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Written answers

Thursday, 8 December 2005

  • Wales

    • Departmental/Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what expenditure was incurred by the Wales Office for (a) air and (b) rail travel in each year since 2003–04.

    • Departmental/Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on how many occasions since 7 July 2005 he has used the London Underground in connection with his official duties.

      Government of Wales Act (Convictions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) males and (b) females have been (i)charged with and (ii) convicted of offences under section (A) 72, (B) 75 and (C) 145C of the Government of...

      Race Equality Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many race equality impact assessments his Department completed between (a) April 2004 and March 2005 and (b) April 2005 and November 2005; and how many...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance her Department has given to poultry workers and those working with live birds on the actions they should take...

    • Biodiversity Ministerial Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who the members are of the Inter-departmental Ministerial Group on biodiversity; how often it meets; and whether the minutes...

      Bushmeat Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what proposals the Inter-departmental Ministerial Group on biodiversity has made to date to combat the international...

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which buildings and sites used by her Department and related agencies (a) have ceased to be used in the last year and (b)...

      Farming Guidelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidelines for working in co-operation with local farming interests her Department follows; and if she will make a statement.

      Forestry Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department has taken to ensure the Forestry Commission works closely with local farmers.

      Housing Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the quantity of carbon dioxide emissions which would be saved in a year if the National Code...

      Land Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the impact on the environment of turning high grade agricultural land into low...

  • Treasury

    • Tax Credit System

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the recent performance of the tax credit system.

    • UK Economy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the principal factors affecting the estimated level of growth in the UK economy.

      UK Economy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the principal factors affecting the estimated level of growth in the UK economy.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the rate of duty on (a) biodiesel and (b) bioethanol.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the number of children living in poverty in the UK.

      Pensions Commission

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the public expenditure implications are of the proposals in the Pensions Commission's second report; and if he will make a statement.

      EU Budget (Rebate)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the future of the UK rebate within the EU budget.

      EU Budget (Rebate)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cumulative value of the UK's rebate from the EU budget has been since 1984.

      Work Force Skills

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the relationship between the level of skills in the work force and economic growth.

      Job Creation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many new jobs have been created since 1997.

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value of air passenger duty has been in each year since 1997 (a) in real terms, allowing for inflation and compared to the increase in gross...

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of (a) the increase in air passenger duty which would be required to maintain air fares at a constant level in real terms up to...

      Companies Act Regulations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he has drafted new regulations to replace the Companies Act 1985 (Operating and Financial Review and Directors' Report etc.) Regulations 2005;...

      Comprehensive Spending Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Barnett formula will apply to the outcome of the 2007 comprehensive spending review; and if he will make a statement.

      Construction Projects (Bank Accounts)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on introducing a requirement for all public sector contractors to establish project bank accounts for all construction projects coming...

      Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many households in (a) West Yorkshire, (b) Wakefield district and (c) Normanton constituency have a level of debt above (i) £10,000, (ii)...

      Golden Rule

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to commission independent assessments of the golden rule.

      HMRC (Investigations)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he is taking to speed up the response of HM Revenue and Customs to investigations by the parliamentary ombudsman.

      Income Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average percentage increase was in net income in the UK over the past three years; and what the rate of inflation was over the same period.

      Interim Death Certificates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what guidance his Department has given to financial institutions on the acceptability of interim death certificates in permitting access by next-of-kin to...

      Low-income Families

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will encourage the use of credit unions among families on low incomes; and if he will make a statement.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions since 7 July he has used the London underground in connection with his official duties.

      Older Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) men and (b) women aged 50 to 65 years are available for work; and how many are employed (i)full-time and (ii) part-time.

      Operating and Financial Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment his Department has made of the effect on company stakeholders of the non-implementation of the Operating and Financial Review; and if...

      Operating and Financial Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what consultation he undertook with stakeholders before revoking the regulations covering the implementation of the Operating and Financial Review for...

      Private Members' Bills

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list those Private Members' Bills introduced under (a) Standing Order No. 14(6), (b) Standing Order No. 23 and (c) Standing Order No. 57 which...

      R64–8 Forms

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many R64–8 forms have been (a) received and (b) processed successfully each month since May 2004; what target has been set for the speed of...

      Research and Development (Tax Relief)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of research and development tax reliefs and tax credits on companies' propensity to spend money on research and...

      Research and Development (Tax Relief)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) small and medium-sized and (b) other companies have chosen (i) to offset research and development tax relief against current or future tax and...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures his Department is preparing to take to reduce the burden of administration on small businesses.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many applications have been received for tax credit additional payments (a) in each year since the start of the scheme and (b) in each month for...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's latest estimate is of the number of likely (a) overpayments and (b) underpayments in tax credits for 2004–05.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of small and medium-sized enterprises in Tamworth constituency were eligible for research and development tax credits in each of the last...

  • Transport

    • Aircraft Emissions/Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action his Department is taking to reduce emissions from aviation as a contribution to the shared Public Service Agreement climate change target...

    • Aircraft Emissions/Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government are taking to tackle aircraft emissions.

      Aircraft Emissions/Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that children's education is not affected by exposure to aircraft noise; what (a) standards and (b) guidelines for...

      Aircraft Emissions/Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the (i) impact of exposure to aircraft noise on the educational development of children and...

      Aircraft Emissions/Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Education and Skills on the impact of aviation-related noise under Heathrow flight...

      Aircraft Emissions/Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the change in quantities of emissions produced by UK air travel in (a) 2030 and (b) 2050 compared with 2005; and what...

      Aircraft Emissions/Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what amount emissions trading is expected to reduce the Government's forecast of increased climate change emissions from aviation at 2030, expressed...

      Aircraft Emissions/Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what modelling the Government has undertaken of the impact of the trend in aviation's proportion of total UK emissions of greenhouse gases on the costs...

      Departmental Energy Consumption

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

      Departmental Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff vacancies there are in the railways sector of his Department.

      Dvla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority has recently sold on information about licence holders to a third party.

      Fatal Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatal road accidents occurred in the Leeds West constituency in each year between 1992 and 2005.

      Festivals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2005, Official Report, column 562W, on festivals, how much was spent by the Department on the Celebration of...

      Festivals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2005, Official Report, column 562W, on festivals, how much money was made available by his Department for staff...

      Free Travel Provisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will include (a) dial-a-ride and (b) community transport services in the provisions for free travel from April 2006.

      Maladministration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many payments for maladministration have been made by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies, (c) its non-departmental public bodies and (d) other...

      Public Transport (Disabled Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on access for disabled people to public transport.

      Public Transport (Disabled Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects all buses in (a) England and (b) Lancashire to be accessible by disabled people and those in wheelchairs.

      Public Transport (Disabled Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to improve access to public transport for disabled people in Swindon.

      Race Equality Impact Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Race Equality Impact Assessments his Department completed between (a) April 2004 and March 2005 and (b) April 2005 and November 2005; and how...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with rail operating companies about fares.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will take steps (a) to re-establish and (b) to improve rail services between Leeds City Centre and the towns and villages in the outlying...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate he has made of the impact of the returned rolling stock to the c2c Fenchurch Street line on the availability of seats for commuters...

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of his Department's employees who are within one year of the official retirement age are on extended sick leave.

      SRA (Former Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many former Strategic Rail Authority staff have been employed by his Department.

      SRA (Former Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff the Strategic Rail Authority employed prior to its abolition.

      Statutory Instruments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many statutory instruments introduced by his Department had to be (a) withdrawn, (b) amended by a further statutory instrument and (c) reprinted...

      Tyne and Wear (Financial Bids)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what payments have been made to Newcastle city council and its partners for the Quayside Transit System, broken down by year.

      Tyne and Wear (Financial Bids)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when rail passenger partnership funding for the reopening of the Newcastle-Blyth-Ashington freight line to passenger traffic will be made available.

      US Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions since 2001 US-registered aircraft tail number (a) N44982, formerly N8068V and N379P and (b) N313P has landed in the United...

      Vehicle Accidents (Airport Transport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicle accidents where drivers of airport transport had exceeded the driving time limit set down in the UK domestic drivers' hours rules have...

      Vehicle Certification Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons the salary of the chief executive of the Vehicle Certification Agency differs from that of his predecessor.

      Violence Against Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Guildford of 15 November 2005, Official Report, column 1151W, on violence against passengers, how many...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the estimated cost of damage to the Government Art Collection was in the past 12 months for which figures are available; which...

    • London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the acquisition of land for Olympic use.

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to ensure that firms engaged in construction of facilities for the Olympics provide adequate levels...

      School Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) advice and (b) other support her Department provides to (i) schools and (ii) the Department for Education and Skills to...

  • Leader of the House

    • English Regions

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will bring forward proposals for regional question time sessions in the House for each of the English regions.

    • Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Leader of the House (1) which of the advisory non-departmental public bodies sponsored by his Department (a) have a statutory base, (b) publish their advice to Government, (c)...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House what the target time is for answering written parliamentary questions.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • UK Passport Fees

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to his written statement of 17 November 2005, Official Report, column 76WS, on UK passport fees, if...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Devolved Legislatures

      To ask the Solicitor-General what his policy is with regard to (a) Ministers and (b) officials in the Law Officers' Department giving evidence to the (i) Scottish Parliament, (ii) National...

    • European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many United Kingdom cases are awaiting hearing before the European Court of Human Rights.

  • Northern Ireland

    • CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which groups have been consulted regarding possible CCTV cameras in West Belfast; and on what dates meetings have taken place.

    • Fair Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of Statefor Northern Ireland what account the Equality Commission takes of recent recruitment when examining the religious breakdown of the public sector work force in...

      Fisheries Patrols

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patrols were undertaken by the Fisheries Conservancy Board patrol boat around the Foyle and Bush rivers on Northern Ireland's North...

      Home Heating Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the cost of home heating oil in Northern Ireland.

      Isle of Man (Fishing Jurisdiction)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) discussions, (b) meetings and (c) correspondence he has had with the Isle of Man Government in relation to the extent of its fishing...

      Maritime Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what publicly funded training is available for lifeguards in Northern Ireland.

      Motoring Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland have been prosecuted for driving while not insured in each of the last 10 years, broken down by constituency.

      Murder and Manslaughter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons were (a) charged with and (b) convicted of (i) murder and (ii)manslaughter in Northern Ireland in each year since 1995.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list by name each group consulted by the Police Service of Northern Ireland before the installation of CCTV cameras in (a) East...

      Primary Schools (Intake)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Department of Education funded primary schools in Northern Ireland had a September intake of fewer than (a) 12 and (b) nine pupils in...

      Sports Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the decision to establish a sports academy at the university of Ulster has been subject to an equality impact assessment; and if he will...

      Surplus School Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what strategic planning his Department has undertaken to address surplus school places in Northern Ireland.

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what resources have been invested by the Department of the Environment in taking forward the sustainable development strategy; and if he will...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he has taken to emphasise (a) the Ulster Scots connection and (b) the Scots Irish influence in the promotion of Northern Ireland as a...

      Union Flag

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what buildings in Northern Ireland are designated as Government buildings for the purposes of flying the Union flag on designated days; on what...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the 10 most valuable (a) movable and (b) immovable assets owned by his Department.

    • Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what (a) land and (b) property his Department (i) owns and (ii) rents in each constituency; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many staff in his Department were (a) civil servants, (b) contractors and (c) other staff in each year since 1997.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the (a) total and(b) net cost of (i) integrating the proposed identity card scheme into his Department's IT systems and...

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many of his Department's employees who are within one year of the official retirement age are on extended sick leave.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Employment Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the reason was for the recent withdrawal of booklets on employment rights by the Department; and if he will re-introduce the publication...

    • EU Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the EU's average applied tariff rate on (a) agricultural and (b) non agricultural imports from the rest of the world was on the last date...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what account was taken by the Export Credits Guarantee Department in advancing a guarantee to Mabey and Johnson Ltd. on 30 August for the...

      Fur Import Ban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he plans to ban the import of cat and dog fur from China; and what penalties he has power to impose on those found to have breached...

      Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the timetable is for his Department's proposals to amend the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996.

      Operating and Financial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if he will make a statement on the Government's implementation of the Modernisation Directive requirements for an expanded directors'...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total value is of research and development grants awarded to companies in Northamptonshire in each year since 1997.

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many research and development grants have been awarded to companies in the (a) micro, (b) research, (c) development and (d) exceptional...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Tradeand Industry what progress he has made in his discussions with Government Departments towards implementing a mandatory small business research initiative...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what criteria he will use to ascertain whether the mandatory Small Business Research Initiative is a success.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many businesses have started in Coventry, South with the help of the Small Business Service since its inception; and how much funding was...

      Telephone Preference Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 16 November 2005, Official Report, column 1360W, on the telephone preference service, how many (a) informal warning...

  • International Development

    • AIDS/HIV

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action his Department is taking to tackle AIDS and HIV in China.

    • Asian Earthquake

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the (a) organisations in receipt of monies made available by his Department in response to the recent earthquake in...

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding has been allocated from his Department for the improvement of transport links (a) to and from and (b) within each British...

      EU Agricultural Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the impact of EU agricultural policies on people in developing countries.

      Free Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to promote free trade with developing countries; and if he will make a statement.

      Intellectual Property Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on enabling the least developed countries to meet the economic, administrative and legal challenges...

      Palestinian Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures are in place to ensure accountability for funds transferred from (a) the UK and (b) the European Union for development...

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Landing Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions since 2001 US-registered aircraft tail number (a) N44982, formerly N8068V and N379P and (b) N313P has landed in the United Kingdom;...

    • Aldermaston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will amend the 25 year contract for the running of AWE Aldermaston, in relation to the number of shares held by each member of the consortium.

      Al-Yamamah Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the 1992 National Audit Office report into charges of corruption by BAE Systems in connection with the al-Yamamah programme; and if he...

      Anglo-Polish Navy Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will attend one of the joint Anglo-Polish navy exercises in 2006.

      Armed Services (Recruitment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what terms of reference were used to scope options for (a) collection and (b) management of data concerning the potential recruitment pool for the armed...

      DARA (St. Athan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will meet representatives of the Amicus trade union to discuss the potential for future defence contracts being awarded to the Defence Aviation...

      Defence Headquarters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to collocate HQ Land Command and HQ Adjutant-General; and how he intends to announce his plans.

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) his Department's output categories for financial years (i) 2004–05 and (ii) 2005–06 and (b) the...

      EU Arms Embargoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many countries are members of the NATO Partnership for Peace programme and also the subject of an EU arms embargo.

      Ground-based Air Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on plans for future ground-based air defence.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Lynx AH 7 and (b) Lynx AH 9 helicopters are fit for operations; what his plans are for the cannibalisation of army and navy helicopters...

      Landing Ship Dock (Auxiliary) Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many design changes have been made to the Landing Ship Dock (Auxiliary) Project by (a) BAE Systems and (b) Swan Hunter; and what has been the cost to...

      Non-depleted Uranium Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress with introducing the new non-depleted uranium ammunition for Challenger 2 tanks.

      Remembrance Day Poppies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department (a) was consulted by and (b) offered advice to the Royal British Legion on the risks of pinning Remembrance Day poppies onto the...

      Shropshire Light Infantry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel from the Shropshire Light Infantry are serving in Iraq.

      UK Military Airfields (Arrests)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether UK military police have lawful authority to arrest individuals suspected of criminal offences who are on board aircraft which transit through UK...

      Veteran Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many veterans in Paisley and Renfrewshire, North constituency have applied for veteran medals in the last five years.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Business Regulation (Kettering)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will visit Kettering to discuss reducing the level of regulation on business.

    • Civil Service Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the annual amount which would be raised if civil servants were required to pay a 6 per cent. contribution to their...

      Nos. 10 and 11 Downing Street

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what plans there are to refurbish Numbers (a) 10 and (b) 11 Downing Street; and if he will make a statement.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Brownfield/Greenfield Land

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many acres of brownfield land there are in each London borough; and how many such sites are of half an acre or less; (2) how many acres of (a)...

    • Catalyst Corby-North Northants Together

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister in what month he expects a decision to be made on the appointment of a new chairman and chief executive for the merged Catalyst Corby-North Northants Together.

      Council Tax Revaluation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 23 November 2005, Official Report, columns 2062–63W, on council tax revaluation, how many of the 1,794,709 dwellings fall into...

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what research projects commissioned by his Department are being undertaken; and what the publication arrangements are in each case.

      Designated Growth Areas

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2005, Official Report, columns 1688–89W, on designated growth areas, (1) what evidential factors will be used to...

      Disabled Facilities Grant

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of the disabled facilities grant funding stream from the Government Office for London was made available to the London borough of Croydon in...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the interdepartmental committee on improving the energy performance of existing buildings set up by the Minister for Housing and Planning on 14 September is...

      EU Funded Projects (North-east)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the EU funded projects in the north-east of England which were identified by the European Court of Auditors as having (a) accounting errors and...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many attacks on fire crews have taken place in each county in England in each of the last eight years.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the members of the project team for the delivery of (a) Fire Link and (b) Fire Capture; and from where each secondee on the team has been seconded.

      Fire-prevention Sprinklers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans to revise planning regulations and guidance to ensure that new-build commercial and residential properties are required to have fire-prevention...

      Flooding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance his Department provides to (a) elected representatives and (b) the general public on planning applications relating to areas indicated on the...

      Green Belt

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the applications for building on greenbelt land in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Growth Areas Directorate

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many officials are assigned (a) full-time and (b) part-time to the Department's Growth Areas Directorate, broken down by grade; (2) how many officials...

      Growth Areas Directorate

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions have taken place between the Department's Growth Areas Directorate and officials in the (a) Department of Health, (b) Department for...

      Growth Areas Directorate

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions the Department's Growth Areas Directorate has had with Anglian Water about the provision of water supplies and sewerage to North...

      High Hedges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many applications have been made to local authorities to reduce the height of hedges since the introduction of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003.

      High Hedges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment his Department has made of the impact of local authority fees on the willingness of applicants to use the process provided by the Anti-Social...

      High Hedges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance he has issued to local councils on actionthey should take in response to an application under high hedges regulations to cut a hedge by morethan a...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many individuals were homeless in each district authority in Northamptonshire in each year since 1997.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many households applying under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 in each authority in Norfolk and Suffolk have been found to be (a) homeless and in...

      Householder Development Consents Review

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will ensure that the Householder Development Consents review will clarify the position on permitted development rights for domestic micro-generation equipment.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people are on the housing list waiting to be re-housed in Tamworth.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many vacant dwellings there were in (a) Tamworth and (b) Staffordshire in each of the last five years (i) in total and (ii) as a proportion of all dwellings.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister in what circumstances, and after how long an interval local authorities are allowed to re-ballot tenants who have previously voted against a large-scale voluntary...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment his Department has made of the merits of extending the National Code for Sustainable Buildings to all new housing developments; what estimate he...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many new houses were built in the last accounting period; and how many of these were built to Ecohomes standards, broken down by Ecohomes category.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people in Gravesham are waiting to be found suitable accommodation by the local authority while living in accommodation judged unacceptable by social...

      Housing

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

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the latest figures are for the number of vacant (a) private and (b) public properties in each local authority in Hampshire; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many houses have been completed in each local authority in Hampshire in each year since 2001; how many of these were classified as affordable housing; what...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the target is of each local authority in Hampshire for the percentage of housing to be provided which is to be affordable housing; and if he will make a...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many affordable homes are planned to be built as part of the growth area programme in (a) Lancashire and (b) Ribble Valley constituency in each year to 2031.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of new households likely to be established in each government office region over the next 20 years.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many vacant homes there are in (a) West Sussex, (b) the area covered by the South East plan and (c) the South East Region.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what reports he has received of registered social landlords in London selling off social rented housing to finance Decent Homes Standard works to remaining stock.

      London Borough of Croydon (Funding)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of the (a) European Structural Fund Objective 2, (b) Community Chest and (c) Estate Action funding stream from the Government Office for London...

      London Mayor

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the people and organisations which were sent the consultation document on the Government's proposals for additional powers and responsibilities...

      Materials Recycling (West Sussex)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment his Department has made of the environmental implications of the proposed materials recycling facility at Ford in West Sussex.

      Mining

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessments are required to be conducted prior to an agreement being reached for the diversion of a river to enable the extension of open cast mining; and...

      Mobile Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what rights those with mobile homes on plots owned by their local council have to buy the plot; and what plans he has to (a) review and (b) to change the...

      Neighbourhood Renewal Fund (Leeds)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what programmes the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund has funded in Leeds West constituency since it began.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister howmany planning applications were referred to the planning inspector in (a) England and (b) Yorkshire in each of the last eight years; and in how many of those...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the aggregated receipts to local planning authorities were from planning fees in England for each year from 1996–97 to 2004–05; and what the...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what changes the Government (a) has made since 1997 and (b) is planning to make to planning regulations relating to the use for residential purposes of land...

      Predictive Diallers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many calls were made from call centres in his Department in 2004–05 using predictive diallers; how many such calls resulted in contact being made with...

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total cost was of the North East Regional Assembly referendum; and if he will make a statement.

      Resident Management Companies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many resident management companies or associations there were in the United Kingdom in each year since 1987.

      Right-to-Buy Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whatregional variations there are in right to buy sales discounts; and what changes there have been in such discounts in each region since 1997.

      Right-to-Buy Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of Lancashire's council housing stock was sold under the right-to-buy scheme in each year since 1980.

      Right-to-Buy Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what total capital receipts have been generated from right-to-buy sales in Leeds in each year since 1980.

      Right-to-Buy Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what receipts were generated from right-to-buy sales in Gravesham in each year since the introduction of the scheme.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many of his Office's employees who are within one year of the official retirement age are on extended sick leave.

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2005, Official Report, columns 209–10W, on mobile telephone masts, if he will make a statement on the application of...

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the Arup Report on mobile telephone masts; and if he will make a statement.

      Telecommunications Masts

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

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what provision there will be for (a) older people, (b) disabled people and (c) families with children in the new housing planned for the Thames Gateway.

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list public sector organisations involved in the regeneration of the Thames Gateway.

      Town and County Planning Act

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many certificates were granted under section 191 of the Town and County Planning Act 1990 in each of the last 10 years.

      Transport Innovation Fund

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much of the Transport Innovation Fund is to be allocated to the growth areas in each year for which information is available.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate the Valuation Office Agency has made of the number of domestic properties in England with (a) patios, (b) greenhouses and (c) scenic views.

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of animals used for experimentation were genetically modified, in the last year for which figures are available...

    • Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate are directly employed in making initial decisions on asylum claims, broken...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Libyan nationals claimed asylum in the UK in each year since 2000.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what process the National Asylum Support Service awards contracts for housing asylum seekers; what safeguards are in place to ensure that...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with EU Ministers about illegal immigration from North Africa into the EU; and if he will make a statement.

      Civil Emergency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what dates since September 2001 local authorities and emergency services in (a) Essex, (b) Greater London and (c) England have carried out...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people working with children have completed Criminal Records Bureau checks.

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the status of the old Home Office building at 50 Queen Anne's Gate.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what responsibility he has for deportees after the expiry of the three year period in the Memorandum of Understanding with Jordan.

      European Anti-crime Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the European Commission's proposals to establish a European Public Prosecutor's Office to prosecute serious...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether identity card database material will be shared with other EU countries; and if he will make a statement.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his latest estimate is of the (a) one-off and (b) recurring costs associated with the introduction of stand-alone identity cards.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the Question on identity cards, 30 November 2005, Official Report, column 594W, when he expects his Department's...

      Naturalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long it took to process applications for naturalisation in (a) the most recent period for which figures are available, (b) 1997 and (c)...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 18 October 2005, Official Report, column 868W, on passports, if he will break down the number of passports recorded...

      Port Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government have to introduce 24 hour security at UK ports.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Barry Courthouse

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the last valuation was of the Barry court house; and whether this was undertaken for (a) commercial and (b) residential...

    • Civil Service Relocation (Scotland)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many departmental civil service jobs have been relocated to Scotland in each year since 2001.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the Department and its agencies have spent on (a) the design and production of new logos and (b) employing external (i)...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many staff in her Department have been relocated into London and the South East in each of the last five years for which...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to relocate staff in her Department and related agencies into London and the South East.

      Departmental Tendering Policy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what her Department's policy is on including (a) ethical and (b) environmental factors in tenders for services.

      Human Rights Act

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what guidance her Department has given the English Regional Chambers on the implementation of the Human Rights Act 1998.

      Human Rights Act

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2005, Official Report, columns 640–41W, on the Human Rights Act, what the (a) name...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate she has made of the (a) total and (b) net cost of (i)integrating the proposed identity card scheme into her...

      Judges

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps her Department is taking to increase the number of disabled people serving as judges.

      Land Registry Adjudicator

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the Adjudicator to the Land Registry was appointed; how many cases have been referred to him; how many cases have been...

      Legal Services (Ribble Valley)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has for a specialist domestic violence court in Ribble Valley.

      Legal Services (Ribble Valley)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what proportion of the magistrates sitting at Ribble Valley magistrates courts are female.

      Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether victims in cases covered by the Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill are included in the proposals made in the consultation...

      Rape Trials

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many rape trials in which all proceedings are complete have been conducted in (a) Darlington Crown court, (b) Carlisle...

      Royal Marriage

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether HRH the Prince of Wales asked (a) before and (b) since his marriage in April that legislation be introduced to make his...

  • Education and Skills

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how adults without a qualification at level 2 are prioritised in the (a) learndirect and (b) nextstep services.

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the Government have approved the Son-Rise programme for public funding for the treatment of autism.

      Childminders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding has been given to support childminder networks in (a) Leeds and (b) Leeds West constituency in 2005–06.

      Employer Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 21 July 2005, Official Report, column 2056W, on employer training, what definition she uses of a fair contribution...

      Employer Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of (a) employers and (b) employees who were eligible signed up for employer training pilots in the last year for which...

      Employer Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the National Employer training programme will continue with the Employer Training Pilot model of weighting funding towards the...

      Every Child Matters Youth Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the Every Child Matters Youth Board.

      Free Nursery Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many three and four-year- olds in Leeds West constituency are in free nursery places.

      Noise Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the exposure of children to aircraft noise (a) during the school...

      Ofsted Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will take steps to enable state schools to have a right of appeal to the parliamentary ombudsman in relation to Ofsted reports.

      Online Message Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her Department's policy is on the use of online message boards for public consultations.

      Positive Action for Young People (Croydon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of the Positive Action for Young People funding stream from the Government office for London was made available to the...

      Prison Service (Learning and Skills)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was paid to HM Prison Service by her Department for the post of Head of Learning and Skills for the last three years; what the...

      School Deficits (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in Essex are expected to run a deficit in the current financial year; and what the reasons given for a deficit are in each case.

      Sexual Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action her Department is taking to prevent sexual abuse involving children.

      Sexual Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance is given to schools to encourage children to report acts of sexual abuse.

      Sexual Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent discussions she has had with children's charities about child sex abuse.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many of her Department's employees who are within one year of the official retirement age are on extended sick leave.

      Sixth-form College (Shrewsbury)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will visit the sixth-form college in Shrewsbury.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the names of the special advisers who have served in her Department since 2001; what the dates of service were of each; and...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children received a statement of special education needs in (a) each local authority in Essex, (b) each London borough and (c)...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children living in (a) Leeds and (b) Leeds West constituency are participating in Sure Start schemes.

      University Staff (Salaries)

      To ask the Secretary of Statefor Education and Skills what discussions the Department has had with the relevant trade unions on the salaries of university staff.

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding was made available for youth services in (a) England, (b) Staffordshire and (c) Tamworth constituency in each of the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Recipients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals in Scotland are in receipt of at least one social security benefit.

    • Benefit Recipients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to improve take-up of benefits provided by his Department in the top 125 most deprived lower layer super...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of assessed Child Support Agency cases had maintenance collected via deduction of earnings orders in each quarter since 1994;...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children in Northamptonshire have been supported by parental payments made through the Child Support Agency in each year since 1997.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many change requests have been made to the Child Support Agency's new computer system in each year since 2003–04; and if he will make...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent progress there has been with tackling (a) computer problems and (b) telephone problems at the Child Support Agency; and if he will...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the key performance metrics are for measuring the success of the EDS contract with the Child Support Agency.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will break down the Child Support Agency's compliance figures by the income band of the non-resident parent.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many deduction of earning orders were in place at the Child Support Agency in each year from 1997–98 to 2004–05; what...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in how many cases in which the Child Support Agency was seeking to make the flat rate deduction in child maintenance where the non-resident...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what problems remain to be fully resolved with the Child Support Agency computer system.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria he used in determining whether to continue the single room rent upper limit on housing benefit provisions for those aged under 25...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment the Government have made of the effect of the age discrimination clauses in the Equality Bill of the legality of the single...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the (a) total and (b) net cost of (i) integrating the proposed Identity Card Scheme into his Department's IT...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus clients live more than 20 miles away from their nearest Jobcentre Plus office; and what arrangements are made to assist...

      Link-Age Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 9 November 2005, Official Report, column 548W, on the Link-Age pilots, where each pilot is located; and how each...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Stroud (a) received the state pension and (b) (i) applied for and (ii) received pension credit in each of the last five...

      Pension Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether it is his policy to increase the state pension age to 67; and if he will make a statement on the Government's plans for pension reform.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many female pensioners in Midlothian are in receipt of the full basic state pension.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners have been entitled to either income support or pension credit in each year since 1990; how many claimed it in each year;...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures he is taking to speed up the payment of the winter fuel allowance.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about increasing the winter fuel allowance.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people will receive the winter fuel payment in the Leeds, West constituency in 2005–06.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Australia (Domestic Violence)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) how many immigration cases have involved allegations of domestic violence in Australia in the past three years; (2) how...

    • BBC World Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) benchmarks and (b) indicators have been set by which to judge the effectiveness of the planned BBC World Service Arabic...

      Broadcasting (Illegal Jamming)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions have been held between the US State Department and the UK Government on representations each Government...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Myanmar Government over the extended detention under house arrest of Daw Aung San...

      Cameroon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will instruct the British ambassador to Cameroon to make urgent representations to President Biya concerning the arrest...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Government of Colombia to ensure that (a) criminal investigations into third parties who...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what dates President Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has visited the UK in the last four years.

      Departmental Victim Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether policy changes in relation to victim and family support from his Department are being considered following the Sharm...

      Diplomatic Residency (Cape Town)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) for what reasons the head of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office property management team and a consultant interior...

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those cases against the United Kingdom that have been lodged and are awaiting consideration by the European...

      Foreign Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 November 2005, Official Report, columns 2245–46W, on foreign decorations, when he expects the...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the Government's policy on the US removal of the military embargo against Indonesia; what representations the Government...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total cost was of (a) private security guards and (b) private contractors employed in Iraq by the UK Government in...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether an official in his Department has issued an apology to the Iraqi authorities in relation to the events in Basra on 19...

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress in the UN-led talks on the future status of Kosovo; and if he will make a statement.

      Legislative Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list those of his Department's advisory non-departmental public bodies which the Government are required to (a)...

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State forForeign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the UK is providing to the Government of Liberia to reform and strengthen the (a) justice and (b) civil security...

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the level of resources available to UN human rights officials tasked with...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Israeli authorities regarding the lifting of restrictions in Palestine in line with the...

      Sanjar Umarov

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment his Department has made of the (a) whereabouts, (b) medical condition and (c) reason and conditions of...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of whether the Lord's Resistance Army is willing to engage in peace talks with the Government...

      United States (Deportation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2005, Official Report, column909W, to the right hon. and learned Member for North-East Fife...

      War Crimes Trial (Guantanamo)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the US Administration on behalf of (a) the UK Government and (b) the European Union...

      West Papua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visits have been made by embassy staff to West Papua in the past year; and if he will place copies of the reports of...

      West Papua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2005, Official Report, column1902W, on West Papua, what reports he has received that...

      West Papua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2005, Official Report, column 1902W, on West Papua, what guidelines have been issued to...

      West Papua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2005, Official Report, column 1902W, on West Papua, what assessment he has made of whether...

  • Health

    • Acute Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute hospitals have provided type 1 accident and emergency facilities in each year since 1990.

    • Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2005, Official Report, column 738W, on alcohol, if she will break down the figures provided by (a) primary care trust,...

      Allergy Specialists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many allergy specialists are working in the NHS in London, broken down by (a) primary care trust and (b) London borough.

      Antidepressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2005, Official Report, column 1799W, on antidepressant drugs, if she will break down the figures by (a) 0 to 11, (b)...

      Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 12 September 2005, Official Report, column 2648W, on audiology services, what data is being collected as part of the pilot for...

      Children's Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact of primary care trust deficits on funding for children's hospices; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental PSAs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she intends to extend the ambit of her Department's 2004 public service agreement target number eight to include those persons supported by...

      Departmental Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the real terms percentage increase in allocated resources for her Department (a) was for the period 1997–98 to 2004–05 and (b) is...

      East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust (Chief Executive)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what grounds the chief executive of the East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust recently resigned her position; and what payment has been made to her in...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to encourage the development of epilepsy networks within the NHS.

      Fertility Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment her Department has made of the use of eligibility criteria by primary care trusts in the provision of funding for infertility...

      Health Services (Uxbridge)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) residential and (b) in-patient specialist drug treatment rehabilitation places are available in (i) Uxbridge constituency and (ii) each...

      Health Warnings (Cigarette Packets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make representations to the European Commission for the addition of a smoking causes blindness" warning to the list of approved warnings for...

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to increase the proportion of people infected with hepatitis C that are treated.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will instruct the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to conduct an appraisal of the use of anti-HIV drugs for post-exposure...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in North Somerset primary care trust were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004; and how many have been so diagnosed in 2005.

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people were admitted to hospital on Christmas day in each year since 1997 in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority, broken...

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost is to NHS hospitals per meal provided by (a) in-house and (b) external caterers.

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of patients leaving NHS hospitals after stays of a week or more who are suffering from malnutrition.

      Influenza Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list those categories of people who are on the Government's priority list to receive avian influenza vaccinations in the event of a UK outbreak.

      Influenza Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of those eligible for the winter influenza vaccine have been vaccinated in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Influenza Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average patient waiting time was for a winter influenza vaccine in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      IVF Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have received help from the national health service for IVF treatment in each of the last five years, broken down by primary care trust.

      Lupus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 October 2005, Official Report, column 442W, on lupus, whether the part of her Department's research and development budget...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS (a) consultant psychiatric posts and (b) mental health acute beds were available in each of the last five years in (i) West Sussex, (ii) East...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made of the level of funding for mental health services in North West Leicestershire.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) flights and (b) helicopter flights, taken by Ministers within her Department for (i) UK and (ii) overseas visits in each year since 1995; on...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent in each year from 1 May 1997 on ministerial travel, broken down by (a) provision and running costs of vehicular transport, (b)...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the end-of-year financial position was of the NHS (a) in total and (b) broken down by (i) NHS trust, (ii)primary care organisation and (iii) other...

      NHS Logistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the £3.1 billion business for consumable goods not purchased from NHS Logistics in 2003 she expects the winning bidder for NHS Logistics...

      NICE (Drug Approvals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cancer drugs approved by the EU Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use are awaiting approval by the National Institute for Health and...

      NICE (Drug Approvals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average period of time taken was to assess a drug already approved by the EU's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use as suitable for...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 September 2005, Official Report, column 2743W, on obesity, what indicators her Department has proposed for the new quality...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will include points for treating obesity in the general practitioners contract; and if she will make a statement; (2) what recent...

      Premature Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the financial impact of caring for a premature child who has contracted respiratory syncytial virus has been assessed; and if she will make a...

      Primary Care Trusts (Oxfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what authority she has granted to the Thames Valley strategic health authority to consider letting the contract for the management of primary care trusts...

      Private Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many private patients were admitted to NHS hospitals in each of the last 10 years.

      Public Interest Disclosure Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place to ensure that her Department meets the requirements of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the costs of implementing the tuberculosis action plan, Stopping Tuberculosis in England.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated cost was of treating multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (a) per case and (b) in total in the last year for which figures are available.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of (a) tuberculosis and (b) multi-drug resistant tuberculosis there were in each year since 1997–98.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the training requirements are for nurses to administer the Mantoux test for TB.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 5 October 2005, Official Report, column 2842W, on waiting times, where her Department is piloting data collections to support...

      X-ray Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on (a) repairing existing and (b) buying new NHS X-ray equipment in 2004–05.

  • House of Lords

    • Attorney-General: Service Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what occasions since 2000 the Attorney-General has been called on to examine the papers in cases of alleged military offences, indicating in each case the...

    • Attorney-General: Superintendence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the legal basis that provides the Attorney-General with superintendence over the Army Prosecuting Authority, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Revenue...

      Companies Act 1989 (Delegation) Order

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what circumstances they envisage that the requirements to consult under paragraph 4(1) of the Companies Act 1989 (Delegation) Order (S.I. 2005/2337) should be...

      Crown Prosecution Service: Babar Ahmed

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Crown Prosecution Service has published, or intends to publish, its reasons for not prosecuting Mr Babar Ahmed in the United Kingdom for aiding and...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent they have decided to implement the recommendations of the International Crisis Group's Congo Action Plan.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What provision they are making in their aid programme for the development of key performance indicators that reflect progress in reducing the number of street...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What provision they are making for financial and technical investment in human rights organisations in the Democratic Republic of Congo; what is being done to...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of (a) the number of fatalities in the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo; (b) the number of people displaced by the...

      El Salvador and Guatemala: Bilateral Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the extent of bilateral support given by the United Kingdom to the governments of (a) El Salvador; and (b) Guatemala in the overseas aid budget for each...

      EU: Turkish Accession

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by the Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 23 November (Official Report, col. 1618–19), whether it is the case that France and Austria will...

      Eurofreeze (Ireland) Ltd

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the interception of an illegal consignment of chicken shipped from China, when they began tracing meat supplied from Eurofreeze (Ireland) Limited to...

      Eurofreeze (Ireland) Ltd

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the interception of an illegal consignment of chicken shipped from China, how many consignments of poultry meat supplied by Eurofreeze (Ireland) Limited...

      Eurofreeze (Ireland) Ltd

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of the alleged use of fraudulent health marks on poultry supplied by Eurofreeze (Ireland) Limited, what steps they have taken to review procedures for...

      Eurofreeze (Ireland) Ltd

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have tested Eurofreeze products to ensure that they meet health standards; and, if so, what was the result.

      Export Subsidies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will initiate bilateral talks with the United States Government on reciprocity equivalence in the relevant United States subsidy mechanisms, following...

      Healthcare Commission: Enforcement Notices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many enforcement notices have been issued by the Healthcare Commission to private operators of psychiatric hospitals in each of the past three years.

      Hurricane Stan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many ministerial meetings there have been since Hurricane Stan with representatives of (a) El Salvador; and (b) Guatemala to discuss assistance with...

      Hurricane Stan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the level of unplanned expenditure required by the governments of (a) El Salvador; and (b) Guatemala in reconstruction and...

      Hurricane Stan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much direct aid they have provided since Hurricane Stan to (a) El Salvador; and (b) Guatemala to assist with (i) food programmes and other relief for those...

      Iraq: Insurgent Groups

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is now their policy that, as stated by General Ricky Lynch, the official spokesman for the multinational force in Iraq, the coalition in Iraq will in...

      Israel: International Committee of the Red Cross

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the government of Israel concerning access by the International Committee of the Red Cross to Palestinians held in...

      Israel: Marwan Barghouti

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they are making to the Israeli Government about the imprisonment of Marwan Barghouti in light of his selection as a candidate for the...

      Israel: West Bank

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Israeli Government regarding unilateral moves in the West Bank.

      Jamaica: Sugar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they are supporting, both bilaterally and multilaterally, to compensate Jamaica for its loss of income arising from the recent reform of the European...

      Jamaica: Sugar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimates they have made of the consequences which the reform of the European Union sugar regime will have on the Jamaican economy.

      Mortality Rates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many deaths there were in each of the following categories in the last year for which figures are available: (a) age 60; (b) age 61; (c) age 62; (d) age 63;...

      Regional Development Agencies: Food Programmes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What outcomes they expect from the work of the English regional development agencies on the food and drink sectors; whether the outcomes are different for each...

      Sexual Health Campaign

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to launch the sexual health campaign; and what form it will take.

      Sexual Health Campaign

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with national television channels regarding the sexual health campaign.

      Sharing Power in Europe Conference

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What conclusions were reached following the conference held on 17 November at the Hague under the United Kingdom presidency of the European Union and the...

      Timber

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' proposed sample assessment of departmental timber procurement is sufficient, bearing in mind the...

      Timber

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs plans a sample assessment rather than a full report of timber procurement, given that in the 2002...

      Trade in Goods and Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any United Kingdom jobs have been lost as a result of the increase in the United Kingdom's deficit on its trade in goods and services with the European...

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