Written answers

Monday, 14 November 2005

  • International Development

    • Unaids

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 17 October 2005, Official Report, column 724W, on access to treatment, when his Department expects UNAIDS to...

    • Cheap Food Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made on the impact of cheap food exports to developing countries from the EU on the economies of those...

      Criminal Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the criminal offences created in legislation sponsored by his Department from May 1997 up to and including April 2005,...

      Fair Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's policy is on trade with developing countries; and if he will make a statement.

      Illegal Logging

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has made (a) directly and (b) through the EU to the Governments of (i) Indonesia and (ii) Cameroon...

      Immunisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to encourage more countries to pledge money to the International Finance Facility for Immunisation.

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the potential danger to workers involved in the flower industry in Kenya due to exposure to chemicals;...

      South Asian Earthquake

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many tents have been sent from the UK as part of the UK's contribution to the South Asian earthquake emergency relief response from...

      South Asian Earthquake

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many UK helicopters are helping with the relief following the earthquake in Pakistan; and what plans he has to increase this number...

      Palestinian Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid from the UK has been committed to (a) the Palestinian Authority and (b) non-governmental organisations operating in...

      Palm Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and (b) others on the destruction of the...

      Republic of Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the value of grants in aid made to the Republic of Yemen was in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of funding for all countries to which the Department gives direct budget support is attributable to the control and...

      Water and Sanitation (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if he will use the UK's presidency of the EU to ensure that the commitments in the United Nations Millennium Review Summit...

      World Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to ensure that the December World Trade Organisation talks will produce an outcome which is beneficial to (a)...

      World Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the Government's policy is on encouraging countries to privatise public services in return for other changes to world trade rules...

      World Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will assess the impact on poor countries were they to be enabled to provide 1 per cent. of world trade by value.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether a flock will be slaughtered if it is (a) found to be positive to avian influenza (i) High Path and (ii) Low Path and...

    • Biomass Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations the Government have received on possible regulatory barriers to the development of the biomass industry;...

      Biomass Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which biomass (a) products and (b) by-products have been reclassified as waste since 1997.

      Biomass Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which Government body is the main source of advice for the biomass industry.

      Biomass Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what was the average size of grants made for biomass energy projects in each year since 1997.

      Biomass Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much government funding was allocated to biomass crop breeding programmes in 2004–05; and how much has been...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Corruption

      To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2005, Official Report, column 1W, on corruption, whether the Serious Fraud Office was contacted by the Department of Trade and...

    • Countryside Alliance

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether the Government have asked the House of Lords to award costs in respect of the legal action from the Countryside Alliance in relation to the Parliament Act...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Artefacts (Irish Parliament)

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what information the Commission has on whether works of art, furniture, books, records and other artefacts...

    • Carriage Gates

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission for what reasons the wrought iron gates at Carriage Gates have been removed; and when they are expected to be...

      Television System

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether the Commission plans to digitise the internal House television distribution system; and if he will...

  • Treasury

    • Alcohol/Tobacco Tax Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was received in taxation from (a) alcoholic drinks, (b) public houses and (c) tobacco products in Northern Ireland during the last year for which...

    • Carers (Devon)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time carers there were in each local authority area in the county of Devon as recorded by the 2001 census; how many provided more than 50...

      Citizens Advice Bureaux

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance is given to local authorities by his Department about the funding of citizens advice bureaux.

      Citizens Advice Bureaux

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what financial assistance is given to citizens advice bureaux by his Department.

      Consumer Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will break down the £1.130 billion of consumer debt in the United Kingdom confirmed by the Bank of England into categories of expenditure.

      Criminal Offences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the criminal offences created in legislation sponsored by his Department between the end of the 2003–04 session and the end of April...

      Customs Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that people buying goods from abroad on the internet pay the appropriate customs duties; and if he will make a statement.

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials in his Department are assigned to work on the potential integration of the UK with European economic and monetary union; and what the...

      Economic Performance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the UK's economic performance in comparison with other major European countries.

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the estimated cost to date of preparations for possible euro entry by the UK.

      House Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Financial Services Authority on the regulation of house insurance.

      House Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average change in UK house prices since May 1997 was in (a) cash and (b) percentage terms; and what the change in inheritance tax threshold in (i)...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many private finance initiative (PFI) contracts have a duration of more than 25 years; and whether the value of these contracts is included in the 2005...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in respect of which private finance initiative projects the obligations on either party have failed to be met and consequently (a) the contract has been...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the 2005 Budget Red Book estimates for payments under private finance initiative contracts between 2005–06 and 2030–31 include payments...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the transcript of the recent interview given by Mr. David Varney, Chairman of HM Revenue and Customs, to the Financial Times on 5 July...

      SIPPs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether an individual with a second home held within a self-invested personal pension which is let rent free to (a) a grandparent, (b) a sibling, (c)...

      Tax Credits

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

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people in West Lancashire have received tax credits in 2005 to date; (2) what his latest estimate is of the number of tax credit...

      Travel (Economic Value)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the economic value of (a) EU-based and (b) non-EU based travel into the UK in each of the last eight years was; and what his Department's estimate is...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment the Valuation Office Agency has made of the effect on a property's notional valuation if that property is assigned a value significance code...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate the Government have made of the cost of exempting (a) homes built on previously developed land and (b) property conversions from value-added tax.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the revenue to be raised from imposing value-added tax on new housing at (a) 5 per cent. and (b) 7 per cent.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of an average electricity bill covers the costs of electricity generated but subsequently lost in (a) production, (b)...

    • Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Sustainable Energy Policy Network last discussed household energy efficiency; and what the outcome of those discussions was.

      Liquid Natural Gas Importation Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what liquid natural gas importation facilities there are in the UK; and what sites are under consideration for development.

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to be able to announce the start date for the low carbon buildings programme.

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to announce (a) the outcome of the consultation on the Low Carbon Buildings Programmes and (b) the start date of the new programme.

      Microgeneration Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress he has made in drawing up a strategy for microgeneration promotion; and if he will make a statement.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 31 October 2005, Official Report, column 710W, on miners' compensation, if he will (a) place in the Library and (b)...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) flights and (b) helicopter flights have been taken by Ministers within his Department for (i) UK and (ii) overseas visits in each...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been levied in fines by the Nuclear Inspectorate against (a) companies, (b) local authorities and (c) individuals with regard to...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list meetings (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department attended in the last three months at which nuclear power was...

      Radioactive Material

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many movements of spent nuclear fuel occurred in each year since 1997 (a) by air within UK airspace, (b) by sea within UK waters, (c) by...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what arrangements exist to manage the supply of electricity from Snugborough wind farm in County Cavan in the Republic of Ireland to Northern...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will include energy-from-waste technology in the renewables obligation.

      Wind Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what statistics are kept by his Department in regard to wind farm applications in each region.

      Wind Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average level of subsidy given to companies applying for planning permission to erect (a) onshore and (b) offshore wind turbines has...

      Wind Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether an application has been made by npower renewables in relation to the development of the Gwynt-y-Mor wind farm off the coast of North Wales.

      Wind Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of wind farm planning applications have been successful to date.

      Wind Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the number of turbines required to generate the 10 per cent. energy from wind power expected by the Government;...

  • Transport

    • A14

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the average daily number of vehicles which use (a) junction 7, (b) junction 8 and (c) junction 9 of the A14; and what...

    • A21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what decisions have been taken by the Highways Agency on public consultations with representatives of interest groups related to the proposed A21 upgrade.

      A27 Lewes Bypass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to have the A27 Lewes bypass resurfaced with a quieter material in the next financial year.

      A43

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of congestion on the A43 Kettering-Northampton road at peak times; and what estimate he has made of the expected...

      A45

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the traffic levels were on the A47 Acle Straight in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      A63

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what Highways Agency funding is triggered by recognition of the A63 as a trans-European network route by the European Commission.

      Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what targets his Department has set for air levels of (a) carbon monoxide, (b) lead, (c) nitrogen dioxide, (d) particles, (e) benzene and (f) 1.3 butadiene.

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what are the passenger use figures for each of the 43 bus schemes that will receive funding under the scheme announced by his Department on 1...

      Congestion (Urban Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what targets his Department has set for reducing congestion in urban areas.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will respond to the letter of 19 October from the hon. Member for Bexhill and Battle on train services from Bexhill to London Victoria.

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people have had their driving licences removed due to their use of illicit substances since 1997.

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many applications for driving licences had documents lost (a) by and (b) in transit to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in 2004–05.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment the Highways Agency makes of the likely impact on traffic on Agency-controlled roads (a) before and (b) after construction of major...

      Inter-urban Congestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the level of inter-urban congestion was (a) in 2000 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available; and what the predicted level for...

      Learner Drivers (First Aid)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the merits of introducing an element of first aid training for people learning to drive; and if he will make a statement.

      Marine Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list (a) marine, (b) oil and (c) other pollution incidences recorded in United Kingdom waters in each year since 1990 from shipping...

      Marine Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the occasions since 1975 when ships have lost dangerous cargoes overboard in (a) United Kingdom waters, (b) the English channel and (c)...

      Motorway Repairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of the health and safety implications of (a) how and (b) where motorists repair a punctured tyre on a motorway hard...

      Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many UK ports are subject to the International Ship and Port Facility Security code regulations.

      Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how frequently UK ports are required to be inspected under the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code.

      Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many ports in the UK exclusively serve ships of less than 500 tonnes gross.

      Private Motoring Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the external costs associated with private motoring, with particular reference to environmental costs; and if he will make...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many franchises were operated under a management only contract in each year between 1997 and 2004; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions the Office of Passenger Rail Franchising was forced to discharge its duty under section 30 of the Railways Act 1993 to ensure the...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of train overcrowding along the Hastings to Charing Cross line; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) in light of the improved performance of South East Trains since it was returned to public hands, what lessons can be learned by private sector...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the availability to the public of contracts between the Government and the train operating companies.

      Reversing Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what regulations apply to the use of audible warning devices on reversing vehicles; whether the inclusion of advertising in such warnings is permitted;...

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by how much the number of individuals killed and seriously injured on roads changed in (a) 2000 and (b) 2005 to date compared with 1994 to 1998 levels...

      School Transport (Cycling)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many cycle journeys were made to schools in the 12 months (a) prior to the establishment of the Bike It scheme and (b) since the...

      School Transport (Cycling)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent developing the Bike for All website; and what assessment has been made of its effectiveness.

      Seatbelts Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on planned changes at (a) national and (b) EU level to legislation relating to the installation and wearing of seatbelts.

  • Scotland

    • Criminal Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the criminal offences created in legislation sponsored by his Department between May 1997 and the end of April 2005, broken down by Act.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact of British armed forces' presence in Afghanistan on the supply of heroin to the UK.

    • Deepcut Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the release to Parliament of the review by Nicholas Blake QC into the deaths of young soldiers at Deepcut.

      Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to ensure a regular supply of defence work for the shipbuilding industry.

      Arctic Convoys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will discuss with the Prime Minister further recognition of those who served in the Arctic convoys.

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on trends in recruitment for the armed forces.

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent measures have been taken by the Defence Recruiting Committee to promote recruitment from members of minority ethnic groups; and what targets...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the minimum entry criteria are for recruitment into the armed services.

      Cadet Forces (Kettering)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the contribution made by cadet forces in Kettering constituency.

      Royal Regiment of Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence If he will make a statement on the progress made to date on the formation of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

      Defence Industrial Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consultation his Department undertook in preparing the defence industrial strategy.

      Reserve Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the manning levels of the reserve forces.

      Service Family Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent meetings he has had with associations representing service families;

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what troop movements are anticipated in Iraq during the next three months.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) Sea King, (b) Merlin and (c) Lynx helicopters are deployed to Iraq; and if he will make a statement; (2) what the helicopter flying...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has received evidence of involvement by the Mujaheddin for Islamic Revolution in Iraq in the death of British service personnel.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart regarding the future of the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr; and if he will make a statement.

      1st Battalion Royal Highland Fusiliers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers from the 1st Battalion Royal Highland Fusiliers have gone absent without leave in the past 12 months.

      Advisory Bodies

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

      Advisory Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which of the advisory non-departmental public bodies sponsored by his Department have a statutory base; which of his Department's non-departmental public...

      Advisory Bodies

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

      Armed Services (Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the terms of reference were for research he has undertaken into the impact of poor basic skills on drop out rates from Phase I and Phase II training...

      Armed Services (Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the wastage rates were in each of the four largest army Phase II training establishments in each of the last four years for which figures are available.

      Armed Services (Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidance he has issued to the Army Personnel Centre in Glasgow concerning vetting procedures for military and civilian instructors at initial...

      Armed Services (Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent changes he has made to the content of induction courses for staff and trainees at initial training establishments to identify at risk...

      Armoured Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department plans to ensure the provision of (a) fully armoured vehicles and (b) body armour to all UK troops in combat.

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the findings were of the Special Investigation Branch investigation of allegations of bullying involving soldiers of the Royal Highlands Fusiliers...

      Civil Contingency Reaction Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many of the reservists who are part of the civil contingency reaction force have been deployed to Iraq; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Courts Martial

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Attorney-General about the operation and supervision of the system of courts martial; and if he will make a statement.

      Courts Martial

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral Answer of 7 November 2005, Official Report, columns 21–30, on courts martial, what the cost was of converting the court...

      Damages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the 10 largest amounts of damages paid out by his Department in the last year for which figures are available, indicating in each case...

      Defence Aviation and Repair Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the Defence Aviation and Repair Agency.

      Departmental Consultants/Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) consultants and (b) special advisers were employed by his Department in each year since 1997; what the cost of each was in each year; and if...

      Departmental Staffing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the average number of whole-time equivalent persons employed by his Department increased in financial year 2004–05 compared with...

      Future Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the exact roles and responsibilities of each member of the Future Carrier Alliance are; when he will have a clear indication of the accurate...

      Generals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many serving generals have never had operational responsibilities in a conflict zone; and how many have had no such responsibilities since 1995.

      Gulf War Immunisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research his Department is carrying out to establish whether the combination of immunisations against chemical and biological weapons given to...

      Gulf War Immunisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes were made to the (a) number and (b) nature of the immunisations against chemical and biological weapons given to service personnel for...

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the IT projects costing over £1 million in use in his Department and introduced since 1997 have been scrutinised by the Public Accounts...

      Landing Ships Dock (Auxiliary) Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence why the Integrated Project Team leader for the Landing Ships Dock (Auxiliary) Project has resigned.

      Married Quarters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was in each of the last five years of upgrading properties in his Department's married quarters estate; and what the planned expenditure is...

      Medical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time members of the armed forces have sued the Department for medical negligence in each of the past five years.

      Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability project.

      Military Bases (Designated Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the bases which are designated areas under the terms of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.

      Military Establishments (Incidents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates he (a) received and (b) agreed protocol between service police forces and Home Department police forces on dealing with deaths or injuries...

      Military/Police Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information his Department has published on military and related police assistance provided to foreign governments since 27 February 1998.

      Missing Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Army (a) handguns, (b) rifles and (c) other weapons went missing in the UK in each year since 1997; and how many were recovered over the same...

      Noise-induced Hearing Loss

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on (a) war disablement pensions and (b) Armed Forces Compensation Scheme payments for noise-induced hearing loss, in each year since 1990.

      Noise-induced Hearing Loss

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are in receipt of a war disablement pension for noise-induced hearing loss.

      Royal Anglian Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it is his intention to post the (a) 1st and (b) 2nd Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment for tours of duty in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan in...

      Royal Military Police Historic Investigation Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what legal assistance his Department will make available to those (a) serving and (b) former servicemen who face prosecution by the six Royal Military...

      Royal Navy (Caribbean)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will reconsider the decision to reduce the Royal Navy presence in the Caribbean station.

      Royal Navy (Caribbean)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect on the international drugs trade of having Royal Navy ships stationed in the...

      Royal Navy (Caribbean)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what amount of drugs the Royal Navy has been responsible for seizing in the Caribbean in each of the last five years; and what the estimated value was of...

      Royal Ordnance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what goods have been supplied (a) to his Department and (b) to his Department's sub-contractors by BAE Systems plc from the former Royal Ordnance factory...

      Royal Ordnance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date and on whose authority did the project of joint subsidiary take place between the Socie"te" National des Poudres et Explosifs and Royal...

      Royal Ordnance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what military powders will be manufactured in the UK up to the end of 2007; and who the majority shareholders of the explosive manufacturers are.

      Royal Ordnance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what does the BAE Systems plc factory at Chorley, Lancashire, produce; and from where will future production be sourced when that factory closes.

      Royal Ordnance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guarantee of continuity of supply does his Department secure for ammunitions sourced outside the UK.

      Staff Relocations

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

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the remit is of the Terrorist Investigation Unit (TIU); what contact there is between the TIU and 6 Royal Military Police Historic Investigation...

      Type 23 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 1 November 2005, Official Report, column 919W, on Type 23 frigates, what repairs are taking place to the three vessels'...

      Yorkshire Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) where the three battalions of the new Yorkshire Regiment will be based when it is formed in June 2006; (2) what specific roles and operational...

  • Prime Minister

    • China

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he had with Chinese President Hu Jintao on (a) climate change and (b) energy technology support during his visit to London.

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the speeches he has made regarding climate change since becoming Prime Minister.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list policy commitments he has made relating to climate change since 1997.

      Dedicated Government Vehicle

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) on what date the Government first provided a dedicated government vehicle to members of the family of the serving Prime Minister; and for what reason; (2) when...

      Departmental Contracts (Direct Mail)

      To ask the Prime Minister how many contracts for direct mail were signed by his Department in (a) 2005–06 to date and (b) 2004–05; and what the value was in each case.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister whether, prior to giving his statement to the House of 24 September 2002, he communicated to (a) the then British ambassador to the United States, Sir Christopher Meyer...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the (a) benefits and (b) costs to the United Kingdom of its participation in the Iraq War and occupation.

      London Bombings

      To ask the Prime Minister who the attendees were at the meeting he held with representatives of the Muslim community following the London bombings of 7 July; if he will publish the notes of the...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Prime Minister what the cost was of each Minister's unplanned return journey to London for the Terrorism Bill debate and votes on Wednesday 9 November.

      Ministers (Severance Payments)

      To ask the Prime Minister how many severance payments a resigning Minister is entitled to within any 12 month period.

      Typhoon Fighter Planes

      To ask the Prime Minister what the total cost was of his trip in July to discuss the sale of BAE Systems' Typhoon fighter planes to the Saudi Arabian defence forces; and if he will make a statement.

  • Education and Skills

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were adopted from overseas in each of the last 10 years, broken down by country.

    • Adult Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much of the adult further education budget was allocated to (a) all level 3, (b) full level 3, (c) part level 3 and (d) first full level...

      Adult Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many learners have applied successfully for the adult learning grant.

      Adult Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average level of individual contributions was to fees for adults in further education in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and...

      A-level Grades

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

      Anti-bullying Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many initiatives the Government have announced to combat bullying in schools since 1997; (2) how much the Department has spent on...

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many 14 to 16-year-olds have (a) started and (b) completed young apprenticeships since their introduction in May 2004; and if she will...

      Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps the Government are taking to reach its target of reducing by at least 40 per cent. the number of adults in the workforce who lack...

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) recent representations she has received and (b) meetings she has had about allowing a salary sacrifice child care voucher scheme...

      Children (Parental Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent estimate she has made of the number of children who have suffered non-accidental injuries during unsupervised access with their...

      Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the post-16 citizenship pilot 2004–05.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the pupil-teacher ratio in (a) Suffolk, (b) Cambridgeshire, (c) Essex and (d) Norfolk has been in each year since 1997.

      Classics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of specialist humanities colleges have chosen classics as a subsidiary specialist subject.

      Counselling Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent on counselling services in (a) Ribble Valley and (b) Lancashire schools in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Skills Development Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will place in the Library a copy of her Department's skills development plan.

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the most recent truancy levels are for (a) secondary and (b) primary schools in Milton Keynes.

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding has been allocated to homework clubs in schools in Tamworth constituency in each year since 1997.

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in West Lancashire have been removed from the Admissions Register because of (a) extended family holidays and (b)...

      Education

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

      Education

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

      Education

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

      Education

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

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the funding of the new National Employer Training programme to be introduced from 2006–07.

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools are part of education improvement partnerships.

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what improvements to the data collection system have been made as part of the New Relationship with Schools.

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the effect of the issue by her Department of a non-statutory national framework for teaching religious education.

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students who failed to obtain a Level 2 qualification at their first attempt studied (a) five, (b) six, (c) seven, (d) eight, (e)...

      Foreign Language Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what steps her Department is taking to promote best practice in the teaching of foreign languages; (2) what research has been...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many pupils in (a) city academies, (b) city technology colleges, (c) foundation schools and (d) all other types of school in the...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many children in (a) England and (b) Tamworth are eligible for free school meals; and what the take-up rate has been in each of...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of (a) boys, (b) girls and (c) all children aged 15 years at the end of the 2004/05 academic year achieved five A*-C grades...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what further progress has been made on the functional skills aspect of GCSEs.

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had with schools about the introduction of the new science GCSE in September 2006.

      Geography Development Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the allocation to the Geography Development Fund in improving continuing professional...

      Gifted and Talented Youth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2005, Official Report, column 118W, on gifted and talented youth, how many members of the National...

      Holland Park Secondary School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the plans to sell off Holland Park Secondary School; and whether the governors of Holland Park Secondary...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will ask the regional offices of the Learning and Skills Council to base the allocation of public funding to each qualification level...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2005, Official Report, column 962W, to the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr. Hoban), on the Learning and...

      Offender Learning Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2005, Official Report, column 124W, on offender learning schemes, when new offender learning and skills...

      Parenting Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many parenting contracts have been issued in Milton Keynes since their inception.

      Positive Learning Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps are being taken by her Department to promote a pro-achievement ethos, culture and environment within (a) schools and (b) communities.

      Predictive Diallers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many calls were made from call centres in her Department in 2004–05 using predictive diallers; how many such calls resulted in...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the funding is for 2005–06 courses for prisoners at (a) entry level, (b) levels 1–3 and (c) levels 4–7 separately...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will make a statement on progress towards the public service agreement target to raise standards in English and mathematics so...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the steps she is taking to ensure the public service agreement target for the percentage of children in all...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will assess progress on the Public Service Agreement target to increase the proportion of 19-year-olds who achieve at least level 2...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to ensure the target is met in respect of science in the public service agreement target to raise standards in...

      Register of Learning Providers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what procedures are in place to ensure only genuine (a) language schools and (b) education providers are admitted into the UK Register of...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects to publish draft regulations for the implementation for the proposed new School Admissions Code of Practice.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria were used to assess the bids from (a) Rednock and (b) Cleeve school in Gloucestershire for the last round of Building Schools...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the subjects that are compulsory in secondary schools for each year group.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list (a) infant, (b) primary and (c) secondary schools which had a deficit in 2004–05; what estimate she has made of the...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils did not have a school place on (i) 1 August, (ii) 1 September and (iii) 1 October in...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to ensure that schools have adequate printing facilities which allow them to print out documents for use in classrooms.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills further to her oral statement of 25 October 2005, Official Report, column 171, on the Schools White Paper, if she will set out her proposals...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of school-age children who reside within six miles of three secondary schools.

      Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answers to the hon. Member for Mid-Bedfordshire, of 2 November 2005, Official Report, columns 1203–04W, on science,...

      Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many science departments there have been in state schools in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

      Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2005, Official Report, column 131W, on special schools, what the complex issues are; and if she will...

      Selection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what definition of (a) selection by aptitude and (b) selection by ability she used in her recent White Paper.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the effects of Sure Start on (a) parents and (b) children.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the steps she is taking to meet the Sure Start target to reduce the proportion of young children living in...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on progress towards the Sure Start target to reduce the proportion of mothers who smoke during pregnancy.

      Teaching Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of schools have had unsatisfactory standards of teaching in each of the last five years.

      Under-achievement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the impact of the accessibility of extra-curricular activities, including sports, upon under-achievement (a)...

      Under-achievement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the impact of a positive learning environment upon under-achievement (a) nationally and (b) by children from...

      Under-achievement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the impact of low level classroom disruption on under-achievement (a) nationally and (b) by children from...

      Under-achievement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the potential impact of setting by ability upon underachievement by children from low socio-economic backgrounds.

      Under-achievement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment she has made of the capacity of schools to provide one-to-one teaching to tackle under-achievement by pupils from low...

      Under-achievement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what problems are faced by her Department when trying to increase parental involvement in education.

      Universities (Bureaucracy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pages of (a) guidance and (b) other paperwork universities received from (i) her Department and (ii) non-departmental public bodies...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Abdel Karim Taghouti

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what account his Department has taken of the recommendation of immigration Judge Maurice Cohen given in his determination...

    • Abdel Karim Taghouti

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons the UK embassy entry clearance office in Tunis has disregarded the submission of two faxed copies of the...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he plans to have with President Hu of China during his visit to the UK regarding China's use of political...

      Craig Alden

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance his Department has provided to Mr. Craig Alden, a British citizen imprisoned in Brazil; and if he will make a...

      Criminal Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the criminal offences created in legislation sponsored by his Department from May 1997 up to and including April...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the UK Government has made to the Indonesian Government over incidents of violence against the Christian...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from which organisations the Government have received intelligence reports on the situation in Iran.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the ambush of Somalian interim Prime Minister Ali Muhammad Gedi in Mogadishu on 7 November.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the US Administration regarding the decision to reduce US funding for the African Union mission...

      United States (Prince of Wales's Visit)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 31 October 2005, Official Report, column 754W, on HRH Prince of Wales (US visit), whether it is...

      United States (Prince of Wales's Visit)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 31 October 2005, Official Report, column 754W, on HRH the Prince of Wales (US visit), what the (a)...

      United States (Prince of Wales's Visit)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much of the cost of HRH the Prince of Wales's visit to the US was met out of the UK ambassador's frais allowance.

      United States (Prince of Wales's Visit)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of the UK Embassy's press office staff accompanied HRH the Prince of Wales during his official visit to the US;...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Damages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list the 10 largest amounts of damages paid out by his Department in the last year for which figures are available, indicating in each...

    • Departmental Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list the 10 most valuable (a) movable and (b) immovable assets owned by his Department.

      Departmental Salaries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list the 10 highest-paid employees in his Department, broken down by (a) job title and (b) salary including bonuses; and whether the...

      Smoking

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will publish the findings of the Better Regulation Task Force on the provisions on smoking in public places contained in the Health Bill; and...

  • Health

    • Alliance Medical

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average amount of time taken is for Alliance Medical to provide extra scanning capacity in the NHS from winning the contract for the service to...

    • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 28 October 2005, Official Report, column 573W, on carbon monoxide poisoning, how many leaflets will be available for...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will respond to the letter of 12 September 2005 from Mr. Hewson of Ashley Lane, New Milton, regarding his family's recent experience of NHS provision.

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will investigate the Royal Free hospital's complaints handling arrangements; and if she will take steps (a) to remind the hospital authorities of...

      Departmental Estate

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

      Departmental Skills Development Plan

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

      Departmental Skills Development Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library a copy of her Department's Skills Development Plan.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new staff started employment in the Department during the year ending 31 March 2005 (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003, (d) 2004 and (e) 2005; and if...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many insulin pumps have been prescribed to NHS patients since the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Guidance was issued in...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the cost-effectiveness of the refusal to grant free HIV treatment of some migrants; (2) what representations she...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to update the HIV Testing Kits and Services Regulations 1992 to (a) legalise and (b) regulate home testing for HIV/AIDS; and what...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to evaluate the costs and benefits to the NHS of exempting the continuing treatment of HIV/AIDS on the NHS from charges for those who...

      Hospital Acquired Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made by the Office for National Statistics and the Health Protection Agency in the study of the proportion of deaths which may be...

      Hospital Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals are proposed for closure in England; and if she will make a statement.

      Hospital Restaurants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been offered a hospital subsidy to visit the hospital restaurant in each year since 1997; and how many of these patients were...

      Literacy and Numeracy

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

      Locum Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of locum doctors working in the NHS in each year since 1997.

      Lyons Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in her Department (a) were relocated in 2004–05 and (b) are expected to be relocated in 2005–06 as a result of the Lyons...

      Malnourishment (Portsmouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the number of people suffering from malnourishment in Portsmouth; and if she will make...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effects of NHS Direct on recruitment in accident and emergency.

      NHS Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total value is of property owned by the NHS which is allocated for sale but has not yet been sold; and what the total cost is per month of...

      NICE (Drug Approvals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) can undertake before final market authorisation has been granted to a drug by...

      NICE (Drug Approvals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that appraisals of new drugs are carried out in a timely and expeditious manner.

      Obesity Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist obesity clinics are operated by the national health service in England, broken down by region; what the (a) address and (b) contact...

      Primary Care Trusts (Oxfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions there were between her Department and the Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority on putting primary care trust commissioning in...

      Primary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's policy is on healthy eating in primary schools.

      Silicone Ankle Foot Orthoses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether silicone ankle foot orthoses are available free of charge to sufferers of Charcot Marie Tooth disease; and if she will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many alcohol retailers have lost their licences in each of the last five years as a result of selling alcohol to children.

    • Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many juvenile asylum seekers are being held in (a) reception centres, (b) detention centres and (c) removal centres.

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the quality assurance systems for management of the asylum process, referred to on page 107 of the 2005...

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of asylum applications are being considered through fast-track detained processes.

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dawn raids have been undertaken in asylum cases in Scotland in each of the last four years.

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of people who have settled permanently (a) legally and (b) illegally in the UK in each year since 1980.

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the level of working by illegal immigrants in the Kettering constituency.

      Asylum Seekers/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employers have been prosecuted for employing illegal immigrants in each year since 1997.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will ensure that peaceful protests on human rights abuses in China are allowed during the state visit of the President of China; and if...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many letters to his Department from hon. Members in session (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06 remain unanswered, broken down by...

      Court Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons in Greater London have been issued with a detention and training order in each of the last five years; and how many 12 to...

      Crimestoppers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of the Crimestoppers scheme has been in each year since its inception.

      Departmental Staff

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

      Departmental Consultation

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

      Departmental Vehicles

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

      Departmental Energy Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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.

      Detention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by whom he was advised that the proposals for detention without charge for 90 days would be compliant with the European convention on human...

      Driving Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers were prosecuted for driving without insurance in each police authority area in each year since 1997.

      Driving Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were prosecuted for (a) driving while uninsured, (b) driving while banned and (c) driving without having passed a test in the...

      E-borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to have fully implemented e-borders in (a) seaports and (b) airports.

      Fixed Penalty Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of fixed penalty fines issued by the police were unpaid in the Tendring district in the most recent 12 month period for which...

      Literacy and Numeracy

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

      Literacy and Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many employees in his Department requested training to improve their (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills in each year since 2002;...

      Literacy and Numeracy

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

      Literacy and Numeracy

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

      London Bombings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been arrested in connection with the 7 July attacks; how many were (a) detained for between seven and 14 days, (b)...

      Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the consultants employed by his Department in each of the last three years.

      Ministerial Travel

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

      Neighbourhood Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to promote neighbourhood policing; and if he will make a statement.

      Neighbourhood Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he has taken in 2005 to support the spread of dedicated neighbourhood policing teams.

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

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

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) fined or (b) imprisoned for (i) illegally selling knives to under 16-year-olds and (ii) marketing a bladed...

      Offensive Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many knives designed for use in hunting and leisure pursuits have been used in violent crimes since the coming into force of the Knives...

      Party Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on publicly-funded security measures in the current year's (a) Labour party conference, (b) Conservative party conference...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what compensation is available to foreign nationals whose passports or identity cards have been lost by his Department; and if he will make a...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police (a) handguns and (b) rifles went missing in the UK during the last year for which figures are available; and how many were...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many IT systems for recording and collating information are deployed by police forces in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on advertising for the recruitment of police officers for each of the last 10 years.

      Police Employees (Muslim Women)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Muslim women are employed by police forces in England as (a) police officers and (b) civilian employees.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to tackle the incidence of escapes from Springhill prison.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received regarding the granting of open conditions to unsuitable prisoners.

      Private Members' Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what occasions since 1997 Ministers from his Department (a) authorised parliamentary counsel to assist in preparing amendments to private...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unpaid speeding fines in Hertfordshire are owed by people who are not British citizens.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many road safety violations by (a) domestic and (b) non-domestic heavy goods vehicles in England and Wales were recorded by the police in...

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what punishments are available for serious sex offenders.

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sex offenders have been in prison in each year since 1997.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the people held for more than seven days under Schedule 8 to the Terrorism Act 2000 were arrested for activity related to...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library the opinion he received from the Attorney General on whether the 90-day detention provisions of the Terrorism...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the number of criminal prosecutions that have resulted from arrests made under section 41 of the Terrorism Act...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research his Department undertook on the nature of activities which constitute glorifying, exalting or celebrating the instigation of...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the advice he has received from the Attorney General regarding the legality of the Government's proposed anti-terrorism...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of applications for indefinite leave to remain under the ancestral visa scheme has been successful in each of the last five...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits have been issued in each of the last eight years.

      Worker Registration Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people have come to the UK under the Worker Registration Scheme; (2) if he will list employment sectors in which successful...

      Youth Justice Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the study undertaken by the Youth Justice Board with the courts to explore the factors that influence sentences.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Agency Staff

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many agency staff are employed by her Department; and what the cost of employing them was in the last year for which...

    • Ballot Papers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 2 November 2005, Official Report, column 1165W, on ballot paper descriptions, whether (a) the five...

      Ballot Papers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 2 November 2005, Official Report, column 1165W, on ballot paper descriptions, for what reasons the...

      Bills (Supporters)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list right hon. and hon. Members who (a) presented and (b) supported the Bills for the (i) Representation of the...

      Call Centres

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many call centres were run by her Department and its agencies in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c) 2005–06...

      Claims Farmers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what measures are being taken to regulate claims farmers.

      Consultancy Fees

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much was spent by her Department on consultancy fees in (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06; what the 2006–07...

      Elections

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to her answer of 2 November 2005, Official Report, column 1165W, on independent candidate descriptions, what...

      Elections

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what the elections timetable, including the postal votes timetable, is for each type of election; (2) what electoral...

      Elections

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

      Elections

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the recommended electoral registration rate is for each local authority.

      Expert Witnesses

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will take steps to accredit medical experts who give evidence in trials.

      Government Websites

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what steps the Government are taking to ensure that .gov.uk websites attain the AAA standard of accessibility; and what...

      Hereditary Peers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 2 November 2005, Official Report, column 1166W, on hereditary peers, whether the Government plan to...

      Judges

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many serving judges were originally (a) barristers and (b) solicitors.

      Magistrates Courts (Fines)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much has been collected in fines at magistrates courts in Staffordshire in each of the last five years.

      Mentors

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many mentors will be (a) identified and (b) trained by her Department in the next two years.

      Parliamentary Boundaries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the timetable is for the introduction of the order to amend parliamentary boundaries in Wales; and whether the revised...

      Policy Development Grant

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 2 November 2005, Official Report, column 1168W, on policy development grant, whether the Government...

      Political Party Funding

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what guidelines cover financial donations to political parties.

      Postal Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the Department's policy is on all-postal vote elections.

      Public Authorities

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will designate the English Regional Chambers as public authorities for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Public Authorities

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what guidelines she has issued to (a) Network Rail, (b) the Association of Train Operating Companies, (c) individual train...

      Voter Turnout

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps the Government are taking to increase voter turnout in the next (a) local and (b) general elections.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average period of time taken to process travel cost reimbursement under the Access to Work scheme was in the last period for which...

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) incapacity benefit and (b) severe disability allowance claimants there were in each quarter since February 2003, broken down by...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many incapacity benefit claims from the North East Milton Keynes Region were (a) registered and (b) successful in each year since...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of incapacity benefit claimants have been receiving the benefit for more than five years; and what percentage this was in May 1997.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mileage rate is used to reimburse incapacity benefit claimants travelling to a medical test centre; when the rate was set; when he last...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people under the age of 60 years stopped receiving (a) incapacity benefit and (b) severe disablement allowance due to death in each...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are claiming incapacity benefit in Morecambe and Lunesdale.

      Call Centres

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

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on progress towards meeting the Government's 2005 child poverty targets.

      Departmental Estate

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

      Departmental Spending

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

      Departmental Staff

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

      Departmental Staff

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

      Departmental Staff

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

      DNA-related Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many firms are being assessed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies for DNA-related work; and if he will make a statement.

      Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in the funding of Jobcentre Plus on the number of (a) directly employed staff and (b)...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people living in (a) Basingstoke, (b) Hampshire and (c) Great Britain who are not working due to mental health problems are in receipt...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will answer the question reference 22185, tabled on 24 October by the hon. Member for Gordon.

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of the (a) new recipients and (b) stock of recipients of incapacity benefit in (i) Pathways to Work pilot areas...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of (a) incapacity benefit and (b) severe disability living allowance claims have been terminated in the UK...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of (a) newly retired women, (b) retired women, (c) newly retired men and (d) retired men are eligible for a full state pension...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of the total work force of Remploy are not disabled.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of turnover is represented by management costs in Remploy.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many shop floor workers have proceeded to management grades in Remploy since 1997.

      Sema/Atos Origin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assets were transferred to Sema/Atos Origin in the 1998 Benefits Agency Medical Services Contract; whether (a) offices and (b) other...

      Unum Provident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has entered into a contract with Unum Provident.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have received winter fuel payments in (a) Tamworth constituency, (b) Staffordshire, (c) the West Midlands and (d) the UK in...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Agenda for Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which costs of the implementation of Agenda for Change" will fall to local health and personal social service trusts; what additional resources...

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued to individuals from each district council area in the Province.

      Arlene Arkinson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the Attorney-General on the case of Arlene Arkinson.

      Artefacts (Irish Parliament)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether works of art, furniture, books, records and other artefacts are known to be located in (a) the Stormont Parliament buildings and (b)...

      Teachers (Assaults)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many assaults there have been on (a) male and (b) female teachers in the Province in each of the last 10 years.

      Brownlow College, Portadown

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the reasons are for the refusal to fund the development proposal for a sixth form proposed by Brownlow Controlled Integrated College in...

      Business Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many businesses in the Dungannon district have been grant-aided by Invest Northern Ireland during (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04;...

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the percentage change in civil servant salaries in Northern Ireland has been in each of the last 10 years.

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many civil service posts there were in each Department, agency and non-departmental public body in Northern Ireland at (a) April 2004 and...

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total number of civil service posts in the Northern Ireland civil service was in (a) April 2004 and (b) April 2005; and what his...

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2005, Official Report, columns 108–09W, on Northern Ireland Civil Service, which departments employed...

      Coroner Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in how many cases the remains of deceased people from Foyle constituency have been retained in Belfast for three days or more since the...

      Disability Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of funding that makes up the learning disability programme of care is allocated to each aspect of the programme.

      Early Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prisoners who have applied for early release following the signing of the Belfast Agreement for crimes committed prior to that...

      Eglinton Primary School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on (a) (i) pupil numbers and (ii) condition of the building at Eglinton primary school and (b) the prospects for a...

      Grammar Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals who were considered to come from the (a) Protestant, (b) Roman Catholic and (c) other communities have attended each...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many homes were sold to the tenant and subsequently repurchased by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive from the tenant, in each of the...

      Insurance Premiums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the change in insurance premiums for small and medium-sized businesses in 2004–05.

      Irish League Premier Division

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress is being made in funding the improvements in facilities for customer safety and comfort at each of the Irish league premier...

      Literacy and Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many employees in his Department have requested training to improve their (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills in each year since 2001.

      M2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of changes in commuter travel time at peak times from junction 5 of the M2 motorway to Belfast city centre over the...

      Medical Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many medical students have studied in Northern Ireland in each year since 2000; and how many were entrants from (a) the independent and (b)...

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the overall cost to public funds of all non-departmental public bodies in Northern Ireland has been in each of the last five years.

      PFI Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) controlled, (b) maintained and (c) integrated sector schools have been built in Northern Ireland using private finance initiative...

      Procurement Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether (a) he and (b) another Minister was advised of the impact in terms of the valid consideration of wider policy objectives consistent with...

      Regional Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland by how much and what percentage the regional rate has changed in each of the last 20 years.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Royal Mail on the recent removal of local post office services within Northern Ireland to private premises.

      Sentencing Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish the conclusions of the review on the sentencing framework in Northern Ireland.

      Social Care Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals commencing social care study in the Province (a) failed to complete and (b) completed their university course in each of...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent on tackling truancy in the Province since 1997.

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the level of truancy among (a) males and (b) females at (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in the Province.

      Unfilled Jobs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the percentage of unfilled jobs in the Province that are the result of skills shortages among potential applicants.

      University Entrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of entrance to university by students from less well-off families in the Province in each of the last five years.

      Youth Services (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to consult directly with (a) children, (b) young people and (c) their families on priorities and possibilities for the funding...

      Youth Services (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent on children's services in the Province in each of the last five years.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Call Centres

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many call centres were run by his Department and its agencies in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c) 2005–06 to date; and how many and what...

    • Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of Sheffield's council housing stock has been sold under the right-to-buy scheme since 1980.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many council homes were sold under the right-to-buy scheme in Sheffield in 2004-05.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many council homes were sold under the right-to-buy scheme in Bolton in each year since 1980.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of Bolton's council housing stock has been sold under the right-to-buy since 1980.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will break down the total number of right-to-buy sales in Bolton since 1980 by (a) bedsit, (b) one-bed, (c) two-bed, (d) three-bed and (e) four or more bedrooms.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set out the total capacity receipts generated from right-to-buy sales in (a) Bolton and (b) the north-west region in each year since 1980.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library preliminary (a) analysis, (b) studies and (c) estimates conducted before the announcement of the revaluation postponement by (i)...

      Departmental Skills Development Plan

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which individual is responsible for developing and implementing his Department's Skills Development Plan.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to improve the services offered to women seeking refuge from domestic violence.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what action he is taking to improve the energy efficiency of community buildings.

      Fire-related Deaths

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many fire-related deaths there have been in West Lancashire in each of the last three years.

      Fire-related Deaths

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what changes the Government have made to targets for reducing the number of (a) accidental fire-related deaths in the home and (b) deliberate fires since 1997.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the required elements of home information packs.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the timetable is for the introduction of home information packs.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to increase the number of (a) affordable homes and (b) social housing units in rural areas.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to publish a revised planning policy guidance note 3 on the provisions of affordable housing in rural areas.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) studio and one-bed, (b) two-bed, (c) three-bed and (d) four-bed units of social housing there were in each London local authority in (i) 1980, (ii)...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many households (a) made a homelessness application and (b) were accepted as homeless in each London local authority in (i) 1990, (ii) 2000 and (iii)...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many households were being accommodated in temporary accommodation in each London authority in September.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average rent is for a two-bed unit of temporary accommodation in London.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Notting Hill Housing Trust as a provider of affordable housing over the last five years; and if he will...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many houses and other dwellings were built in (a) Hertfordshire, (b) Surrey, (c) Sussex and (d) Hampshire in each year since 2000.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many vacant homes there were in (a) North East Lincolnshire and (b) North Lincolnshire in each of the past five years.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will require all new housebuildings to be built to the EcoHomes standard.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) bedsit, (b) one-bed, (c) two-bed, (d) three-bed and (e) four or more bed right-to-buy sales there have been in Sheffield since 1980.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of the proposed new houses for Hertfordshire he expects to be built on brownfield sites.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 31 October 2005, Official Report, column 760W to the right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Mr. Field), on housing, what assessment he has...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many right-to-buy applications Bolton metropolitan borough council has received that remain under consideration.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many applicants are on the Bolton housing waiting list.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to provide affordable housing in North East Milton Keynes.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is on encouraging the residential use of unoccupied dwellings above shops and commercial premises.

      Housing Act 2004

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the timetable is for (a) the laying of secondary legislation and (b) the publication of guidance in relation to the Housing Act 2004.

      Lea Valley Park Authority

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much (a) Havering council and (b) the Lea Valley councils allocated to the Lea Valley Park Authority in 2004–05.

      Local Area Agreements

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 26 October 2005, Official Report, column 449W, on local area agreements (LAAs), (1) if he will place a copy of each agreed LAA in the...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how the Valuation Office Agency forecast the number of council tax banding appeals.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the percentage increase in (a) Government grant and (b) council tax was for each county council between 1996–97 and 2005–06; (2) what the...

      Local Government Pensions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total amount is of unfunded local government pension liabilities.

      Mobile Phone Masts

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

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many planning permission applications have been granted for mobile phone masts in North East Milton Keynes since1997.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many planning permission applications for mobile telephone masts in the Kettering constituency have been (a) granted, (b) granted on appeal and (c) refused in...

      Outdoor Advertising

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Government have to amend planning regulations on outdoor advertising controls; and if he will make a statement.

      Park Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the charging by park home operators of commission on sale.

      Pathfinder Projects

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reasons the Government are demolishing homes in the Pathfinder project areas; and if he will publish the criteria used for such decisions.

      Pathfinder Projects

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder schemes are permitted to make their minutes and papers available to hon. Members who represent pathfinder areas; and...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the discretion of local authority planning committees to delegate decisions to unelected officers.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will review planning policy guidance; and if he will make a statement.

      Regional Fire Control Centres

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made towards establishing the West Midlands Regional Fire Control Centre; and if he will make a statement.

      Regional Fire Control Centres

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reasons the Outline Business Case for the Regional Fire Control Centres has not yet been published.

      Respect Unit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 27 October 2005, Official Report, column 489W, on respect, which of the programmes listed are within the remit or responsibility of the...

      Self-invested Personal Pensions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to protect houses in rural areas from purchase as second homes by holders of self invested personal pensions.

      Smoke Alarms

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department plans to issue guidance to fire services on the need to ensure smoke alarms provided to deaf and hard of hearing people meet the British...

      Regeneration (North Northamptonshire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the potential for a merger between Catalyst Corby and North Northants Together.

  • House of Lords

    • Animal Quarantine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they hold records of animals removed from quarantine centres before their period of quarantine is completed; and, if so, whether these records show that...

    • Avian Flu

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether trade in wild birds presents a risk of avian flu greater than that of poultry and migratory birds.

      Avian Flu

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether staff at the Pegasus Centre removed birds from the same batch as the parrot infected with avian flu before their quarantine period was completed.

      Casinos

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will announce where the new large casinos will be allowed to operate.

      EU: 2007–13 Financial Perspective

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will abandon the proposed budget ceiling of 1 per cent. for European Union gross domestic product in order to facilitate an agreement within the...

      EU: UK Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of new United Kingdom legislation has originated in the European Union since 1998.

      EU: UK Presidency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the objectives they are seeking to achieve during the United Kingdom presidency of the European Union.

      Exotic Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many illegally imported exotic birds have been seized in each year between 2000 and 2005.

      Food Security

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In their plans for the defence of the realm, what provision they are making to secure adequate domestic food production.

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated interest accrued to date on unpaid invoices for services provided by contractors during the 2001 foot and mouth disease epidemic.

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the outstanding amount still owed to contractors employed by the Government during the 2001 foot and mouth disease epidemic; and whether such contractors...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many contractors employed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs during the 2001 foot and mouth disease epidemic have been taken to court;...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: 0870 Telephone Numbers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Foreign and Commonwealth Office now follows the guidance of the Central Office of Information and OFCOM in relation to the use of 0870 and 0845...

      Freedom of Information Act 2000

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 apply to information held by the Financial Reporting Council, the Professional Oversight Board for...

      House of Lords: Dress Code

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether he will circulate a notice on dress code in the House of Lords to all Members, in order to secure their support in policing the code.

      Illegal Regimes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What criteria they use to determine that a state is being governed by an illegal government or regime.

      Illegal Regimes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which states they have determined are currently governed by an illegal government or regime.

      Iraq: Armed Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which of the units of the new Iraqi army, which they have accepted responsibility for training, are now fully capable of acting independently and leading operations.

      Iraq: Armoured Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will equip United Kingdom Armed Forces in Iraq with armour-plated vehicles similar to those provided to United States Armed Forces due to the current...

      Iraq: Armoured Vehicles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the provision of armoured vehicles to the Iraqi police force has contributed to the non-availability of such vehicles to the United Kingdom Armed Forces in...

      Iraq: Prisoners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they accept residual responsibility for the possible mistreatment by the Iraqi police of prisoners transferred by the United Kingdom Armed Forces to the...

      Israel: Bethlehem

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they are making to the government of Israel over the construction of the Israeli wall around the city of Bethlehem.

      Israel: Occupied Territories

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of restrictions imposed by the Government of Israel that impede the growth of academia and of higher education institutions in the...

      Lloyd's

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in light of the fact that HM Treasury's consultation paper, Implementation of the insurers reorganisation and winding-up directive for Lloyd's, did not...

      NHS Pension Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the notes to the accounts of the NHS Pensions Agency for 2004–05 are accurate in saying that the latest assessment of the liabilities of the NHS...

      Palestinian Children: Nutrition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made any assessment of the nutritional state of Palestinian children.

      People Trafficking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many women and children were trafficked to the United Kingdom from eastern Europe in 2004, and during the first six months of 2005.

      Poultry Farms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many commercial poultry farmers there are in England; and why, according to the statement by the Lord Bach on avian flu on 26 October (Official Report, cols....

      Professor David Coggon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 25 October (WA 180), why the name, contact address and personal website of Professor David Coggon, chairman of...

      Protection of Military Remains Act 1986

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What direct cost to public funds is incurred when the wreck of a vessel is designated as protected under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.

      Protection of Military Remains Act 1986

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many wrecks have been considered for designation as protected under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.

      Protection of Military Remains Act 1986

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the procedure for designating the wrecks of vessels as protected under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.

      Renewable Energy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 27 October in the debate on energy supply, when they will arrange for the Renewables Obligations...

      St Lucia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which domestic priorities of the Government of St Lucia are supported by aid from other governments; and what action they are taking to provide such assistance.

      UK Trade and Investment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the report by Ernst and Young on the Department of Trade and Industry export agency UK Trade and Investment, whether they will ensure that any...

      Workplace Violence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they are taking to eradicate workplace violence and to protect those at work from attacks by members of the public whom they meet while carrying out...

      World Trade Organisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether formal qualified majority voting exists in the decision-taking procedures of the World Trade Organisation; if so, what majority is necessary; and what...

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