Written answers

Tuesday, 8 November 2005

  • Cabinet Office

    • Better Regulation Agenda

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on progress in removing unnecessary burdens on small businesses through the better regulation agenda;

    • Ministerial Visit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will visit the Wyre Estuary in Lancaster and Wyre constituency to discuss the administration of the Duchy's lands there.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many special advisers are employed by the Government; and if he will make a statement.

  • Transport

    • Transport Infrastructure (Shoreham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the transport infrastructure improvements required in and around Adur in West Sussex to facilitate the proposed...

    • Regional Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on Government support for regional airports.

      A43

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on plans to upgrade the A43 Kettering to Northampton road.

      Aircraft Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to reduce pollution caused by aircraft.

      Roadside Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to reduce the number of traffic-related deaths of roadside workers; and if he will make a statement.

      M4

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cars per day used junction 16 of the M4 in the last year for which figures are available; and what his estimate is of the capacity of the junction.

      Rail Network (East Midlands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the regional rail network in the East Midlands.

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to encourage better rail services between Shropshire and London.

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure reliable train services during the autumn and winter months.

      Sustainable Communities Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what planning assessments have been made of the transport capacity of the Sustainable Communities Plan areas.

      A5120

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the congestion on the A5120 in the vicinity of Junction 12 of the M1 motorway; (2) what plans he has to improve...

      Air Carrier Insolvencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the percentage of travel insurance policies which cover air carrier insolvency.

      Central Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library copies of the documents on the Central Railway project that were released by his Department to Central Railway plc...

      Concessionary Travel (South Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the cost to South Gloucestershire council of implementing the national half-fare concessionary travel scheme; and what additional...

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) land and (b) property his Department owns in the Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency.

      Eurotunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the progress of the Eurotunnel Working Group in addressing issues surrounding the process of Eurotunnel's audit system.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what systems are in place to ensure that there is consistency and national co-ordination of policy across regional offices of the Highways Agency; and...

      Motorway Crash Barriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the guidelines are for the (a) choice and (b) construction of each type of motorway crash barrier.

      Night Parking Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport under what legal authority local authorities may charge for car parking in towns and city centres at night.

      Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list ports which are (a) compliant and (b) non-compliant under the International Ship and Port Security Code.

      Rail Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what costs have been incurred in respect of rail franchise tendering processes since May 1997.

      Rail Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department plans to publish the consultants' final report on the review of the Northern Rail franchise; whether its recommendations will be...

      Rail Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date his Department plans to publish the final regional planning assessment for North East England; and whether its recommendations will be...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date his Department plans to recommence the rail passenger partnership funding for new passenger rail services; what plans he has to review...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans there are to upgrade the infrastructure at Shrewsbury railway station.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the efficiency of rail links to Gravesham; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what correspondence he has received from the London business community on its contribution to the funding of Crossrail; and if he will publish it.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the efficiency of rail links to (a) Kings Langley, (b) Apsley and (c) Hemel Hempstead; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of the performance of South East Trains since it was returned to public hands.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the staff turnover rate for Cross London Rail Links Limited was in the past 12 months.

      Road Usage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his estimate is of road usage by (a) domestic and (b) non-domestic heavy goods vehicles in the United Kingdom in 2004.

      Road Usage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of transcontinental haulage lorries in the United Kingdom in (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004 were non-domestic; and if he will make a...

      Schools (Peak-time Traffic)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what support his Department is providing to initiatives to reduce the amount of peak time traffic around schools in (a) the Tees Valley and (b) the...

      Telecommunication Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether telecommunication masts constructed by Network Rail will be used to provide mobile phone telecommunication services for the general public; and...

      Transport Links (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans the Government have in the context of the Thames Gateway to build new transport links in Essex.

      Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidelines he has issued to users of waterways on the definition of the term commercial.

  • Prime Minister

    • Civil Servants (Business Appointment Rules)

      To ask the Prime Minister when he expects the review of the business appointment rules for former civil servants will be published.

    • Departmental Spending

      To ask the Prime Minister how much his Office spent on items of art in 2004–05.

      Dexion Workers

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will meet former Dexion workers from Hemel Hempstead.

      Ministerial Visit

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to visit Hemel Hempstead Hospital in this session of Parliament.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Prime Minister why the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs chairs the Ministerial Committee on the Olympics.

      Overseas Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to be accompanied by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on all trips to (a) China and (b) India.

      Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2005, Official Report, column 1298W, for what reasons the cost of the visit was not met from public funds; and what the purpose of...

  • Trade and Industry

    • 0870 Phone Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the occasions in the last five years on which 0870 telephone numbers have been used by his Department as contact numbers for...

    • Animal Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the impact on animal health of the coming into force of the Supply of Relevant Veterinary Medicinal Products...

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent estimate the Government have made of the carbon dioxide emissions produced by the (a) building, (b) maintenance and (c)...

      Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list for each regional development agency in England the total sum spent on (a) corporate entertainment and (b) hospitality for...

      Global Interactive Entertainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the UK's position within the global interactive entertainment market place; and what steps he is taking to...

      Home Credit Providers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of whether a conflict of interest may arise from the Office of Fair Trading being responsible for regulating home...

      Household Energy Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average annual household bill has been for (a) gas and (b) electricity in each year since 1997.

      Land and Vertical Agreements Exclusion Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reasons the Government decided to repeal the Land and Vertical Agreements Exclusion Order 2000.

      Magazine Distribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations the Office of Fair Trading has received from the European Commission on the legality of magazine distribution in the UK.

      Magazine Distribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the measures being taken by other European Union countries to ensure that they are compliant with relevant...

      Martin Benfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department were first informed of the allegations concerning Martin Benfield, a former secondee...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many individual workers have benefited from the recent rise in the National Minimum Wage.

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which companies are the five largest suppliers of natural gas in the UK.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the practicality of developing nuclear-based combined heat and power energy services in the North East.

      Nuclear Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment has been made of the increase in the mass of spent fuel over the current stockpile that would be created by a new programme...

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions he has had with the Canadian Nuclear Waste Management Organisation.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the capital grant funding required to deliver the Government's Energy White Paper commitment to a 10 year solar...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the deadline is for grant applications to (a) stream two of his Department's Solar PV Major Demonstration programmes and (b) the...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the deadline is for final householder applications for stream one of his Department's (a) Clear Skies and (b) Solar PV Demonstration...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much time will elapse between the end of stream two funding allocations under the Solar PV Demonstration programme and the Clear Skies...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) biomass, (b) tidal, (c) wind, (d) solar and (e) hydro-electric power in producing...

      Self-employed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what statutory help is available to the self-employed in connection with (a) maternity (i) pay and (ii) leave and (b) paternity leave.

      Solar Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the likely impact on business planning for solar photovoltaic of the changes in funding mechanisms operated by...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment he has made of the reasons why the target set by the telecoms adjudicator for 250,000 lines in the local loop network to...

      Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry from which countries uranium is supplied to UK nuclear power stations.

      Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the remaining unmined supplies of uranium across the world; and how many years' supply of uranium for nuclear...

      Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent estimate he has made of the carbon dioxide emissions resulting from the (a) mining, (b) processing, (c) transportation and (d)...

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his priorities are for the forthcoming World Trade Organisation meeting in Hong Kong.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Amateur Sports Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the average fee for a licence paid by amateur sports clubs is following the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003; and if she...

    • BBC Licence Fee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many complaints she has received regarding the BBC licence fee in each of the last 10 years.

      Concessionary Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many concessionary television licences for (a) over-75s and (b) blind people were issued in each constituency in the Yorkshire and...

      Departmental Staff (Relocation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people in her Department (a) were relocated in 2004–05 and (b) are expected to be relocated in 2005–06 following...

      Football Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money from the Football Foundation has been awarded in the Hartlepool constituency in each year since the organisation was founded.

      Gambling Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what date Part 3 of the Gambling Act 2005 will come into force.

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many full-time equivalent employee reductions have been made as a result of the Gershon review; what (a) cost savings relating to IT...

      Independent Sports Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had on the Independent Sports Review; and if she will make a statement.

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many IT projects which cost over £1 million and were introduced since 1997 are in use in her Department.

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of the IT projects costing over £1 million in use in her Department and introduced since 1997 have been scrutinised by the...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what definition she uses of additionality in relation to the operation of the national lottery.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she has discussed with (a) the Football Association, (b) the Premier League and (c) the Football League plans to stage matches...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she has discussed with the England and Wales Cricket Board the staging of international cricket matches in the UK over the...

      Premier League

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Office of Communications has spent to date on its investigation into Premier League broadcasting rights.

      Super-casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many bids there have been for a super-casino; and which locations such bids relate to.

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how the non-payment of television licences is detected.

      Ultra-local Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will reframe the BBC's remit in local communities as a cautious and selective intervention in limited areas where it is clear...

      Under-aged Drinkers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what impact she expects the Licensing Act 2003 to have on alcohol abuse amongst under-aged drinkers in (a) England and (b) Gravesham.

  • International Development

    • 0870 Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the occasions in the last five years on which 0870 telephone numbers have been used by his Department as contact...

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how the aid to Africa agreed at the G8 summit is being allocated between countries.

      Departmental Skills Development Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which individual is responsible for developing and implementing his Department's Skills Development Plan.

      Departmental Skills Development Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's Skills Development Plan.

      Departmental Staff (Literacy and Numeracy)

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

      Departmental Staff (Literacy and Numeracy)

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

      Departmental Staff (Relocation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people in his Department (a) were relocated in 2004–05 and (b) are expected to be relocated in 2005–06 following...

      Diplomatic Representation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the contribution to (a) development and (b) his Department's work of United Kingdom embassies and high...

      Disasters Emergency Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will encourage the Disasters Emergency Committee to extend the list of organisations to whom it offers free transport of relief...

      Indian Ocean Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what targets were set to measure the impact of UK aid to countries affected by the Indian ocean tsunami.

      Indian Ocean Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the progress of (a) UK and (b) EU-funded reconstruction programmes in countries affected by the Indian...

      TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what average percentage of funding allocated to direct budget support was attributed to the control and treatment of TB in the last...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what account is taken of differences between the value of pension provision of members of the armed forces and that of workers in comparable jobs in the...

    • Core Sites Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department's Core Sites Initiative will be concluded; if he will publish an interim report on progress on the Initiative; and if he will make a...

  • Wales

    • Carbon Management Programme

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

    • Carbon Offset Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much is due to be spent in (a) 2005–06 and (b) each of the next four financial years on the carbon offset scheme by his Department; and what...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he plans to publish the next departmental sustainable development action plan.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment has been made of progress towards implementation of each target set in the last departmental sustainable development action plan.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of (a) new building work and (b) refurbishment of buildings of (i) his Department and (ii) agencies of his Department, has been subject to...

      Welsh Housing Quality Standard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with (a) the National Assembly for Wales and (b) the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding the funding for enabling Welsh...

      Winter Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many people aged over 65 years in Wales died in each year since 1997 as a result of the effects of the winter months; and if he will make a statement.

  • Leader of the House

    • Sinn Fein Members (Allowances)

      To ask the Leader of the House what total amount of public money has been spent on additional cost allowance claims by Sinn Fein Members of the House of Commons since they became eligible to make...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Advisory Committee on Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the membership is of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides.

    • Aircraft Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department has undertaken into the polluting effects of chemtrails for aircraft.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the length of time the avian influenza virus survives in soil.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many birds (a) entered and (b) died in quarantine in the UK in each year from 2000 to 2005.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the arrangements are for ministerial responsibility for the State Veterinary Service across England and Wales in (a)...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken by her Department to ensure that bird farmers are adequately protected against risks of avian...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish new advice to poultry-keepers regarding measures that they can take to reduce the risk of spreading avian...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the epidemiological significance of clades is in relation to the H5N1 virus of avian influenza.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about the level of tax on biofuels; and if she will make a...

      Bird Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many wild birds were traded into the UK (a) in 2004 and (b) to date in 2005; and what checks have been made for avian...

      Brazilian Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what means of identification is available to segregate the two parts where consignments of beef from Brazil are a mixture of...

      Byway Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many byway claims were made to (a) Wiltshire county council and (b) other county councils between 5 August and 11...

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) land and (b) property her Department owns in Kettering constituency.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken to build local markets for biomass wood fuel.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of current energy usage in the public sector the Government estimates can be saved through energy efficiency...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in what circumstances victims of flooding are eligible for compensation from her Department.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what criteria the Department uses to decide whether a storm is of a one in 30-year storm for the purposes of...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the recent European Court of Justice ruling on GM crops.

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's latest recommendation is on field separation distances between GM and non-GM crops.

      Greenhouse Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the emissions of the Kyoto basket of gases will be between 2008 and 2012 if the trend in emissions of the last (a) five...

      Literacy and Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural 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 Secretary of State for 0Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what methods of assessment of (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills are used as part of the recruitment process by employees...

      Non-food Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many non-food crops are grown in England; and what the percentage produced of each sort was (a) by value and (b) by...

      Nuclear Plants (Coastal Erosion)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the impact of coastal erosion on (a) each coastally-sited nuclear plant, (b) Sellafield and...

      Poultry Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of poultry kept by individuals other than farmers; and what mechanisms are in place...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress she has made towards re-starting the collection and recycling of farm-use black plastic wrap; and if she...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tonnes of (a) paper and (b) other recyclable waste were recycled by the Department in 2004–05.

      Television Sets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date she plans to publish guidance for local authorities on the disposal of discarded television sets.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many residents in the Hemel Hempstead constituency were (a) eligible for and (b) received grants under the warm front...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Energy Consumption (Parliamentary Estate)

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much energy has been consumed by the Parliamentary Estate in each of the last five years; and how much was...

    • Fairtrade Products

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many Fairtrade products are (a) used and (b) for sale in the House; and what plans there are to increase...

      Flowers (Expenditure)

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the House's expenditure on flowers was in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

  • Treasury

    • Civil Service Relocation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with local councils in Norwich on plans to relocate civil servants there; and how many jobs are involved.

    • Expenditure/Revenue (Scotland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2005, Official Report, column 889W, on expenditure and revenue in Scotland, what further information his Department would...

      Forms (Duplication of Information)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make changes to forms (a) V064, (b) V06003 and (c) V07012 in order to reduce duplication of required information; and what assessment he has made...

      Golden Rule

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce an independent monitoring system for the Golden Rule.

      Hemel Hempstead

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average outstanding balance on mortgages for homes in (a) Hemel Hempstead constituency and (b) Hertfordshire; what the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total amount is of unfunded pension liabilities from former nationalised industries.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) pursuant to the announcement on public sector pensions of 18 October, at what rate he assumed current members of public sector pension schemes would...

      Railtrack

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the 10 conditions necessary for him to support the decision to transform Railtrack into a non-equity company limited by guarantee were.

      Self-employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of self-employed (a) women and (b) men in the UK; and how many are aged 16 to 45 years.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much stamp duty from the purchase of residential property was collected from (a) Kettering constituency, (b) Northamptonshire and (c) England in each...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what value of hardship payments were made to tax credit claimants suffering hardship where an overpayment had occurred in (a) 2003–04,...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is his policy automatically to write-off tax credit overpayments of £380 or less; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit claimants have been waiting (a) one month, (b) two months, (c) three months, (d) four months, (e) five months, (f) six months, (g) one...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons the IT system used by Revenue and Customs staff when dealing with hon. Members' queries through the MPs Tax Credit Hotline was unavailable...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the IT contract for the new tax credits has been agreed on a fixed negotiated price basis.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2005, Official Report, column 948W, on tax credits, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Customer Service...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much in overpaid tax credits has been remitted in full and then held by the Tax Credits Office for offsetting in each of the last three years; and what...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many overpayments remain outstanding from 2003–04; and to what total value.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the Parliamentary Ombudsman's recommendations in Tax Credits: Putting Things Right have been accepted; from what date they have operated; and...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit overpayments were caused in 2003–04 when an error resulted in a child or children no longer being shown on the award notice.

  • Home Department

    • Accession State Worker Registration Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time taken to process applications for a registration certificate under the Accession State Worker Registration...

    • Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness to date of the Dublin II Regulation of 2003 in reducing (a) asylum shopping and (b) the...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of how the UK compares with other EU member states in terms of reception conditions for asylum seekers.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on progress in negotiations on the draft EU asylum procedures directive.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria were used in making the decision to maintain a non-cash or voucher system for providing support to asylum seekers who make...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers are in receipt of National Asylum Support Services section 4 support, broken down by (a) regional location,...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for section 4 support were made to the National Asylum Support Service in each month since 1 January; and what the...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken by the National Asylum Support Service to determine an application for section 4 support was in the last period...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures have been put in place by each of the National Asylum Support Service section 4 accommodation providers to ensure that mothers...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have been convicted and imprisoned for not possessing, without reasonable excuse, a valid document showing their...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time was that a failed asylum seeker was held in a detention centre prior to deportation or removal from the UK in...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average number of times was that a failed asylum-seeker was transferred between detention centres in the UK prior to removal or...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Department spent on transferring failed asylum seekers between detention centres in the UK in (a) 2004–05, (b)...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of asylum support was at (a) 1 January, (b) 1 February, (c) 1 March, (d) 1 April, (e) 1 May, (f) 1 June, (g) 1 July, (h) 1...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of accommodating asylum seekers has been in each year since 1997.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government is taking to prevent abuse of the benefits system by asylum seekers.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Somalian asylum seekers tried to enter the UK in each year from 1997; how many have been allowed to stay; and how many have been...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures are undertaken before the decision is made to detain failed asylum seekers, with particular reference to (a) pre-notification...

      Border Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the merits of introducing a UK border control police force.

      Border Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government plan to introduce a UK border control police force.

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average processing time has been of an application for compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2001 in each...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what minimum statutory level of (a) funding and (b) other support local authorities are required to provide for victims of domestic violence;...

      European Return Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the progress with discussions in the European Council on the minimum standards for return procedures and...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the maximum allowable cost for the stand-alone identity card.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total planned budget is for the consultation, trialling and roll out of the Identity Card Scheme.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to publish the cap on the fee to be charged for the stand-alone identity card.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will lay before the House detailed proposals on the charging regime for identity cards, in line with the commitment given by the...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department's cost-benefit analysis of the identity cards scheme includes estimates for the benefits which are defined in...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the graph on page 11 of his Department's document, Identity Cards Scheme—Benefits Overview" with dates on the time...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his most recent estimate is of the (a) set-up costs, (b) annual running costs and (c) cost per card of the identity card scheme.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of the Identity Card Scheme has been to date.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what provisions have been made for (a) lone parents, (b) low income families, (c) the unemployed, (d) children and (e) students in...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list the employment sectors in which the use of immigrant labour is filling long-term vacancies; (2) if he will list the...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library monthly reports on the number of people detained under immigration law.

      Managed Migration Routes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to complete the review of managed migration routes, with particular reference to the rules on ancestry.

      Passport Return

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the immigration and nationality directorate will return the passports of the W. family of Aylesbury (case reference: W1004856; B23701/5).

      Passport Return

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken after the determination of a case for his Department to return passports and other personal documents to...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police forces have selected one of their basic command units to implement and champion neighbourhood policing; and if he will make a...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the expansion of the shoot-to-kill policy does not lead to an increase in mistaken...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted prisoners there were in each prison in England and Wales in the most recent period for which figures are available; and in...

      Proceeds of Crime Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the timetable is for introducing Orders in Council under Part Eleven of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002; and if he will make a statement.

      Protection Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on progress with pilot protection programmes outside the EU which are due to be launched by the end of 2005.

      Readmission Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the readmission agreements with third countries to be signed by the EU.

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the 10 countries from which most refugees originated in 2004.

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on EU co-operation with third countries in order to manage and reduce the intake of refugees into the EU.

      Schlumberger Sema Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the minutes of meetings between his Officials and Schlumberger Sema Ltd.

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reciprocal arrangements exist between the UK and (a) Northern and (b) Southern Cyprus on the exchange of information regarding the...

      Tasar Stun Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the Metropolitan police has (a) deployed and (b) used Tasar stun guns in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a...

      TOGETHER Action Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many calls have been received by the TOGETHER ActionLine in each month since its inception; and if he will make a statement.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the take-up of visas under the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland scheme.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 12 October 2005, Official Report, column 496W, how many of the young people supervised by youth offending teams in...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements he has in place for Zimbabweans in Zimbabwe and neighbouring countries to apply for asylum.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the deportation to Zimbabwe of asylum seekers.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Carbon Management Programme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department will sign up to the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management programme.

    • Councils (Norfolk)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the merits of unitary status for councils in Norfolk.

      Demotion Orders

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many demotion orders have been granted by (a) local authorities and (b) registered social landlords since their introduction.

      Fire Service Personnel (Assaults)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many assaults on fire service personnel in the course of their duties there have been in the County of Durham in the last five years.

      Firelink Contract

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the Firelink contract successful bid is likely to be announced.

      Firelink Contract

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what account is taken of the number of proposed communication masts when assessing bids for the Firelink project.

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many full-time equivalent employee reductions have been made as a result of the Gershon review; what (a) cost savings relating to IT projects and (b) value of...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment his Department has made of the potential environmental impact of its plans for new housing developments in the south-east; and if he will make a...

      IT Projects

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list for each IT project his Department has undertaken since May 1997 which has incurred a total expenditure of £5 million or more (a) the name of...

      IT Projects

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many IT projects have been developed for his Department since 2001; and whether he has agreed to make public (a) in full and (b) in part Gateway reviews for...

      Management Consultants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been spent on management consultants by (a) Norwich city council and (b) Norfolk county council in each of the last five years.

      Notting Hill Housing Trust

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many complaints have been received against the Notting Hill Housing Trust in each of the last five years; and how many have been investigated by the Ombudsman.

      Pensions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the financial position of the London borough of Brent council pension scheme.

      Regional Fire Control Centres

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his current estimate is of (a) the capital costs of the construction of a regional network of fire control centres, (b) the capital costs of the closure and...

      Regional Fire Control Centres

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his current estimate is of the cost savings which will be achieved through staff reductions arising from the relocation of existing control rooms to regional...

      Respect Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 27 October 2005, Official Report, column 489W, on respect, whether any payment is being made by his Department to the Home Office...

      Standards Board for England

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many cases have been referred to the Standards Board for England in the last 12 months for which information is available; and of these how many were (a)...

      Standards Board for England

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister in how many cases referred by the Standards Board for England for investigation in the last 12 months for which figures are available it was found that (a) there...

      Standards Board for England

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average cost of a case referred to the Standards Board for England was where the finding was (a) no breach, (b) no further action appropriate and (c)...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his Department's performance against its key sustainable development impacts over the last 12 months.

      Travellers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 11 October 2005, Official Report, column 445W, on Travellers, for what reasons copies of the written reports were not deposited in the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • African Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress the Government have made in assisting the African Union in meeting its commitments, with particular reference to...

    • Departmental Skills Development Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which individual is responsible for developing and implementing his Department's Skills Development Plan.

      Departmental Skills Development Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's Skills Development Plan.

      Departmental Sponsorship

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

      Departmental Staff (Qualifications)

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

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made (a) to the European Commission and (b) to other EU member states on the inclusion...

      European Union Border Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will visit the new eastern border of the EU to see the border controls in place to protect the EU from illegal immigration.

      European Union Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress towards agreeing a budget for the European Union under the United Kingdom's presidency.

      European Union Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to ask his French counterpart to increase that country's budget contributions to the EU.

      G8 Summit (Gleneagles)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total cost to public funds was of hosting the G8 summit at Gleneagles.

      Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which of the bilateral treaties, conventions, agreements and similar instruments made between the United Kingdom and Ireland...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on human rights in Pakistan.

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Chinese Government on the arrest of (a) Sonam Gyalpo from Lhasa and (b) four monks from...

      Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the lifting of embargoes on the Turkish Republic of northern Cyprus.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the outcome of the referendum in Uganda in July.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress towards a resolution to the conflict in Northern Uganda.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claiming (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b) disability benefit have more than five GCSEs or equivalent qualifications in (i)...

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received (a) housing benefit, (b) council tax benefit, (c) income support and (d) incapacity benefit in the constituency of...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Kingston and Surbiton constituency have received (a) widows benefit, (b) housing benefit, (c) council tax benefit and (d)...

      Bereavement Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of men who lost their wives and who claimed for widows and bereavement benefits prior to 1 April 2001 but whose claims were...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many potential child support cases are awaiting processing at the point of entry for benefit cases via the Jobcentre Plus interface.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will reply to the correspondence dated 22 March and 1 April from the hon. Member for Kingston and Surbiton with regard to Mr. Stephen...

      Departmental Energy Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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 Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Gateshead, East and Washington, West constituency, the effects...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the annual cost to (a) the Exchequer and (b) local authorities of a 10 per cent. reduction in the housing...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average housing benefit payment was to tenants in social rented accommodation in each local authority area in England in (a) 1991 and...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women (i) over and (ii) under the age of 50 years were claiming incapacity benefit in each (A) region and (B) country...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women (i) over and (ii) under 50 years were claiming incapacity benefit in each (A) (1) region and (2) country of the...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the expenditure on incapacity benefit was in each (a) region and (b) country of the UK in the last period for which figures are available.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the 17,000 claimants with recorded job entries in Pathways to Work pilots (a) returned to incapacity benefits and (b)...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on his Department's contribution to the establishment of the New Deal for Skills.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which training companies providing courses under the new deal for young people he expects to have their contracts renewed.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people in receipt of UK state pensions which have been frozen due to their residence in...

      Pension Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of the Pension Commission has been to date.

      Recycled Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much paper his Department used in each year since 1997; how much was recycled paper; and if he will make a statement.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the off-flow from jobseeker's allowance was in each year since 1997 for (a) the UK, (b) each region and (c) each parliamentary...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unemployed or economically inactive adults wanting to work (a) held a Level 2 qualification and (i) had and (ii) did not have a...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the change was in claimant count unemployment attributable to (a) new claims and (b) changes in the duration of existing claims in each of...

      Widow's Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will issue clear guidance on how claimants should claim widow's benefit following the European Court of Human Rights ruling.

      Mental Health (Employment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had on helping those with mental health problems to find work.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many legal aid franchises in asylum work were operating in (a) England and Wales and (b) the Yorkshire and Humberside...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps are being taken by the Legal Services Commission to ensure adequate legal advice for asylum seekers in the Yorkshire...

      Coroners

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to her answer of 2 November 2005, Official Report, column 1164W, when she expects to make a statement on reforms of...

      Electoral Administration Bill

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will place in the Library annotated copies of Acts proposed to be substantially amended by the Electoral Administration...

      Electoral Administration Bill

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 October 2005, Official Report, column 752W, on the Electoral Administration Bill, if she will...

      Entry Clearance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when Balvir Kamar reference IMM/ECR/1195812/OJ/NS will receive notification of his application for entry clearance.

      Entry Clearance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when Muhammad Shabir (reference 973021) will receive notification of appeal for entry clearance.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 have been submitted to the Central Clearing House in each month...

      IT Projects

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many IT projects have been developed for her Department since 2001; and whether she has agreed to make public the Gateway...

      Parliamentary Constituencies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what new parliamentary constituencies the Government expect to be in operation following the reviews made by the Boundary...

      Parliamentary Constituencies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the Government expect to lay the draft order implementing the recommendations of the Boundary Commission for England in...

      Skills for Life Strategy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which individual is responsible for developing and implementing her Department's Skills for Life strategy.

  • Health

    • Nursing Degrees (Placements)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she is taking to ensure that satisfactory placements are available to students studying for degrees in nursing.

    • Ambulance Service Trusts (West Midlands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on (a) administration and (b) management costs by each NHS ambulance service trust in the West Midlands area, expressed (i) as a...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to support research into (a) a vaccine for the H5N1 strain of avian flu, (b) drugs to treat a potential influenza...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the likelihood of the strain of avian influenza found in Turkey mutating to a human virus.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the UK plans to provide assistance to countries that may be affected by avian influenza variants at an earlier stage than the UK, including by...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her statement of 17 October 2005, Official Report, column 629, on Avian influenza, what total funding has been provided to test NHS plans for...

      Blood Donation (Leeds)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will allocate further resources to encourage people in Leeds, North-West to give blood.

      Breast Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received on the breast screening results from Epping hospital; and if she will make a statement.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will discuss the effectiveness of Herceptin on early stage treatment of breast cancer with the Secretary of State for Scotland.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which groups are typically under-represented in the NHS routine breast cancer screening programme; and what steps she is taking to increase the uptake of...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received from (a) NHS organisations and (b) other interested parties on failures to ensure that the three-year interval for...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department has taken to produce culturally-sensitive breast cancer awareness information in a variety of formats and languages.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost per capita was of treating cancer in England in each of the last five years.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the implications of the development of a vaccine for the virus which causes cervical cancer for the cervical cancer...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to fund the provision of HER2 testing for the suitability of Herceptin to all women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer.

      Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the UK's financial contribution to the cost of running the EU's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use was in each of the last five years.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she plans to publish her Department's response to the Primary Care Dental Salaried Services Review; and if she will make a statement on the reason...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 October 2005, Official Report, column 205W, on NHS dentistry, how many patients were registered with an NHS dentist in each...

      Departmental Consultation

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

      Generic Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment she has made of the reimbursement scheme to pharmacists for the supply of Category M generic medicines; and if she will make...

      Hand Gels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the level of use of hand gels by health professionals in hospitals for the purposes of infection control.

      Health Care Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions she has had with the private sector on signing up to the code of practice on the International Recruitment of Healthcare Professionals.

      Health Care Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health care professionals originally from developing countries continued to work in the NHS after their temporary contracts ran out in each year...

      Health Care Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the NHS has used healthcare recruitment agencies based outside the UK for the recruitment of healthcare professionals from developing countries...

      Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will (a) increase financial support for and (b) promote the expansion of the hospice movement.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital beds there were in each health trust in Suffolk in each of the last three years.

      Hospital Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the building of a new hospital in Hatfield depends on East and North Hertfordshire NHS trust balancing its budget in 2005 to 2008.

      Infection Control Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will monitor levels of co-operation by NHS trusts with the director of infection control in enabling publication of her annual report by the...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she intends to quantify available critical care capacity in the independent sector; and if she will secure agreements with independent sector...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the take-up rate for influenza vaccinations was in each (a) strategic health authority and (b) primary care trust in England in each year since...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) healthcare workers, (b) Government Ministers and other officials and (c) other workers in key industries will be given priority treatment with...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what restrictions her Department plans to place on the movement of the public in the event of an influenza pandemic.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action her Department is taking to help ensure other countries are (a) prepared for an influenza pandemic and (b) able to stockpile antiviral drugs;...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when she plans to publish (a) clinical management guidelines for patients suffering from pandemic influenza and (b) infection control guidelines in...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what auditing measures her Department has undertaken to ensure that (a) primary care trusts, (b) local authorities and (c) NHS trusts are prepared for an...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who the Department's pandemic co-ordinator for an influenza pandemic is.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans her Department has to stockpile influenza drugs other than Tamiflu; and if she will make a statement.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what powers she has, and under which legislation (a) to prevent large public gatherings, (b) to close football matches and other similar sporting events...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government have taken to respond to an influenza pandemic.

      Lupus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been allocated over the past five years (a) to raise awareness of Lupus and (b) for research into effective treatment.

      Macular Holes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to improve the standard of care offered to those suffering from a macular hole.

      Macular Holes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished episodes of care relating to the treatment of macular holes there have been in each year since 1997; and what the (a) mean and (b)...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated to preventative and early intervention services for children's mental health disorders in (a) Normanton constituency,...

      Motor Neurone Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her policy is on the availability of non-invasive positive pressure ventilation to motor neurone disease sufferers.

      MS Therapy Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on proposals for inspection charges for multiple sclerosis therapy centres.

      NHS Budgets (Oxford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will visit Oxford to assess the impact of changes proposed in (a) mental healthcare and (b) other local NHS budgets.

      NHS Commissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps she is taking under the reforms proposed by commissioning a patient-led NHS to provide for the employment and management of those primary...

      NHS Deficits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total deficit is for all strategic health authorities, primary care trusts and other NHS trusts in England brought forward from 2004–05,...

      NHS Trusts (Sickness Absence)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rate of employee absence due to sickness at (a) Dacorum Primary Care Trust and (b) West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust has been in each year since 1997.

      PET Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many PET scanners are operated by NHS acute trusts, broken down by location; and if she will make a statement.

      Podiatry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps are being taken to ensure that the matching of job descriptions to pay bands in podiatry is consistent throughout England; (2) what...

      Premature Births

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many babies were born prematurely in England in each year since 1997; (2) how many babies were born at (a) under 24 weeks, (b) 24 to 28 weeks,...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the impact for patient care in Barnet of (a) a potential merger of Barnet primary care trust (PCT) into a larger PCT...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cumulative deficit is for the (a) Dacorum Primary Care Trust, (b) West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust and (c) Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on (a) administration and (b) management costs by each primary care trust in the West Midlands area, expressed (i) as a percentage of...

      Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Your Health, Your Care, Your Say events are planned; and what population each is intended to cover.

      Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether representations from members of the public to her Department concerning proposals to alter healthcare provision by Suffolk West Primary Care...

      Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the availability of pulmonary rehabilitation for those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to measure waiting times for radiotherapy.

      Schizophrenia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the incidence of death from a respiratory infection in people with schizophrenia compared with the standardised mortality...

      Shropshire Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were employed in communication roles in Shropshire Health Authority in October.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many submissions she received following the recent consultation on banning smoking in public places; how many submissions supported the Government's...

      Social Care Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she initiated her review of health and social care regulation; what the remit of the review is; who is carrying out the review; when she expects the...

      Sun Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations her Department has received from cancer charities about coin-operated sunbed tanning retail outlets.

      Swale Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists serve the Swale Primary Care Trust area.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Iraq

      To ask the Solicitor-General what discussions his Department has had with the Information Commissioner since April in respect of outstanding applications for information on the policy formulation...

    • Police

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will review the policy on prosecutions of police officers following deaths following action taken by police officers in the execution of their duty.

  • Northern Ireland

    • 2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has made to his Cabinet colleagues about attracting some of the events of the 2012 Olympic games to Northern Ireland.

    • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in each board area have died of abdominal aortic aneurysm in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Ards Hospital (Psychiatry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans there are to improve psychiatry facilities on the Ards hospital site.

      Ards Hospital (Psychiatry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many admissions there have been to the psychiatry unit at Ards hospital in each of the last five years.

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the cost of benefit fraud in the Province in each of the last five years.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether breast cancer sufferers in the Province are informed immediately if they are found to be suitable for trastuzumab treatment.

      Buckley Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Department received Sir Michael Buckley's report on the university of Ulster; and if he will publish the report.

      Buckley Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he intends to publish Sir Michael Buckley's report regarding the University of Ulster.

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to ensure that children in Northern Ireland are afforded the same legislative protection from abuse as is afforded to...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average number of pupils in primary school classes was within each education and library board in the Province in 1997.

      Community and Voluntary Sector Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what date the Department of Social Development Taskforce Report on funding for the community and voluntary sector will be published.

      Consultancy Firms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list consultancy firms engaged to provide advice to each Northern Ireland Department in the last five years in respect of the...

      Contraceptive Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what obligations school nurses are under to inform school staff when they are approached by 11-year-old girls seeking contraceptive treatment on...

      Council of Catholic Maintained Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Protestants sit on the Council of Catholic Maintained Schools; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Recruitment

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

      Departmental Recruitment

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

      District Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the staff breakdown by community background is of each district council in Northern Ireland; which district councils in Northern Ireland...

      Education and Library Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Roman Catholics sit on education and library boards; and if he will make a statement.

      Electronic Human Resources Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Department of Finance and Personnel expects to designate a company as the preferred bidder for the Northern Ireland Civil Service...

      Enzyme Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of people in the Province who suffer from enzyme disorders.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many people he estimates are living in fuel poverty within each Westminster parliamentary constituency in the Province; (2) if he...

      GCSE Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of (a) males and (b) females in the Province left school with no GCSE passes in each of the last 10 years.

      GCSE Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of (a) males and (b) females in the Province achieved passes in mathematics and English at GCSE level in each of the last 10 years.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many hospital beds there are within each hospital trust in the Province dedicated to addictions treatment.

      Illegal Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimates have been made of the tonnage of illegally dumped waste originating from the Irish Republic and deposited in Northern Ireland in...

      Lagan College/Millennium Primary School, Strangford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost has been of upgrading roads and footpaths at (a) Lagan College and (b) the Millennium Primary School in the Strangford...

      Marriage Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many marriage licences were issued by each local government councils in each of the last five years.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the prevalence of mental ill health in the Province.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent on mental health services in the Province in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent on mental health promotion in the Province in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the priorities agreed at the World Health Organisation European Ministerial Conference on Mental Health in January.

      MOT Vehicle Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what criteria are used in Northern Ireland for MOT vehicle tests; and whether there is a requirement for speedometers to include kilometres per...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding has been allocated by each health board in the Province for disease modifying therapies for multiple sclerosis in each of the last...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the reasons for nurses leaving the NHS in Northern Ireland; and if he will take steps to increase the number of...

      National Match-funded Money

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which schemes the national match-funded money has been spent on in each year since modulation was introduced; and how much has been spent on...

      NHS Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints have been made against general practitioners in the Province in each of the last five years.

      Northern Area Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made on the draft Northern Area Plan in Northern Ireland; and how many individuals have been affected because their...

      Planning Enforcement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many planning enforcement officers there are in each area of Northern Ireland.

      Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many industrial tribunal applications were lodged against the Police Service of Northern Ireland in 2004–05; and what the status is of...

      Porphyria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what treatment is available on the NHS in Northern Ireland for porphyria variegate; how many consultants in the Province specialise in this area...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost was of maintaining the prison population in Northern Ireland in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05; and what the average cost...

      Property Valuations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans the Government have to bring forward legislation to introduce a discrete capital value system of local taxation in Northern Ireland.

      Pupil Expulsions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what criteria are used in the decision to expel a pupil in (a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) grammar school in the (i) controlled, (ii)...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage change there has been in numbers of passengers on the Northern Ireland rail network in the past three years.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list locations of traffic calming schemes that the road service expects to introduce in the Province within the next 12 months.

      Saville Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will break down by main category of expenditure the total and final cost to public funds of the Saville Inquiry into events in Londonderry...

      School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent by each of the education and library boards in Northern Ireland on the provision of school transport for primary school...

      South Tyrone Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what medical and surgical services are provided by the South Tyrone Hospital in Dungannon.

      Road Safety Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) if he will take steps to secure the extension of the provisions of the Road Safety Bill to Northern Ireland; (2) what discussions he has...

      Staff Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the rate of worker absence has been in each Department in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his answer of 20 October 2005, Official Report, column 1238W, on waiting lists, if he will take steps to record waiting times for...

      Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of Crown court convictions in Northern Ireland have been successfully appealed in each of the last five years.

      Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of convictions in the Diplock courts have been successfully appealed in each of the last five years.

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent on teacher training in the Province in each of the last five years.

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many planning applications there have been to construct or add to existing telecommunication masts in each local authority in Northern...

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he plans to put in place for telecommunication mast sharing.

      Vehicle Certification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of providing the vehicle testing service in Northern Ireland has been in each of the last five years.

      Vehicle Certification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money has been received through vehicle test fees in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Vehicle Certification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the current average waiting time is for a vehicle test in Northern Ireland.

      Warm Homes Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many households received funding from the Warm Homes Scheme in the last 12 months in each Westminster parliamentary constituency in the Province.

      Water Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was raised in gross revenue in domestic water rates in Northern Ireland in 2004–05; and how much he expects to be raised in (a)...

  • Education and Skills

    • 0870 Numbers

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

    • 16 to 18-year-olds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of young people aged 16 to 18 were (a) in full-time education, (b) in employment, (c) in training and (d) not...

      Ability Grouping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of lessons is recorded as set by ability in (a) Year 7, (b) Year 8, (c) Year 9, (d) Year 10 and (e) Year 11 in secondary...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what freedoms are available to academies that will not be automatically available to Trust schools.

      Admissions Code

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will publish the responses to the Consultation on the Draft Admissions Code; and if she will make a statement.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues about the advice to be issued to schools in the event of a civil contingency caused...

      Call Centres

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

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many child care places were available in each of the past 10 years in Cleethorpes constituency.

      Disabled Students' Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many staff are employed to deal with applications for the disabled students' allowance.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many hon. Members (a) she, (b) the Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education and (c) the Parliamentary...

      Extended Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what criteria will be used by local authorities in deciding which schools receive priority for extended school funding; (2) how many...

      Extended Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the potential requirement for additional training of staff for extended schools.

      Foreign Language Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students have studied a foreign language at degree level in an English university in the last 10 years after living for over five...

      Free Transport

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

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when (a) the Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education, (b) the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her most recent assessment is of the comparative performance of students studying in (a) sixth-form colleges, (b) further education...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of 15-year-olds achieved five or more grades at (a) A* to C and (b) A* to G at GCSE, excluding equivalents, in...

      Grandparents (Child Care Arrangements)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on grandparents who are raising their grandchildren full-time.

      Homework Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding has been allocated to homework clubs in schools in (a) Dacorum and (b) Hertfordshire in 2005–06.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr. Hoban) of 18 October 2005, Official Report, column 961W, on the Learning and...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what role the Learning and Skills Council played in developing the support strategy set up for redundant Rover workers.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the savings to be made by the Learning and Skills Council as a result of the changes to running costs...

      Learning and Skills Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what effect she expects (a) the splitting of the Learning and Skills Development Agency and (b) the establishment of the Learning and Skills...

      National Skills Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many of those graduating from national skills academies since they were established have found work in the sectors for which they...

      National Skills Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the contribution from public funds to the four proposed national skills academies will be; and how much funding will come from industry.

      National Skills Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what role the skills councils of the relevant industries will have in each of the proposed National Skills academies.

      Nursery Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many nursery places were available through the Neighbourhood Nurseries Initiative in each participating authority in 2004–05; and...

      Nursery Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Braintree constituency attended nursery in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and how many...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the construction industry is anticipating a skills shortage due to the building requirements of the London 2012 Olympics.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will relax the three year residency requirement for overseas students in respect of publicly funded further education courses...

      Personalised Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of (a) the staff required and (b) the workforce development programme needed to deliver more personalised...

      Postgraduate Certificate in Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many physically disabled people have gained the Postgraduate Certificate in Education in each year since 1997.

      Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of (a) 19-year-olds and (b) 59 to 64-year-olds are economically inactive and do not have a Level 2 qualification.

      School Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research she has commissioned on the effect of current school admissions policies on house prices in the vicinity of popular schools.

      School Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of (a) primary and (b) secondary state schools in England offer pupils the chance to participate in (i) baseball, (ii)...

      Qualification Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of the working age population in (a) Hemel Hempstead constituency and (b) Hertfordshire hold a qualification (i) at degree...

      Schools White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills further to her oral statement of 25 October 2005, Official Report, column 170, on the Schools White Paper, if she will set out her proposals...

      Scottish Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make representations to the Scottish Executive on its proposals to treat English students in Scottish universities differently...

      Social Care Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information the Children, Young People and Families Workforce Development Council has received on the number of (a) domiciliary care...

      Sports Hubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list schools designated as sports hubs in each London local authority.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to ensure that deprived areas of Shrewsbury have access to the Sure Start programme.

      Trust Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what powers she proposes to give Trust schools which are not available to Foundation schools.

      Trust Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what audit arrangements she intends to put in place for the trust schools proposed in the White Paper.

      Under-achievement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps are being taken by her Department to ensure that school trusts (a) build upon best practice and (b) tackle underachievement.

  • House of Lords

    • British Nationality: Indian Citizenship Law

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 25 October (WA 169), whether they will provide a schedule of their meetings or discussions...

    • Cabinet Office: Information Security

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which Minister has responsibility for information security in the Cabinet Office.

      Department for Work and Pensions: Telephone Numbers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department for Work and Pensions, and the executive agencies for which it is responsible, now follow the guidance of the Central Office of Information...

      Disabled People: Debt

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to the Leonard Cheshire report entitled In the balance: disabled people's experiences of debt; and whether they will be taking...

      Essex: Infrastructure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many additional (a) general practitioners; (b) hospitals; and (c) health centres will be required if an additional 131,000 houses are built in Essex; and How...

      HM Treasury: Information Security

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which Minister has responsibility for information security in HM Treasury.

      Iran: Seizure of Royal Navy Vessels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in securing the return of United Kingdom naval vessels seized by Iran in international waters.

      Roads Expenditure: Classification

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they omitted some, but not all, of the names of officials involved in examining the classification of roads expenditure from the documents released by HM...

      Sudan: African Union Mission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will discuss with the African Union an amendment to the mandate of the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS), to require AMIS actively to protect...

      Sudan: African Union Mission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information they have received about the reasons for the delay in reaching the authorised level of 7,731 soldiers and police for the African Union Mission in...

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has been ratified, taking into account remarks on this matter made by the Baroness Crawley on 19...

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