Written answers

Wednesday, 11 January 2006

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Administrative Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what administrative savings have been made by her Department in each of the last eight years.

    • Apiculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect on the UK honey bee population of the reduction in the National Bee Unit's budget.

      Apiculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many seasonal bee inspectors she expects to be employed by her Department in (a) January 2006 and (b) January 2007.

      Bottom Ash Incinerator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the risk assessment carried out by the Environment Agency in relation to the use of Incinerator Bottom...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which bodies are funded by her Department which are concerned with climate change; and how much funding these bodies received...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding the Government spent in 2003–04 on climate change adaption.

      Departmental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) salary bill was and (b) administrative costs were for her Department in (i) each (A) nation and (B) region of...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on advertising by (a) her Department, (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many widescreen televisions have been purchased by her Department for use in London Headquarters in each of the last five...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many civil servants in her Department worked from home for at least one day a week in the last year for which figures are...

      Digital Mapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to date is of the Rural Payments Agency's digital mapping exercise; how many staff have been employed for the...

      Energy Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will require local authorities to follow the example of Woking borough council in reducing energy consumption.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many meetings of the EU (a) Management Committees of the common organisation of agricultural markets for cereals, (b)...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many meetings of the EU (a) Management Committees of the common organisation of agricultural markets for oils and fats,...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many meetings of the EU (a) Committees of the common organisation of agricultural markets for beef and veal, (b)...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many meetings of the EU Committee on (a) geographical indications and protected designations of origin for agricultural...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many meetings of the EU (a) management committees of the common organisation of agricultural markets for seeds, (b)...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many meetings of the EU (a) Implementation Committee for spirit drinks, (b) Implementation Committee on aromatised...

      Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list her Department's contractual obligations to the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research in each of...

      National Flood Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria were taken into account when deciding to discontinue funding of the National Flood Forum; and if she will make...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to Question 31449, on the EU sugar regime, tabledby the hon. Member for Hendon on 21 November 2005.

      Research and Development Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research's...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was spent on external consultants and advisers by (a) his Department, (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii)...

    • Guatemala (Violence against Women)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he has taken to help the Guatemalan authorities reduce the incidence of violence against Guatemalan women.

      Pakistan (Earthquake)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what shelters the UK Government is providing for the people of Pakistan following the earthquake there; and what assessment it has made...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effect of the 50/50 ruling on the recruitment of suitably qualified Protestants to the Police Service of...

    • Kneecappings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many kneecappings have been recorded in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with Sinn Fein on the Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill.

      School Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps his Department has taken to consult parents in Northern Ireland on his plans to change arrangements for academic selection for...

      School Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps his Department has taken to consult parents in Northern Ireland on his plans to change arrangements for academic selection for...

      Giant's Causeway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress is being made in developing visitor facilities at the Giant's Causeway.

      On-the-run Terrorists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on his plans to deal with on-the-run terrorists returning to Northern Ireland.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on (a) ambulance service cover in Derry city and (b) night-time cover in Derry city during the Christmas period.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the basic hourly rate is for Northern Ireland civil service starting grades.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate his Department has made of public expenditure on housing in (a) the public and (b) the private sector in the last five years for...

      Departmental Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to what extent open-source software is being used by Government Departments in Northern Ireland; and whether the recommendations of the...

      Driving Offences (Mobile Phones)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many successful prosecutions there have been in Northern Ireland for the offence of using a mobile phone while driving since its introduction.

      Government Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many buildings in Northern Ireland are owned by the Government; what the average spare office capacity in them has been in each of the last...

      Ministerial Car Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what has been the cost of (a) ministerial cars and (b) drivers in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      Public Bodies/Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff are employed by non-departmental public bodies and agencies for which he has responsibility.

      Public Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been (a) arrested, (b) charged and (c) convicted following public order disturbances in North Belfast since 1 January.

      Short Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many publicans in Northern Ireland were fined for selling short measures in each of the last 10 years.

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to public funds of absence from work in the Province in the last five years; (2) what estimate he...

      Waiting Lists (Neurology)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) length of the waiting list is and (b) average waiting times are to (i) see a neurologist and (ii) receive beta interferon in each...

  • Treasury

    • EU Agriculture Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the EU budget will be spent on agriculture, including rural development, over the period 2007 to 2013; and what proportion of the EU...

    • EU Finances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated value will be (a) in euros and (b) as a proportion of gross national income of each member state's (i) gross contribution to the EU...

      Regional GDP

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government are taking to decrease disparities in regional gross domestic product and gross value added per capita; and which Minister is in...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average length of a phone call to the tax credit helpline was in the last period for which figures are available; what percentage of calls to the...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the cost of the programme to digitise telephone conversations between members of the public and staff of HM Revenue and Customs in relation to...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many disputed tax credit cases were decided in each month since June 2004; what proportion of disputes have been decided in the disputant's favour; how...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases of fraud have been detected in Northern Ireland in relation to tax credit claims in each of the last five years.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has plans to charge VAT on domestic flights.

  • Transport

    • Air Quality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to publish the revised methodology for air quality around airports; and if he will place a copy in the Library.

    • Automatic Number Plate Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2005, Official Report, column 759W, on automatic number plate recognition, how long information collected by the...

      Bridges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to date of strengthening bridges to accommodate 44 tonne lorries; (2) what percentage of the costs of...

      Bypasses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list bypasses built in each of the last five years.

      Concessionary Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the percentage of (a) elderly and (b) disabled people who paid half fare or less on public transport in (i) 2000 and (ii) 2004.

      Concessionary Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the cost of extending the free fares local bus scheme for over 60s and people with disabilities to a national free fares...

      Eurostar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ask Eurostar to review security arrangements on journeys from Waterloo and Ashford, with particular reference to baggage checks on all...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many responses to the first stage of the night flight restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports consultation relating to Heathrow...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many consultation responses relating to Heathrow were received in the (a) first and (b) second stage of the night flight restrictions at Heathrow,...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many responses to the second stage of the night flight restrictions at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports consultation relating to Heathrow...

      Low-speed Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many 20 mph zones have been established in each of the last five years; and what the total cost was in each of those years.

      Park and Ride

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many park and ride schemes have been opened since 2000; and how many he expects will open in (a) 2005–06 and (b) 2006–07.

      Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding was made available for rail freight in each year since 2000–01.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average age of trains used on the UK's railways is; and what the average life of a train is.

      Road Improvements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list trunk roads widened in each of the last five years.

      Road Improvements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list schemes completed in the Highways Agency Targeted Programme of Improvements.

      Road Improvements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress the Government have made towards their aim to halt the deterioration in local road conditions by 2004; what schemes it funded to meet...

      Stratford Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 29 November 2005, Official Report, column 327W, on Stratford stations, what kind of direct access he expects will be provided...

      Transport (Gravesham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with Gravesham borough council on the Government's plans for concessionary travel for pensioners.

      Unadopted Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of unadopted roads in England.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Administrative Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which functions of her core Department are carried out in (a) England and (b) London; and what administrative costs were associated with...

    • Administrative Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total administrative costs for her core Department are; and whether these are regarded as (a) identifiable and (b)...

      British Film Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact on the British film industry of the requirements that film production projects applying for...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the expected average cost per household is of digital switchover.

      Licensing Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many pubs and clubs have sought variations in their licensing hours for televised events since the introduction of the Licensing Act...

      Rural Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on rural tourism in East Yorkshire.

      Television/Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) television broadcast stations, (b) generic television repeater broadcast stations, (c) am radio broadcast stations, (d) am...

      Television/Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the average number of television sets per household is.

  • Education and Skills

    • Adult and Community Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many adult and community learning enrolments there were in each year since 2001.

    • Education (Milton Keynes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the effects of prioritising 14 to 19 education on the funding of Prince's Trust schemes in North East Milton...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the percentage change in funding to (a) schools, (b) further education colleges and (c) universities has been since 1997; and what the...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students are in higher education in 2005/06.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many United Kingdom nationals entered higher education at institutions based in England in the last five years; and if she will make a...

      Prince's Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment she has made of the effects of prioritising 14 to 19 education on the funding of Prince's Trust schemes in (a) Greater...

      University Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of students at university in England came from countries outside the European Union in each of the last 10 years.

  • Defence

    • Anthrax Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many anthrax vaccinations are held by his Department; how much those anthrax vaccinations cost; what the stated shelf-life is of such vaccinations;...

    • Chemical Defence Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2005, Official Report, column 2347W, if on the occasion of their visits in January and March 1992 the Ministry of...

      Departmental Jobs (Regional Distribution)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of jobs in (a) his Department, (b) each arm of the armed forces including support staff and (c) each (i) non-departmental...

      Departmental Jobs (Regional Distribution)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will indicate, including a breakdown for the English regions, and by arm of armed service, how many of those in the armed services (a) based and...

      Far Eastern Civiliam Prisoners of War Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will ensure that the review of the far eastern civilian prisoners of war compensation scheme announced on 12 December considers whether the...

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Merlin, (b) Lynx and (c) Sea King helicopters operated by the Royal Navy are held in attrition reserve; and for what reasons they are held.

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the contract for the F35 joint strike fighter includes all the accompanying software, with particular reference to faults analysis software.

      Military Establishments (Incidents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures he has taken to ensure that guidance on police primacy in investigating serious incidents at military establishments is circulated outside...

      Ministerial Travel

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

      Troop Deployments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK troops he expects to be based in Northern Ireland at the end of 2006.

      RAF Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the original in-service date was of (a) the Eurofighter Typhoon, (b) the Joint Strike Fighter and (c) the Nimrod MRA4; and what the current...

      RAF Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the original cost was of the (a) Nimrod MRA4, (b) Eurofighter Typhoon and (c) Joint Strike Fighter; and what the current estimated cost is in each case.

      Service Quarters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many married quarters are available to each of the armed forces in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) each of the English regions and (d) Northern Ireland,...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Car and Despatch Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the running costs of the Government Car and Despatch Agency were in each of the past five years.

    • Press Complaints Commission

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list the occasions since 1997 when the Government has referred a matter to the Press Complaints Commission.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • African Union Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the African Union (AU) regarding cancellation of the extraordinary summit of the AU scheduled...

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the elected governing authorities of (a) Guernsey, (b) Jersey, (c) the Isle of Man, (d) the...

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what powers of representation in international bodies he has in relation to the domestic monetary and fiscal policies of (a)...

      Departmental Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent advice he has received from Mockbul Ali, departmental Islamic issues adviser, on (a) the Muslim Brotherhood and (b)...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Egypt on the use of torture of prisoners.

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government have made direct representation to the Eritrean President, Isaias Afewerki, concerning the the decision...

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will condemn the ongoing human rights violations in Ethiopia; if he will take and take (a) economic and (b) diplomatic...

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received regarding (a) violence and (b) mass detentions in Ethiopia.

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many meetings of the (a) Joint Committee (EC-Laos), (b) MED Committee (Financial and technical cooperation between the...

      Far-Filastin Jail (Damascus)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the evidence of the alleged use of torture in the Far-Filastin jail in Damascus; when...

      Guatemala

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Guatemalan counterpart about the status and treatment of Guatemalan women.

      Interest Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how often he has received representations from the elected governing authorities of (a) Guernsey, (b) Jersey, (c) the Isle of...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of statements by the President of Iran denying the Holocaust.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals the Government have put to the International Atomic Energy Agency concerning Iran's nuclear power programme; and...

      Israel's Security Wall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on Israel's security wall; and what assessment he has made of the effect the wall will have on...

      Mohammed Haydar Zammar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations (a) he, (b) his Department and (c) other members and representatives of the UK Government have...

      Small Arms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UK Government are taking to control the (a) proliferation and (b) misuse of small arms around the world.

      South Africa (Biological Materials)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the extent to which all the materials detailed in the biological materials inventory...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Sudan concerning its continuing detention of individuals arrested in the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Sudan concerning its reform of its judiciary and legal systems.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the African Union force in Darfur.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the prospect of progress being made at the Abuja peace talks.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what factors underlay the decision not to add to the United Nations sanctions list members of the Sudan (a) government,...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial and technical resources have been provided by his Department to the African Union force in Darfur to strengthen...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the African Union on the (a) enforcement of its mandate to protect civilians in Darfur and (b)...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the African Union (AU) regarding the rules of engagement in Darfur in relation to the use of...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with members of the UN Security Council regarding the renewal of the mandate of the Sanctions...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with members of the UN Security Council bringing forward a resolution calling for the Government of Sudan to...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Sudan regarding the investigation and prosecution of (a) government...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations have been made by his Department to the (a) Sudan Liberation Army and (b) Justice and Equality...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Government of Sudan, (b) the Sudan Liberation Army and (c) the Justice and...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the African Union regarding strengthening the deployment of (a) military troops and (b)...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the United Kingdom's relations with Syria.

      UK Embassies/Consulates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any (a) embassies and (b) consulates are combined with two or more countries to provide a service for British citizens.

      UN Convention Against Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what definition the Government use of (a) mental and (b) physical severe pain or suffering as set out in Article 1 of the UN...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Channel Islands

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether she plans to visit the Channel Islands to discuss (a) electoral and (b) legal reform.

    • Solicitors (Complaints Procedures)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of complaints procedures in relation to solicitors for (a) those with...

      Solicitors (New Regulatory Body)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what locations she is considering for the new independent regulatory body for solicitors

  • Home Department

    • 2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what organisational structures are being established in order to ensure the security of the London 2012 Olympics.

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to encourage the take-up of individual support orders for young people subject to anti-social behaviour orders.

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the former (a) buildings and (b) land of (i) his Department and (ii) (A) non-departmental public bodies, (B) agencies and (C)...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many widescreen televisions have been purchased by his Department for use in London headquarters in each of the last five years; and what...

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the annual expenditure on (a) fixtures and fittings, (b) general office expenses and (c) office equipment was of (i) his Department and...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to relocate staff in his Department and related agencies into London and the South East.

      Economic Crime Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the economic crime unit of the Metropolitan police and the city of London police are to merge; and what their relationship is with...

      Emergency Vehicles (Speeding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice is given to police forces regarding prosecution of drivers of emergency vehicles breaking the speed limit.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer questions (a) 26311, (b) 26309 and (c) 26310 tabled by the hon. Member for Stratford-on-Avon on 3 November.

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to provide funding for the POPPY project beyond March; and whether his Department is planning to expand support and...

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the effect of the closure of the safe house for trafficked 16 and 17 year-olds which was trialled in Sussex...

      Proceeds of Crime Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money seized as a result of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 was invested in (a) Hillingdon and (b) Greater London in each year of its...

      Proceeds of Crime Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase the share of income from the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 that is allocated to the police force that recovered...

      Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was paid in rates to each relevant local authority in relation to his central headquarters function in 2004–05.

      Regional Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which (a) non-departmental public bodies and (b) executive agencies within the remit of his Department have regional offices based on...

      Rental Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was paid in rent for properties used for his central headquarters function in 2004–05.

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the nature of changes to the oath of allegiance to follow the establishment of the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the special advisers in post in his Department, broken down by pay band; and what the total budgeted cost to his Department...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special advisers have been employed by the Home Office in each year since 1997; and what the average salary has been for specialist...

      Sports Grounds (Arrests)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests there were at (a) cricket grounds, (b) football grounds, (c) Rugby Union grounds, (d) Rugby League grounds, (e) horse racing...

      Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females were convicted of motoring offences in (i) Southend, (ii) Essex and (iii) England and Wales in 2004,...

      Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visits to the website www.thinkuknow.co.uk there were in each month since its inception; and if he will make a statement.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Brownfield Land

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what records his Department keeps of the amount ofdevelopment on different categories of brownfield land; (2) what assessment his Department has made of...

    • Council Tax Revaluation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether council-appointed inspectors visiting private properties take photographs of the interiors for council tax revaluation purposes.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the percentage change was in central Government funding to Rossendale borough council in each of the last five years.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Asbestos Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the evidential basis is in relation to (a) risk and (b) cost of the Health and Safety Executive's recent proposals for modifying the...

    • Benefit Claimants Living Overseas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what reports he has received concerning benefit fraud by British citizens resident in Thailand; what steps he has taken to investigate them;...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Workand Pensions (1) how many investigations into benefit fraud have been undertaken in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many prosecutions have been brought...

      Benefit Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) representations he has had from and (b) discussions he has had with (i) Citizens' Advice and (ii) other benefit advice organisations...

      Child Support Agency

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

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will make a statement on the (a) reform and (b) performance of the Child Support Agency (CSA); and what recent meetings he has had...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what bonus pay awards will be made to senior staff at the Child Support Agency this Christmas; and what the total cost to his Department of the...

      Csa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases are currently with the Child Support Agency's specialist enforcement teams; and what action he is taking to reduce that number.

      Csa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people the Child Support Agency has reported as not paying the correct amount of child support in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South...

      Customer Management System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost has been to date of the implementation of the Customer Management System computer system.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of administering the Department's appraisal system was in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05, broken down by (i) staff time...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State forWork and Pensions what criteria were used to determine performance-related bonus payments for senior civil servants in his Department in each of the last four years.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people under the age of 60 years receiving (a) the middle rate of the care component, (b) the higher rate of the care component and...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many meetings of the EU (a) Audit Board of the Administrative Commission on social security for migrant workers, (b) Technical Committee on...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many meetings of the EU (a) Advisory Committee on the implementation of the Community action programme to combat social exclusion, (b)...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many meetings of the EU (a) Administrative Commision on social security for migrant workers (and working parties), (b) Committee of the...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many meetings of the EU (a) Standing Committee on agricultural statistics, (b) Advisory Committee on employment and (c) Advisory Committee...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many meetings of the (a) Committee on statistics relating to the trading of goods between member states, (b) Committee for implementation...

      Jobcentres (Tower Hamlets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) for what reasons the decision was taken not to use the local jobcentres in the London borough of Tower Hamlets to deliver the employment...

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what changes to lone parent benefit entitlements have been implemented since 1990; and if he will make a statement.

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of lone parents are in employment; what work search responsibilities apply to lone parents with teenage children; and if he...

      Ministerial Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Department has spent on ministerial cars in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Mr. Gareth Davies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to which official post Mr. Gareth Davies has been appointed in his Department; what level of remuneration he will receive; and from what date...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) over 25s, (b) lone parents, (c) over 50s and (d) young people have participated in the new deal in Beverley and Holderness in each...

      Pension Forecasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pension forecasts have been sent by his retirement pension forecasting team (a) in total and (b) to persons aged (i) under 18 years...

      Pensioner Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people of retirement age were living on an income deemed to be beneath the poverty line in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales, (d)...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) single female pensioners, (b) single male pensioners and (c) married pensioner couples are receiving financial assistance to bring...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions were performed between 18 and 32 weeks of gestation in the Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland strategic health authority in...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions have been performed in the Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland strategic health authority in each year since 1975 on girls...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) live births and (b) abortions there were in (i) Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland strategic health authority, (ii) Northampton...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many women in the Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland strategic health authority had more than one abortion in the last five years,...

      Academic Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many posts in academic medicine there were in each of the last 10 years, broken down by specialty; and what forecasts have been made for such posts...

      Agency Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were employed by non-departmental public bodies and agencies for which she has responsibility in (a) total and (b) each (i) nation and (ii)...

      Alcohol Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with the Home Secretary on developing multi-agency action on alcohol misuse through the community safety partnerships.

      Alcohol Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with the Home Secretary on providing education and training for (a) public and (b) voluntary sector staff who work with...

      Alcohol Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to develop local campaigns to promote sensible drinking.

      Animal Insulins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the pharmaceuticals company Novo Nordisk will continue to produce pork insulins for use in the UK; (2) what recent discussions she has had...

      Aylesbury Vale PCT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account she has taken in decisions on funding for Aylesbury Vale primary care trust of changes in the number of people in the area was reported...

      Cancer Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects the (a) Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency product licence and (b) National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence...

      Cancer Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients with suspected cancer waited less than two weeks for a specialist appointment in the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.

      Cardiac Rehabilitation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long on average patients who had had a heart attack waited for cardiac rehabilitation services in (a) England, (b) Kettering hospital NHS Trust and...

      Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate she has made of the annual cost to the NHS of treating people with unhealthy cholesterol levels.

      Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by (a) her Department and (b) the NHS on (i) dietary advice and (ii) drug treatment for those at risk of raised cholesterol.

      Contingency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation has been undertaken concerning the preparation of the draft emergency regulations which could be made under the Civil Contingencies Act...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the potential impact of the new general dental services contract on NHS dentistry.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental practices in Manchester, Withington constituency have stopped carrying out NHS work since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she intends to abolish the maximum annual patient dental charge with the introduction of the new General Dental Services contract in April 2006.

      Departmental Staff

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

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 November 2005, Official Report, column 2108W, on diabetes, what assessment she has made of the safety of long-term use of...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 November 2005, Official Report, column 2108W, on diabetes, what steps she has taken to (a) ensure that patients' next-of-kin...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 November 2005, Official Report, column 2109W, on diabetes, what guidance on the use of insulins her Department has issued to...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meetings of the EU Pharmaceutical Committee have taken place during the UK Presidency of the EU; who presided over each meeting; what other UK...

      Eye Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations she has received from ophthalmologists and opticians about the retention of the nationally negotiated sight test and fee; (2)...

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes the planned amendments to food labelling laws will make to the information and choice available to consumers on genetically modified derivatives.

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact upon (a) existing brands and (b) consumer confidence of the proposed regulation of nutrition and health claims...

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration she has given to the way in which the Food Standards Agency should assess which charitable and healthcare organisations should be...

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on progress of the EU proposal for a regulation on the addition of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to foods; what her...

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assistance will be made available to small and medium-sized enterprises from (a) the Government and (b) the European Union in relation to the costs...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will list all tests carried out for the unauthorised presence of Bt10 in imported (a) maize, (b) maize products and (c) processed foodstuffs...

      GPs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether general practitioners who overspend their annual budget are penalised by her Department; and if she will make a statement; (2) how many...

      GPs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the siting of local general practitioner practices.

      Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how compliance with section 15 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003 is monitored; and which NHS organisations (a) have...

      Health Committee Evidence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral evidence from Mr. Andrew Foster to the Health Committee on 1 December 2005, HC 736-i, on public expenditure on health and personal...

      Health Committee Evidence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to question 172 of the oral evidence from Mr. John Bacon to the Health Committee on 1 December 2005, HC736-i, on public expenditure on health and...

      Health Committee Evidence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral evidence from Sir Nigel Crisp to the Health Committee on 1 December, HC736-i, on public expenditure on health and personal social...

      Health Services (Northamptonshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health to which NHS organisations in Northamptonshire her Department intends to send turnaround teams.

      Health Staff (Early Retirement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) general practitioners, (b) consultants and (c) nurses have retired early in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of the hepatitis C FaCe it campaign.

      Heroin Addicts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the use of (a) buphrenorphine and (b) suboxone in tackling heroin addiction among prisoners.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were recorded as HIV positive in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England in each of the last 10 years.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many hospital beds there were per capita in each strategic health authority in England in each of the last 10 years; (2) what was the average...

      Hospital Re-admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were re-admitted to hospital in 2005 after being discharged.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will lower the age at which the routine winter influenza vaccination becomes available to 50; (2) whether she plans to extend the routine...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people of retirement age have sought but not received influenza vaccinations in each London borough in 2005; and if she will make a statement.

      Long-term Conditions (Policies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the roles are of (a) the national service framework for long-term conditions and (b) the long-term conditions strategy.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the NHS has taken to improve (a) mental health and (b) well-being in the community.

      Morning-after Contraception Pill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have purchased the morning after contraception pill in London in each of the last five years; and what assessment she has made of the...

      Neurological Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2005, Official Report, columns 265–6W, on neurological conditions, what the planning recommendations to...

      NHS Care (Private Providers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been paid to private providers for treatment given to NHS patients in each year since 2000; and what the projected figure is for 2005.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 28 June 2005, Official Report, column 1521W, on NHS Direct, whether she has (a) undertaken an assessment of, (b) (i)...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2005, Official Report, column 266W, on NHS finance, what role the Department's recovery support unit plays in...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact on the stability of local health economies of her plan to penalise overspending NHS organisations.

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Written Statement of 1 December 2005, Official Report, column 37WS, on NHS finance data, how many turnaround teams she intends to...

      NHS Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) chief executives, (b) finance directors and (c) other board members have left the boards of(i)strategic health authorities, (ii) NHS trusts...

      NHS Reconfiguration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what action a primary care trust (PCT) can take if its strategic health authority presents an NHS consultation document on PCT reconfiguration which...

      NHS Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the targets her Department has set which apply to the NHS; and when these targets are expected to be met in each case.

      Nice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cancer drugs approved by the EU Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use are being assessed by the Department prior to referral to...

      Nice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence plans to update the technical guidance on atypical anti-psychotic drugs through a...

      Palliative/Neurological Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance has been issued to local commissioners on the requirement to implement full cost recovery for (a) palliative and (b) neurological care...

      Patient Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the cost per patient treated at (a) foundation hospitals and (b) non-foundation hospitals in the last year for which...

      Prescriptions (Pre-payment Certificates)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 2 December 2005, Official Report, column 855W, on prescriptions (pre-payment certificates), how many pre-payment certificates...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 November 2005, Official Report, column 1178W, on primary care trusts, for what reasons her Department had not collected this...

      Radiographers/Speech Therapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training commissions there were for (a) radiographers and (b) speech and language therapists in each strategic health authority in each year...

      Senior NHS Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many displaced chief executive officers and other senior NHS employees without permanent roles are working in each strategic health authority area.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations she has received on tackling smoking in pregnancy.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much public money has been spent on smoking cessation schemes for pregnant women in each of the last 10 years.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what protection the smoking legislation in the Health Bill will give to (a) domestic servants and (b) au pairs in their places of work.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many younger adult clients were seen by social services in Milton Keynes in each of the last five years.

      Sustainable Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to reassess sustainable procurement practices in the NHS, with particular reference to reusable nappy use on maternity wards.

      Vitamin D

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to review vitamin D supplements for pregnant and nursing mothers.

      Zoonotic Disease Risk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department has assessed the zoonotic disease risk in the UK posed by the intensification of meat and dairy production in other countries.

  • House of Lords

    • Asylum Seekers: Removals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to the forced removal of Iraqi Kurds to Iraq by a flight leaving the United Kingdom on 20 November at 00.05 (a) how many people were served with...

    • Asylum Seekers: Removals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are able to ascertain the fate of failed asylum seekers removed to Iraq, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo; and...

      Avian Quarantine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to implement any of the recommendations of the Dimmock report, reviewing avian quarantine; and, if so, when.

      Avian Quarantine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 13 December (WA 146) stating that current instructions do not require that every bird that dies is sent for...

      British Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many batches of British passports are registered as stolen or mislaid by the Home Office; where such batches were stolen or mislaid worldwide; and what is the...

      Child Murder

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many children have been killed by (a) one of their parents or (b) a carer who is not a parent, in each of the past five years for which figures are available.

      Colombia: Mine Clearance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the requests by the UNDP and UNICEF for effective verification of the de-mining of specific areas in Colombia; and whether they support...

      Cycling on Pavements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 22 November (WA 201) stating that data on the issue and payment of fixed penalty notices in...

      Department for Work and Pensions: PSA Targets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the public service agreement for the Department for Work and Pensions covering the period 2005–08 has no quantified target for the reduction of fraud and...

      Department for Work and Pensions: PSA Targets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 10 February (WA 138), why the Public Service Agreement Objective V for the Department for Work and...

      English Partnerships: Affordable Housing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will arrange for the proportion of affordable housing on the 40 hospital sites now to be developed by English Partnerships in Greater London and the...

      EU: Fundamental Rights Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Triesman on 6 July (WA 109), what is the justification for the use of Articles 30, 31 and 34(2)(c) of the Treaty on...

      EU: Sugar Regime

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following agreement to the financial perspective for 2007–13, under which budget heading the compensation payable to African, Caribbean and Pacific sugar...

      Gaelic Athletic Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 30 November (WA 36) concerning the funding of Gaelic athletic activity, whether the business case for each...

      High Hedges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applications to reduce high hedges have been brought; how many applications have been decided; and how many appeals against these decisions have been made.

      High Hedges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How compliance under the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 can be enforced over a period of time where the height of hedges is so great that phased reductions will be...

      Identity Cards: Biometrics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether people with nystagmus and other sight conditions that may cause difficulties in providing a retinal scan will be exempt from providing this form of...

      Immigration Removal Centres: Religious Affairs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What regulations govern religious affairs at detention and removals centres; what qualifications and training a religious affairs manager requires; and what...

      Israel and Palestine: East Jerusalem

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish any responses they have received from the Israeli Government to the report to the European Union Ministerial Council on freedom of...

      Licensing Act 2003

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information on (a) crimes reported to the police; (b) ambulance call-outs; and (c) patient attendances at accident and emergency departments within the area...

      National Offender Management Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many staff are employed in the headquarters of (a) the National Offender Management Service; (b) the offices of the 10 referral offender managers; (c) the...

      Northern Ireland Civil Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any Civil Service jobs have been moved from the west of Northern Ireland to the Belfast area in each year since 2000; and, if so, which jobs; how many...

      Northern Ireland Civil Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 17 November (WA 161) in regard to the net reduction of 678 Northern Ireland Civil Service staff-in-posts from...

      Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 13 December (WA 153), what was the age of the child who was detained and questioned by officers from the office...

      Brothels: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many arrests and convictions there were in the years 2001 to 2004 of people who operate brothels in Northern Ireland; and whether they will give details...

      Schools: Brownlow College

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the development of Brownlow College and integrated sixth form studies, in the light of planned co-operation with Lismore Comprehensive...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Castlereagh Break-in

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When it is expected that charges will be brought in connection with the break-in at Castlereagh on 17 March 2002.

      Schools: Classroom Assistants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 2 November (WA 29), what is the percentage religious breakdown of classroom assistants employed in each of the...

      Northern Ireland: Denis Donaldson

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the total cost of the police operation at Stormont involving Denis Donaldson.

      Northern Ireland: Denis Donaldson

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Northern Ireland prison officers were relocated as a result of the police investigation into the activities of Denis Donaldson; and what was the total...

      Northern Ireland: Denis Donaldson

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Denis Donaldson was a double agent; and whether they will set up an independent inquiry into the "Stormontgate affair".

      Northern Ireland: Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Northern Ireland Department for Social Development received applications for funding from the West Belfast Festival, the New Lodge Festival and the...

      Northern Ireland: Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In respect of the nationalist festivals in West Belfast, Ardoyne and New Lodge, under what heading and on what date funding was provided from the Northern Ireland...

      Northern Ireland: Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Probation Board for Northern Ireland supplied funding to any festivals in any of the past three years; if so, which festivals were funded; when they...

      Northern Ireland: Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Awards for All in Northern Ireland supplied funding to any festivals in any of the past three years; if so, which festivals were funded; when they took...

      Urban Regeneration: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each of the past five years, what was the total funding provided from Making Belfast Work and the Londonderry Regeneration Initiative; to which groups and...

      Immigration: Murders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many immigrants have been murdered in Northern Ireland during the years 2001 to date; and how many of these murders have been shown to be racially motivated.

      Northern Ireland: PEACE I and II Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What capital projects have been funded from PEACE I and PEACE II for prisoners and victims groups in Northern Ireland; how much funding has been made available in...

      Northern Ireland: PEACE II Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What organisations have received funding from Peace 2 Extension Measure 2:1 Capital Fund Building; for what purpose; and whether they will place copies of all...

      Rivers: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 2 November (WA 29), which rivers in Greater Belfast are designated by the Drainage Council for Northern Ireland...

      Schools: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 30 November (WA 47), whether they will provide the evidence that the closure of small schools resulted from...

      Stormont: Car Parking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether parkland areas on the Stormont estate have been converted into temporary car parks in the past 12 months; whether redundant builders' compounds on the...

      Northern Ireland: Ulster-Scots and Irish Culture

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 30 November (WA 53), whether it is their policy to promote parity of esteem between Ulster-Scots and Irish cultures.

      People Trafficking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that copies of the training kit for identifying trafficked people published this year by Anti-Slavery International are available to all...

      Police: Finances

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which police authorities in England are currently free of debt.

      Police: Finances

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the level of funding for each police constabulary in England and Wales, broken down on a per capita basis of population within each force area.

      Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland: Constable Coote

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date the incident took place that resulted in the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland preferring charges against Constable Michael Coote; on what date...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Employment of Minors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is the practice for the Police Service of Northern Ireland to train and employ children under 16 years old as agents provocateurs in respect of the...

      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), why the Home Office rather than the Ministry of Defence is...

      South Asia Earthquake

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the three Chinook helicopters deployed to assist humanitarian operations after the Pakistan earthquake disaster were withdrawn after 28 days.

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the actual expenditure for Waterways Ireland in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland; how it differs from the budgets originally approved in...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether former staff of the Northern Ireland Civil Service employed by Waterways Ireland have been informed of all opportunities for promotion and recruitment...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 7 December (WA 109) concerning properties owned by Waterways Ireland, when the institution will be in a...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With which departments the specifications for the post of Director of Marketing and Communications for Waterways Ireland were agreed; when agreement on the...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 2 November (WA 28), whether they will take steps to change the religious balance of employees of Waterways...

      World Trade Organisation: EU Proposals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the proposals tabled for Hong Kong by Commissioner Mandelson are within the terms of the instruction given to him by the Council of Ministers.

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