance to be maintained between premises on which poultry infected by the...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance she has issued on the cleaning and disinfection measures that must be taken in poultry houses from which birds...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements have been made for the disposal of poultry carcases infected with H5N1 avian influenza virus.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations her Department has received from the Taiwan Government on her Department's working hypothesis on the...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the merits of seeking to develop a poultry vaccine for the current epidemic strains of H5N1.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether there is licensed drug or other treatment available for prophylactic on poultry to (a) reduce susceptibility to...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the typical period is between the receipt of a sample by the veterinary laboratory and the determination of a (a)...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the capacity of competent laboratories to cope with demands that may arise from measures...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many laboratories in England are capable of carrying out the full range of tests needed to identify the H5N1 avian...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the H5N1 isolates recovered from bird samples taken at the quarantine facility in Essex were tested for clade type.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the epidemiological characteristics of different clades of influenza virus H5N1.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the distribution of different clades of the avian influenza virus H5N1.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reasons underlay her Department's working hypothesis on the origin of the H5N1 virus recovered from bird samples taken...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many clades have been identified in respect of avian influenza type H5N1

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the veterinary laboratory agency identifies the clade typing of H5N1 isolates recovered from samples submitted to it...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the H5N1 avian influenza designation applies to a group of viruses with distinct epidemiological characteristics.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what screening is being undertaken to identify the distribution types and prevalence of (a) avian influenza viruses and (b)...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she has taken to increase the speed of operation of veterinary laboratories in testing samples for avian influenza...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government has been able to establish whether the H5N1 strain of bird influenza which killed two parrots in UK...

      Bird Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species-listed birds were traded into the UK in each year since 2000.

      Bird Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information she has received on the number of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species-listed birds...

      Canals (Swindon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of regeneration of waterways on surrounding areas and communities; and if she will...

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact on farmers and their land of the provisions of the Countryside and Rights of Way...

      Dangerous Dogs Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to review the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

      Flood Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions have taken place between the Environment Agency and British Waterways on the inclusion of the Gloucester...

      Flood Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what role the Environment Agency has in assessing the flood risk of planning applications.

      Flood Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers the Environment Agency has to prevent development projects going ahead which could increase the risk of flooding...

      Habitats Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government are considering changes to the interpretation of the Habitats Directive.

      Horse Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many horse passports have been issued by each of the issuing bodies.

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which of the advisory non-departmental public bodies sponsored by her Department have a statutory base; which (a) publish...

      Roads (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with (a) the Environment Agency and (b) Lancashire county council on the environmental...

      Snared Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions she has issued a licence for the snaring of (a) animals listed under section 6 of the Wildlife and...

  • Transport

    • A2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the level of congestion on the A2.

    • British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his written statement of 11 October 2005, Official Report, column 27WS, on British Transport Police review, if he will include within the...

      Call Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many call centres were run by his Department and its agencies in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c) 2005–06 to date; and how many...

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the total quantity of carbon dioxide released by (a) overground and (b) underground trains in (i) 1984, (ii) 1994 and (ii)...

      Channel Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the proposed safety dossier for Europorte 2 supporting Eurotunnel's safety case has been found satisfactory by the channel tunnel safety authority.

      Channel Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects Eurotunnel to re-submit information on site and work plans supplementary to documents submitted in April 2004 by Eurotunnel to the...

      Channel Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of whether safety requirements on heavy goods vehicle shuttles are still met under proposals by Eurotunnel to reduce by one...

      Congestion Charge (Disabled Drivers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to exempt disabled drivers from congestion charging.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to improve the Department's performance in replying to correspondence from (a) the general public and (b) hon. Members.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact of Crossrail on the aggregate depots in West London; and what estimate he has made of transfers of aggregates...

      Heathrow (Platform Facilities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the capacity of platform facilities at Heathrow airport to accommodate both Crossrail and Airtrack services.

      Literacy and Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on in-house training on (a) literacy and (b) numeracy (i) in total and (ii) per head in each year since 2002.

      Literacy and Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many employees in his Department requested training to improve their (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills in each year since 2002.

      Literacy and Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to promote uptake of the national tests in adult literacy and numeracy among employees of his Department.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will order a full investigation into the reliability of the service of the Great Western franchise in advance of re-tendering being completed,...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement of the health and safety implications of recent rail incidents.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the reliability of the rail service between (a) Paddington and Reading, (b) Paddington and Swindon, (c) Paddington and...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans there are to upgrade infrastructure along the Hastings to London Victoria line; and if he will make a statement; (2) what plans there...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will encourage train operating companies to undertake public consultations for rail users affected by train timetabling changes on the Hastings...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what level of service will be specified in the new contract for the Great Western franchise between (a) Herefordshire and (b) Worcestershire and London...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to public funds of support to the railway industry was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the total kilometres travelled by passengers on the railways in (a) 1984, (b) 1994 and (c) 2004.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether plans have been agreed to update Thameslink St. Pancras station with pedestrian links to the new Eurostar terminal; and whether finance has...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many qualified train drivers there are.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on road traffic calming measures.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to record the nationality of all drivers involved in road traffic accidents in England.

      School Crossing Patrols

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact of levels of pay for school crossing patrols on recruitment.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was raised in fines as a result of detection by (a) mobile and (b) fixed speed cameras in each year for which figures are available.

      Traffic Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will review the rule that the traffic commissioners do not accept representations made on behalf of constituents by elected representatives.

      Traffic Lights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance he has issued to local authorities on the timing of the pedestrian phase of traffic lights; what monitoring takes place to ensure that...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Skills Development Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's skills development plan. (2) which individual in responsible for developing and...

    • Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2005, Official Report, column 252W on health services, whether he discusses the delivery of health services in Wales...

      Literacy and Numeracy

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

      Literacy and Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on in-house training on (a) literacy and (b) numeracy (i) in total and (ii) per head in each year since 2002.

      Literacy and Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many employees in his Department requested training to improve their (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills in each year since 2002.

      Literacy and Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps he is taking to promote uptake of the national tests in adult literacy and numeracy amongst employees in his Department.

      Literacy and Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of new recruits to his Department do not have a level 2 qualification in English and mathematics.

      Literacy and Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what methods of assessment of (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills are used as part of the recruitment process by employees of his Department.

  • International Development

    • Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made on the holding of a donor conference to assist reconstruction in Angola.

    • Asian Earthquake

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many helicopters the Government (a) has sent and (b) intends to send to areas affected by the earthquake in Asia.

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the Char livelihood project in Bangladesh.

      Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the UK's (a) technical and (b) financial assistance to the Cayman Islands in each year since 1999.

      Chronic Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what work his Department is doing on social transfers and chronic poverty.

      Commission for Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what follow-up there has been to the Commission for Africa; and which recommendations have been implemented.

      Departmental Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list formal consultations being sponsored by his Department and its agencies; and what the (a) commencement date and (b)...

      Departmental Energy Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much energy has been consumed by his Department in each of the last five years; and how much was spent on energy in each year.

      Departmental Energy Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department will sign up to the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management programme.

      Gershon Review

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

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development who in the Department has been made responsible for achieving the efficiency objectives set for the Department by the Gershon review.

      Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how frequently the Department formally reviews levels of good governance, transparency and corruption in the countries in which it works.

      Healthcare Professionals Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what representations he has received from (a) healthcare recruitment agencies, (b) developing countries and (c) representatives...

      HIV (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to tackle mother to child HIV infection in Africa; and if he will make a statement.

      House Building (Planar Technology)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will assess the merits of using planar technology in house building for developing countries.

      Hurricane Damage

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance has been provided to (a) the Mexican Government and (b) the Caribbean islands to counter hurricane damage.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the rebuilding of Iraq.

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many IT projects have been developed for his Department since 2001; and whether he has agreed to make public Gateway reviews for...

      Literacy and Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to promote uptake of the national tests in adult literacy and numeracy amongst employees of his Department.

      Literacy and Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many employees in his Department requested training to improve their (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills in each year since 2002.

      Literacy and Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on in-house training on (a) literacy and (b) numeracy (i) in total and (ii) per head, in each year since 2002.

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the United Nations appeal for famine victims in Malawi has raised; and what steps the UK Government have taken to raise the...

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the famine in Malawi.

      Marrakech Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken to fulfil the political declaration made at the Conference of the Parties 7 in Marrakech to provide the...

      Microfinance Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) funding and (b) other support his Department gave to microfinance initiatives in the developing world in the last financial year.

      Millennium Development Goals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress the Government are making towards meeting millennium development goal five on reducing global maternity mortality by...

      Natural Disasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if his Department will assess the merits of providing deployable rapid assembly shelters for use following natural disasters; and if he...

      Nicaragua

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2005, Official Report, columns 31–32W, on Nicaragua, what steps he takes to ensure monies...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what transparency and accountability mechanisms the Department has in place to ensure that debt relief for Nigeria is used to alleviate...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what response the UK Government have made to the requests by the President of Pakistan for heavy transport helicopters.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department has given to promoting renewable energy strategies in developing countries.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effect on the humanitarian effort of militia activity along tribal lines in Darfur.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of people in need of food aid in Darfur.

      World Trade System

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with groups advocating reform of the world trade system.

      Zambia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reports he has received of fuel shortages in Zambia; and if he will make a statement.

  • Education and Skills

    • Autistic Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what plans she has to introduce a requirement of minimum training standards for people who work with autistic children; and if she...

    • Dental Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what extra allocation of dental school training places was made for 2005–06; to which dental schools; how many of these extra places...

      Departmental Energy Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much energy has been consumed by her Department in each of the last five years; and how much was spent on energy in each year.

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list research commissioned by the Department in the past 12 months.

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much her Department spent on items of art in 2004–05.

      Education White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had with the Prime Minister during the preparation of the Education White Paper.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans the Department has for reviewing the levels of funding allocated to further education in (a) Coventry and (b) England.

      Graduate Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of the working age population in (a) Ribble Valley and (b) Lancashire hold a qualification (i) at degree level and (ii)...

      IT Projects

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

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many IT projects have been developed for her Department since 2001; and whether she has agreed to make public (a) in full and (b) in...

      Literacy and Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much her Department spent on in-house training on (a) literacy and (b) numeracy (i) in total and (ii) per head in each year since...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on her Department's contribution to the establishment of the new deal for skills.

      School Standards and Framework Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many times she has exercised powers under section 19 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 in each year since 1998.

      School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in (a) England, (b) Lancashire and (c) Ribble Valley receive free transport to (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2005, Official Report, columns 217–22W, on schools, if she will list the actions she has approved...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools had been in special measures for (a) less than one year, (b) between one and two years, (c) between two and three years and...

      Sex Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research her Department has commissioned on the effects of the provision of sex education on the level of teenage pregnancy.

      Sex Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make it her policy to encourage the teaching of sex education in schools, with particular reference to (a) preventing teenage...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to support children with special educational needs, with particular reference to Gravesham.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps the Government are taking to ensure the recommendations in Removing Barriers to Achievement: The Government's Strategy for...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent on the recent advertising campaign on tuition fees.

      University Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much money has been budgeted for the consultation on post-qualification university applications.

      University Student Placements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the percentage of university students who undertook work experience and internships as part of their...

      Vocational Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many and what proportion of 15-year-olds achieved one or more Part One General National Vocational Qualification at (a) Foundation...

  • Health

    • Academic Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if her Department will take steps to encourage the entry of (a) women and (b) people from minority ethnic groups into academic medicine.

    • Acute Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals in Hertfordshire provide acute care; and if she will make a statement.

      Alliance Medical

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what categories of patient are not able to gain access to scanning services provided in mobile units provided by Alliance Medical; and if she will make a...

      Ambulance Service Restructuring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the likely level of cost savings arising from the proposed restructuring of the Ambulance Service.

      Ambulance Service Restructuring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the costs of re-organising the Ambulance Service in England.

      Barnsley District General Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the projected costs are of redundancies planned at the Barnsley district general hospital.

      Beef

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations her Department has made to the European Commission on removing the EU requirement to remove the vertebral column from cattle over 24...

      Body Mass Index

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make it a requirement for general practitioners to ensure that the body mass index of each patient is regularly recorded as part of the new GP...

      Brucella Viruses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases involving humans becoming infected with the (a) brucella melitensis virus and (b) brucella suis virus have been reported to her Department...

      Brucella Viruses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department has taken to assess the level of infection by brucella viruses within the UK population; and if she will make a statement.

      Brucella Viruses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of brucellosis have been recorded by the NHS in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Brucella Viruses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department has taken to ensure that testing for suspected cases of brucellosis can be carried out; and if she will make a statement.

      Budget Deficits (Oxfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the deficit or surplus of each NHS trust in Oxfordshire was for 2004–05; what methodology was used to calculate the outturn; and what action...

      Cancelled Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cancelled operations there have been in each primary care trust in London in each quarter in the last four years.

      Cervical Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list health trusts where liquid-based cytology (a) has been and (b) has not been introduced for testing of cervical smears in all areas in...

      Congenital Heart Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many units dedicated to Grown-Up Congenital Heart patients there are in each NHS trust area; what plans she has to increase this number; and if she...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Banbury of 13 September on community health.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps she is taking to improve the Department's performance in replying to correspondence from members of the public; (2) what steps she is...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she plans to lay before the House the (a) national health service (dental charges) regulations 2006, (b) national health service (general dental...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she plans to appoint a new chief dental officer; and what the recruitment process will be.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons new personal dental service (PDS) arrangements are being introduced under the draft new general dental services contract; and whether...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what a unit of dental activity refers to in the context of dental services contracts; and how this differs from the previous fee per item way of working...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to increase the number of dentists offering root canal and other specialist treatment on the NHS.

      Departmental Estate

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

      Literacy and Numeracy

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

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reduction there has been in (a) road transport vehicle carbon dioxide emissions and (b) single occupancy car commuting from her Department against a...

      Disabled Persons (Services, Consultation and Representation) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the provisions of the Disabled Persons (Services, Consultation and Representation) Act 1986 which (a) have been and (b) have not been...

      European Medicines Evaluation Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average length of time taken by the European Medicines Evaluation Agency was to approve a cancer drug for formal marketing approval is in the...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether any foundation hospitals are in Hertfordshire; (2) whether she plans to make Hemel Hempstead Hospital a foundation hospital; and if she...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the administration costs of maintaining foundation status (a) in total for the NHS in England and (b) for each foundation trust.

      General Medical Services Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the outcome of the review of the quality and outcomes framework of the general medical services contract will be announced; and if she will make a...

      Health Improvement and Protection Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to publish the Health Improvement and Protection Bill.

      Health Improvement and Protection Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date her response to the consultation on the smoke free elements of the Health Improvement and Protection Bill will be published.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is planning to maximise detection of hepatitis C within the population.

      Herceptin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with countries which have already approved Herceptin on the effectiveness of the drug against early stage breast cancer.

      Herceptin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the outcome was of meetings with the National Cancer Director Professor and the medical directors of NHS cancer networks with regard to offering HER2...

      Herceptin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost per patient is (a) of using Herceptin for the treatment of breast cancer and (b) of the treatment of the recurrence of HER2 breast cancer.

      Herceptin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of patients who would benefit from the use of Herceptin.

      Influenza Pandemic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the role of the reserve forces in a pandemic.

      Intensive Care Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many intensive care beds were available on average in the last period for which figures are available; and what the average occupancy rates were.

      Intensive Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals in Hertfordshire have intensive therapy unit facilities; and if she will make a statement.

      Intermediate Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many intermediate care (a) beds and (b) supported places there are in England; how many older people have used them in each year since 2002; and if...

      Intermediate Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many intermediate care beds will be funded from the £66 million allocated for 2002–03 and 2003–04 in each strategic health authority;...

      Junior Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps her Department is taking to effect the transition between the present career structure for junior doctors and the changes outlined in...

      Lupus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated for research into (a) systemic lupus and (b) discoid lupus in 2005–06; and what steps are being taken to...

      Medical Staff (Training Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost was of training each (a) doctor, (b) nurse and (c) physiotherapist for the entire period between entering onto a degree or diploma...

      Medical Staff (Numbers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses there were per head of population in (i) England and (ii) each strategic health authority in each year since 1995.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) objectives, (b) budget, (c) locations and (d) evaluation methodology are for the independent mental capacity advocate pilots.

      National School Fruit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of fruit supplied to schools under the National School Fruit Scheme was sourced from (a) suppliers within 25 miles of the school supplied,...

      National School Fruit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many schools are participating in the National School Fruit Scheme; and how many deliveries are made per week to these schools.

      NHS Employees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many employees aged over 70 years are working in the national health service.

      NHS Finance

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

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the latest aggregate (a) year-to-date and (b) forecast year-end financial positions are of all NHS organisations in England which have been received...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her latest estimate is of the outturn against planned expenditure for 2005–06 of (a) the Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust and (b)...

      NHS Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women doctors contributed to the NHS pension scheme between 1972 and 1988; and what contributions were made by (a) men and (b) women to the...

      NHS Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the spouses of male and female members of the NHS pension scheme, both contributing the same amounts to the scheme between 1972 and 1988, are...

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of NHS Professionals; and if she will make a statement.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish proposals submitted for new obesity indicators by her Department to the quality and outcomes framework review.

      Pressure Sores

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate she has made of the cost to the NHS of pressure sores.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS trusts are in deficit; and how many of these deficits are due to annual private finance initiative charges.

      Psychiatric Trainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of psychiatric trainees undergoing psychotherapy training in each of the last five years; and if she will make a...

      Residential Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how frequently the needs of residents in (a) residential and (b) nursing homes are assessed; and how such assessments are triggered.

      Self-funded Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how a person who is self-funding their care is able to obtain (a) a care plan and (b) regular reviews of their (i) health and (ii) social care needs.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to prohibit smoking in secure mental health units; and if she will make a statement.

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that national effective protocols and training are in place for (a) ambulance staff and (b) staff in accident and...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make it her policy that anyone suffering a transient ischaemic attack should see a stroke specialist within seven days.

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that all stroke patients receive a brain scan within 48 hours of having a stroke.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps she is taking to reduce the rate of suicide amongst people over the age of 75; (2) what funding was allocated to work aimed at...

      Sunflower Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has evaluated on the health impact of the use of high oleic sunflower oil for frying potato crisps.

      Technology Appraisal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on proposals submitted to the Department in September by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in...

      Tonsil/Adenoid Removals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many children aged under 16 years in each strategic health authority area were discharged from hospital after removal of tonsils or adenoids in...

      West Suffolk NHS Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the financial outturn was at West Suffolk NHS hospital trust (a) at its inception and (b) in every year since its inception.

      West Suffolk NHS Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the debt inherited by Suffolk West primary care trust was at its inception; and what the financial outturn has been in every year since.

      West Sussex Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what savings she anticipates if the proposed merger of the five West Sussex primary care trusts proceeds.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Carbon Management Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether his Department will sign up to the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management programme.

    • Departmental Skills Development Plan

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's Skills Development plan.

      Literacy and Numeracy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what methods of assessment of (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills are used as part of the recruitment process by employees of his Department.

      Strategy Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what each of the phases is of the Strategy Unit's Health Strategy, Analytical Report; and if he will make a statement.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Debt Arrears

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many charging orders relating to unsecured debt were made in each month since 1990, broken down by region; and if she will...

    • Departmental Skills Development Plan

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will place in the Library a copy of her Department's Skills Development Plan.

      Literacy and Numeracy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what proportion of new recruits to her Department do not have a level 2 qualification in English and mathematics.

      Literacy and Numeracy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what methods of assessment of (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills are used as part of the recruitment process by employees of...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to review the legal aid process; and if she will make a statement.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many solicitors carry out legal aid work in the constituency of Hemel Hempstead; and if she will make a statement.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if the Government will allocate funds separately for civil legal aid and criminal legal aid.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the total cost of legal aid has been in each year since 2003–04.

      Media Relations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much the Department has spent on external media relations in each month of the last year.

      Parliamentary Deposits

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the effect of its proposals to lower the threshold for losing deposits in...

      Royal Prerogative

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 October 2005, Official Report, column 165W, on the Royal Prerogative, whether the Prime Minister...

      Salisbury Courts Centre

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the in-service date is for the new courts centre in Salisbury.

      Salisbury Courts Centre

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many (a) outstanding asylum appeals, (b) outstanding immigration appeals and (c) outstanding entry clearance appeals were...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Discretionary Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on progress in reviewing the discretionary social fund.

    • DNA Bioscience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times he has met representatives of DNA Bioscience since May in connection with his ministerial responsibilities.

      Household Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of children have lived in households with (a) no adult in work, (b) a single parent and (c) less than 60 per cent. of median...

      Household Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many wards in the Waverley borough council area have over 50 percent. of children with (a) one parent and (b) two parents receiving out of...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he intends to allow scheme actuaries to continue to set contribution rates for occupational pension funds; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) Tamworth constituency, (b) the West Midlands and (c) the UK who have lost their...

      Second-hand Smoke (Asthma)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the percentage of cases of asthma attacks that are caused by second-hand smoke in the workplace.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy not to give up the UK's EU budget rebate in return for Common Agricultural Policy reform.

    • Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress is being made in the Democratic Republic of Congo towards the electoral mandate agreed in the 2002 peace deal.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will assess the effectiveness of MONUC in meeting its responsibility to protect civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress is being made in tackling corruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the arms embargo in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) land and (b) property his Department owns in Kettering constituency.

      Kaliningrad Peninsula

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will visit the Kaliningrad peninsula to promote the entry of this territory into the European Union.

      Liechtenstein

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will assess the merits of inviting Liechtenstein to join the European Union.

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will distance himself from US foreign policy towards North Korea; and if he will initiate discussions with the North...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of militia activity along tribal lines in Darfur.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of harassment, attacks and abductions of non-governmental organisation workers in Darfur; and if he...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress the International Criminal Court (ICC) is making in its investigations in Darfur; what assessment he has made of...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) the Sudanese Liberation Army and (b) the Justice and Equality Movement.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support (a) the UK and (b) the EU has given to the African Union peace-keeping operation in Darfur.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made towards the deployment of 10,000 troops to the UN mission in Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of whether the Government of Sudan are using helicopter gun ships to attack refugees in Darfur.

      UN Convention Against Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the timetable is for British ratification of the UN Convention Against Corruption; what discussions his Department has had...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on President Mugabe's Operation Murambatsvina.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures are in place to tackle antisocial behaviour by tenants in the private rented sector.

    • Benefit Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful appeals were made in Northern Ireland against decisions on (i) disability and (ii) sickness...

      Carbon Management Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether his Department will sign up to the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management programme.

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many permanent Northern Ireland civil servants have been demoted in each of the last 10 years; how many of these have been voluntarily...

      Climate Change Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the contribution that action by local authorities in Northern Ireland will make to meet climate change targets.

      Crosshill Quarry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which authority permitted the setting aside of the conditions imposed by the planning appeal tribunal on the disposal of railway carriages at...

      Crosshill Quarry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the dismantling of railway carriages at Crosshill Quarry, Crumlin (a) commenced and (b) was completed.

      Crosshill Quarry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether an investigation into the dismantling of railway carriages at Crosshill Quarry, Crumlin is being undertaken; and if he will make a statement.

      Crosshill Quarry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Environment and Heritage Service was responsible for monitoring the dismantling of carriages at Crosshill Quarry, Crumlin; and what...

      Disability Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to promote disability support in Northern Ireland.

      Divorce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children there are in each region whose parents are divorced ranked in descending order; and what percentage of all children this...

      Dyslexia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was given in each of the last five years to dyslexia organisations in Northern Ireland.

      Eaga Partnership

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

      Human Resources Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the members of the Northern Ireland Civil Service Project (a) Board and (b) Team for the electronic Human Resources Contract...

      Human Resources Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) professional advice and (b) independent peer review has been commissioned in respect of the Northern Ireland Civil Service's decisions...

      IRA Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) on what date he was first informed of the identity of the two clergy witnesses to IRA decommissioning; (2) on what date he was first...

      Landlords

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) information and (b) training is made available by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to landlords.

      Landlords

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to introduce a requirement for landlords to agree written tenancy agreements with their tenants in the private rented sector.

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were in (a) full-time and (b) part-time employment in each local council in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the potential benefits for Northern Ireland from London hosting the 2012 Olympics; and if he will make a statement.

      Marriages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many marriage ceremonies have taken place in (a) Antrim borough council and (b) Ards borough council in each of the last five years.

      Marriages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many marriage licences were issued by (a) Antrim borough council and (b) Ards borough council in each of the last five years.

      MOT Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to introduce free MOT tests for pensioners in Northern Ireland.

      New Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new schools are planned to be built in each of the education board areas in Northern Ireland, broken down by location.

      Northern Ireland Housing Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many ex gratia payments have been made by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to tenants in each year since 2001; and what the (a)...

      Northern Ireland Housing Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been awarded maximum points for intimidation under the Housing Executive's Housing Selection Scheme where the reason was...

      Planning Site Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many planning site visits each of the local councils in Northern Ireland made in each of the last five years.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the first sod to be cut in Cookstown for the new police academy.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) when the Police Service of Northern Ireland diving unit was last provided with new diving suits and equipment; and what resources and...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Police Service of Northern Ireland officers were involved in Operation Viper.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Police Service of Northern Ireland speeding or road tax detection units there were on the Bangor to Belfast road between the hours of...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to ensure that (a) landlords and (b) tenants in the private rented sector in Northern Ireland are made aware of their...

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures are in place to regulate the private rented housing sector in Northern Ireland.

      Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to make disputes between landlords and tenants in the private rented sector subject to arbitration.

      Restorative Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the implementation of Recommendation 144 of the Criminal Justice Review on the piloting and evaluation of...

      Restorative Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether it remains his policy that a full-time member of the Police Service of Northern Ireland must be present at and actively participate in...

      Restorative Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make it his policy that persons convicted of scheduled offences in Northern Ireland will be barred from participation in any...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to reduce the age for free renewal of driving licences to 65-years in Northern Ireland.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money has been raised from speed cameras in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Surplus School Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how his Department estimates the number of surplus places in schools in Northern Ireland.

      Voter Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the change in the numbers registered to vote in each Westminster constituency in Northern Ireland has been since the introduction of...

      Youth Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) diversionary and (b) court-ordered youth conferences have been established under the terms of Part IV of the Justice (Northern...

  • House of Lords

    • Avian Flu

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What advice they have issued to the general public to inform them of practical precautions they can take against the spread of avian flu.

    • British Consulate, Istanbul

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is their intention that the church and churchyard of St Helena's at the British Consulate in Istanbul should ever be reopened for worship after its...

      British Consulate, Istanbul

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current cost estimate of restoring the church and churchyard of St Helena's at the British Consulate in Istanbul; and when they last instructed...

      British Consulate, Istanbul

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total capital sum spent since 1997 on buildings, or the refitting of buildings, for the use of the British Consulate in Istanbul and its staff; and for...

      British Consulate, Istanbul

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total capital sum currently budgeted for spending or receipts in 2005–06, and for each subsequent year over the planning period, in relation to...

      Bus Lane Enforcement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why consultation has not been completed on the type of cameras necessary for enforcement of bus lanes which will be decriminalised in November.

      Cancer Treatment-induced Anaemia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is (a) the estimated increase in the number of blood transfusions for patients suffering from cancer treatment-induced anaemia; and (b) the estimated number...

      Congestion Charge

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have made of the cost to business due to the London congestion charge.

      Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made on monitoring the application and effect of the Dealing in Cultural Objects (Offences) Act 2003, which they agreed to do in their...

      EU Health Ministers: Informal Meeting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What main items will be on the agenda of the European Union informal meeting of Health Ministers scheduled for 20 October.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Property

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to how many countries they have considered over the past 12 months, whether consular, embassy or other Foreign and Commonwealth Office buildings or...

      Foreign-registered Vehicles: Parking and Bus Lane Fines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to ensure that parking and bus lane fines issued to motorists with foreign-registered vehicles are paid.

      Gulf War 1990–91: Welsh Veterans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Welsh veterans of the 1990–91 Gulf War have so far been examined by the medical assessment programme of the Ministry of Defence; and how many...

      Gulf War Illnesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer to the Question by the Lord Morris of Manchester by the Lord Drayson on 19 October (WA 129), whether they will now provide a...

      Gypsies and Travellers: Housing Needs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made on the provision of housing benefit for Travellers on sites owned by county councils since the then Minister at the Department for Work...

      House Sales: Home Packs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made by the Working Party on Home Packs; and whether they intend to publish the working party's findings.

      Israel: East Jerusalem and the West Bank

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made, or will make, to the government of Israel concerning Palestinians holding blue identity documents who are likely to be denied...

      Israel: East Jerusalem and the West Bank

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Israeli Government concerning the isolation of east Jerusalem from the West Bank.

      Mrsa

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received any reports about the methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) testing procedures of Chemsol Consulting; and whether its...

      Museums

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the costs and benefits to museums of setting themselves up as independent charitable trusts or companies limited by guarantee;...

      National Heritage Memorial Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether directions issued to the trustees of the National Heritage Memorial Fund under Section 26(1) and (2) of the National Lottery etc. Act 1993, as amended by...

      South Kensington Pedestrian Subway

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they agree with the recommendation of English Heritage that the museum tunnel in South Kensington should be listed; and, if so, when they will announce...

      Tanzania and Zanzibar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they are doing in support of free, fair and peaceful elections in Zanzibar and Tanzania on 30 October; and What representations they are making to the...

      Wild Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many wild birds are imported into (a) the European Union, and (b) the United Kingdom each year; and, of these, how many are tested for avian flu.

      Wild Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a complete ban on the import of wild birds into the United Kingdom is necessary to safeguard the biosecurity of the United Kingdom.

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