Written answers

Wednesday, 14 December 2005

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Concessionary Bus Fares

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much funding the Government will provide for the concessionary bus fares scheme to Forest of Dean district council and Tewkesbury borough council.

    • County Councils

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the future of county councils.

      House Building

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the additional public amenities required to support new house building in the south west.

      House Building

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on new house building in the south-east and the infrastructure to support it.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent representations he has received regarding the local government finance settlement.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will itemise the costs which comprise the sum (a) spent to date on the council tax revaluation in England; and (b) which of these costs cannot be recouped.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assurances his Department has given to the chair of the Local Government Association regarding extra financial assistance for local authorities relating to...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received regarding the Local Government Finance Settlement.

      Barker Report

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with local authority leaders in the south-east on the Government's response to Barker.

      Deprivation Indices

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department compiles indices of deprivation at sub-local authority level.

      Access to Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what information his Department collects on the (a) closure of (i) post offices, (ii) bank branches and (iii) independent retail shops and (b) effects on number...

      Cigarette Fires (Deaths)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people died in the United Kingdom in fires caused by cigarettes in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Colchester Borough Council

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 2 December 2005, Official Report, column 796W, to the hon. Member for North Essex (Mr. Jenkin) on Colchester borough council, if he will...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of each local authority's spending was represented by council tax income from householders in each council tax band in the last year for which...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations from pensioner groups he has received regarding council tax in the last 12 months.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what advice and guidance the Valuation Office Agency has given to local authority IT (a) departments and (b) suppliers in relation to the council tax revaluation...

      Councillors (Pensions/Income)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what changes his Department and its predecessors have made to the (a) allowances, (b) salaries and (c) pensions for councillors since May 1997.

      Damages

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 16 November 2005, Official Report, column 1276W, on damages, if he will list the cases where the potential liabilities and damages were...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps are taken by the Department to support staff with mental ill-health.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the Government's plans for regional fire control centres will require London to have a new fire control centre.

      Firelink Procurement Process

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the outcome of the Firelink procurement process will be announced.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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 (ii) the...

      Land Charge Searches

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will give local councils the power to increase the price of personal land charge searches.

      Media Monitoring

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much his Office and its predecessor Departments spent on media monitoring activities in each of the last eight financial years.

      Neighbourhood Renewal Fund

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the performance rating is of each local strategic partnership in receipt of neighbourhood renewal fund resources.

      Private Sector Investments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) location, (b) cost and (c) completion date if of each private finance initiative project within his responsibility, broken down by local authorities...

      Regeneration (Thetford)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on funding for and the impact of regeneration schemes in Thetford.

      Rent Restructuring

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he has instructed local authorities to introduce rent restructuring in this year's settlement; and if he will make a statement.

      Statutory Instruments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many statutory instruments introduced by his Department were (a) withdrawn, (b) amended by a further statutory instrument and (c) reprinted because of...

      Support Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what assessment he has made of the extent of the duplication of (a) information collected and (b) needs assessment required for (i) supporting people...

      Support Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what discussions his Department has had with the Department of Health about training of health and social care assessment staff in housing-related support...

      Support Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to revise supporting people guidance to give greater coverage of health and care related needs.

      Vacant Property

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the annual value of the exemption from council tax of vacant property.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance the Valuation Office Agency has given its staff on respecting religious and cultural traditions of householders and shopkeepers when conducting an...

  • Treasury

    • Cash Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with banks and building societies on encouraging the use of cash machines on which fees for use are not charged; and if...

    • Devolution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what adjustments were made to the Scottish budget as a result of the agreement with the Scottish Executive referred to in Funding the Scottish Parliament,...

      Barnett Formula

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many civil servants in his Department have worked on policy matters related to the Barnett formula in each of the last five years, broken down by grade.

      Asbestos

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have died of an asbestos-related illness in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year...

      Contracted-out Rebate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of the contracted-out rebate was in the last year for which figures are available; what proportion of UK gross domestic product that figure...

      Departmental Staff (Coventry)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff are employed by his Department in Coventry.

      EU Budget (UK Contribution)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the United Kingdom has contributed to European Union funds as a percentage of its gross domestic product in each year since 1975.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many persons paid income tax at the higher rate in each financial year since January 1995; and how much was raised by the higher rate in current prices...

      Inland Revenue Staff (Computer Misuse)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Inland Revenue staff in Northern Ireland have been dismissed as a result of misuse of computer systems in each of the last five years.

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money the British Government have spent on military operations in Iraq since 20 March 2003; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) original estimated and (b) actual cost of the war in Iraq and ancillary operations has been in each year since the beginning of operations;...

      Lyons Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide a break down by (a) Department and (b) location of the 6,300 relocations as a result of the Lyons Review announced in the pre-Budget report.

      Self-invested Personal Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will publish the information on which he based his decision announced in the pre-Budget report to rescind the widening of self-invested personal...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has received from the Health and Safety Commission of the effects of different asbestos stripping techniques on worker mortality.

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what advice he has received from the Health and Safety Commission on the most effective dust suppression techniques available for...

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which elements of the licensing requirements for contractors involved with the wet stripping of asbestos using equipment conforming to BSI PAS...

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have died of an asbestos-related illness in (a) Tamworth constituency, (b) Staffordshire and (c) the West Midlands in each year...

      Asperger's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to help people with Asperger's syndrome in Swindon into employment.

      Benefit Exit Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 17 November 2005, Official Report, columns 1365–66W, what the quarterly average exit rate for (a) incapacity...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff have been employed on benefit fraud enforcement in each of the last eight years, broken down by type of benefit; and if he will...

      Benefit Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the total number of job entries by claimants of incapacity benefit and severe disability allowance in the UK (a) returned to...

      Benefit Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of inactive benefits in Tamworth constituency moved back to work in 2004–05.

      Benefits Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make funding available to the voluntary sector benefits advice organisations that have witnessed an increase in their workload since...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many families received child maintenance payments in (a) Brent and (b) London in each of the last five years.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received from Save the Children about the number of children living in severe and long-term poverty.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the number of children who will be living in poverty in winter 2005–06.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many uncleared Child Support Agency cases are awaiting processing in East Dunbartonshire.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the performance of the Child Support Agency.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the cost to the benefits system of the unresolved Child Support Agency cases.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Child Support Agency cases were in arrears in each year from 1997 to 2005 in (a) England, (b) Northamptonshire and (c) Wellingborough.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints were registered with the Child Support Agency in (a) England, (b) the Tees Valley and (c) Middlesbrough, South and East...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the performance of the Child Support Agency.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when (a) he and (b) his officials last met officials from HM Revenue and Customs to discuss the future of the Child Support Agency.

      Children's Rights (Disabilities Convention)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action the Government are taking to ensure children's rights are fully and appropriately addressed in the final text of the forthcoming UN...

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many departmental civil service jobs are located in Coventry.

      Corporate Pension Liabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of whether corporate pension liabilities are overstated under FRS17.

      Data Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what part of his Department has overall responsibility for data control.

      Data Protection Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints concerning his Department have been made to the Information Commissioner with regard to the Data Protection Act 1998 since...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Department's expenditure on research activities was in each year since 2000.

      Departmental Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he expects to be able to draw the data required to measure 2004 public service agreement target 5 from consistent data sources.

      Departmental Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he uses (a) income before housing costs and (b) income after housing costs when measuring the number of children in relative low income...

      Disability Handbook

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether medical representatives from patient organisations will be included in the panel re-writing the draft entry on chronic fatigue...

      Economically Inactive People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Beverley and Holderness are economically inactive.

      Education and Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training is provided to Jobcentre Plus advisers to assist them in working with young people living independently who wish to pursue...

      EU Work at Heights Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the legislative progress of the implementation of the EU Work at Heights Directive; and if he will publish a...

      Final Salary Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Government is taking to minimise employers' usage of pension fund holidays in final salary pension schemes.

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action he is promoting in conjunction with other Government Departments to ensure that suitably qualified health and safety advisers in...

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has held with trade unions about industrial relations issues concerning the HSE.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of medical examinations for incapacity benefit claimants in each year since 1997; and how often on average existing claimants...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed incapacity benefit on the grounds of poor mental health in each year since 1997.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of people claiming incapacity benefit who were claiming jobseeker's allowance immediately prior...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people have been receiving incapacity benefit in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the...

      Incapacity Benefit

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

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost is to the Department of a medical examination for incapacity benefit.

      Office for Disability Issues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 11 November 2005, Official Report, column 798W, on the Office for Disability Issues, what criteria his Department...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of Pathway to Work participants have moved into jobs in each of the pilot areas.

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the Pathways to Work pilots currently in operation.

      Pensioner Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of pensioners were living in absolute poverty in each region of the UK in each of the last 30 years.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) contributors and (b) customers credited with contributions there were in the state second pension scheme (i) in total and (ii) in...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost of (a) the basic state pension, (b) state second pension and (c) pension credits was in the last year for which figures are...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many single women pensioners in Tamworth constituency are receiving financial assistance to bring them up to the minimum pension level.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received about stakeholder pensions; and what reviews his Department has undertaken on stakeholder pensions...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have taken up stakeholder pensions in each year since their introduction; and what the average contribution by (a) employers...

      Quad Bikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information his Department collects on the number of (a) quad bikes used for work and (b) accidents involving quad bikes used for work;...

      Refurbishment Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list his Department's refurbishment projects that (a) are in progress and (b) will start in the next six months; what steps are...

      Royal Ordnance (Chorley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Health and Safety Executive has indicated approval for production to continue at the former Royal Ordnance site in Chorley.

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received winter fuel allowance in Oxford, East in each of the last three years.

      Work Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseekers have undertaken a work trial; in what proportion of cases this has resulted in long-term employment; and if he will make a...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will ask the Home Office to review the Custody Plus policy in advance of the forthcoming Animal Welfare Bill.

    • Abattoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many abattoirs are (a) EU-approved and (b) non-approved but operating with a derogation.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what conclusions she has drawn from the information that the sentinel birds at the quarantine centre in Essex did not become...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will place in the Library a copy of the guidance issued to (a) farmers, (b) abattoirs and (c) poultry keepers...

      Biodiversity Ministerial Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what role the Inter-departmental Ministerial Group on Bio-diversity will play in the research into the impacts of...

      Biomass Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the suitability for use as biomass fuel of forestry waste from local government owned land.

      Botulinum Toxin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will introduce a requirement that the pharmaceutical industry use a completely non-animal method to confirm the...

      Coastal Erosion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the effects of (a) erosion on the coastline and (b) rising sea levels in the East...

      Contaminated Soil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria she uses in deciding whether additional security measures may be needed to protect road or rail shipments of...

      Contaminated Soil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria she uses in deciding whether to include upland farms covered by restrictions due to Chernobyl radioactive...

      Contaminated Soil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many sites have been identified as radioactively contaminated within the scope of Part IIA of the Environment Act 1990.

      Departmental Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects are planned by her Department in (i) 2005–06 and (ii) 2006–07;...

      Departmental Tendering Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on including (a) ethical and (b) environmental factors in tenders for services.

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of vehicles used by her Department run on (a) petrol, (b) diesel and (c) liquefied petroleum gas.

      Domestic Central Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to help people over 60 who cannot afford the cost of the installation and maintenance of...

      Farmers' Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance her Department gives to farmers markets in rural areas.

      Flood Defences (East Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to increase funding for flood defences in Robertsbridge, East Sussex; and whether the funds will be spent...

      Flood Maps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the level of accuracy is of flood maps drawn up by the Environment Agency.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the potential for improving water absorption by tree-planting to reduce flooding; and if she...

      Food Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the new rules on food allergies; and what products are covered by those rules.

      Global Warming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with experts on the effects of global warming on coastline and river levels.

      GM Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent international experience she has examined in relation to the withdrawal of GM products for reasons of their...

      Greenhouse Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2005, Official Report, column 312W, on greenhouse gases, what estimate she has made of...

      Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures her Department is taking to encourage the use of markets.

      Pegasus Birds Quarantine Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of whether a public health issue would arise if a hospital worker was running the Pegasus Birds...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what meetings with pesticide companies the Government has had in the preparation of its response to the report by the Royal...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which Government Departments will be involved in consultations and discussions about the Government's response to the report...

      Poultry Auctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department's definition of higher risk events includes poultry auctions under licence.

      Sheep/Goats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the United Kingdom's derogation from EU Council Regulation 21/2004 on identifying sheep and goats will continue after...

      Sugar Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of the recent reductions of sugar subsidies by the EU on (a) encouraging trade in...

      Water Reservoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the water reservoirs that (a) have become operational in each year since 1990 and (b) are planned, giving...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will list the complaints made by (a) members of the public, (b) hon. Members and (c) members of the House of Lords about the conduct of the Crown Prosecution...

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many (a) males and (b) females were employed by the Crown Prosecution Service in (i) Southend, (ii) Essex, (iii) Hertfordshire and (iv) the Metropolitan police...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases of person-assisted suicide the Crown Prosecution Service has taken up over the last 10 years for which information is available.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the target staffing level is of the Crown Prosecution Service in (a) Southend and (b) Essex; and what the actual level is.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases have been discontinued in the Essex Crown Prosecution Service, broken down by category of offence, in the last five years for which information is...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will make a statement about the performance of the Crown Prosecution Service in (a) Southend and (b) Essex.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases have been dealt with by the Essex Crown Prosecution Service by category of offence in the last five years for which information is available; and how...

  • Transport

    • A21 Upgrade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to hold further public consultations regarding the proposed A21 upgrade between Flimwell and Robertsbridge in East Sussex.

    • A21 Upgrade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the public consultation held on 7 December, on the proposed A21 upgrade between Flimwell and Robertsbridge in East Sussex.

      Airspace (Extraordinary Rendition)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) on how many occasions since 1 January 2001 US-registered aircraft tail number (a) N44982, formerly N8068V and N379P, and (b) N313P operated in UK...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment the Government have made of the environmental impact of the increased use of palm oil as a result of the Government's Renewable Fuel...

      Car Accidents (Young People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Tewkesbury (Mr. Robertson) of 6 December 2005, Official Report, column 1118W, on car accidents (young...

      Harbour Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when powers under section 15 of the Harbours Act 1964 to remove a Harbour Commissioner from office were last used; what the circumstances were in which...

      Harbour Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance he has issued relating to (a) the conduct of Harbour Commissioners and (b) the practice to be followed on appointing new commissioners;...

      Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there are plans to introduce retrospective measures to require heavy goods vehicles to fit blind spot mirrors or cameras.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what procedure has to be followed to claim compensation from the Highways Agency after a compulsory purchase order.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Highways Agency spent on the Compulsory Purchase Order of Stage Cottage, Hurst Green, East Sussex; and how much it has spent on the...

      M1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the M1 motorway was closed in Leicestershire on 5 December; on whose authority; what steps were taken to ensure the period of the...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will make a statement on the operation of section 110 of the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003; (2) what assessment he has made of...

      Road Building (North West England)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his road building priorities are in the North West of England.

      Seat Belts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the number of people wearing seat belts of an increase in the fine to £80; and if he will...

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to introduce 20 mph speed limits near schools in (a) Southend, (b) Essex, (c) Hertfordshire, (d) Greater London and (e) England and...

      Tram Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list departmental meetings held in relation to the (a) Manchester, (b) Sheffield and (c) the Nottingham tram system programmes.

      Tram Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in respect of Mersey Tram Line 1.

      US-registered Planes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what dates planes registered in the US by Stevens Express Leasing have landed at domestic UK airfields in each of the last five years.

  • Home Department

    • Bribery/Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether breach of the proposed legal obligation at an EU level for public officials to report bribery, corruption and business interests...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of correspondence from hon. Members to the Prison Service was answered within 20 working days between (a) January to March,...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, of 20...

      Crime (Shropshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of prisoners released from Shrewsbury prison entered employment, education or training after being released in...

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many tagged offenders have removed their tags since the policy was brought in.

      European Anti-crime Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is a Government objective that legislation in criminal matters should be approximated with other EU member states in accordance...

      European Anti-crime Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Government's policy is on the European Commission's proposals for a witness protection programme at EU level; and if he will make a...

      European Anti-crime Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers the European Commission has to establish criminal offences in legislation (a) which has direct effect in member states and (b)...

      Female Circumcision

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken by his Department in relation to the practice of British parents sending their daughters abroad for female...

      Home Detention Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of the curfew period was for those released under the home detention curfew scheme in each year from 1999 to 2000 and...

      Home Detention Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of offenders on home detention curfew (HDC) failed to complete the HDC period successfully in 2004–05; and if he will...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to decide the application by Shahid Hussain lodged in May 2004 for variation for leave to remain in the UK, reference...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to decide the application of Robima Kouser, reference LK1600016626, for variation of leave to remain in the UK, lodged in May...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the application of Nabila Bi Hussain (reference no. H110722T) lodged in May for indefinite leave to remain in the UK to be...

      Murder Sentences (Appeals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the average cost of an appeal by an individual who pleaded guilty to murder and received a life sentence and...

      Offender Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list grants made to organisations in the Hampshire constabulary's area to promote rehabilitation of offenders in each of the last...

      Parole Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases the Parole Board has processed in each month to date in 2005; and what the backlog of cases is.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the financial impact on policing in Brent of the Government's decision to pass costs from the security...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the (a) chief constable and (b) police authority in Hertfordshire about structural re-organisation.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what factors he took into account when limiting police forces in the West Midlands to two options for merger; and for what reasons West...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will postpone the reorganisation of police forces in Wales until the outcome in England has been assessed.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether prisoners on the basic level of the incentives and earned privileges scheme are entitled to a one-hour visit every two weeks;...

      Reasonable Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the police and prosecutors' publication of a leaflet to combat confusion about current...

      Road Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been for driving without due care and attention (a) in England, (b) Northamptonshire and (c) the Kettering...

      Victim Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures his Department is taking to raise public awareness of the work of Victim Support.

      Victims of Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the review of the possible introduction of a scheme to provide compensation for UK victims of terrorism abroad will be completed.

      Women Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many women were received into segregation in each prison in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005 to date; (2) how many women were held in...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2005, Official Report, columns 45–6W, on work permits, if he will break down the number of permits...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many helicopters are currently available to British troops in Afghanistan.

    • Airfield Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the progress of his airfield review.

      Assessment Phase Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether companies undertaking Assessment Phase work are (a) reimbursed for the costs of that work and (b) undertake work at their own risk.

      Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes to current staffing levels he expects will occur when the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory is relocated.

      Departmental Staff (Relocation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what relocations involving more than 100 people are planned within his Department and its agencies in the next five years; and between which locations.

      Drug Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the Government will donate helicopters no longer needed to Uruguay to assist in the fight against drug trafficking.

      Hearing Loss

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what evidence he relied when setting the (a) threshold and (b) other rules that apply to compensation for veterans who have sustained a noise-induced...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which organisation is in charge of the investigation into the deaths of the six Royal Military Police who werekilled at Al Majarr Al Kabir in Iraq...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which UK organisations, including police forces, have been involved in the investigation into the deaths of six Royal Military Police who were killed at...

      IT Projects

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

      Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the target date is for the submission of a Main Gate proposal for the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability programme.

      Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Assessment Phase of the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability project is expected to be complete; whether it is considering (a) converting...

      Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are members of the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability Integrated Planning Team; and what the Team's budget is.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the Government want to retain nuclear weapons.

      Nuclear-related Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has allocated towards nuclear-related research in each of the last five years.

      Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 3 November 2005, Official Report, column 1263W, on the Panther Command and Liaison Vehicle, how many of the 401 vehicles...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the definitions are of the terms (a) 'in service date' and (b) 'initial operating capability' as used in parliamentary answers.

      Project Hyperion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much was allocated for setting up the collocated Army headquarters under Project Hyperion; and whether this budget has been revised; (2) what...

      Royal Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where the posts based at RAF High Wycombe which areexpected to move to other RAF units by 2008 will berelocated; and how many such posts will be relocated.

      Royal Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was allocated for setting up the collocated RAF headquarters; and whether this budget has been revised.

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the recommendations by RAND to co-ordinate the Royal Navy's submarine design work with the United States of America.

      Ty Gwyn Nursing Home

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with his colleagues in the Welsh Assembly Government regarding the closure of the Ty Gwyn nursing home for ex-servicemen...

      US Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what authority UK military police forces have in United States military bases situated in the United Kingdom.

      US-registered Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on how many occasions since September 2001 US-registered aircraft tail number (a) N313P and (b) N44982, formerly N8068V and N379P, has landed at...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Cemeteries (Gravesham)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discussions her Department has had with the parish council in Gravesham about the re-use of cemeteries.

    • Criminal Cases (Competitive Tendering)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will publish the advice her Department has received on the impact on ethnic diversity in the legal professions of the...

      Criminal Justice Act

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many sentences have been passed under Part 12 Chapter 5 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003; and what guidance has been...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps are taken by the Department to support staff with mental ill-health.

      Effective Trial Management Programme

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the progress of the Effective Trial Management programme; and if she will make a statement.

      Probate Costs

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 11 November 2005, Official Report, column 1339W, on probate costs, why the fee structure for grant of...

      Small Claims Court

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress has been made with research on raising the small claims court limit from £1,000; and if she will make a...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much the Department and its agencies have spent on (a) the design and production of new logos and (b) employing external (i) public relations and...

    • Departmental Tendering Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his policy is on including (a) ethical and (b) environmental factors in tenders for services.

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what devolution issues the Advocate-General has considered since 15 November.

  • International Development

    • African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking in collaboration with other EU member states to honour the EU commitment to provide African, Caribbean and...

    • African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what financial support the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries will receive from the EU as a result of the reformed sugar...

      Central Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's policy is on support to local non-governmental organisations in Central Asia; and if he will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) letters from hon. Members, (b) letters from members of the public and (c) parliamentary questions from (i) hon. Members...

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects are planned by his Department in (i) 2005–06 and (ii) 2006–07; and what...

      Global Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will increase the UK contributions to the Global Fund to the level of the contribution of the French Government.

      Global Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the outcome of the Global Fund Replenishment Conference held in London in September.

      Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance the Government has provided to the Maldives since the tsunami.

      Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support the Government has provided to the people of the Maldives to promote democratic governance; and if he will make a statement.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC Charter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make it a requirement of BBC Charter renewal that (a) BBC websites and (b) BBC radio channels made available on-line are...

    • Iraqi Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will raise the issue of the protection of Iraqi heritage sites with other EU Ministers during her chairmanship of the Education...

      Public Bodies/Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff were employed by non-departmental public bodies and agencies for which she has responsibility in 2004–05 in (a)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Disabled People (Life Chances)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on the initial activity undertaken by his Department in response to those recommendations in the Prime Minister's...

    • EU Presidency Team

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many staff work in the EU Presidency Team within the Cabinet Office; what the (a) civil service grade and (b) job description is of each;...

      Hampton Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the oral answer of 6 December 2005, Official Report, columns 737–38, on the Hampton Report, how many (a) annual inspections of...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the total cost of congestion charges paid for ministerial travel has been since the charge was introduced; and how much of that total is...

      Office for Disability Issues

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether a Minister in his Department is planned to be nominated to take responsibility for liaison with the Office for Disability Issues; and if he...

      Prime Minister's Delivery Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was spent by the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit in each year since its inception; and what its functions are.

      True North Project

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on procurement project True North and what the cost of this project has been.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Administrative Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what administrative savings have been made by his Department in each of the last eight years.

    • Assets (Corruption)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice his Department has given developing countries as to how they can seek assistance from the United Kingdom in...

      British Antarctic Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visitors to the British Antarctic Territory there were in each of the last eight years, broken down by purpose of visit.

      British Embassies (Overnight Visitors)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the people who stayed one or more nights at the British embassy in Washington in 2004–05.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to support the recommendations made in the Havel-Tutu report on Burma.

      Cameroon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures his Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to (i) encourage the continued development of a multi-party...

      Catering/Entertainment Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total value is of (a) catering and (b) entertainment contracts let by his Department; and what value of such contracts...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has ruled out supporting the lifting of the EU embargo on arms exports to China; and if he will make a statement.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has (a) made and (b) plans to make to the Government of the People's Republic of China about the...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Colombian Government that criminal investigations into human rights violations in...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent to which the new Justice and Peace Law in Colombia complies with international law;...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the proposed Ledra Street, Nicosia crossing point, with particular reference to Turkish Cypriot...

      Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of his Department's employees have taken early retirement in each year since 1997.

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2005, Official Report, column 474W, on EU directives, if he will make a statement on the...

      EU Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the UK's presidency of the European Union; and what representations he has received from foreign...

      Global Opportunities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the members of the panel of experts referred to in the Global Opportunities Fund report.

      Human Rights, Democracy and Good Governance Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria are used to assess the effectiveness of projects supported by the Human Rights, Democracy and Good Governance...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received on the beheading of Christian teenagers in Indonesia; if he will make representations to...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in the investigation into the deaths of the six Royal Military Police who were killed at Al Majarr...

      Media Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on media monitoring activities in each of the last eight financial years.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions since his appointment the Minister for Europe has met (a) Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat and (b)...

      Rare Birds (Breeding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken to ensure carnivorous rodents and other invasive species are controlled on (a) Gough Island and (b)...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the decision of the Russian Parliament on the regulation of non-governmental organisations...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent by his Department on taxi travel in the 2005–06 financial year; and what proportion of such travel...

      Ukraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on Ukraine joining the European Union.

      World Trade Organisation (Hong Kong)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will continue to press for trade justice at the World Trade Organisation meeting in December in Hong Kong.

  • Education and Skills

    • Academy Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils excluded by other schools were at each academy (a) when it was granted that status and (b) at the latest available date.

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress her Department has made in monitoring its use of consultants since the National Audit Office and her Department's internal...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will publish the final report and action plan of the National Audit Office and her Department's internal audit report in March 2005...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the National Audit Office and Department for Education and Skills internal audit report, compiled in March, entitled Engagement and use...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will reply to the letter dated 4 November 2005 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to John Byenx.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will reply to the letter of 1 November 2005 from the hon. Member for Northampton, South regarding the National Society for the...

      Criminal Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list criminal offences created in legislation sponsored by her Department since May 1997, broken down by Act.

      Departmental Estate

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

      Disability Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action the United Kingdom Government are taking to ensure children's rights are fully and appropriately addressed in the final text of...

      Disabled People (Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to assess the impact of children's services on families with disabled children; and if she will make a statement.

      Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have used their developed capital to improve drinking water provision in each of the last three years.

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) whether the Department has a target for the creation of faith schools; (2) what assessment the Department has made of the impact of...

      Foundation Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many foundation schools were placed in special measures in each year since 1999.

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans her Department has made in preparation for Holocaust Memorial Day 2006.

      Learning and Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many 14 and 15-year-olds spent up to two days per week in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c) 2005–06 at (i) a further...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many times she has visited (a) Dacorum and (b) Hertfordshire in her official capacity in the last 12 months; and what the purpose was of...

      Missing Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which local authority children's services have agreed joint protocols with their local police authority for management of cases of children...

      Part-time Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) financial and (b) other support her Department provides for part-time students in higher education; and if she will make a statement.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the quality of data used to measure progress against the need to improve the basic skill level of adults as required by 2004 Public...

      Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of working age people in (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) England hold a qualification at degree level or equivalent or above.

      School Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many primary schools have closed in England in each of the last five years; (2) how many secondary schools in England have closed...

      School Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many exclusions there were of (a) boys and (b) girls from schools in (i) Brent and (ii) London in each of the last five years; and what...

      School Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps are being taken to encourage more graduates into teaching (a) physics, (b) chemistry and (c) mathematics at (i) GCSE and (ii) A Level.

      Schools (Hounslow)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will take steps to ensure that all schools in the London borough of Hounslow are (a) rebuilt and (b) modified to meet (i) Building...

      Schools (Internet Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in England have access to the internet.

      Schools Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what power the Schools Commissioner will have to compel local authorities to open new schools under the proposals in the Schools White Paper.

      Schools White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment her Department has made of the (a) demand and (b) resource implications for pupil referral units of proposals in the Schools...

      Schools White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she will take to ensure that independent schools wishing to apply for trust status under the proposals in the Schools White Paper...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of trained teachers not employed in teaching, broken down by subject specialism.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) whom she has asked to carry out the review of the framework for teaching mathematics; what the terms of reference are; and which...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Alcohol-related Illness/Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many deaths there were in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) Upper Bann in each of the last five years in which alcohol was the primary cause.

    • Alcohol-related Illness/Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the annual costs resulting from alcohol-related illness in the Province.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Upper Bann have been in receipt of (a) disability living allowance, (b) income support and (c) jobseeker's allowance in each...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of fraud have been detected in Northern Ireland in relation to (a) disability living allowance, (b) incapacity benefit and (c)...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted in relation to benefit fraud in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Bortezomib

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients received bortezomib within each of the health board areas in the Province in the last year for which figures are available.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what control programme operates in Northern Ireland in relation to bovine tuberculosis.

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will (a) initiate an inquiry into clerical child sexual abuse in every school in the maintained sector in Northern Ireland and (b)...

      Children Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer to question 34657, what work his Department is undertaking to exercise the power under section 12 of the Children Act 2004.

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the length of time it takes a Northern Ireland civil servant in each grade to progress to the maximum point of...

      Commissioner for Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he sought advice from the Commissioner for Public Appointments before appointing the Commissioner for Victims; and if he will make a...

      Community Care Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Upper Bann have submitted claims for community care grants in each of the last five years; and how many were awarded.

      Cross-border Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which cross-border bodies have put the minutes of their board meetings on their websites; on what date each did so; and what steps are being...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many dental nurses are employed in the Province specifically to treat (a) children and (b) adults with complex needs.

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent by his Department's Ministers on (a) new furnishings, (b) art and (c) new vehicles in each Northern Ireland department...

      Eastern Health and Social Services Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will address the financial situation of the Eastern Health and Social Services Board arising from the regional capitation formula to...

      ECT Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he has received reports that staff at one of the Province's psychiatric hospitals were unable to provide the serial numbers of their ECT...

      Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to ensure emergency services can respond promptly to terrorist or serious incidents in the south western part of...

      Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many councils in Northern Ireland he has met since his appointment.

      EU Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of whether the four main European Union initiatives associated with Northern Ireland are going to meet their N+2...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many general practitioners in Northern Ireland are aged over 65 years.

      Housing Executive Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new Housing Executive homes were built in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) Upper Bann in each of the last 10 years.

      Housing Executive Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many Housing Executive homes have been condemned as unsafe in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many Housing Executive homes in...

      Housing Executive Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Housing Executive homes in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) Upper Bann are vacant.

      Housing Executive Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Housing Executive dwellings are scheduled to be built in each council area in Northern Ireland over the next 10 years.

      Infection Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the level of use of hand gels by (a) members of hospital staff and (b) visitors to hospitals in Northern Ireland...

      Interpreting Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the response of 13 October 2005, Official Report, column 598W, on interpreting services, what the plans are for the provision and...

      Irish Language Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of implementing an Irish language policy has been to each Government Department in the Province since the policy was introduced.

      Mr. MacEntee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2005, Official Report, column 1630W, if he has provided Mr. MacEntee with all the information he has requested.

      Mr. MacEntee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2005, Official Report, column 1630W, on the Barron Inquiry, whether the further information provided to...

      Mr. MacEntee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2005, Official Report, column 1630W, on the Barron inquiry, to what the further information provided to...

      Myeloma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his most recent estimate is of the number of myeloma sufferers in the Province.

      Orange Halls (Attacks)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many attacks on Orange halls have been reported to the police in Northern Ireland in each of the last 30 years for which there are records.

      Overseas Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many nurses from overseas have been employed in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many police officers have taken early retirement in each district command unit in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many police officers have been (a) prosecuted and (b) disciplined as a result of investigation by the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Police Service of Northern Ireland officers are on secondment to other police services.

      Poverty Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2005, Official Report, column 235W, on poverty statistics, to what he ascribes the increase in pensioner...

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of skin cancer were diagnosed in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer to question 34727, on smoking in enclosed public places, if he will set out the scientific evidence he considered in...

      Supermarkets (Product Source)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has made to UK supermarkets to encourage them to source more of their products from Northern Ireland producers.

      Temporary Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland are living in temporary accommodation, broken down by (a) constituency and (b) council area.

      Tourist Attractions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to develop the Black Pigs Dyke as a tourist attraction.

      Travel Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the all-island free travel scheme for Ireland to be operational.

      Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with authorities in Scotland regarding improvements for travellers from Northern Ireland using the roads...

      Water Supplies/Usage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his estimate is of the number of homes in Northern Ireland that are not connected to the water supply, broken down by constituency; and...

      Water Supplies/Usage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his estimate is of the average volume of water used by a (a) domestic residence and (b) domestic residence where the supply pipe also...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with Guide Dogs for the Blind on the impact of louder fireworks on dogs and other animals.

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will remove textured coatings from the list of licensed materials that only licensed, trained and insured asbestos contractors are...

      Carbon Capture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with (a) oil and gas exploration companies and (b) power generation companies about potential liability for carbon...

      Carbon Capture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made by his Department of the relative (a) ease of installation and (b) effectiveness of carbon capture technology...

      Clean Coal Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the costs and benefits of clean coal technology.

      Company Law Reform Bill (Explanatory Notes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry why the Explanatory Notes to the Company Law Reform Bill [HL] were not made available at the same time as the Bill itself; on what date they...

      Concessionary Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many former mineworkers or beneficiaries in Midlothian are in receipt of (a) cash in lieu and (b) concessionary coal.

      Domestic Gas Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what charges gas companies may make for the installation of domestic mains gas supply; (2) what (a) grants and (b) other assistance are...

      Environmental Best Practice (Businesses)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking to promote environmentally responsible behaviour by British businesses.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many injuries associated with fireworks and bonfires there were over the recent Halloween period; and what the figures were in each year...

      Fuel Cell Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support his Department gives to the (a) development of fuel cell technology and (b) application of such technology to the transport sector.

      Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the future security of supply of the importation of gas.

      Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the cost of boosting the storage capacity of gas in the UK from 11 days to 60 days.

      Greenhouse Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was allocated to support industries developing new methods of reducing their emissions of greenhouse gases in 2005–06.

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what role fuel cells will play in implementing the Low Carbon Buildings programme.

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will publish the responses to the consultation paper Microgeneration Strategy and Low Carbon Buildings programme.

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to receive the final version of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's national strategy.

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what parliamentary approval is required to confirm a decision to commence building (a) a nuclear power station and (b) a series of nuclear...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what studies his Department has made of the impact on carbon dioxide release of the expanded use of lower grade ores in the production of...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the exclusion zone for building around nuclear power stations is.

      Nuclear-related Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much his Department has allocated to nuclear-related research in each of the last five years.

      Oil/Gas Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the proposed changes to the oil tax regime on future (a) exploration for and (b)...

      Peninsular Power Ltd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what indications have been given to Peninsular Power Limited concerning his Department's likely response to applications from that company for...

      Phoenix Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has for the Phoenix Fund; what other funding streams he expects will be available for community development funding agencies;...

      Phoenix Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions he has had with regional development agencies about replacement finance for the Phoenix Fund.

      Power Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with energy providers on their ability to protect vulnerable individuals in the event of a breakdown in power...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to encourage smaller, non-excluded energy production schemes being set up to take advantage of the Renewable Energy Certificates.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will develop mechanisms for supporting fuel cell technology and hydrogen energy akin to the Renewables Obligation.

      Social/Community Policies (Businesses)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking to promote responsible social and community practices by business.

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the impact that increasing Sunday trading hours in England would have on (a) the volume of road traffic, (b)...

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what form of public consultation will take place as part of the review he has announced into Sunday trading laws; and whether he expects the...

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will announce the timetable for his proposed review of Sunday trading laws; what the terms of reference will be; who he expects will...

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 17 October 2005, Official Report, column 798W, on telecommunications, when the chief executive of Ofcom will respond.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many applications for consent to the development of (a) offshore and (b) onshore wind farms have been made to his Department under (i)...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made of wind levels in the Bridgwater constituency; and in what locations.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consultation has been undertaken on off-shore wind turbines in the Bristol channel.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what guidelines he has issued on the siting of wind turbines near to nuclear power stations.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research he has commissioned on wind levels at Hinkley Point nuclear reactor.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent research he has commissioned into the costs and benefits of wind farms; and if he will make a statement.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what account he will take of the protection afforded to the North Wales coastline by the Constable Bank in considering the application for...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what account he will take of the cost of key components in considering the application for consent to develop the Gwynt-y-Mor wind farm.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what financial compensation is made available to persons whose property values are adversely affected by the development of wind farms...

      Worker Exploitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what role his Department plays in tackling exploitation of workers in developing countries.

  • Health

    • Abattoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what prosecutions of abattoirs for breaches of legislation on standards of hygiene have (a) taken place and (b) succeeded in each year since 1985 in which...

    • Acute Trust Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the acute trust hospitals with major accident and emergency departments that do not also have paediatric services on the same site.

      Age-related Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of cases of age-related macular degeneration caused by smoking in each year since 1997–98.

      Agriculture and Fisheries Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the UK voted at the EU's Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting in October on the application to accept genetically modified maize MON863.

      Alcohol-related Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2005, Official Report, column 710W, on alcohol-related illness, what the equivalent figures for 2004–05 were.

      Alcohol-related Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons alcohol-related referrals to the community mental health service in the Alnwick and Berwick areas have been suspended; and if she will...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many communication systems are in operation in the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire ambulance services; which of them are interoperable with those...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the process by which an emergency mass vaccination for influenza would take place.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is being prepared on prevention of the spread of avian influenza to humans; and what the cost has been to date.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures she has put in place for enhanced medical surveillance of human population cohorts assessed as most at risk from co-infection by the H5N1...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what priority she gives to workers in the energy industry in her contingency plans to protect key workers in the event of an outbreak of avian influenza.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to make use of (a) schools, (b) village halls and (c) other public buildings as temporary health care facilities in the event of an...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many syringes and needles she estimates will be necessary to deal with a pandemic influenza threat; what timetable has been put in place for their...

      Blood/Bone Marrow Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to encourage people from black and minority ethnic communities to become (a) blood donors and (b) bone marrow donors.

      Borellia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the use of prolonged intravenous ceftriaxone therapy in the treatment of Borellia infection.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of non-urgent referrals by general practitioners each year for investigations into possible breast cancer which...

      Cancelled Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were cancelled by Lancashire hospital trust (a) for medical reasons and (b) because of lack of beds at (i) Royal Preston hospital and...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department has taken to increase awareness of (a) breast and (b) prostate cancer among ethnic minority communities.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residential care and nursing (a) homes and (b) places she estimates there will be in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006 and (iii) 2007.

      Chase Farm Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the future provision of accident and emergency services at Chase Farm hospital.

      Choose and Book Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the likely effects of the Choose and Book programme not being fully operational on the predicted date on primary...

      Citygate Public Affairs Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings her Department has held with Citygate Public Affairs Ltd. since July.

      Coeliac Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research she has evaluated on the aetiology of coeliac disease and the effects on it of the consumption of genetically modified foodstuffs; (2)...

      Compensation Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget of health trusts in England is to meet the cost of compensation claims in 2005.

      Continuing Care/Delayed Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how compliance with the directions on continuing care and delayed discharge issued on 27 February 2004 is monitored.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will answer the letters from the hon. Member for Colchester of 3 February 2005 and 15 September 2005.

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what priority will be attached to drugs for cystic fibrosis sufferers during the review of NHS commissioning arrangements for specialised conditions.

      Darent Valley Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) average and (b) longest waiting time for out-patient appointments at Darent Valley Hospital.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) dental nurses, (b) dental hygienists and (c) dental therapists there have been in the NHS in each year since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what measures she plans to put in place to ensure the creation of new dental schools do not adversely affect existing dental schools; (2) what...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact of schedule 3, part 1, paragraph 3, of the new draft dental contract on registrations, with particular...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will (a) bring forward proposals to define in statute the dental services that a primary care trust has to commission and (b) seek to ensure that...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the likely impact of the new General Dental Services contract on the number of registrations with an NHS dentist; and...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her estimate is of the number of general and personal dental service dentists per head of population in (a) each strategic health authority area and...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 9 November 2005, Official Report, column 17WS, on national health service dentistry, if she will break...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the population in the area served by Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth primary care trust was registered with an NHS dentist in each...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will commence the review of community dental services.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the three-year dental pay deal will be extended beyond April 2006.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new dentists have been recruited in the area covered by the Rochdale primary care trust in each year since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional resources she is making available in the Rochdale primary care trust area to increase NHS dental registration.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists have been recruited to work in Lincolnshire in each year since 2000.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists received gross earnings from the NHS of (a) over £500,000, (b) over £250,000, (c) over £100,000 and (d) over £50,000...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists have (a) joined and (b) withdrawn from NHS practice in each of the last five years.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 July 2005 to the hon. Member for Northavon (Steve Webb), Official Report, column 2155W, on dentistry, what plans her...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the population in the area served by Rushcliffe primary care trust was registered with an NHS dentist in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 November 2005, Official Report, column 2107W, on the departmental estate, how much rent has been paid by the Department on...

      Departmental Running Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual running costs of the Department of Health were in each year since 1999.

      ECG Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent since 1997 on buying ECG machines in hospitals.

      Electronic Magnifiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will provide electronic magnifiers for the visually impaired through the NHS.

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people in each strategic health authority have been diagnosed with epilepsy since 1997, broken down by age group; (2) how many patients...

      Fertility Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many women who underwent (a) in vitro fertilisation and (b) ovulation induction in England and Wales were hospitalised due to (i) serious and...

      Fibromyalgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to make the general public aware of the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

      Free School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions she has had with the Department for Education and Skills about the provision of free milk in schools for those aged between seven...

      Good Hope Hospital (Waiting Times)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long a patient has had to wait on average for a (a) heart bypass, (b) breast cancer treatment, (c) hip replacement, (d) cataract treatment and (e)...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she will abolish the 48 hour general practitioner access target.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost of salaries for general practitioners was in the last five years for which figures are available.

      Health Outside Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 November 2005, Official Report, column 1294W, on Health Outside Hospitals, whether she had received expressions of interest...

      Health Service Commissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what definition she uses of (a) contestability and (b) the internal market in the commissioning of national health services.

      Health Services (Uxbridge)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental practices in Uxbridge constituency have (a) opened and (b) closed since 1997.

      Healthy Eating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to promote healthy eating among (a) children and (b) the general population.

      Hemel Hempstead General Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the strategic health authority plans are for the level of services to be provided by Hemel Hempstead general hospital; and if she will make a statement.

      Hemel Hempstead General Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to close the children's ward at Hemel Hempstead hospital; and if she will make a statement.

      Hemel Hempstead General Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to reopen York Ward at Hemel Hempstead hospital; and if she will make a statement.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health where in England the survey of prevalence of hepatitis C antibody was carried out.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 2 November 2005, Official Report, column 1144W, on HIV tests, if she will break down the figures by sex.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to tackle HIV/AIDS.

      Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what public funding has been provided to hospices in the Gravesham area in each year since 1997.

      Hospital Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what regulations she has made concerning separate (a) sleeping areas, (b) washing facilities and (c) toilet facilities in new NHS hospital buildings.

      Hospital Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals in England are in debt; by how much in each case; and if she will make a statement.

      Hospital Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 28 October 2005, Official Report, column 581W, on hospital food, if she will provide a breakdown of the information by (a) NHS...

      Hospital Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospitals are planning staff cuts; and what sectors of jobs are being cut in each case.

      Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) new build and (b) refurbishment programmes in the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust since 1997 were completed within budget.

      Hull Royal Infirmary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health at what operational capacity the MRI scanners at Hull Royal Infirmary operated in the last period for which figures are available.

      Hull Royal Infirmary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of eligible heart attack victims received blood clot removing drugs within 20 minutes of arriving at the Hull Royal Infirmary in the last...

      Immunisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department made of (a) the impact on general practitioners' finances and (b) the availability of immunisation services before the...

      Immunisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners have indicated that they intend to opt out of the Government's childhood immunisation programme; and if she will make a...

      Intensive Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect on pandemic planning of a reduction in high dependency or intensive care services at Burnley General Hospital.

      IT Projects

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

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many non-British passport holders are detained in the United Kingdom under the Mental Health Act 1983.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in implementing the objectives of (a) the Mental Health National Service Framework and (b) the NHS Plan since 2000 in (i)North...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with the Healthcare Commission on measures to improve the performance of NHS mental health services.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on (a) talking treatments and (b) drug treatments for mental health problems delivered through primary care services in each strategic...

      New Vaccines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) role and (b) process is of (i) the National Institute for Healthcare and Clinical Excellence and (ii) the Joint Committee for Vaccines and...

      NHS Doctors (Suspensions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to ensure that national health service doctors suspended by hospital trusts have their cases...

      NHS Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are employed by the (a) Dental Practice Board, (b) NHS Logistics Authority, (c) NHS Pensions Agency, (d) Prescription Pricing Authority...

      NHS Logistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was spent by NHS trusts in 2003–04 on consumable goods not purchased from NHS Logistics; and how much of that sum is represented by...

      NHS Pensions Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the likely impact on staff employed to deliver NHS student grants and bursaries at Hesketh House in Fleetwood when...

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when she expects NHS Professionals to become completely self-funding; (2) what the average time taken was between an invoice being received and...

      NHS Reforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with (a) NHS staff and (b) trade unions about the implications for staff of the reforms proposed in Commissioning a...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the nurses who qualified in (a) 2002, (b) 2003 and (c) 2004 found nursing employment in the NHS.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses have been employed by Lancashire NHS Teaching Trust in each year since 1997.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many school nurses are practising in Ribble Valley constituency.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses have been employed by Sandwell and City Hospital Trust in each year since 1997.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent NHS nurses have been employed by the NHS in each year since 1997.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department spent on reducing obesity in each of the last 30 months; how much the Department plans to spend on reducing obesity in the next 12...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will list the incentives available to general practitioners to (a) identify and (b) treat obesity in children; (2) what incentives are...

      Ostomy, Incontinence and Wound Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to change the arrangements for the provision of (a) ostomy, (b) incontinence and (c) wound care services and related products; and if...

      Ostomy, Incontinence and Wound Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England are receiving (a) ostomy, (b) incontinence and (c) wound care (i)products and (ii) services from the NHS.

      Postnatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average length of stay in hospital is after delivery for women who have given birth.

      Poverty-induced Ill Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to (a) commission and (b) evaluate research on the relationship between poverty and ill health; and if she will make a statement.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects final proposals for the reconfiguration of primary care trusts to be published; whether these proposals will be put out for public...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to grant strategic health authorities powers (a) to remove the chief executives of primary and acute trusts and (b) to require primary...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what administrative savings have been made by the Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth primary care trust since its inception; and what the forecast figures...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department is able to offer additional support to a primary care trust which has failed to pay (a) sums it owes to a social services authority...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the revised proposals for the reconfiguration of strategic health authorities and primary care trusts in (a) Lancashire and Cumbria and (b)...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were employed in communication roles in each primary care trust on 1 October (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005; and if she will make a statement.

      Public Engagement Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2005, Official Report, column 991W, on public engagement contracts, which other companies were asked to tender for the...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how she will measure progress towards meeting her Department's Public Service Agreement target to offer a personalised care plan for vulnerable people...

      Racial Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many race equality impact assessments her Department had completed in the period (a) April 2004 to March 2005 and (b) April 2005 to November 2005; and...

      Racial Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance the Commission for Racial Equality has given to the Department on the time within which a race equality impact assessment should be carried...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate she has made of the average waiting times for (a) radical and (b) palliative radiotherapy in the area covered by Lancashire NHS...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire (Mr. Lansley) of 8 November 2005, Official Report, column 407W, on radiotherapy, if she...

      Rapid Review Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the letter sent to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire by the Minister of State, the right hon. Member for Liverpool, Wavertree (Jane...

      Respiratory Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) Rainham and Wennington and South Hornchurch wards and (b) the remaining wards of the London borough of Havering were diagnosed with...

      School Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to source a greater proportion of the produce used in the school fruit and vegetables scheme from the UK.

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2005, Official Report, column 285W, on secondments, whether pension contributions for those NHS staff who are...

      Selby and York NHS Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the financial situation is of the Selby and York NHS primary care trust.

      Selby and York NHS Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the likely impact of the decision of York and Selby Primary Care Trust to delay referrals of all non-urgent cases...

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding was available to (a) North Somerset primary care trust and (b) all English primary care trusts for sexual health-related issues in the...

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level of funding was for sexual health services in Easington primary care trust in each year since 2002.

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will begin the national advertising campaign on sexual health announced by her predecessor on 26 November 2004.

      Shropshire and Staffordshire Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget of the Shropshire and Staffordshire Health Authority is for 2005–06; and what plans she has to increase this budget for the next...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have suffered observable damage as a result of their mothers smoking during pregnancy in each year for the last 10 years.

      Spinal Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the spinal injuries units in England; and if she will make a statement.

      Spinal Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many serious spinal cord injuries have occurred in each of the last five years.

      Stem Cell Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diseases were cured as a result of (a) adult and (b) embryonic stem cell research in each year since 2002; and if she will make a statement.

      Stem Cell Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the ongoing projects using embryonic stem cells; and if she will make a statement.

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what capital allocations she expects to be made to the Surrey and Sussex strategic health authority over the next three years; and for what purpose each...

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are employed in the NHS in each strategic health authority in London.

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether strategic health authorities have a duty to report problems experienced by their constituent trusts in paying their suppliers to her Department.

      Sunset Clauses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her policy is in respect of the use of sunset clauses in legislation.

      Temporary/Agency Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) temporary and (b) agency staff there were in the Department in each year since 2002.

      Temporary/Agency Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to reduce the number of (a) agency and (b) non-permanent staff employed in her Department.

      Urology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral statement of 20 July 2005, Official Report, column 503WH, on the review of urology services at the Kent and Canterbury hospital, when...

      Worcestershire NHS Mental Health Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget was for the Worcestershire NHS Mental Health Trust in each year since 1997.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the impact of the European working time directive on the quality and depth of training received by junior doctors;...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the workload of (a) consultants and (b) registrars following implementation of the European working time directive;...

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information they have received from Mr Stuart Campbell, former Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St George's Hospital, London, regarding the stage in...

    • Airport Slots

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are consulting with airlines and airport authorities to ensure that scheduled passenger flights take off on time.

      Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many claimants have been awarded damages under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

      Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Of those claimants who are automatically referred under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and those medically discharged, how many have successfully secured...

      Brunel: Bicentenary

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to commemorate the bicentenary in 2006 of the birth of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

      Chickens

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they received a claim for compensation for the deaths of over 20,000 chickens when a military helicopter flew over their location in South Armagh; if so,...

      Department for Education and Skills: Prison Visits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many civil servants from the Department for Education and Skills broken down by grade have visited prisons in the past eight years.

      Doctors: CueDoc

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the arrangements in the contract between the health services in North Cumbria and CueDoc for the remuneration of doctors in terms of (a) hours worked on...

      Doctors: CueDoc

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average number of call outs per CueDoc doctor per month in the North Cumbria health area in each of the last 12 months.

      Egypt: Rafah Crossing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the context of the United Kingdom presidency of the European Union, they have recently discussed the Rafah Crossing with the Egyptian Government; and...

      Employment Tribunals: Unlawful Discrimination

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What costs have been incurred by the Home Office in contesting cases of unlawful discrimination in employment tribunals over the past 18 months.

      EU Flag

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Bearing in mind that the proposed European Union Constitution has not been ratified, what is the legal position of the European Union flag within the European Union.

      EU: Terrorism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, during their presidency of the European Union, discussions have been conducted about a strategy for tackling radicalisation and the recruitment to...

      European Court of Human Rights: Publication of Reports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consent to the publication by the Council of Europe of the report of the Commission of Human Rights in relation to application number 299/57 by...

      European Court of Justice: Legal Qualifications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the legal qualifications of the judges of the European Court of Justice.

      Extraordinary Rendition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether all United Kingdom Government agencies are adhering to the International Convention against Torture in respect of United States transit movements through...

      Fair Trials

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the right to a fair trial applies to victims as well as to the accused.

      Genito-Urinary Medicine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect genito-urinary medicine clinics to reach the recommended waiting times target.

      Heavy Goods Vehicles: Hours of Work

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 1 December (WA 64–65), what contact has taken place at ministerial level in the past six years...

      Influenza Pandemic: Chief Medical Officer's Speech

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House the speech made by the Chief Medical Officer at a dinner hosted by the Department of Health to discuss...

      Influenza Pandemic: Chief Medical Officer's Speech

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the Chief Medical Officer arrived at an estimate of 50,000 British deaths in an influenza pandemic and an absolute upper limit of 700,000 deaths, as stated in...

      Iraq: Compensation Claims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the legal basis requiring the United Kingdom to make compensation payments to Iraqis in respect of property damage; who assesses the claims; who approves...

      Ministry of Defence: Compensation Claims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people in South Armagh have brought more than two actions for compensation for alleged damage against the Ministry of Defence in each of the past five years.

      Ministry of Defence: Compensation Claims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people have been convicted of fraudulent compensation claims against the Ministry of Defence in South Armagh in each of the last 25 years.

      Overseas Students

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many overseas students arrived in England in the years 2003 and 2004 to study for more than one year at recognised schools or colleges.

      Railways: Ultra Light Rail Systems

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they would consider proposals for an ultra light rail system as a feeder system in Manchester and elsewhere where extensions to existing light rail systems...

      Smoking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress is being made in achieving the targets for (a) 2005, and (b) 2010 set out in the 1998 White Paper Smoking Kills.

      Somalia: Maritime Interdiction Operations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What contribution the United Kingdom is making to maritime interdiction operations off the coast of Somalia; and

      Southampton Solent University: Positive Pass Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the positive pass policy pursued by Southampton Solent University as a valid measure of student performance meets the criteria for the receipt of subsidies...

      Stansted Airport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many historic or listed buildings will be affected by the proposed building of a second runway at Stansted Airport.

      Stansted Airport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the economic necessity over the next 10 years for a second runway at Stansted Airport.

      Stormont: Alleged Spy Ring

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give reasons for withdrawing their case against those charged with running a spy ring at Stormont in 2002; and whether they discussed the reasons...

      Universities: British Overseas Territories

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many students from each British Overseas Territory studied at United Kingdom universities in each academic year since 1997 for which figures are available.

      Universities: Overseas Students

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many students from each country with which the United Kingdom has a bilateral aid programme studied at United Kingdom universities in each academic year since...

      World War Debts to US

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will make a further payment to the Government of the United States of the debt from World War II; and how much of that debt is still outstanding.

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