Written answers

Monday, 19 December 2005

  • Church Commissioners

    • Carbon Footprint

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what steps the Commissioners are taking to minimise their carbon footprint.

    • Fund-raising

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what advice the Church Commissioners give to church bodies on raising funds through public appeals.

      VAT Relief

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what discussions the Commissioners have had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the scope of extending VAT...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Advice to Ministers/Permanent Secretaries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in what month his Office expects to makean announcement on advice to Ministers and Permanent Secretaries.

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many civil servants worked from home for at least one day a week in the last year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what research projects commissioned by his Department are being undertaken; and what the publication arrangements are in each case.

      Downing Street (Refurbishment)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) of 6 June 2005, Official Report, column 302W, on Downing street (refurbishment),...

      Government Departments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the cost was of re-structuring central Government Departments in each year since 1997.

  • Transport

    • A5

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average speed travelled by private cars was on the A5 between the A405 and the A40 in (a) 1999–2000 and (b) 2004–05.

    • Administrative Savings

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

      Agency Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff were employed by non-departmental public bodies and agencies for which he has responsibility in 2004–05 in (a) total and (b) each...

      Air Bags (Motor Vehicles)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transportwhether his Department collects statistics on the number of car accidents where safety air bags are inflated.

      Air Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average real terms price of air fares within the UK was in each year since 1975; and what forecast he has made of average price of airfares...

      Air Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers arrived by air to theUK from (a) Vietnam, (b) Laos, (c) Cambodia, (d) Burma, (e) Thailand and (f) Indonesia in each of the last...

      Aircraft Landing Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what requirement there is on operators of foreign registered aircraft to indicate to United Kingdom authorities the purpose of the flight for an...

      Airline Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Civil Aviation Authority on commercial airline safety.

      Airport Expansion (Northamptonshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the merits of expansion of airport capacity in Northamptonshire.

      Alternative Automobile Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding the Government have allocated to developing (a) electric and (b) non-petrol fuelled automobiles in each of the last five years.

      Aviation Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what economic modelling has been undertaken to assess the impact of Government policy on emissions trading on tackling climate change pollution from...

      Aviation Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what economic modelling he has undertaken of the impact of (a) different oil prices, (b) emissions trading, (c) an emissions charge and (d) an increase...

      Aviation Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what economic modelling he has undertaken to assess the impact of participation in (a) the existing and (b) an aviation-only EU emissions trading...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to increase the proportion of total journeys taken by bus.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps have been taken to improve bus transport.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people the bus network is capable of transporting at any one time.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his estimate is of the value of second-hand buses purchased in the UK in each year since 1997.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the turnover of the bus industry in each year since 1997.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers were carried by the bus industry in each year since 1997.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate he has made of the number of (a) new and (b) second-hand buses purchased in each year since 1997; (2) what estimate he has made of...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were employed by the bus industry in each year since 1997.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the public transport bus fleet is (a) double decker, (b) flexi-bus and (c) other.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with (a) Lancashire county council and (b) district councils in Lancashire on the operation of the concessionary bus...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many pensioners in (a) Worcestershire, (b) Redditch and (c) Worcester will qualify for free off-peak local bus travel.

      Civil Aviation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Civil Aviation Authority on its decision to increase its charges, with particular reference to pilots' services.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of each civil service grade in his Department is located in each (a) region and (b) nation of the UK; what the average...

      Concessionary Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people have qualified for concessionary fares on the (a) rail and (b) bus network in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many secondees there have been to his Department from consultancy firms, including the big four accountancy firms, in each of the last three years;...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) salary bill was and (b) administrative costs were for his Department in (i) each (A) nation and (B) region of the UK and (ii)London in...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff are employed by his Department in each (a) region and (b) nation of the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are taken by his Department to support staff with mental ill-health.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what initiatives are being taken in his Department to help civil servants with chronic back pain.

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Docklands Light Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trains per hour will run on the Docklands Light Railway by 2012; and what the passenger capacity per hour will be.

      Drink Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road deaths were attributable to drink driving in the last year for which figures are available; and in how many of those cases the driver was...

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many registered provisional driving licence holders there have been in the UK in each year since 1997, broken down by category.

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many registered driving licence holders there have been in the UK in each year since 1997, broken down by category.

      Eddington Review

      To ask the Secretary of State forTransport what meetings he has attended in the pasteight months where the Eddington Review was discussed; and what work his Department has carried out as part of...

      Fatal Road Traffic Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatal road traffic accidents occurred in Stroud constituency in each year since 1994.

      Haulage Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the turnover of the haulage industry was in each year since 1997.

      Helicopter Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there will be changes in manning levels at (a) Stornoway and (b) Sumburgh bases following changes in the helicopter contracts and type of...

      Helicopter Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the new S92 search and rescue helicopter to be based at the Stornoway and Sumburgh bases will have the same capabilities as the S61 helicopter.

      Incentive Packages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the value is of (a) pay supplements, (b) bonuses and (c) other incentive packages that are payable in his Department on the basis of geographic...

      Lighthouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the pension fund provision of the General Lighthouse Fund is subject to external audit.

      Lighthouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the percentage change in revenue collected in lights dues in (a) Scotland, (b) the Isle of Man, (c) England and Wales, (d) Northern Ireland, (e)...

      Lighthouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the names are of the Lights Commissioners for (a) Scotland, (b) the Isle of Man, (c) England and Wales, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) the Republic...

      Lighthouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many port calls attracted light dues in (a) Scotland, (b) the Isle of Man, (c) England and Wales, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) the Republic of...

      Lighthouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the decision-making process is for the raising or lowering of light dues.

      Lighthouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who the members are of the (a) Lights Advisory Committee and (b) the Lights Finance Committee; and how the appointments for each were made.

      Lighthouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the holiday homes maintained by (a) Trinity House, (b) the Northern Lighthouse Board and (c) the Commissioners of Irish Lights.

      Lighthouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Pension Fund arrangements are of (a) Trinity House, (b) the Northern Lighthouse Board and (c) the Commissioners of Irish Lights; and what...

      Lighthouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how the reserves of the General Lighthouse Fund are invested.

      Lighthouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the statutory basis was for the payment to the Commissioners for Irish Lights of an Irish subsidy for navigational aids in the waters of the...

      Lighthouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the statutory basis is for the collection of light dues.

      Local Transport Plans (Tyne and Wear)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library (a) the annual reports of the Tyne and Wear authorities on progress with their local transport plan and (b) their...

      Local Transport Plans (Tyne and Wear)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from (a) Newcastle city council and (b) Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport (i) Authority and (ii) Executive for...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State forTransport pursuant to his answer of 30 November 2005, Official Report, column 565W, on the London Olympics, which transport schemes are funded through Olympic budgets.

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 30 November 2005, Official Report, column 565W, on the London Olympics, how the Olympic transport plan will encourage 100 per...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 30 November 2005,Official Report, column 565W, on the London Olympics, which vehicles producing no emissions will be used for...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 30 November 2005, Official Report, column 565W, on the London Olympics, what assessment he has made of whether the number of...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) decisions, (b) agreements and (c) procedures have resulted from the liaison between project teams on Crossrail and the Olympic games on the...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) pursuant to his answer of 30 November 2005, Official Report, column 564W, on the London Olympics, which part of the Construction Code specifies...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State forTransport pursuant to his answer of 30 November 2005, Official Report, column 565W, on the London Olympics, what percentage of the £2.375 billion public...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State forTransport pursuant to his answer of 30 November 2005, Official Report, column 565W, on the London Olympics, what estimate he has made of the effect in terms of...

      London Underground (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what additional security measures have been instituted on the London Underground system following the terrorist attacks of 7 and 21 July.

      M2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 12th December 2005, Official Report, column 1619W, if he will list the dates between 1 September and 1 December during which...

      Media Analysis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) for what purpose his Department commissions analysis of print media; and how the results of such research are used; (2) if he will make a...

      Media Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department and its predecessors have spent on media monitoring activities in each of the last eight financial years.

      Ministerial Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what briefing and training Ministers joining the Department in May had in advance of (a) making decisions and (b) answering oral questions; and what...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the travel costs are for each Minister in his Department in each month since June, broken down by mode of transport.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions he has used public transport over the past 12 months.

      Ministerial Travel

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

      Motorway Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries of people of each age between 17 and 45 years there were on motorways in each of the last 10 years.

      Navigational Aids Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment was made of the merits of concentrating navigational aids services at the existing Swansea depot as an alternative to constructing a...

      Navigational Aids Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what reason the Irish Government gave for refusing to agree to a reform of the Irish subsidy component of the light dues system for funding...

      Navigational Aids Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the final decision to go ahead with the Dun Laoghaire depot has been made; and if he will make a statement.

      Parking Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what powers parking attendants have to issue penalty charge notices to disabled person badge holders who have parked in loading bays.

      Parking Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what advice he has issued to local authorities regarding disabled person badge holders parking in loading bays.

      Parking Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list local authorities that have continued to issue penalty charge notices after notification that notices issued for similar offences were...

      Parking Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what checks are made by (a) the Department and (b) the National Parking Adjudication Service on the technical aspects of applications by local...

      Pedicabs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 30 November 2005, Official Report, column 568W, on pedicabs, what the outcome was of his discussions with representatives of...

      Penalty Charge Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many penalty charge notices have been issued using incorrectly-worded pre-printed forms since decriminalisation of parking enforcement began; by...

      Pier and Harbour Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the requests (a) sought from and (b) granted by his Department for ministerial permission and approvals under the Pier and Harbour...

      Predictive Diallers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many calls were made from call centres in his Department in 2004–05 using predictive diallers; how many such calls resulted in contact being...

      Private Members' Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list those Private Members' Billsintroduced under (a) Standing Order No. 14(6), (b) Standing Order No. 23 and (c) Standing Order No.57 which...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the former hon. Members who left Parliament in 2005 who have since been appointed to public bodies by his Department, broken down by...

      Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which spending programmes by his Department where the corresponding functions in Scotland are devolved are classified as non-identifiable in the Public...

      Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the value was of (a) public opinion research and (b) public relations contracts awarded by his Department in 2004–05 in (i) each (A) nation...

      Public Transport (Disabled Access)

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

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the Review of Northern Rail Services.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which railway stations in (a) Southend, (b) Essex, (c) Hertfordshire, (d) Greater London and (e) England and Wales do not meet the standards required...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of railway stations have wheelchair access, broken down by (a) county and (b) London borough.

      Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was paid by his Department in rates to Coventry local authority in 2004–05.

      Road Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his estimate is of the value of road fuel sales to the road transport sector in each financial year since 1997–98, broken down by (a)...

      Road Humps (Kettering)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment the Department has made of road humps in Kettering borough against the regulations the Department has set.

      Road Improvement Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) expected cost when first submitted for approval and (b) most recently-estimated or final cost is of each road scheme (i) in the Targeted...

      Road Improvement Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when (a) road schemes that have entered the Targeted Programme of Improvements since April 2003 will be re-appraised and (b) the relevant cost...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many parking bays there were in (a) 1999–2000 and (b) 2004–05; and how many such bays were subject to parking controls.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's projected spending on road building is in each of the next five years, broken down by category of road; and how many miles of...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of roads for which his Department is responsible were closed for repairs in each year since 1997.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of new roads for which his Department is responsible have been built in each year since 1997, broken down by category of road.

      Ships (Piracy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many UK registered ships have (a) reported and (b) been subjected to (i) acts and (ii) attempted acts of piracy in each of the last four financial...

      South Hampshire Rapid Transport Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his written statement of 29 November 2005, Official Report, columns 16–17WS, on the South Hampshire Rapid Transport Scheme, what...

      Speeding Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the administration costs were of imposing speeding fines in each year since 1997.

      Sunset Clauses

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

      Transport Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the transport spending per person by (a) his Department and (b) all public bodies on (i) light rail, (ii) heavy rail, (iii) bus and (iv) roads has...

      Tyne and Wear (Financial Bids)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library the submissions made by Tyne and Wear authorities for local transport plan support for (a) 2005–06 and (b)...

      Ultra-light Rail Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the relative costs of ultra light rail compared with (a) guided busways and (b) conventional train systems.

      Vehicle Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) cars, (b) commercial vans and (c) lorries were registered to use roads in the UK in each year since 1997.

      Vehicle Servicing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his estimate is of the turnover in the servicing of (a) commercial and (b) private vehicles in each year since 1997.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Full Pint" Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action his Department (a) has taken and (b) intends to take in respect of 'full pint' legislation following the completion of the...

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the risks to the public of the presence of asbestos in textured coatings.

      Atomic Energy Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the allocation of expenditure on the UK Atomic Energy Authority in his Department's Public Expenditure Statistical Analysis is made on...

      Bio-energy Capital Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in respect of how many of the projects for large scale electricity generators of greater than 20 MWe for which grants were awarded under the...

      Business Start-ups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many business start-ups have taken place in (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) the West Midlands in the last 12 months; and what steps he...

      Carbon Capture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what criteria were used to decide that £25 million was the appropriate amount for the initial investment in carbon capture and sequestration.

      Coal Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will instigate a review of the policies related to the production of coal in the UK; and whether he has made a recent assessment of the...

      Competitiveness Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proposals on energy issues were put before the EU Competitiveness Council on 28–29 November in respect of the consideration of the...

      Deceased Optional Risk Offer Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what payments have been made in each quartile under the Deceased Optional Risk offer scheme since payments began.

      EU-China Textiles Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the EU-China textiles agreement on numbers of jobs in (a) the EU, (b) China and (c) the...

      EU-Vietnam Trade Dispute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the trade dispute between the EU and Vietnam.

      Gas Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make it his policy to cap wholesale gas prices; and what discussions he has had with UK industry on the effect of unregulated gas...

      Gas Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether there is sufficient gas supply to meet the demand of UK industry for the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Liquefied Gas Pipeline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with(a) Cadw and (b) the Countryside Council for Wales in relation to the proposed Tywi Route for the liquefied...

      Over-indebtedness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action he has taken as a result of his tackling over-indebtedness action plan of 2004; what further research and monitoring he carried...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reasons the Postal Services Act 2000 does not require the Post Office to compensate for the cost of the postage when a package is lost.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many rural post offices closed in the last 12 months.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the written statement of 8 December 2005, Official Report, column 1245WS, on regional development agencies, who the (a) new and...

      Rogue Dialling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make representations to British Telecom on not holding consumers responsible for telephone charges due to rogue dialling; if he...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he is expecting the Royal Mail to publish details of its employee share scheme.

      Stonehenge Visitor Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the Stonehenge Visitor Centre project.

      Toucan Telecom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with Ofcom on complaints about telephone sales by representatives of Toucan Telecom.

      Trade Liberalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his policy is on trade liberalisation affecting developing countries; and if he will make a statement.

      UK Oil Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which countries import oil from the UK's surplus; and what proportion was imported by each country in 2004–05.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the Government expressed the view that the opt-out from the Working Time directive (a) should be regarded as an exception and (b)...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel have been (a) injured and (b) killed whilst performing temporary firefighting duties in each of the last 10 years.

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces are serving abroad, broken down by location.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British armed forces personnel are deployed on (a) expeditionary operations abroad, broken down by country, and (b) in Northern Ireland.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many recruits to the UK armed forces since 1997 were from Coventry South; and if he will make a statement.

      Army Prosecuting Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 24 November 2005, Official Report, columns 2201–2W, on the Army Prosecuting Authority, (1) what the reasons were for...

      Army Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received on the quality of army uniforms in each of the last three years.

      Atomic Weapons Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the balance sheet value of the Atomic Weapons Establishment was on 31 March; what the (a) carrying charge and (b) applicable depreciation for that...

      Ballykelly Army Camp

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the Ballykelly Army Camp.

      Ballykelly Army Camp

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what will happen to the proceeds raised by the disposal of former married quarters at Ballykelly, Co. Londonderry.

      Cadets (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the units of (a) Army cadets, (b) Royal Marine cadets, (c) Royal Navy cadets and (d) Air Training Corps cadets in the Isle of Wight and...

      Compensation Claims (Kenya)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many claims for compensation were lodged in Kenya against members of the UK armed services in the last two years; and what each claim was for.

      Courts Martial

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral answer of 7 November 2005, Official Report, columns 21–30, on courts martial, what the cost was of (a) the investigation and...

      Defence Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the defence budget was in each year since 1997.

      Defence Systems and Equipment Exhibition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the types of equipment exhibited at the Defence Systems and Equipment International 2005 exhibition which are banned for direct export...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff are employed by his Department in each (a) region and (b) nation of the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel will be relocated from RAF Innsworth to RAF High Wycombe in the restructuring of RAF headquarters.

      Departmental Telephone Lines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 10 November 2005, Official Report, column 705W, on departmental telephone lines, if he will list the organisations which hold...

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 will...

      Equipment Exports (Libya/China)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on exporting defence equipment to (a) Libya and (b) China.

      Falklands/South Georgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defencehow many (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) RAF personnel are serving in (i) the Falklands and (ii) South Georgia.

      Falklands/South Georgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people sit on the (a) South Georgia Council and (b) Falklands Island Council.

      Future Joint Combat Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what missile systems were to be fitted to the Future Joint Combat Aircraft when first designed; what the current position is; and if he will make a statement.

      HMS Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 17 November 2005, Official Report, column 1409W, on HMS Sheffield, whathis timetable is for (a) the completion of the...

      Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements his Department has made to facilitate the financial assistance offered by the US-based Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund to the families of...

      Iraq/Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the identities of the killers of the six Royal Military Police who died at Al Majarr Al Kabir in Iraq on 24 June 2003 are known by the British...

      Iraq/Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the US mid-term elections in November 2006 on the programme and timetable for withdrawal of...

      Married Quarters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the right hon. and learned Member for Devizes (Mr. Ancram) of 7 November 2005, Official Report, column 98W, on married...

      Married Quarters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the right hon. and learned Member for Devizes (Mr. Ancram) of 7 November 2005, Official Report, column 98W, on married...

      Married Quarters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the right hon. and learned Member for Devizes (Mr. Ancram) of 23 November 2005, Official Report, column 2054W, on married...

      Medical Provision (Gulf)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what medical provision is available in the Gulf for British forces; and whether it is provided exclusively by British medical personnel.

      Meteorological Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the temperature has been at midday at each of the Met Office's observation stations in the UK on each day in (a) November, (b) December, (c)...

      Meteorological Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the cause of the fire that disrupted services at the Exeter headquarters of the Meteorological Office on 26 October; what...

      Military Training (Falklands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on military training in the Falklands.

      Ministerial Travel

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

      Mount Pleasant Airfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many aircraft and of what type are based at Mount Pleasant airfield.

      Opinion Research/Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value was of (a) public opinion research and (b) public relations contracts awarded by his Department in 2004–05 in (i) each (A) nation...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to make a substantive reply to the questions tabled by the hon. Member for New Forest, East for Named Day Answer on 22 November 2005, on...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which employees of Porton Down visited South Africa in the period from 1975 until the collapse of the apartheid regime; for what purposes; and if he will...

      PowderJect (Vaccines)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has received supplies of vaccines originating from PowderJect.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the former hon. Members who left Parliament in 2005 who have since been appointed to public bodies by his Department, broken down by...

      Recruitment Trends

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

      Royal Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where the Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency will be relocated when RAF Innsworth is vacated; and when the relocation is due to take place.

      Royal Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects RAF Innsworth will cease to operate as part of RAF Headquarters.

      Royal Ordnance (Chorley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last met representatives of Royal Ordnance (RO) to discuss Chorley RO factory.

      Space

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defenceif he will make a statement on the military use of space.

      Ta

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) the Treasury about the tax treatment and income of and (b) the Department for Trade and Industry...

      Ty Gwyn Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the Ty Gwyn centre for treating ex-service personnel suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder; and what...

      Type-45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his timetable is for ordering hulls 7 and 8 of the Type-45 destroyers.

      Type-45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the original estimated cost of each Type-45 destroyer was; and what the current estimated cost is.

      Uniform Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many battle dress uniforms for the new cut and sew contracts have been produced in (a) China, (b) the UK and (c) other countries, broken down by...

      Veterans' Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Arctic Veterans Association and (b) other organisations about the proposal for an Emblem to be worn on...

      War-disabled UK Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement on the financial help available to war-disabled UK veterans, or their widowed spouses, who live in former UK colonies;...

      War-disabled UK Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what remedy is available for war-disabled UK veterans, or their spouses, living in former UK colonies, for the adverse effect on war pension claims...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those detained under (a) the Terrorism Act 2000 and (b) the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 (i) were seeking asylum...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seeking families have (a) applied for and (b) been awarded indefinite leave to remain since 24 October 2003 under the family...

      Bail Hostel (Aldridge)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps (a) the West Midlands probation service and (b) the National Offender Management Service have taken to identify an alternative...

      British Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2005, Official Report, column 1032W, on British citizenship, how many of the 760,886 applicants who were...

      British Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for British naturalisation there were from people resident in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Cheque Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the British Bankers' Association about methods to reduce cheque fraud.

      Child Deaths (Custody)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many child deaths in custody there have been in each year since 1990.

      Citygate Public Affairs Ltd

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

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North of 1 November regarding a constituent, reference M26613/5.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department will reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Warley of (a) 27 October regarding Mr. Munye, Jordan Close, Smethwick,...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department will reply to the letter of 15 September from the right hon. Member for Warley regarding (a) Mr. Rolando March, Priory...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department will reply to the letter of 14 September from the right hon. Member for Warley regarding (a) Mr. Kushnau, Woodlands...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter of 4 October 2005 from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, regarding Neville Harding, reference...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter of 25 October from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, regarding Claudia Velvalee Love James,...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the national targets are for the Criminal Records Bureau; and what the performance of its offices in South Devon has been against those...

      Custodial Sentences (Mothers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what offences custodial sentences were imposed on mothers in the last 12 months for which information is available; and how many mothers...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he takes if a deportee is discovered to have suffered an unfair trial, torture or ill treatment, in contravention of the UK's...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those countries where there are substantial grounds to believe that a person deported would be subject to torture with which...

      Detention Centres (Medical Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons his Department is responsible for the provision of medical services in detention centres for asylum seekers; and what the...

      Detention Centres (Medical Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which companies have been contracted to provide medical services to each detention centre for asylum seekers in England.

      DNA Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there is provision to remove from the National DNA Database details of a DNA sample of a minor who has never been charged or cautioned.

      EU Maritime Border Guard Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the creation of an EU maritime border guard corps to tackle illegal immigration in...

      Fraud Trials (Juries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in developing the Government's proposals in relation to the use of juries in fraud trials.

      HM Prison Brixton

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the cost was over the last 12 months of additional (a) overtime and (b) staff needed to replace officers suspended at HM Prison...

      Leave to Remain

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 24 November 2005, Official Report, column 2317W, on leave to remain, what percentage of postal applications was...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many businesses were prosecuted for selling lottery tickets and scratch cards to under 16s in Tamworth constituency in the last five years.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's target is for the time taken to answer written parliamentary questions.

      Passport Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) new and (b) renewed UK passport applications were processed at the Belfast passport office in (i) 2003 and (ii) 2004.

      Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the ratio of police officers to inhabitants in (a) each London borough and (b) each county has been in each year since 1997.

      Prison Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the future prison population; and what plans he has to meet these projections.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when telephone charge rates for BT telephones in prisons were last reviewed; (2) for what reasons the cost of telephone calls from BT...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 1 December 2005, Official Report, column 762W, on prisons, what plans he has to conduct a further survey of the...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to announce his decision on the contestability bid for the three prisons on the Isle of Sheppey; and if he will make a statement.

      Probation Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many probation officers were employed in (a) Southend, (b) Essex, (c) Hertfordshire and (d) the Metropolitan area of London in each of...

      Probation Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been employed in the Probation Service in (a) Southend, (b) Essex, (c) the Metropolitan Police area of London and (d)...

      Returned Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with foreign Governments on returning to secure detention in those countries of their nationals held in...

      Secure Establishments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) assaults and (b) violent offences there have been in (i) home office youth establishments, (ii) local authority secure...

      Secure Establishments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how often the Home Office monitors review videos of (a) movement of children around and (b) restraint of children in secure training centres.

      Sentencing Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he has put in place to monitor the effectiveness of sentencing policy.

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the performance indicators are for the monitoring of sex offenders for each police authority area in England and Wales.

      Skilled Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) teachers, (b) IT specialists and (c) engineers from (i) Sierra Leone, (ii) Malawi, (iii) Tanzania, (iv) Ghana, (v) Zambia,...

      Video Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of controls on the sale of violent video games; and what recent discussions he has had...

      Women Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the women who have taken their own lives in prisons since 1975 in cases where all proceedings are complete.

      Youth Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Secretary of State for Wales, (b) Secretary of State for Scotland, (c) Secretary of State for...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was paid by his Department in 2004–05 in rent for properties in (a) total, (b) Scotland and (c) London.

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the total value is of (a) catering and (b) entertainment contracts let by his Department; and what value of such contracts has been let in each...

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what research projects commissioned by his Department are being undertaken; and what the publication arrangements are in each case.

      Departmental Staff (Chronic Back Pain)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what initiatives are being taken in his Department to help civil servants with chronic back pain.

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 will...

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the initial activity undertaken by his Department in response to those recommendations in the Prime Minister's Strategy...

      Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the value was of (a) public opinion research and (b) public relations contracts issued by his Department in 2004–05.

      Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was paid by his Department in rates in 2004–05, broken down by local authority; and how much was paid in rates in 2004–05 in London.

      Taxis

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

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agricultural Products (Designation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what agricultural products she plans to designate as sensitive in the forthcoming World Trade Organisation negotiations.

    • Animal Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many calls have been made to the Animal Health Divisional Office requesting collection of dead sheep in each year since 2002.

      Animal Fairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is her intention that there will be a full public consultation on animal fairs in relation to the Animal Welfare...

      Animal Feed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) feed barley and (b) feed wheat was produced in the United Kingdom in each year since 2001–02.

      Animal TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the number of (a) cats and (b) ferrets identified with Type 13 TB in (i) England and (ii) Sussex.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many badgers have been identified as infected with tuberculosis following the implementation of testing of badgers...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the welfare implications for cattle placed under tuberculosis restriction.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to halt (a) the geographic spread of tuberculosis in cattle and (b) the decline in the...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of tuberculosis testing for bovine tuberculosis was in each of the last three years; and what the costs of...

      Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to encourage more countries to sign the international agreement on the conservation of Albatrosses...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Brent East, dated 9 December 2004, regarding Ms Rosanna Kelly.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many secondees there have been to her Department from consultancy firms, including the Big Four accountancy firms, in...

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was paid by her Department in rent for properties in (a) total, (b) each (i) region and (ii) nation of the UK and...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff are employed by her Department in each (a) region and (b) nation of the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what initiatives are being taken in her Department to help civil servants with chronic back pain.

      Departmental Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answers of 29 November 2005, Official Report, column 507W and 29 November 2005, Official Report, column 301W,...

      Digital Mapping

      To ask the Secretary of Statefor Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers in the South West submitted incorrect data for digital mapping in each year between 2002 and 2004.

      Direct Mail

      To ask the Secretary of Statefor Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will take steps to reduce the amount of paper used in direct mail by encouraging the use of cleared mailing...

      Entry Level Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons she decided to adopt the regional route in determining entry level scheme payments.

      Environmental Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice she is offering to farmers on whether they will need to register with the Environment Agency for (a) a waste...

      EU Sugar Regime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria were used to agree additional EU support for sugar producers in the French De"partement d'Outre Mer; and if she...

      EU Sugar Regime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received from farmers on the recent announcement on the EU sugar reforms.

      Expert Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria govern the number of papers a candidate must have published to be considered an expert member of her...

      Farm Animals (Disease Levy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the merits of imposing a levy on farmers to pay for the cost of future animal disease...

      Food Recalls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the recalls of foodstuffs that have been notified to the Department over the last year for which figures are...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 November 2005, Official Report, column 1061W, on home information packs, if she will place in...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) of 15 November 2005, Official Report, column 1061W, on...

      Integrated Pollution Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the regulatory impact of the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control legislation.

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of the amount of landfill capacity likely to be available in (a) 2010 and (b) 2015 at present rates of...

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent research she has commissioned into the types of material going to landfill.

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of how many tons of paper went to landfill in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2005, Official Report, column930W, on landfill, if she will make an assessment of the...

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial penalties would be incurred by the United Kingdom in the event of non-compliance with the EU Landfill...

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what percentage of (a) closed and (b) operating landfill sites capture methane for electricity generation; what...

      Livestock Markets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance is available from her Department for the setting up of livestock markets.

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is in respect of the creation of a spatial planning regime for the marine environment.

      Opinion Research/Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value was of (a) public opinion research and (b) public relations contracts awarded by her Department in (i) each...

      Pensioners (Insulation Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of the number of pensioner householders in Wakefield District who are eligible for assistance with (a)...

      Poultry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the UK's poultry imports came from Thailand in 2004–05.

      Poultry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many poultry owners in Northamptonshire are registered with her Department; and what the flock size is of each registered...

      Rape Seed Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much rape seed oil was produced in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to promote the separate collection and recycling of paper and other materials from small and...

      Plastic Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much plastic packaging has been (a) recovered and (b) recycled in each of the last seven years.

      Plastic Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from where plastic recycling schemes are being operated; and whether her Department has assisted each scheme (a) financially...

      Roadside Pollution Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many roadside pollution monitoring units there are in each local authority in England; what pollutants they monitor; and...

      Scrapie

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many dead sheep have been collected as a result of the national survey for scrapie.

      Single Farm Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of Statefor Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of digital mapping in relation to single farm payments is complete.

      Statutory Instruments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what training is given to (a) policy officials and (b) lawyers in her Department responsible for drafting statutory...

      Sunset Clauses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is in respect of the use of sunset clauses in legislation.

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether timber produced under the Australian Forest Standard scheme meets standards set by her Department for sustainability.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the implementation of Government policy on waste management by (a) local...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of Tamworth borough council's response to new waste regulations which place a duty of care on...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many facilities burn municipal waste; and where they are located.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government is taking to support local authorities in Bedfordshire in developing alternative methods of waste...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what additional measures the Government are taking to assist growth areas to develop alternative methods of disposing of...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria are used when awarding local authorities permits for the disposal of annual amounts of biodegradable waste in...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the facilities available in areas of major housing growth for the disposal of waste; and if...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received regarding the permissible annual amounts of biodegradable waste which can be disposed...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the Government makes of projected increases in population and households in Bedfordshire when determining...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is her policy to implement the Waste Incineration Directive in full by 28 December; and if she will make a statement.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much public money was spent on waste management and disposal in 2004–05; what proportion of gross domestic product...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of Gravesham council's response to new waste regulations which place a duty of care on...

      Yoghurt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on the EU proposals relating to the classification of yoghurt.

  • Prime Minister

    • Catering Facilities

      To ask the Prime Minister what the cost was of (a) the in-house canteen and (b) other catering services provided by his Office in 2004.

    • Communications Interception

      To ask the Prime Minister whether it is his policy that no authorisation will be given for the interception of communications in respect of (a) hon. Members and (b) Members of the House of Lords;...

      Congressional Medal of Honor

      To ask the Prime Minister when he expects to collect his Congressional Medal of Honor.

      Harlow North Sustainability Symposia

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the representatives of his Office who attended the Harlow North Sustainability Symposia on 6 June.

      Ministerial Visit

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will accompany the hon. Member for Hammersmith and Fulham on a visit to that constituency via the London Underground to observe changes in the levels of...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the former hon. Members who left Parliament in 2005 who have since been appointed to public bodies by his Office, broken down by party; and who was...

      Secondments

      To ask the Prime Minister how many secondees there have been to his Office from consultancy firms, including the Big Four accountancy firms, in each of the last three years; and what areas of the...

      Spy Ring (Stormont)

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) when he was consulted about the decision to discontinue the case against those charged with running a spy ring at Stormont in 2002; (2) what representations he...

      Taxis

      To ask the Prime Minister how much has been spent by his Office on taxi travel in the 2005–06 financial year; and what proportion of such travel was undertaken in each nation and region of...

  • Education and Skills

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average time taken by herDepartment has been between receipt of a formal expression of interest for an academy and a decision being...

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on what date she received from Southwark council the expression of interest for a federated academy in East Dulwich; when she expects to...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions have taken place between the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, the local Learning and Skills Council and Newcastle college about...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on what (a) research and (b) exemplar the proposals to create (i) academy and (ii)trust schools were based; and what assessment she has made...

      Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria are used for the geographical distribution of academies; what part her Department plays in this; on what basis, and by whom,...

      Administrative Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what administrative savings have been made by her Department in each of the last eight years.

      After-school Care (Disabled Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding was allocated to the provision of after-school care for children with disabilities in (a) Staffordshire and (b) Tamworth...

      Annual Parents Meeting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for what reasons her Department decided to remove the obligation on governing bodies to hold an annual parents' meeting.

      Better Regulation Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress she has made on implementing the recommendations of the Better Regulation Task Force following its report of February 2004.

      Chronic Back Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps are being taken in her Department to help civil servants with chronic back pain.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the cost of reducing primary school class sizes to 20 pupils.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the cost of reducing secondary school class sizes to (i) 15 and (ii) 12 pupils.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average class size was in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Oxford, East in each year since 2001.

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of Connexions advisers have received disability awareness training.

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many specialist advisers for disabled people are employed by Connexions.

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had with Connexions on their ability to meet the needs of disabled people in the provision of their services.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total value is of (a) catering and (b) entertainment contracts let by her Department; and what value of such contracts has been let...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) salary bill was and (b) administrative costs were for her Department in (i)each region and (ii) London in 2004–05.

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was paid by her Department in 2004–05 in rent for properties in (a) total, (b) each region and (c) London.

      Departmental Projects

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

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) land and (b) property her Department owns in Southend West constituency.

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research projects commissioned by her Department are being undertaken; and what the publication arrangements are in each case.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many staff are employed by her Department in each region of England; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2005, Official Report, column 542W, on departmental staff, how many temporary staff have been employed...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2005, Official Report, column 542W, what the (a) lowest cost per person, (b) highest cost per person,...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many agency staff were employed by her Department in each of the last three financial years; in which part of the Department they were...

      Departmental Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much the website www.teachernet.gov.uk has cost her Department since it was set up.

      Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding was allocated to the provision of after-school care for children with disabilities in (a) West Yorkshire, (b) the Wakefield...

      Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on theinitial activity undertaken by her Department in response to those recommendations in the Prime...

      Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what mechanisms she has identified to enable local authorities to switch spending on services for families with disabled children from later...

      Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will adopt a key performance indicator for provision by education services of equipment services for disabled people; and if she will...

      Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many of her Department's employees have taken early retirement in each year since 1997.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost is of the education maintenance allowance scheme in 2005–06; and what estimate she has made of the cost if the lower age...

      Education Model (Sweden)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what account she took of the Swedish education model when preparing the proposals in the White Paper Higher Standards, Better Schools for All.

      Educational Qualifications (Coventry, South)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of working age people in Coventry, South hold a qualification at degree level or equivalent or above.

      Family Fund Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she last reviewed the remit of the Family Fund Trust; and if she will make a statement.

      Foster Carers (Abuse Allegations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance she (a) has issued and (b) plans to issue to (i) local authorities and (ii)other agencies on dealing with allegations of abuse...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in (a) infant, (b) primary and (c) secondary schools in Dartford constituency (i) are eligible for and (ii) receive free...

      Further Education (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many further education colleges are receiving no funding for some of their students owing to the threshold for these colleges having...

      Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools were without a permanent head teacher for any period in the past 12 months.

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the 50 schools with the lowest average GCSE scores; and which of these have received support from the London Challenge New...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of the relevant cohort in (a) Doncaster North, (b) Yorkshire and (c) England entered higher education in each year since 1995.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research the Department has (a) undertaken and (b) commissioned on how to improve the stay-on rate in rural areas as part of the...

      Incentive Packages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the value is of (a) pay supplements, (b) bonuses and (c) other incentive packages that are payable in her Department on the basis of...

      Independent Schools (Trust Status)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether payment will be made for school buildings and assets of independent schools that wish to become trust schools; and from what source...

      Media Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much her Department has spent on media monitoring activities in each of the last eight financial years.

      New Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what new offences have been created by legislation introduced by her Department since May 2003; and if she will make a statement.

      Nurseries (Child Abuse)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what procedures are in place to help nursery workers report confidentially suspected child abuse perpetrated by others working in the same...

      Office for Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether a Minister in her Department is planned to be nominated to take responsibility for liaison with the Office for Disability Issues;...

      Ofsted Team Inspectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many individuals have been removed by Ofsted from the list of team inspectors in each of the last five years; and how many were reinstated.

      Outdoor Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment she has made of the burden on families of the costs associated with school trips; (2) pursuant to the answer of 24...

      Performance Indicators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on progress with the consultation on new English and mathematics performance indicators on secondary school...

      Personal, Social and Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will make personal social and health education a statutory subject in all primary and secondary schools in England; (2) which...

      Primary Education (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent discussions she has had with Gloucestershire local education authority (LEA) on its reorganisation of primary education; and...

      Primary School Exclusions (South Norfolk)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were excluded from South Norfolk primary schools for not being ready to learn in each month since January 2001.

      Private Members' Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list those Private Members' Billsintroduced under (a) Standing Order No. 14(6), (b) Standing Order No. 23 and (c) Standing Order...

      Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the value was of (a) public opinion research and (b) public relations contracts awarded by her Department in (i) each (A) nation and...

      Qualifications

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

      Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was paid by her Department in rates to each local authority in 2004–05; and how much was paid in (a) each region and (b)...

      Religious Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the statutory requirements are for schools to hold a daily religious service; and whether she plans to seek to amend the provisions.

      School Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many hon. Members responded to the consultation on revisions to the school admissions code of practice; and whether their views were...

      School Choice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of whether school choice requires over-provision of school places.

      School Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many vacancies there were for (a) parent governors and (b) school governors in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      School Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment her Department has made of the causes of variations (a) between regions and (b) within regions in vacancies for school governors.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether school meals in each local education authority are (a) produced in-house, (b) outsourced and (c) outsourced but being brought back...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the schools in the Stroud constituency which (a) have and (b) do not have their own kitchens, broken down by type of school.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the schools in Kettering constituency which (a) have and (b) do not have their own kitchens, broken down by type of school;...

      School Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps are being taken to encourage more pupils to study (a) physics, (b) chemistry and (c) mathematics at A level.

      School Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to encourage children to participate in sport in schools; and if she will make a statement.

      Schools (Energy Provision)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools are fitted with (a) solar panels, (b) photovoltaic roof tiles, (c) micro combined heat and power and (d) micro generation...

      Schools (Gravesham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding is planned to be made available to schools in Gravesham for anti-bullying campaigns.

      Schools (Gravesham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of whether the funding increase for schools in Gravesham will ensure that all the schools will be able to...

      Schools (Parental Involvement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what evidence her Department has evaluated on whether parents wish to play a more active role in (a) establishing new schools and (b)...

      Schools White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what duties (a) community schools, (b) trust schools, (c) special schools, (d) city academies, (e) pupil referral units, (f) federated...

      Schools White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether (a) pupil referral units and (b) special schools will be able to apply for truststatus under the proposals in the Schools White Paper.

      Schools White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether (a) trust schools that were previously independent and (b) other trust schools will be permitted to become independent under the...

      Science Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers have attended (a) the regional science learning centres and (b) the National Science Learning Centre since they opened.

      Secondary School Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of demand for secondary school places in the next 10 years.

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many seconded staff were transferred into her Department in each of the last three financial years; in which part of the Department they...

      Sector Skills Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2005, Official Report, column 452W, on the Learning and Skills Council, what proportion of the £40...

      Sixth Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children under 16 years of age entered sixth form in the last year for which figures are available.

      Surplus School Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether her Department has plans to fund surplus school places under the proposals in the Schools White Paper.

      Trust Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in what way the financial arrangements for a trust school will differ from those in place for foundation schools.

      Trust Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the legal duties and responsibilities of governors of trust schools will be under the proposals in the Schools White Paper.

      University Entrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of pupils from (a) the Forest of Dean constituency and (b) Gloucestershire went on to university in each of the last five years.

      Volunteering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to promote the involvement of young people in volunteering.

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Leader of the House how much was spent on external consultants and advisers by his Office in each year since May 1997.

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Leader of the House how much was spent on advertising by his Office in each year since May 1997.

      PR Companies

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will list the public relations companies that have had contracts with his Office since May 1997.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Barristers

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will list the 10 barristers instructed to advise and represent in court his and other Departments through the Department who received the highest sums in the...

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General who the director of (a) the Crown Prosecution Service, (b) the Crown Prosecution Service in Southend and (c) the Essex Crown Prosecution Service is; what relevant...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General what action he takes to prevent the bringing of inappropriate (a) higher and (b) lesser charges by the Crown Prosecution Service.

      Public Interest

      To ask the Solicitor-General what criteria are used to determine matters of public interest in criminal cases.

      Public Interest

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases since 1997 have been discontinued in Northern Ireland on the basis of the public interest; and what the charges were in each case.

      Public Interest

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases have been discontinued on grounds of the public interest in England and Wales in each year since 1997; and what the charges were in each case.

      Spy Ring (Stormont)

      To ask the Solicitor-General if the Government of the Irish Republic was (a) consulted and (b) informed of the decision to withdraw the prosecution of those charged with running a spy ring at...

      Spy Ring (Stormont)

      To ask the Solicitor-General on how many occasions (a) the Director of Public Prosecutions and (b) the Senior Crown Counsel discussed with the Attorney-General the prosecution of the case against...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Appeals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the national targets are for the Appeals Service; and what the performance of relevant offices in South Devon has been against those targets.

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the terms of reference were for the research carried out by the Health and Safety Executive in relation to the risks of exposure to...

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will ask the Health and Safety Executive to carry out further tests on the proposed new methods of work when undertaking the removal of...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Workand Pensions how many and what percentage of people aged over 60 years are receiving housing benefit and/or council tax benefit (a) with pension credit and...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what indicators will be used to assess progress towards his Department's aims to simplify the benefits system.

      British Muslims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what arrangements are in place to monitor the work of organisations in receipt of public money whose programmes are designed to increase...

      Buncefield Oil Depot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the Health and Safety Executive reports relating to the improvement notice, and subsequent...

      Buncefield Oil Depot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the Health and Safety Executive guidance relating to safety and security in fuel depots.

      Buncefield Oil Depot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance the Government have given to emergency planning authorities with regard to safety and security in and near fuel depots.

      Burslem Job Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what discussions he has had on the future use of the Burslem Job Centre; (2) what assessment he has made of the (a) cost and (b) ease of...

      Burslem Job Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many staff are based at Burslem Job Centre; and what plans there are to transfer them; (2) how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time...

      Carers Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he takes to ascertain whether persons claiming carers' allowance (a) as live-in carers are carers or cohabitees and (b) are capable...

      Carers Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the Leeds West constituency have been in receipt of the carer's allowance in each year since it was introduced.

      Carers Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the Tamworth constituency have been in receipt of the carer's allowance in each year since it was introduced.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact of housing costs on child poverty; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made towards meeting the Government's 2005 child poverty targets in Tamworth constituency; and if he will make a statement.

      Chronic Back Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps are being taken in his Department to help civil servants with chronic back pain.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans there are to apply retrospection to Child Support Agency cases pre-dating 3 March 2003 where a non-resident parent is found to be...

      Department IT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent action he has taken to ensure that departmental staff involved with the restructuring of IT provision within his Department have...

      Departmental Staff

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

      Disability and Carers Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether a Minister in his Department is planned to be nominated to take responsibility for liaison with the Office for Disability Issues; and...

      Disability and Carers Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the national targets are for the disability and carers service; and what the performance of offices in South Devon is in relation to those...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 24 November 2005, Official Report, column 2252W, on disability living allowance, how many recipients of (a) highest...

      Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received on the UK's involvement with the draft UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People; and if he will make...

      Employment Zone (Tower Hamlets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons new deal 25 plus in the London borough of Tower Hamlets has been replaced with the Employment Zone.

      Finance Director

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who the director of finance in his Department is; what relevant specialist qualifications he or she holds; and what the details of his or her...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the first payments to be made by the Financial Assistance Scheme.

      Firework Storage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Health and Safety Executive, when considering whether applicants for licensed firework storage sites are fit and proper persons,...

      Gas Industry Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with (a) Ofgem, (b) the Health and Safety Commission and (c) the Council of Registered Gas Installers on the...

      Household Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment has been made of the (a) comprehensiveness and (b) accuracy of advice given by Jobcentres on the effect on household...

      Household Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of households were in poverty (a) before housing costs and (b) after housing costs in the most recent year for which figures...

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of time taken by the Department is to process requests for appeals in relation to income support awards.

      Industrial Injuries Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of expenditure by his Department on industrial injuries benefit for each year from 1990–91 to 2006–07;...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will list the (a) private companies and (b) voluntary organisations that deliver Jobcentre Plus contracts; (2) what percentage of...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants live more than five miles from an integrated Jobcentre Plus customer-facing office.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how Jobcentre Plus has performed against its customer service targets in each year since 2001.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on the New Deal in Beverley and Holderness in each year from 1997–98; and what the estimate is for each year to...

      New Registrations (Slough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people from the new EU member states have joined the new deal scheme in Slough in each of the last five years; (2) how many...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by how many years qualifying national insurance contributions would have to be reduced in order that 90 per cent. of newly retired women would...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people (a) aged over 50 and (b) aged under 50 (i) joined Pathways to Work, (ii)subsequently found work, (iii) joined New Deal for...

      Pension Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what changes in public expenditure he expects to arise as a result of the state retirement pension age for women rising to 65 years.

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the administration costs were of the (a) pensioners' Christmas bonus, (b) the over-80s age top-up to the basic pension and (c) winter fuel...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of pensioners receive (a) a contracted-out pension and (b) SERPS or S2P; and what estimate he has made of the...

      Pensions Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the national targets are for The Pension Service; and what the performance of offices in South Devon is in relation to those targets.

      Performance Development System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the annual administrative costs of the Performance Development System in the Department were in each of the last three years.

      Personal Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Government are conducting a review of the Personal Capability Assessment; and if he will make a statement.

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) of 21 November 2005, Official Report, columns 1682–86W, on poverty, if he...

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advisers to the Prime Minister have been seconded to work for the Department during the past year; and if he will make a statement.

      Statutory Instruments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training is given to (a) policy officials and (b) lawyers in his Department responsible for drafting statutory instruments; and if he will...

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of administering the winter fuel payment in 2004–05.

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioner households are eligible for the winter fuel allowance in Lancashire.

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the number of pensioner householders in Wakefield district who are eligible for assistance with winter fuel payments.

      Working Neighbourhood Pilot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the payments agreed by his Department to each private contractor for the Working Neighbourhood Pilot.

  • Treasury

    • Cash Machines (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2005, Official Report, column 1376W, on cash machines, how many cash machines in Northern Ireland charged customers to...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of households in each (a) London borough and (b) constituency were on the electoral register on 1 January; and if he will make...

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with theParliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman on the report of her investigation into the prudential regulation of...

      Equitable Life

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has received information from the Parliamentary Ombudsman on a publication date for her report on the prudential regulation of Equitable Life;...

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost is to the Government of administering the gift aid scheme per pound of tax relief received by charities.

      National Insurance (Musicians)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what impact assessment was conducted in relation to the requirement on music sector companies to pay class 1 national insurance contributions if they employ...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequerwhat estimate he has made of the amounts payable in the basic pensions in the year 2006–07 for (a) individuals and (b) couples if pensions had been...

      Red Diesel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what derogation there is within the EU for the use of red diesel by pleasure craft; and if he will seek to extend the derogation.

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of revenue from stamp duty on property in each of the next three financial years.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2005, Official Report, column 83W, on tax credits, how many recommendations have been made by HM Revenue and Customs...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the cost of tax credits between 2003–04 and 2013–14 if (a) the yield from recovered overpayments is excluded...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Agency Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff were employed by non-departmental public bodies and agencies for which he has responsibility in 2004–05 in...

    • Airspace (Extraordinary Renditions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date (a) he and (b) his officials first became aware of allegations that the United States was using civil aircraft for...

      Airspace (Extraordinary Renditions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he (a) has written and (b) intends to write to the US Administration to ask whether UK airspace has been used for the...

      Albatrosses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what penalties can be imposed on people who are found to be responsible for deaths to albatrosses in the waters around (a) South...

      Albatrosses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken to protect the albatross populations in (a) South Georgia, (b) the South Sandwich Islands and (c) the...

      Assets (Corruption)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what value of illicitly acquired assets of a foreign state recovered by British authorities has been returned to the victim...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions the UK Government have had with the Government of Bangladesh regarding that government's human rights record.

      Bangladesh

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

      Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his Department's policy towards British citizens held without representation in Brazil.

      Bribery (OECD Working Group)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress the Government will report to the OECD Working Group on Bribery on how the United Kingdom is implementing the...

      Bribery (OECD Working Group)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library the briefing documents drawn up by his Department for the oral report the UK will make to the...

      British Antarctic Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last visited (a) South Georgia, (b) the South Sandwich Islands and (c) the British Antarctic Territory; and whether he...

      British Antarctic Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to (a) encourage tourism to (i) South Georgia, (ii) the South Sandwich Islands and (iii)...

      British Embassies (Overnight Visitors)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what system is in place to log (a) day and (b) overnight visitors to the British embassies in (i) France, (ii) Germany, (iii)...

      Building/Refurbishment Projects

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

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations as the UK representative on the UN Security Council for that body to impose sanctions against Burma.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the social and political situation in China.

      Convergence Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) counterparts in EU member states and (b) the European Commission regarding the future of...

      Correspondence/Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Brent East, dated 28 April, regarding Mr.Andrew Papworth.

      Correspondence/Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when UK Visas will reply to the letter of 10 May from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood regarding an application by...

      Correspondence/Parliamentary Questions

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

      Cotton (Subsidies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts to co-ordinate pressure on the United States to cut subsidies to the cotton...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the 2006 elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo are free and fair.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many civil servants in each grade have left his Department in each of the last three years to join consultancy firms; and...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs what steps are taken by his Department to support staff with mental ill-health.

      Detention Centres (US Flights)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2005, Official Report, column 1647W, on detention centres (US flights), what information...

      Diplomatic Cars (Clamping)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to clamp illegally parked diplomatic cars of countries who have refused to pay (a) parking fines...

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether a Minister in his Department is planned to be nominated to take responsibility for liaison with the Office for...

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the initial activity undertaken by his Department in response to those recommendations in the...

      Embassy Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 November 2005, Official Report, column 744W, on embassy closures, if he will publish (a) a report...

      Eritrea/Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he plans to have with the Government of Eritrea on that country's expulsion of United Nations peacekeepers; and...

      Eritrea/Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps have been taken by his Department to advance the 2002 International Court ruling on Badme in the...

      Eritrea/Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the human rights situation on each side of the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea; and if he...

      EU Convergence Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much Convergence Fund money would be allocated to West Wales and the Valleys under (a) the Luxemburg presidency's final...

      EU-Israel Association Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2005, Official Report, column 1026W, on the EU-Israel Association Agreement, when he...

      EU-Israel Association Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in what circumstances the Government would support the suspension of the EU-Israel Association Agreement; and if he will make a...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the US Department of Defense decision to conduct the first war crimes trials at Guantanamo Bay...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations his Department has made to the US Administration concerning the release of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.

      Human Rights, Democracy and Good Governance Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria are used to differentiate the support for the promotion of democracy from (a) human rights and (b) good governance...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the (a) total and (b) net cost of (i) integrating the proposed identity card scheme into his...

      Illegal Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to prevent illegal fishing in the waters surrounding South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands; and...

      Illegal Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost was in 2004–05 of (a) preventing illegal fishing and (b) maintaining sustainable fisheries in the waters...

      Illegal Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many fishermen were prosecuted for illegal fishing in UK waters around (a) South Georgia, (b) the South Sandwich Islands and...

      Illegal Whaling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many illegal whalers were prosecuted for activities in and around (a) the Antarctic, (b) South Georgia and (c) the South...

      Illegal Whaling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to protect whales in and around (a) the Antarctic, (b) South Georgia and (c) the South...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made towards the return of British military equipment confiscated by the Iranians in the summer; and if...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met representatives of the Israeli Government to discuss Israel's commitment to phase 1 of the Roadmap; and if he...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met representatives of the Israeli Government to discuss Israel's policy of home demolition.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of the Israeli security barrier on the Palestinian economy.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2005, Official Report, column 1028W, on Israel, if he will raise his concerns about the...

      Longline Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will take steps to reduce the use of longline fisheries in the waters around (a) South Georgia, (b) the South...

      Mexico

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the relationship between Venezuela and Mexico, and (b) the effect of the decision to withdraw...

      Mockbul Ali

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what position in his Department Mr. Mockbul Ali was appointed to in the past five years; what the date was of the appointment;...

      Nigel Potter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the US authorities about the case of Mr. Nigel Potter, ex-chief executive of Wembley plc.

      Nuclear Missiles (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Pendle (Mr. Prentice) of 27 October 2005, Official Report, column 522W, on nuclear...

      Old Whaling Stations (Pollution)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to prevent pollution from old whaling stations from damaging the environment around (a) South Georgia,...

      Old Whaling Stations (Pollution)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent in each of the last eight years on removing pollutants from the whaling stations and other whaling...

      Overseas Missions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list overseas missions of his Department which have closed since 1997; and on what date each (a) opened and (b) closed.

      Petrel Populations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to protect the petrel populations around (a) South Georgia, (b) the South Sandwich Islands and (c) the...

      Poland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to seek the restitution of property owned by British subjects and taken by the Communist...

      Private Military Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Cheltenham (Mr. Horwood) of 2 December 2005, Official Report, column 879W, on...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the former hon. Members who left Parliament in 2005 who have since been appointed to public bodies by his...

      Saddam Hussein

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the UK Government have given the Iraqi court conducting the trial of Saddam Hussein.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on (a) the security situation and (b) the strength of democratic institutions in Sierra Leone.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the personal security and freedom of Charles Margai, opposition leader in Sierra Leone.

      Sir Christopher Meyer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2005, Official Report, columns164–66W, on Sir Christopher Meyer, if he will place in...

      South East Asia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is taking to encourage the protection of religious freedoms in South East Asia.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the current situation in the Darfur region of Sudan; and if he will make a statement.

      Sugar Regime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact that the new EU reductions in sugarsubsidies will have on Caribbean (a) agricultural...

      Sugar Regime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether discussions are under way with the EU to determine the criteria that will be used to determine how much Caribbean sugar...

      Sugar Regime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he took to ensure that the concerns of British businesses with interests in Jamaica, Guyana and Belize were taken...

      Sugar Regime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether an impact study was carried out on the crime and security implications for the UK of the decision to cut sugar prices in...

      Tactica Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what export licences have been granted for the export to Indonesia of (a) Tactica vehicles and (b) spare parts for Tactica...

      Tortured Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to other EU Governments on investigating allegations that detainees held by other states may...

      Travel Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what was the additional cost of (a) his and (b) his officials' early return from Moscow to permit him to vote in the proceedings...

      UN Convention Against Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 2 December 2005, Official Report, column 881W, on the UN Convention Against Corruption, if he will...

      UN Convention Against Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 2 December 2005, Official Report, column 881W, on the UN Convention Against Corruption, if he will...

      UN Convention Against Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library the representations he has received from (a) businesses, (b) business organisations and (c)...

      UN Firearms Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will ratify the UN Firearms Protocol.

      UN Security Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken during the UK presidency of the EU to promote European consensus on reform of the UN...

      UN Security Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on reform of the UN Security Council.

      UN Standing Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had regarding the establishment of a standing fund within the UN to allow it to respond more...

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the relationship between Venezuela and Bolivia, with particular reference to reports of...

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of Venezuela selling oil to Caribbean and Central American countries at concessionary...

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of Venezuela offering free medical treatment to patients in a number of Caribbean...

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the relationship between Venezuela and the United States of America, with particular...

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of (a) relations between Venezuela and Jamaica and (b) the implications of those relations...

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the Venezuelan agricultural sector of Venezuela joining Mercosur; and if he...

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effect of Venezuela's membership of Mercosur on the Free Trade Area of the Americas.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the account of the situation in Zimbabwe given on 7 December by the UN Under-Secretary for...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures his Department is taking both bilaterally and within international organisations to support the movement for...

  • International Development

    • Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the commitment by the Foreign Secretary of 3 January 2005 that the Government would match those funds donated by the public to...

    • Biosafety Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has made to the United Nations about the application of the Biosafety Protocol to biotechnology companies whose...

      Biosafety Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has made to (a) the United States, (b) Argentina and (c) Canada regarding their ratification of the Biosafety...

      Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effects of Soya planting in Brazil on local communities in Parana.

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support the UK has provided to the demobilisation process in Burundi.

      Central Asia (Aid)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has for UK bilateral aid to (a) Tajikistan and (b) Kyrgzystan between 2005–06 and 2007–08.

      Child Soldiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department provided to charities for the rehabilitation of child soldiers in Sierra Leone and other African...

      Commission for Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he will implement the findings of the Commission for Africa, published in March with particular reference to trade justice rather...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what mechanisms are in place to assess the effectiveness of consultant-led projects in his Department; what sanctions are available to...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department takes to ensure that consultancies do not claim excessive expenses while working for the Department and its...

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he last discussed the situation in Darfur with his Sudanese counterpart; and if he will make a statement.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government have taken to ensure the transparency and accountability of World Bank funds channelled through the...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government have taken to ensure that World Bank programmes in the Democratic Republic of Congo do not have a negative...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures have been taken to ensure funds allocated by his Department are not diverted to pay the salaries of members of the armed...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the demobilisation process in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which buildings and sites used by his Department and related agencies (a) have ceased to be used in the last year and (b) will be...

      Departmental Guidance (Evidence/Documentary Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is with regard to (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department giving evidence to the (i) Scottish Parliament,...

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what research projects commissioned by his Department are being undertaken; and what the publication arrangements are in each case.

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether a Minister in his Department is planned to be nominated to take responsibility for liaison with the Office for Disability...

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the initial activity undertaken by his Department in response to those recommendations in the Prime...

      External Contractors (Technical Assistance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many technical assistance contracts between his Department and external contractors were terminated in each year since 1997.

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what research his Department has funded on genetically modified crops and food since 1997; and at what cost.

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contracts for projects relating to GM crops and foods have been let by his Department to external consultants in each year since 1997.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the United Nations about HIV/AIDS in developing countries; and if he will make a statement.

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes his Department is funding in Kenya.

      Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid the UK allocated to the Maldives in each year since 2000.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the former hon. Members who left Parliament in 2005 who have since been appointed to public bodies by his Department,...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many renewable energy projects his Department has undertaken since 1997; in what year each was undertaken; in what location; and...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to secure aid agency transport links to Somalia.

      South Asia Earthquake

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the main categories of aid and supplies the UK has pledged to help victims of the South Asia Earthquake; and how much...

      Sunset Clauses

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is in respect of the use of sunset clauses in legislation.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he plans to press for the United Nations Security Council to discuss and adopt a resolution on the conflict in northern Uganda...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken by his Department to tackle the use of child soldiers in northern Uganda.

      Zimbabwe

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to offer assistance to individuals with the switchover to digital television.

    • Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the availability of digital television.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to offer individuals assistance with the switchover to digital television.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the progress towards digital switchover.

      BBC Charter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to announce the renewal of the BBC Charter.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the latest estimate is of construction costs for the 2012 Olympic games facilities; and if she will make a statement.

      Administrative Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what administrative savings have beenmade by her Department in each of the last eight years.

      Arts Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the Arts Council.

      BBC Licence Fee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had on the BBC's licence fee proposals.

      Big Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) money will go to voluntary and community organisations; how much the BLF cost to create; and if...

      Broadcasting (Illegal Jamming)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received from UK (a) regulators and (b) broadcasters about disruption to the programmes of (i) BBC on 19...

      Broadcasting (Illegal Jamming)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what advice she has received on the impact of the jamming of the Telstar 12 and Hotbird satellites from within Libya on United Kingdom...

      Children's Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on children's play and leisure facilities in 2004–05; and what this figure is as a percentage of her...

      Children's Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many local authorities have (a) a local play strategy and (b) a framework for children's play.

      Children's Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which Departments are represented on the official interdepartmental group on children's play; what the work programme of the group is;...

      Children's Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport What recent progress her Department has made in improving play facilities in parks.

      Child Sports Trainees (China)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the International Olympic Committee about prevention of cruelty to and exploitation of child trainees...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for St. Albans dated 25 October 2005; (2) what the reasons are for the...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the average time taken for her to reply to letters from hon. Members was in the last period for which figures are available.

      Correspondence

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

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Sittingbourne and Sheppey on behalf of Superintendent Alasdair Hope dated 13...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) salary bill was and (b) administrative costs were for her Department in (i) each (A) nation and (B) region of the UK and...

      Departmental Estate

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

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total value is of (a) catering and (b) entertainment contracts let by her Department; and what the value of such contracts has...

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether a Minister in her Department is planned to be nominated to take responsibility for liaison with the Office for Disability...

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the initial activity undertaken by her Department in response to those recommendations in the Prime...

      Elite Athletes (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what submissions her Department made to the Treasury prior to the pre-Budget report concerning funding for elite athletes at the 2008...

      English Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with English Heritage.

      Film Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what film production supported by public (a) funding and (b) other assistance took place in the North West of England in each of the...

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 15 November 2005, Official Report, column 1136W, on departmental spending, when the Minister will place in the...

      Independent Fees Review Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the Independent Fees Review Panel interim report.

      Independent Sports Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she has taken to implement the findings of the Independent Sports Review (ISR); what recent meetings she has had on the ISR;...

      Jubilee Sailing Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action the Government are taking to assist the Jubilee Sailing Trust to secure the future of the vessels Lord Nelson and Tenacious;...

      Jubilee Sailing Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make funding available to secure the future of the Jubilee Sailing Trust.

      Junk Food Advertising (Consultation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for what reasons the Ofcom consultation on junk food advertising has been postponed from November 2005 until February 2006.

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effects of the Licensing Act 2003 on the Government's Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy; and if she...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 24 November 2005, Official Report, columns 2228–9W, on the Licensing Act, if she will make it her policy...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she made of the impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on those whose only alcoholic product for sale is communion wine before...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether a councillor who has made a representation on a licensing application on his own behalf as a resident is precluded under (a) the...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many establishments she estimates are trading without a licence under the Licensing Act 2003 in (a) total, (b) the...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what additional resources were made available to local authorities to take on the functions under the Licensing Act 2003.

      Licensing Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will issue guidance to clarify whether an objector making oral representations at a licensing committee is able to raise new...

      Licensing Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance she has issued on local authority officers informing elected councillors of licensing applications in their wards.

      London Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what legal entity will own the land acquired by the London Development Agency for the 2012 Olympics (a) prior to and (b) after 2012.

      Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the UK tourist industry about the safety of British tourists travelling to the Maldives.

      Media Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will consider appointing an independent media ombudsman; and if she will make a statement.

      Music Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on Government support for music and music education.

      Organised Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture,Media and Sport what steps her Department has taken to encourage organised sports in inner city areas.

      Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what definition of pornography is used by her Department.

      Press Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the (a) role, (b) accountability of the Press Complaints Commission and (c) its work in relation to...

      Sailing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on steps the Government are taking to encourage people with disabilities to participate in sailing activities.

      Sports Funding (Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding has been provided for sport in Manchester in the last 12 months, broken down by source of funding; and how much of this...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent by her Department on taxi travel in the 2005–06 financial year; and what proportion of such travel was...

      Television Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to make an announcement on the future level of the television licence fee.

      Television Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many calls in 2005 initially received by the computerised voice recognition system used by the TV Licensing Authority for...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent in each of the last five years in promoting tourism to the UK in China; and what assessment she has made of the...

      Winter Olympic Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public funding has been allocated to winter Olympics sports in each of the last five years.

      Winter Olympic Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the Government have been involved in setting (a) formal and (b) informal targets for performance at the (i) 2006 and (ii) 2010...

      World Cup 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the ticket allocation for England fans at the 2006 Football World Cup.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Advisory Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list her Department's advisory non-departmental public bodies (a) which the Government is required to consult prior...

    • Advisory Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which of the advisory non-departmental public bodies sponsored by her Department (a) have a statutory base, (b) publish their...

      Advisory Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which of the advisory non-departmental public bodies sponsored by her Department (a) hold public meetings, (b) conduct public...

      Appeal Court Hearings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the procedure is for removing (a) a Crown court judge and (b) an Appeal Court judge; how many (i) Crown court and (ii)...

      Barristers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the 10 barristers instructed by the Treasury Solicitor to advise and to represent the Government in court...

      Criminal Offences

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to her answer of 1 December 2005, Official Report, columns 742–43W, on criminal offences, which criminal...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the deterrent effect of court awards for compensation for breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998.

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what research projects commissioned by her Department are in progress and what the publication arrangements are.

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will conduct research into the impact of functional illiteracy on electoral registration rates.

      Family Law Act

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether she plans to adjust the criminal legal aid budget to provide for changes in criminal defence costs under the section...

      Gender Recognition Panel

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many (a) acceptances and (b) rejections there have been of the applications received by the Gender Recognition Panel; and...

      Inquests

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the average waiting time was between the death of a person and the conclusion of the inquest in (a) England and (b)...

      Judges (Complaints)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the complaints made by (a) members of the public, (b) hon. Members and (c) members of the House of Lords about...

      Judges (Complaints)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what guidance is issued to members of the public wishing to make a complaint about (a) a Crown court judge and (b) a judge of...

      Juries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps her Department is taking to ensure that the selection of juries is representative of the ethnic profile of the local...

      Juries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what data her Department collects on the ethnic composition of juries; and what recent research her Department has conducted...

      Juries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will take steps to increase the subsistence allowance for jurors; and if she will make a statement.

      National Parking Adjudication Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps the Department has taken to ensure that decisions taken by the National Parking Adjudication Service are consistent.

      Royal Household

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2005, Official Report, column 1755W, on the Royal Household, if she will list those...

      Search Warrants

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many search warrants were granted by Northamptonshire magistrates in the last year for which figures are available.

      Sentencing Guidelines

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent guidelines her Department has issued to judges about consistency of sentencing; and if she will make a statement.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Administrative Savings

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what administrative savings have been made by his Department in each of the last eight years.

    • Arson

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many incidents of arson there were in (a) Dacorum and (b) Hertfordshire in each year since January 1997.

      Bellwin Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the (a) local authorities, (b) fire authorities and (c) police authorities in Hemel Hempstead, will be eligible for Bellwin scheme assistance.

      Circular 15/92

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2005, Official Report, columns 191–92W, on planning, if he will place circular 15/92 on his Department's website.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many civil servants in each grade have left his Office in each of the last three years to join consultancy firms; and which firm each joined.

      Construction Industry Research and Information Association

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the results of the research study commissioned by his Department, project ID 11476, completed by the Construction Industry Research and Information...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) letters from hon. Members, (b) letters from members of the public and (c) parliamentary questions from (i) hon. Members and (ii) Lords were dealt...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment the Government have made in the last three years of the possible effect of (a) council tax revaluation and (b) further council tax increases on...

      Council Tax (Kent)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of spending by (a) Kent county council and (b) Gravesham borough council was financed from council tax in each financial year since 1996–97.

      Criminal Offences

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the criminal offences created in legislation sponsored by his Department between the end of the 2003–04 session and April 2005.

      Decent Homes Standard

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of homes in Tamworth constituency he estimates did not meet the Decent Homes Standard in each year since 1992.

      Decent Homes Standard

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of homes in Kettering constituency he estimates did not meet the Decent Homes Standard in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2005, Official Report, column 1429W, on the Asset Register, whether his Department's accounting system SAP has the facility...

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whichbuildings and sites used by his Department and related agencies (a) have ceased to be used in the last year and (b) will be closed under current plans for...

      Departmental Guidance (Evidence/Documentary Access)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is with regard to (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Office giving evidence to the (i)Scottish Parliament, (ii) National Assembly for Wales...

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was paid by his Department in 2004–05 in rent for properties in (a) total, (b) each (i) region and (ii) nation of the UK and (c) London.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff are employed by his Department in each (a) region and (b) nation of the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the value is of (a) pay supplements, (b) bonuses and (c) other incentive packages that are payable in his Department on the basis of geographic location; how...

      Deprivation Levels

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the levels of deprivation were in each ward in Kettering constituency in the last year for which figures are available, ranked from the least deprived to the...

      Designated Growth Areas

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 8 December 2005, Official Report, columns 1501–2W, on designated growth areas, what procedures his Department will put in place to...

      Disability

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what work his Department has undertaken with organisations representing disabled people to ensure housing initiatives include disabled people; and if he will make...

      District Councils

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the procedures are for a district council which has adopted the cabinet system to revert to a committee-based system.

      English Partnerships

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much money has been raised by English Partnerships through the sale of assets in Lancashire in each of the last four years.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many call outs each retained fire service in Staffordshire has had in each of the last five years.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many times out-of-county fire appliances have been called to emergencies in Staffordshire due to Staffordshire services already being engaged in each of the...

      Flood Plains (Building)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister who makes the decision on appeals by companies wanting to build on a flood plain.

      Flood Plains (Building)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the appeal procedure is for a planning application which has been refused on the grounds that the building should not be allowed on a flood plain as shown by...

      Government Offices (Visits)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many visits (a) he and (b) the Minister for Local Government and Communities has made on departmental business to each Government office region since May.

      Green Belt

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how much land changing to residential use was within (a) the designated green belt and (b) greenfield land, in each year since 1997, broken down by region;...

      Harlow North Sustainability Symposia

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the representatives from his Department and public bodies for which his Department is responsible who attended the Harlow North Sustainability...

      High Hedges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many orders have been made by local councils in (a) England, (b) Staffordshire and (c) Tamworth constituency to remove hedges under the Anti-Social Behaviour...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 18 July 2005, Official Report, column 1440W, on homelessness, what the value was of funding for the project transferred from the...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many compulsory purchase orders have been made on empty properties by (a) Tamworth borough council and (b) the local authority recorded as the best performing...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on progress towards the Government's target of 80 per cent. home ownership.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homes for key workers have been provided by each local authority in Hampshire in each of the last five years; how many are unoccupied; and if he will...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has for large-scale housing developments in Bournemouth; what assessment he has made of the implications for greenbelt in the area; and if he will...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the housing capital allocations for each local authority in Hampshire were in (a) 2004–05 and (b) each of the previous four years.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the identified need for housing in each local authority in Hampshire was in each year since 2001; how much of that need was represented by the need for...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent assessment he has made of the availability of affordable housing in Coventry South.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Ministerwhat estimate he has made of the percentage of 18 to 25-year-olds, excluding students, living independently in (a) self-contained accommodation and (b)...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what information his Department collects on the density of (a) existing and (b) new social housing.

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what statistical measures the Government uses to compare the performance of different levels of regional and local government.

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what responses on the local government finance consultation he has received from (a) Ribble Valley borough council and (b) Lancashire county council; and when the...

      Local Government

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the likely impact of changes in the local government formula grant on public services delivered by (a) Ribble Valley borough...

      Opinion Research/Public Relations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the value was of (a) public opinion research and (b) public relations contracts awarded by his Department in 2004–05 in (i) each (A) nation and (B)...

      Pathfinder Areas

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2005, Official Report, column 191W, on pathfinder areas, if he will list the companies responsible for the constructions...

      Playgrounds

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many local authority-owned playgrounds there were in each local authority in England in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2005.

      Population Projections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whose population projections are used by the Registrar General in the new calculations for local government formula grant funding.

      Private Members' Bills

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list those Private Members' Bills introduced (a) under Standing Order No. 14(6), (b) Standing Order No. 23 and (c) Standing Order No. 57 which were (i)...

      Recyclable Housebuilding Materials

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to promote recyclable house-building materials.

      Revenue Transfers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was transferred from (a) housing revenue accounts and (b) right to buy revenues of all local authorities in each of the last three years; and for what...

      Right to Buy (Leeds)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what proportion of Leeds council housing stock has been sold under the Right to Buy since 1980; (2) what proportion of council (a) houses and (b) flats in...

      Rough Sleepers (Severe Weather)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what account he takes of forecasts of severe weather when assessing the adequacy of provision of places for rough sleepers.

      Walking (Planning Implications)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment his Department has made of the planning implications of the promotion of walking.

  • Northern Ireland

    • A26

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the Department for Regional Development Road Service works on the A26 to conclude; and what the expected final cost is.

    • A6

      To ask the Secretary of Statefor Northern Ireland when he expects the dualling of the A6 between Londonderry and Dungiven to (a) commence and (b) be concluded.

      Accidental Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many accidental deaths there were in Northern Ireland in each of the last 20 years.

      Agenda for Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been allocated to each health board area to meet the salary commitments arising from the Agenda for Change agreement.

      Apprenticeship (Insurance Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he will take to assist with insurance costs employers who wish to take on young apprentices for training.

      Belfast Hospitals (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding each hospital in Belfast has allocated to security in each of the last five years.

      Coleraine Bus/Rail Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the annual change in passenger throughput at the bus/rail station in Coleraine has been since its opening.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the extent to which (a) paramilitary organisations and (b) organised criminal gangs have been involved in the...

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) salary bill was and (b) administrative costs were for his Department in (i) Northern Ireland and (B) region of the UK and...

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was paid by his Department in rates in 2004–05, broken down by local authority; and how much was paid in rates in 2004–05...

      Departmental Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what administrative savings have beenmade by his Department in each of the last eight years.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff in his Department have (a) received official warnings and (b) faced disciplinary procedures in each year since 1995.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Northern Ireland Civil Service staff in (a) Enniskillen, (b) Dungannon and (c) Ballymena are employed at (i) AA, (ii) AO, (iii)EO2,...

      Departmental Travel

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

      Disability Symbols

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the criteria are for use by an organisation in Northern Ireland of the two tick disability symbol; in what circumstances organisations lose...

      District Police Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people applied to be members of each District Police Partnership in the most recent selection process; and how many were deemed to be...

      Drinking By-laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions the Police Service of Northern Ireland has brought cases regarding the breach of drinking by-laws to Belfast city council...

      Emergency Contraception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who has the authority to prescribe hormonal emergency contraception in Northern Ireland other than general practitioners.

      Extra Curricular Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of schoolchildren in Northern Ireland take extra curricular activities necessitating their remaining on school property after...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if the Minister with responsibility for Agriculture and Rural Development will meet fishermen from the fishing villages of Portavogie, Kilkeel...

      Free Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many senior citizens in Northern Ireland have used the free public transport scheme in each year since its introduction.

      Free Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what operational issues are being discussed by officials in the Department of Regional Development with their counterparts in the Republic of...

      Guest Speakers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his answer of 23 November 2005, Official Report, columns 1993–42W, on guest speakers, who the Irish Football Association...

      Hospital Car Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the amount charged by local health trusts for visitors to park their cars in dedicated car parks affiliated to the hospitals they visit is;...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many housing associations in Northern Ireland have been engaged in new build housing schemes in the last 12 months.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average cost to a housing association in Northern Ireland of a newly constructed two bedroom dwelling has been in 2005.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total rental income earned from their housing stock by each housing association in Northern Ireland was in the last 12 months.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions in 2005 it was established that temporary premises offered by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to tenants while...

      Maladministration Payments

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

      Neighbourhood Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the elected representatives on each Neighbourhood Partnership in the four Belfast constituencies; and which political party each...

      Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the (a) meetings, (b) discussions and (c) correspondence he has had with the (i) Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief...

      Northern Ireland Employer Champions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the work of the four Northern Ireland Employer Champions appointed in 2004 to help increase the number of...

      PricewaterhouseCoopers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for which Departments of the Northern Ireland Office PricewaterhouseCoopers have been working on e-business strategies; on what date each...

      Prisoners (Surgical Waiting Times)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average time prisoners in Northern Ireland waited before having (a) hip and (b) knee replacement surgery was in each of the last five years.

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many motorists from the Republic of Ireland were (a) stopped by the Police Service for Northern Ireland for motoring offences and (b) were...

      Psychologist Assessments (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school children in each (i) constituency and (ii) council district in Northern Ireland are on the waiting...

      Research and Development Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many research and development grants have been awarded to companies in Northern Ireland under the (a) SMART Micro, (b) SMART, (c)...

      Royal Victoria Hospital (Waiting Times)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the waiting list for neurosurgery at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Northern Ireland.

      Royal Group of Hospitals (Neurosurgery Nurses)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many nurses were recruited to work in neurosurgery at the Royal Group of Hospitals in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people aged between 15 and 24 committed suicide in Northern Ireland in each of the last 20 years.

      Tennis

      To ask the Secretary of Statefor Northern Ireland how much public funding has been spent on (a) tennis and (b) coaching young tennis players in the Province in each of the last 10 years.

      Unmanned Railway Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many unmanned crossings there are on the rail line between Ballymena and Ballykelly; and how regularly they are checked for safety purposes.

      Water Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many water connections to consumers in Northern Ireland are metered; and how many of these connections also serve a domestic pipeline.

      Water Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the standing charge was for each diameter of water supply pipe in each of the last five years.

      School Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the building work on the new Foyle and Londonderry college and Ebrington school to (a) begin and (b) be concluded.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will assess the demand on accident and emergency services at Southampton General Hospital between midnight and 4 am on 4 December compared with the...

    • Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes relating to alcohol there have been in England in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) patients aged under 18...

      Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many admissions to hospital via accident and emergency departments had an alcohol-related diagnosis in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) those...

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will estimate the cost of (a) treating sufferers of Alzheimer's disease with drugs according to National Institute for Health and Clinical...

      Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times East Midlands ambulance response times in North Nottinghamshire have been in excess of 30 minutes in each of the last 10 years.

      Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many assaults were recorded on Ambulance Service staff in each trust while on duty in each of the last 10 years; how many prosecutions resulted; and...

      Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate she has made of the cost of (a) IT, (b) redundancies, (c) property and (d) other costs of merging the Avon, Gloucestershire and...

      Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many incident prioritisation systems are in operation in the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire ambulance services; how they would be unified in the...

      Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will assess the level of demand on Hampshire Ambulance Trust for ambulance services between midnight and four am on 4 December 2005 compared with...

      Bone Fractures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the incidence of fractures in (a) the UK population and (b) in the under fives was in each of the last five years; (2) what the incidence of...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhat steps she is taking to promote a better understanding of the Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004 in England with respect to (a) individual...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps her Department is taking to enhance the rights of carers; (2) if she will meet care organisations to discuss the merits of a carers'...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) strategies and (b) policies her Department is developing to enhance the rights of carers; and what discussions she has had with local government...

      Children's Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make it her policy to enforce passporting of funding by primary care trusts to children's hospices.

      Chiropodists (Registration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date it will become a requirement for health care practitioners working as chiropodists to be registered with the Health Professions Council in...

      Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps are being taken to treat adults who suffer from high cholesterol; (2) what measures the Government are taking to encourage adults to...

      Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to communicate the risk factors for heart disease to the general public.

      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 pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 9 November 2005, Official Report, column 17WS, on national health service dentistry, what schemes were...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in Beverley and Holderness were registered with an NHS dentist in each of the last 10 years for which records are available.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there were in Beverley and Holderness in each of the last 10 years for which records are available.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received from dentists who have indicated their intention to leave the NHS if the new contract is introduced; and what steps...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in (a) the East of England, (b) Suffolk and (c) the constituency of Bury St.Edmunds are registering NHS patients; and how many were so...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been registered with an NHS dentist in Lancashire in each year since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average retention rate of NHS dentists within Lancashire was in each of the past 10 years.

      Departmental Estate

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

      Departmental Estate

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

      Departmental Property

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

      Departmental Single Assessment Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will set out the progress made by her Department's single assessment change agent team on (a) long-term conditions, (b) care programme approach,...

      Departmental Single Assessment Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the single assessment process contributes to the (a) recording and (b) commissioning of non-care services.

      Departmental Single Assessment Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to promote the development and delivery of joint training on the single assessment process to health, care and housing staff.

      Departmental Single Assessment Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to revise single assessment process guidance to give carers (a) housing-related needs and (b) housing-related service options.

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress has been made towards piloting individualised budgets to bring together sources of funding for services, equipment and adaptations to...

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's definition is of disabled persons for the purpose of community care services; and when this definition was last (a) consulted on and...

      Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation she has undertaken on the merits of a right for disabled persons to request not to live in a residential or nursing care setting; and if...

      Elderly Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assistance her Department provides for elderly people leaving hospital who live in rural areas.

      Elderly Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by the NHS on (a) medicines, (b) community health services and (c) outpatient services for elderly mentally impaired patients in (i)...

      Elderly Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) acute and (b) long stay (i) NHS and (ii) private and voluntary sector beds for elderly mentally impaired people there were in England (A) in...

      Elderly Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by English local authorities on (a) residential and (b) community care services for the elderly mentally impaired in (i) 1997 and (ii)...

      Extra Care Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions her Department has had with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on the extension of the single assessment process to include...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria are used for hospitals in England to move from acute status to foundation hospital.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioner referrals have been made using the choose and book system in each month since July 2004; and how many of those referrals...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans the Government have to extend the opening hours of NHS primary care trusts; (2) what representations the Government have received on...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to encourage nurse-led practices, mainly staffed by senior nurses with a general practitioner acting in an overseeing capacity; and what...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to recruit general practitioners in rural areas.

      Health Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate she has made of the number of public houses in Gravesham constituency likely to be exempt from a smoking ban under the provisions of...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Leader of the House's statement of 17 November 2005, Official Report, column 1118, on health services, (a) what the cost is of the 168...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when her Department last discussed with local hon. Members proposals for future provision of health care services at (a) Royal Liverpool University...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average length of time to make an appointment with a general practitioner was in the Northamptonshire primary care trust area in each year since 1997.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects that home tests for hepatitis C will receive CE registration and be available for sale over the counter in England.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to promote testing for hepatitis C; and if she will make a statement.

      HIV (Staffordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were recorded as HIV positive in Staffordshire in each of the last 10 years.

      Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written answer to the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland, of 7 November 2005, Official Report, column 258W, on...

      Hospitals (West Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost per patient treated at (a) foundation hospitals and (b) hospitals in West Sussex was in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Independent Sector Treatment Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what services to NHS patients in South Gloucestershire will be provided by the proposed Independent Sector Treatment Centre; where the centre will be...

      Influenza Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate her Department has made of the number of people in at-risk groups who have been unable to obtain a seasonal influenza vaccination in...

      McKinsey's

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the (a) length, (b) terms and (c) cost are of the contract for the project being undertaken by McKinsey's into the structural and service...

      Medicine Reviews (Older People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 14 July 2005, Official Report, column 1198W, on older people (medication review), if she will publish Part Two of the...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many representations she has received from (a) staff employed by Oxfordshire Mental Health NHS Trust and (b) other interested parties on proposed...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adolescent mental health beds there are in (a) Shropshire and Staffordshire strategic health authority and (b) Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answers of 28 November 2005, Official Report, column 272W and 31 October 2005, Official Report, column 842W, in what year data on the...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the review of the tribunal model and assessment of the workforce prior to the introduction of the Mental Health Bill has been completed; (2)...

      Microbiology Water Specialists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Health Protection Agency teams have appointed microbiology water specialists, broken down by region.

      Midwife-led Birthing Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the role of midwife-led birthing centres.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will commission an independent study of epidemiology in relation to mobile telephone masts and their possible impacts on health; and if she...

      Morecambe Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will assess the proposal by the Morecambe primary care trust to close the mental health wards that it rents at Westmorland General hospital.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many official complaints were made during the last eight years from people or relatives of people who contracted MRSA living in (a) London, (b) the...

      Neurology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthhow many full time equivalent medical staff there were within neurological specialty practising in the NHS in each year since 2001; and how many were (a)...

      NHS Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the average number of hours each week a (a) nurse and (b) doctor spent on administrative tasks in (i) 1997, (ii) 2000 and...

      NHS Commissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps she plans to take to consult local communities and other stakeholders about proposals to outsource the commissioning function of primary...

      NHS Finance Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her written statement of 1 December 2005, Official Report, column 37WS, on publication of NHS finance data, what criteria she is setting in...

      NHS Reconfiguration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many job losses she expects as a result of the merger of primary care trusts in Lincolnshire; what budget has been allocated for severance payments;...

      NHS Reconfiguration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) her Department and (b) the relevant strategic health authority plans to support a merger of Alder Hey NHS Trust with Liverpool Women's...

      NHS Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure all NHS patients are made aware of their rights as set out in the NHS Care Records Guarantee; and if she will make a...

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her most recent estimate is of the total number of staff who have left employment in the NHS in a year.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with the independent and voluntary sectors about their willingness and preparedness to absorb staff from the primary care...

      NHS Superannuation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will estimate the cost of equalising widowers' entitlement with widows entitlement for pre-1988 members of the NHS superannuation scheme.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nursing vacancies there are, broken down by grade.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) agency and (b) NHS nurses were employed by the NHS in Gravesham constituency in the last year for which figures are available; and what the...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhat the average time taken to process NHSnurses' bursary applications was in (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06 to date; and if she will make a statement.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what pay increases have been awarded to auxiliary nurses in each year since May 1997.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Obesity Care Pathway being produced by her Department will include appropriate references to slimming on referral programmes.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on (a) progress made to date and (b) the timetable for future action in relation to obesity initiatives in the Implementation...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were suffering with obesity in (a) Southend, (b) Essex, (c) Hertfordshire, (d) Greater London and (e) England in (i) 1994 and (ii) 2004.

      Operation Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost was of (a) sex change, (b) bunion and (c) cosmetic surgery operations for the last year for which figures are available; how many of...

      Operation Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost is of (a) each operation provided at independent treatment centres and (b) the same operation undertaken by an NHS trust.

      Ophthalmic Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total expenditure on general ophthalmic services has been in each year since 1997–98.

      Palliative Care (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what weighting is applied to palliative care for children in the primary care trust capitation formula.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to answer the Question on the emergency bed service (18771) tabled by the hon. Member for Romsey on 12 October.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will answer question reference 30777 tabled by the hon. Member for Pendle on 16 November 2005, on primary care trusts.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to reply to the questions tabled by the hon. Member for Billericay relating to overseas nurses for answer on (a) 24 October, references...

      Patient Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average cost of a missed general practitioner appointment was in 2004–05; and what assessment she has made of the merits of primary...

      Patient Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list each patient and public involvement forum in England; and what the funding body is for each forum.

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the Chief Medical Officer will report on the evidence received from the Royal College of Physicians following the oral submission given by the Health...

      Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate she has made of the number of new graduate physiotherapists who have not found employment as physiotherapists in 2005; (2) how many...

      Podiatrists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps her Department is taking to increase the number of podiatrists in (a) England and (b) Weston-Super-Mare; (2) how many podiatrists per...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether primary care trusts will face financial penalties or suffer any form of detriment if they choose to remain direct providers of clinical services.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health why Mr. John Bacon's letter of 30 November 2005 to Pearse Butler of the Cumbria and Lancashire strategic health authority does not refer to Pendle in the...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will rank by population the proposed re-configured primary care trusts in England which are now to go out to public consultation.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether strategic health authorities will have further powers to determine whether primary care trusts can exercise financial autonomy and control their...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons she is seeking to restructure primary care trusts; and what estimate she has made of the costs of restructuring.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what allocation of funding was made to each Essex primary care trust at the start of the current financial year; what the projected outturn is in each...

      Public Health (Control of Disease) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding was allocated to local authorities to meet their responsibilities under section 46 of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 in...

      Public Interest Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the NHS bodies that have been issued with public interest reports in each year since 2001; and if she will make a statement.

      Rehabilitation Services (Visually Impaired People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what advice she provides to (a) primary care trusts and (b) acute trusts on the provision of rehabilitation services for the visually impaired, with...

      Residential Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2005, Official Report, column 273W, on residential care, on what legal basis local authorities can set cash limits on...

      Scanning Services (Alliance Medical Ltd.)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether concerns about Alliance Medical and the provision of scanning services were raised at the meeting between her Department and County Durham and...

      Screening Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to receive advice from the National Committee on Screening on the screening of older men for abdominal aortic aneurysms.

      Smoking/Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the Health Bill proposes to ban smoking in public houses which serve food where the owners do not employ any staff.

      Smoking/Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what diseases and conditions are associated with (a) smoking and (b) passive smoking; and if she will make a statement; (2) if she will list the...

      Smoking/Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to discourage the consumption of alcohol by pregnant women; and what progress has been made.

      Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthfor what reasons Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust is required to pay interest on the money it has borrowed.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reported cases of tuberculosis there were in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England in each of the last 10 years.

      Turnaround Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhat the (a) terms of reference, (b) powers and (c) expected costs are of the turnaround teams she is sending into Southport and Ormskirk Hospital.

      Velcade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will list the criteria according to which a district prescribing committee in England can overrule the recommendation of a consultant...

      Vitamin D

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans she has to review (a) the available information on vitamin D daily intake level for different age groups and (b) recommended levels of...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress the Government have made towards its aim to eliminate waiting times of over six months for in-patient treatment by the end of 2005; and if...

      Ward Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospitals are planning ward or capacity closures.

      Warrington Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhat briefings have been given to members of Warrington primary care trust on possible changes to acute services in the area; and what options have been...

      Wind Turbines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has evaluated on the impacts on health of wind turbines.

      Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral statement of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health of 15 November 2005, Official Report, column 226WH, on...

      Your Health, Your Care, Your Say

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance she issued to strategic health authorities for the conduct of the Your Health, Your Care, Your Say" consultation exercise; and if she will...

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their present estimate of the number of babies born alive each year after abortion procedures carried out by the National Health Service; and When the...

    • Abortion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what basis they reached the conclusion in paragraph 4.10.4 in the partial regulatory impact assessment on the Prohibition of Abortion (England and Wales) Bill...

      Access to Work

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to extend Access to Work schemes to outlets other than Jobcentre Plus.

      Access to Work

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What criteria are used to measure the success of Access to Work schemes; and What has been the success rate of (a) new, and (b) converted Access to Work schemes.

      Access to Work

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many companies classified as (a) small; (b) medium; and (c) large enterprises have used Access to Work since the inception of the scheme.

      Africa: Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the appropriate international organisations for an assessment of the impact of climate change on the level of the water...

      Ards and Down Area Plan: Planning Applications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Northern Ireland Planning Service determines relevant planning applications on the basis of the draft Ards and Down area plan.

      Ards and Down Area Plan: Planning Applications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether planning application X/2004/0974/F would breach the housing growth for Whiterock, County Down, as proposed in the regional development strategy for...

      Armagh City: Parking Tickets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many parking tickets were placed on motor cars by traffic wardens during October at each of the following locations in the city of Armagh (a) lower Irish...

      Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many claim forms have been received since 6 April relating to claims under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

      Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total sum of damages paid out so far by the Ministry of Defence under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

      Belfast Security Barriers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord President on 2 February (WA 38) and by Lord Rooker on 10 October (WA 60), (a) which body consulted the Police Service of...

      Biomass Fuel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What payments have been made to date, and are likely to be paid, to those responsible for the construction and development of the biogas plant at Winkleigh, Devon,...

      Blood Products: Self-sufficiency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to release the report on the internal review by the Department of Health on the issue of self-sufficiency in blood products in the 1970s, bearing...

      Cairngorms National Park: Electricity Pylons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will reassess the proposal to erect large pylons across the newly designated Cairngorms National Park.

      Charities: VAT Relief

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to provide charities with value added tax relief.

      Chechnya

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the statement on the parliamentary elections in Chechnya, which they issued during their presidency of the European Union on 29 November, did not take account...

      China: Family Planning Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have considered ending the provision of funding, either directly or through the United Nations Population Fund or the International Planned Parenthood...

      Civil Aircraft Operations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which national authority is responsible for determining the routes along which scheduled aircraft will fly when they cross the United Kingdom; and whether they...

      Civil Partnerships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the power to enable a relation of one member of a civil partnership to be counted as a relative of the other is being sought through the Civil Partnership Act...

      Civil Partnerships

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have not prepared a regulatory impact assessment in respect of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Relationships Arising Through Civil Partnership) Order 2005...

      Companies Act 1985 (Operating and Financial Review and Report etc.) Regulations 2005

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to repeal the Companies Act 1985 (Operating and Financial Review and Report etc.) Regulations 2005 (S.I. 1011/2005).

      Constable Trevor Purcell

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 20 December 2004 (WA 113), whether Constable Trevor Johnston Purcell is currently the subject...

      Criminal Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 24 November (WA 228), under how many of the new criminal offences created by the Terrorism Act...

      Defra: Helen Ghosh

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Helen Ghosh has been appointed to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as Permanent Secretary on a temporary basis; and, if so, for what...

      Defra: Helen Ghosh

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have agreed that the post of Permanent Secretary at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs should be held on a part-time basis; and,...

      Disability Discrimination Act 1995: Mobility Aids

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessments they have made of (a) the extent to which cycles of various kinds are used as mobility aids by registered disabled persons, including those with...

      Driving Offences: Fixed Penalty Notices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many fixed penalty notices have been issued for the offence of failing to nominate a driver, for each year by police force, since 1 June 2003.

      Drug and Alcohol Treatment: Residential Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many residential places for drug and alcohol treatment and maintenance will be available nationally and by region, for men and women respectively, for persons...

      East Jerusalem

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why European Union foreign ministers vetoed publication of an agreed report on the future of east Jerusalem; and whether this veto will be lifted before the end of...

      Education: Ability and Talent

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their definition of the terms (a) ability, and (b) talent, when used in education policy.

      Education: Per Capita Spending

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much is spent per pupil on education in each of the English, Scottish and Welsh local education areas.

      Employment Statistics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people were in work in 2004 in the United Kingdom.

      Employment Tribunals: Department of Trade and Industry

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

      Employment: Disability

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people have (a) left employment due to a disability; and (b) re-entered employment with a disability in each year since 1997.

      Essex Police Constabulary

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated cost of the merger of the Essex police constabulary into (a) one eastern force; (b) a combined force of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex...

      EU Presidency: Competitiveness Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the conclusions reached on 29 November by the European Union Council of Ministers, dealing with European Union competitiveness; and whether they feel...

      EU: Combating Recruitment to Terrorism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that the documents relevant to the proposed action plan to tackle radicalisation and the recruitment to terrorism are published before...

      Extraordinary Rendition Flights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the reply of the United States Secretary of State to the letter from the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs...

      Extraordinary Rendition Flights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will send an official notification to the United States Government and their enforcement agencies on the legality of extraordinary rendition flights...

      Food Products: Endorsements from Healthcare Professionals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance they have issued to healthcare professionals with regard to endorsement of particular food products; and whether that guidance varies for those in...

      Food Products: Endorsements from Healthcare Professionals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they agree with the position adopted by the European Commission that endorsements from healthcare professionals should be banned from appearing on food...

      Foreign Nationals: Entry to UK

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 6 December (WA 91) concerning the registration of Chinese nationals, on what basis relevant...

      Foreign Nationals: Registration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 6 December (WA 91) concerning the registration of Chinese nationals, which other relevant...

      Freedom of Information Act 2000: Post Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Post Office is required to comply with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; if so, where its statutory publications scheme can be...

      Household Waste

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much United Kingdom household waste exported in the years 2000 to 2005 was (a) green material, and (b) other general household waste.

      Identity Cards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish an analysis of their estimate of the annual implementation costs of the Identity Cards Bill of £584 million.

      Incapacity Benefit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people with intermittent conditions have claimed incapacity benefit in each year since 1997.

      Iraq: Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the letter from the Minister of State for the Home Office, Mr Tony McNulty, of 18 October stating that operational issues had developed which would...

      Iraq: Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the 21 Iraqi asylum seekers who were in detention on 14 October awaiting enforced removal were released on the Chief Immigration Officer's bail in...

      Iraq: Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What procedures they followed to ensure that persons removed to Iraq on 20 November (a) were from the Kurdish regional government; and (b) were without families;...

      Iraq: Compensation Claims

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much compensation has been paid to Iraqis in respect of claims other than those for property damage; and how many such claims have been made.

      Iraq: White Phosphorous Munitions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Drayson on 1 December (WA 65–6), whether any civilians or non-combatants have been harmed during operations by...

      Licensing Act 2003

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why, in assessing the impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on levels of crime and disorder, they selected five local authority areas in England and none in Wales.

      Mental Health: Post-discharge Suicide Prevention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of the contents of the Five-year Report of the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness; Safety First (2001),...

      Identity Cards: Department for Culture, Media and Sport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish (a) any analysis they have made of the potential use that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport may make of the National Identity...

      Identity Cards: Department for Education and Skills

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish (a) any analysis they have made of the potential use that the Department for Education and Skills may make of the National Identity...

      Identity Cards: Department for Transport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish (a) any analysis they have made of the potential use that the Department for Transport may make of the National Identity Register or...

      Identity Cards: Department of Trade and Industry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish (a) any analysis they have made of the potential use that the Department of Trade and Industry may make of the National Identity Register...

      Identity Cards: Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish (a) any analysis they have made of the potential use that the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency may make of the National Identity...

      NHS Dentistry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 17 November (WA 160), whether any other specific field research was undertaken into the effect of the proposed...

      NHS Dentistry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have reconsidered the proposed removal of the right to limit a National Health Service dental practice to a certain type of patient.

      NHS: Consultation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Regarding the consultation process on the White Paper Your Health, Your Care, Your Say, how they consulted representative groups, such as those with long-term...

      NHS: Consultation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, given that 51 people attended the health and social care listening event on 19 July, they consider that the findings from this consultation reflect the...

      NHS: North Cumbria

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the total allocation of resources to north Cumbria health services by the National Health Service in each year since 1997; and what proportion of those...

      NHS: North Cumbria

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many (a) chairmen; (b) chief executives; (c) executive directors; and (d) non-executive directors are entitled to attend meetings of the North Cumbria Primary...

      NHS: North Cumbria

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent rurality and low density in population influence their decisions regarding the allocation of any additional National Health Service resources in Cumbria.

      NHS: North Cumbria

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the projected deficit for National Health Service provision in north Cumbria for the current financial year.

      Northern Ireland: Decommissioning

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the basis of their assessment that all Irish Republican Army guns, explosives and ammunition have been decommissioned.

      Northern Ireland: Decommissioning

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who selected the independent witnesses for the Irish Republican Army decommissioning acts; on what basis; and when.

      Northern Ireland: Prosecutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have had discussions with the Public Prosecutor's Office in Northern Ireland on the reasons given for dropping all charges arising from the police...

      Northern Ireland: Public Sector Appointments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In determining appointments to the public sector in Northern Ireland, whether individuals are asked to identify their community background.

      Northern Ireland: Security of Private Residences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what conditions they will fund security equipment in private residences in Northern Ireland; and how much was spent on such protection in each of the past...

      Parliament Square: Statue to David Lloyd George

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide financial support to the project for a statue to David Lloyd George in Parliament Square.

      Physiotherapy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to redress the current imbalance in physiotherapy posts, where some senior positions are unfilled and yet a substantial number of this...

      Powers of Entry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what circumstances officials of the Northern Ireland Office and of public bodies answerable to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland can search and enter...

      Primary Care Trusts: Psychiatric Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many primary care trusts place psychiatric care patients in private care facilities.

      Prison Service: Furniture Procurement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have considered allowing prison governors to purchase office consumables and furniture from any supplier, rather than only from approved suppliers, on...

      Prisoners: Release on Licence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prisoners are currently released on licence; and what proportion of the total prison population this represents.

      Race Equality Councils

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the network of race equality councils will be funded under the proposed Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR); and how incorporation into the CEHR...

      Rail Transport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they categorise conventional light rail and ultra light rail as rail transport and not as road transport.

      Railway Sites: Crime Scenes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances the police declare a railway site a scene of crime.

      Railways: Energy Efficiency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in recognition of their energy efficiency targets, they will take steps to include rail-based transport systems within the road transport assistance...

      Royal Irish Regiment: Home Service Battalions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Drayson on 10 November (WA 110) and on 28 November (WA 12), whether they will place in the Library of the House papers...

      Royal Patriotic Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 7 December (WS 72–73), whether they will amend the Armed Forces Bill now before...

      Safeguarding Children: Inter-agency Guide

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect that the new inter-agency guide, updating Working together to safeguard children (1999) will be published.

      Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005: Section 132

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prosecutions are pending or planned under Section 132 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.

      Sexual Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What compulsion is being put upon primary care trusts to ensure that extra government funding for sexual health will be allocated to genito-urinary medicine services.

      Smallpox Vaccine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What stocks they have of smallpox vaccine; when and on what assumptions the vaccine was purchased; at what cost and from which manufacturers; and with whom the...

      Taxes Management Act 1970: Section 118

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they propose to amend Section 118 of the Taxes Management Act 1970 to remove the words "person of unsound mind, lunatic, idiot or insane person"; and what...

      Violent Crime: Use of Bladed Weapons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the number of violent attacks using bladed weapons since 1997.

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