Written answers

Monday, 30 January 2006

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what scientific advice her Department has received on whether to include cephalopods within the remit of the Animal Welfare Bill.

    • Batteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of batteries were recycled in each European Union country in the last year for which figures are available.

      Batteries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department will spend on research into the disposal of batteries in each of the next three years.

      Beavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the (a) progress of the reintroduction of the beaver to Gloucestershire and (b) its...

      Biodiesel (Environmental Impact)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what environmental impact assessment has been carried out into the process that converts vegetable oils into biodiesel of...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make provision for those cattle that react following a skin test to have a blood test before they are required to...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the minutes of the discussions she has had with His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales on bovine tuberculosis.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's policy is on badger culling to eliminate bovine TB.

      Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what financial savings she has estimated will be made over (a) two, (b) five, (c) 10 and (d) 15 years from the planned...

      Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the (a) financial and (b) scientific impact of the proposed closure of each of the five...

      Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of the closure of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology on (a) the amount of...

      Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact that proposed Centre for Ecology and Hydrology closures will have on the...

      Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the extent to which the proposed Centre for Ecology and Hydrology closures will affect the...

      Chewing Gum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which councils have applied to join the Department's scheme tackling the problem of chewing gum litter.

      Chewing Gum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons the Government decided not to introduce a tax levy on the price of chewing gum as part of its proposals for...

      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 Banff and Buchan dated 27 August 2005 regarding his constituents...

      Departmental Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2005, Official Report, column 2376W, on departmental transport, if she will place a...

      Energy Efficiency Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what targets she has set for energy efficiency gains under the Energy End-use Efficiency and Energy Services Directive by (a)...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what formal approaches she has made to the Government of the Republic of Ireland about the effect on UK salmon stocks of...

      Flood Protection/Alleviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent (a) in England and (b) in the Ouse catchment area on flood protection and alleviation measures by (i)...

      Racehorses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will commission research on the animal welfare implications of whipping race horses.

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her Department's landfill policy.

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the Government plan to dispose of the nuclear waste stored in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action her Department is taking to help stop foreign farm workers from being exposed to dangerous pesticides.

      National Poultry Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to ensure that poultry owners register their flocks on the national poultry register.

      Pre-movement Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the veterinary profession on its capacity to undertake large-scale pre-movement testing.

      Reusable Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is her policy to promote reusable products over single-use disposable products.

      Tail Docking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the inclusion of a ban on dog tail docking in the Animal Welfare Bill.

      Traces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the EU-wide computer system, TRACES, records (a) which species are imported, (b) the country of origin of imported...

      Traces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether information gathered by the EU-wide computer system, TRACES, is available to the public in the UK.

      Traces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she is making to other EU member states about the merits of an improved system to monitor imports of...

      Waste Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's policy is on minimising waste paper within the Department.

      Wild Bird Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the European Commission on its progress in reviewing policy on importing wild birds into...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Prosecutions (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many prosecutions in Northern Ireland have been abandoned for national security reasons in each of the last 30 years, broken down by charge.

  • International Development

    • Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will estimate the cost to his Department of sending Christmas cards in 2005.

    • Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on UK aid to Ethiopia.

      Global Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding the UK Government has allocated for the Global Fund for each of the next five years.

      Good Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to promote good governance in the developing world; and if he will make a statement.

      Madagascar

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what discussions he has had with Water Aid on the impact of its work of the closure of the British embassy in Madagascar; and if...

      Madagascar

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department intends to take to support Madagascar's programme of development and good governance.

      Pension Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost was of pension contributions incurred by (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body, (ii) Executive...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which British Government aid programmes were conducted through the Government of Zimbabwe between 1997 and 2003; and what their total...

  • Transport

    • A1 (Roundabout Removal)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects work to begin on the roundabout removal on the A1 at (a) Apleyhead and (b) Blyth.

    • A11 (Dualling)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to make an announcement on the dualling of the A11 between Fiveways Roundabout and Thetford; and if he will make a statement.

      A27

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the (a) locations and (b) reported consequences of injury crashes on (i) the eastbound and (ii) the westbound sections of the A27 west...

      A3 (Hindhead)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will accept the recommendation of the South East of England Regional Assembly Regional Transport Board's recommendation with regard to the A3 at...

      Airlines (Tax Treatment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the revenue from fuel tax that would have been received in each of the last three years by the Government if airlines had...

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which airports in the UK do not have airbridge facilities; and what steps he is taking to reduce the number of such airports.

      Borough Market Site

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations his Department has made to the planning inquiry for the Borough market site.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many bus services were operated from (a) York, (b) Selby and (c) Tadcaster (i) in May 1997 and (ii) on the most recent date for which figures are...

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many bus services have been withdrawn in South Manchester since 1997.

      Cabin Air Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ask the Civil Aviation Authority to investigate organophosphate contamination of cabin air supply on commercial aircraft; and if he will...

      Car Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many prosecutions have resulted from the campaign to target motorists driving without insurance.

      Congestion (West Midlands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish a league table to highlight the most congested roads in the West Midlands.

      Cycling Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many children under the age of 16 years have (a) died and (b) received serious head injuries as a result of a cycling accident in each of the past...

      Cycling Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to reduce the number of children who are killed or receive a serious head injury as a result of cycling accidents.

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the items valued at over £100 that have been reported as stolen from buildings occupied by his Department in the past 12 months.

      Driving Instructors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what are the results of his Department's review of the regulatory arrangements for approved driving instructors.

      DVLA (Data Protection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of whether the making available to third parties against payment by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency of data...

      Gatwick Express

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the future of the Gatwick Express.

      Green Travel Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what national target he has set for the number of (a) employers and (b) public sector employers implementing the Green Travel Plans by 2009.

      Heathrow (Sustainable Development)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of the air pollution impact of the introduction of mixed mode at Heathrow in advance of the publication of the report...

      Highway Code

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the consultation on the next update of the Highway Code will begin.

      Housing Development (Mid-Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much is being allocated from the Community Infrastructure Fund to support transport infrastructure related to planned housing development in mid-Sussex.

      Humber Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment of the purpose the Humber Bridge would serve was made in advance of its construction.

      Lighthouse Keepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many lighthouse keepers there are in Great Britain.

      London Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the airports within a 100 mile radius of London that take commercial air traffic; in each case what the existing weekly capacity for...

      M42

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles on average use the (a) northbound and (b) southbound sections of the M42 between (i) junction 5 and junction 6, (ii) junction 6 and...

      National Safety Camera Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the locations identified by the National Safety Camera Programme where casualties on roads with speed cameras have increased; and what...

      Office of Rail Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people are employed by the Office of Rail Regulation.

      Port of London Authority (Consultation) Harbour Revision Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons hon. Members representing constituencies with riparian areas were not consulted prior to the making of the Port of London Authority...

      Private Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many privately operated aircraft have landed in airports in the UK in each of the last five years; and what information is collected on the...

      Rail Franchises (Value for Money)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 15 November 2005, Official Report, column 1150W, on train operating companies, what the benefits are whose delivery is...

      Road and Public Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which organisation is responsible for road and public safety matters between the start of a new development and the date when roads are adopted by the...

      Road Gritting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance the Government issues to local authorities on the gritting of roads during cold weather; and if he will (a) place a copy in the Library...

      Road Improvements (Stonehenge)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when (a) Ministers and (b) officials last met representatives of the National Trust to discuss road improvements at Stonehenge; and if he will make a...

      Road Improvements (Stonehenge)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was to (a) his Department and (b) the Highways Agency, to the end of July 2005, of preparatory work on the A303 Stonehenge improvement scheme.

      Road Pricing Framework Division

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the scope and remit is of the Road Pricing Framework Division within his Department; how many persons (a) are and (b) are planned to be employed...

      Road Safety (Barnsley/Doncaster)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatalities there have been in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster in each of the last 10 years as a consequence of road traffic accidents.

      Road Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the design of a certification scheme for the sustainability of the sources of fuel to be...

      Safe Driving Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what modern learning techniques have been developed by the Driving Standards Agency since September 2005 to help learners develop safe driving skills.

      Thames Gateway Port Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact on the Thames Gateway Port project of the possible takeover of P&O by Dubai World Ports; and if he will...

      Thameslink 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what stage the approval by his Department of the Thameslink 2000 project has reached; what the estimated cost of the project is; and if he will make a...

      Transport 2010 Document

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will update Table A3 of the Transport 2010 document published in July 2000 with actual totals for the years 2000–01 to 2004–05.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel on duty in Afghanistan were injured in (a) action and (b) accidents, broken down by severity of injury, for each year since UK...

    • Aircraft Cannibalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cannibalisations of (a) C-130 Hercules, (b) Tristars, (c) VC-10s and (d) C-17A Globemasters occurred in each of the last five years.

      Apache Helicopter Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the job satisfaction of Apache helicopter (i) qualified pilots and (ii)...

      Armed Forces (Divorce Rates)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the divorce rates have been in each of the armed forces since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Armoured Infantry Units (Trade Pay)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will extend trade pay for crews in armoured regiments to armoured infantry units.

      Army Battalions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the full strength establishment is of each battalion of the British Army; and what the actual complement of each battalion was on the most recent...

      Bottle-nosed Whale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of whether the bottle-nosed whale calf which died during the attempted rescue on January 21 was forced up the Thames by (a)...

      Compensation (Japanese Detainees)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it was the intention when the scheme for compensating British civilian detainees of the Japanese was established that detainees with no blood...

      Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many of the 41 contractors listed on 9 February 2004, Official Report, column 1177W were awarded follow-on contracts; and in cases where re-let...

      Defence Training Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate his Department has made of the number of jobs that are likely to be created in the West Midlands if DCAE Cosford is selected as a preferred...

      Defence Training Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what account will be taken of (a) existing training resources in aerospace, ICT and engineering industries, (b) location and (c) proximity to local...

      Defence Training Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the (a) further and high education sectors and (b) manufacturing companies of the Defence Training Review.

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) land and (b) property is owned by his Department in Forest of Dean constituency.

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) property and (b) land is owned by his Department in North East Milton Keynes constituency.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent by his Department on refreshments in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Staff (Castle Point)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff employed by his Department live in Castle Point.

      Helicopter Deployment (Afghanistan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British military helicopters he is planning to make available in support of the projected deployment of British forces to Helmand Province in...

      HMS St. Albans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) security and (b) cost implications are of the unauthorised disclosure of the future deployment details of HMS St. Albans.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel signed disclaimers before taking nerve agent pre-treatment tablets during Operation Telic; and what warnings were given to...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how nerve agent pre-treatment tablets were administered during the 2003 invasion of Iraq on Operation TELIC; what records of their administration were...

      International Security Assistance Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the policy of NATO is relating to the rendition of terror suspects detained by International Security Assistance Force; and what agreement has been...

      International Security Assistance Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements have been made by NATO to ensure that terror suspects detained by Afghan authorities will be treated in compliance with international law.

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts regarding the Council of Europe request to inspect Bondsteel camp in Kosovo; and if he will...

      Meteorological Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the consultees who were given the opportunity to respond to the proposed new option four of the Met Office's proposals to change its...

      Porton Down

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects a funding agreement to be concluded between the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory and Defence Estates on remediation work at...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 16W, on private finance projects, what the (a) capital value, (b) annual revenue cost,...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated (a) capital value, (b) annual revenue costs, (c) start date and (d) end date is of each (i) private finance initiative and (ii) public...

      Psychological Trauma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to ensure armed forces personnel receive assistance from medical professionals for issues relating to physiological...

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the proceeds of the QinetiQ flotation will (a) be reinvested with his Department and (b) go to the Treasury.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether royalties being paid to QinetiQ/Defence Evaluation and Research Agency for the use of intellectual property rights and research before...

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the proceeds from the flotation of QinetiQ will be re-invested in defence research.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what restrictions he has placed on QinetiQ's use of technology funded by his Department for third party contracts.

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funds his Department has made available in each year since 1997 to help facilitate the treatment of legacy radioactive waste of military origin held...

      Royal Ordnance Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many products produced by Royal Ordnance Chorley have been strategically stockpiled by (a) Royal Ordnance and (b) his Department.

      Stonehenge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the last occasion was on which (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) military personnel met the director general of the National Trust to discuss...

      Training and Evaluation Capabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to conclude the review of air training and evaluation capabilities.

      War Pensions Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether a war pensions committee panel is to be set up in respect of the case of the late Lieutenant William Norbury and his widow.

      War Pensions Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it is within the remit of war pensions committee panels to determine appropriate sums to be paid in respect of past periods for which war...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • General Election Expenditure

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission if the Commission will review the limits on expenditure for candidates in general elections;...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Magazines/Periodicals

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission which magazines and periodicals have been delisted from the Library in each month in the last two years; and...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Communications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was spent on Government public relations and information services in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Professional Football (Governance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with football authorities on the governance of the professional game.

    • Digital Radio Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with Ofcom on the range of musical genres offered by specialist digital radio stations.

      Gaming Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the trend has been in applications for new casino licences under the Gaming Act 1968 over the last 12 months.

      Television Licence Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will introduce proposals to extend the provisions relating to television licence concessions to residents in sheltered accommodation.

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what process governs applications for World Heritage Site UK nominee status.

      Tourism Deficit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the UK tourism deficit.

      Community and Amateur Sports Clubs (West Midlands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department has taken to promote community and amateur sports clubs in Coventry, South and the West Midlands.

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment she has made of the impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on sports clubs.

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on sports clubs.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on proposed training facilities for the 2012 Olympics.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on progress with arrangements for the 2012 Olympics.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on progress with arrangements for the 2012 Olympics.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress is being made in involving regions outside London in preparation for the 2012 Olympics.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment was made by PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Olympic games impact study of December 2005 of the economic impact in the...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on progress of preparations in Dorset for the 2012 Olympics.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has for the provision of training facilities in the Eastern Region for the 2012 Olympic Games, with particular reference...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what liaison bodies have been established between her Department and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in relation to the...

      Horseracing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support her Department gave to the horseracing industry in the last financial year.

      Children's Play

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her Department's policy on children's play.

      Administrative Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the administrative costs were of each agency for which she has responsibility in the last year for which figures are available;...

      Amateur Sports Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate her Department has made of the number of sports clubs (a) eligible for and (b) which have attained community amateur...

      Amateur Sports Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department has taken to promote community amateur sports club status in each quarter since April 2002; what the costs...

      Anniversary Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans her Department has for celebrating anniversaries of major events up to 2010; and if she will make a statement.

      Ashes Test Series

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether Ministers or officials will represent the Department at any of the Ashes test series matches in Australia in 2006.

      Citizens Juries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions her Department consulted citizens juries on departmental policies in the last five years; in how many of those...

      Concessionary Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many pensioners over 75 years were receiving a free television licence in Selby constituency in the most recent period for which...

      Constantine Anniversary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government is taking to commemorate the 1700th anniversary of the proclamation in the City of York of Constantine, the...

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps have been taken to provide a clear description of her Department's estate which includes (a) executive agencies, (b) staff...

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of maintaining her main departmental website was for the last year for which figures are available; and how many visitors...

      English Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much lottery funding was allocated to English Heritage in 2005–06.

      Film Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list films to which the UK Film Council has given financial assistance in each of the last five years; and how much each...

      Film Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria the UK Film Council uses to determine eligibility for financial assistance to film-makers.

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the Government's art collection is catalogued; and if she will make a statement.

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what work her Department's green Minister has undertaken in the last three months in an official capacity within that role.

      Hampton Court Green

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what notice was given to residents at Hampton Court Green of Historic Royal Palaces' intention to allow the parking of vehicles on the...

      Hampton Court Green

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many days each event held by Historic Royal Palaces on Hampton Court Green lasted in 2005, including time for setting up and dismantling.

      Information and Communication Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Arts Council England spent on information and communication technology projects for each year since 1997; what (a) the...

      Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was paid to the arts through (a) grant-in-aid to the Arts Council, (b) the Arts Lottery Fund and (c) the Big Lottery Fund in...

      Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was paid to sport through (a) grant-in-aid to Sport England, (b) the Sports Lottery Fund and (c) the Big Lottery Fund in...

      New Opportunities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the expenditure of the New Opportunities Fund for physical education and sport was in each year since 2001; and if she will make a...

      Private Security Industry Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received from sports bodies about the Private Security Industry Act 2001; and if she will make a statement.

      Royal Works of Art

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the inventory of royal works of art was completed; and where it can be consulted by members of the public.

      Second World War Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans her Department has to record the accounts of ex-servicemen who served during the Second World War; and how much has been...

      Stonehenge Visitors Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost was to (a) her Department and (b) English Heritage, to the end of July 2005, of preparatory work in connection with the...

      Stonehenge Visitors Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the earmarked allocation of funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the Stonehenge Visitors Centre is ring-fenced...

      Stonehenge Visitors Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the last occasion was that (a) Ministers and (b) officials met representatives of the National Trust to discuss road improvements...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the Framework for Sustainable Development on the Government Estate, what her Department has identified as the most...

      Television Licence Fee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many fines for non-payment of a television licence have been collected from premises used to shelter women from domestic violence in...

      Television Licence Fee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to include women's refuge centres in the concessionary television licence scheme available to people living in...

      Television Licence Fee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the level of the colour television licence fee has been in each year since 1996–97.

      Television Licence Fee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the penalties are for not paying the television licence fee.

      Television Licence Fee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people in West Lancashire were prosecuted for not having a television licence in each of the last five years.

  • Prime Minister

    • Christmas Cards

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will estimate the cost to his Office of sending Christmas cards in 2005.

    • Early Retirement

      To ask the Prime Minister how many employees of his Office have taken early retirement due to ill-health in each of the past five years for which figures are available.

      Jewish Festivals

      To ask the Prime Minister what his Office did to (a) celebrate Hanukkah and (b) mark Yom Kippur in 2005.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) how much was spent on special advisers in each year since 1996–97; and what the estimated spend is for 2005–06; (2) if he will list the (a) paid and...

      Terrorism Victims (Compensation)

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2006, Official Report, column 888W, on terrorism victims (compensation), when he expects to be able to report to the House on the...

      Tibet

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with President Hu about the destruction of historic buildings by the Chinese Government in Tibet.

      Torture

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his Oral Answer to the right hon. Member for Ross, Skye and Lochaber (Mr. Kennedy) of 7 December 2005, Official Report, column 862, whether the definition of...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the (a) merits and (b) cost of a revaluation of council tax bands.

    • Coventry City Council

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of Coventry City council housing stock has been sold under the right-to-buy scheme in each year since 1980.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was spent by his Department on refreshments in each year since 1997.

      Emissions Targets

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will include emissions targets in the public service agreements his Department has with local and regional organisations.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the relationship between the work of the Interdepartmental Taskforce on the Improvement of Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings...

      Energy Policy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to ensure that the work of the interdepartmental review on energy use in existing buildings led by his Department is made available to the...

      Single Regeneration Budget

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total expenditure on the single regeneration budget has been for each year since introduction in each local authority area.

      Stonehenge

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost was to (a) Wiltshire county council and (b) Salisbury district council of preparatory work in connection with (i) the A303 Stonehenge Road...

      Thames Gateway Port

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list (a) formal and (b) informal committees considering aspects of the Thames Gateway Port transport infrastructure; what the (i) objectives and (ii)...

  • Education and Skills

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to extend apprenticeship schemes beyond the age of 25 years.

    • Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the judgment in Re H and R on the standard of proof required in cases involving allegations of child abuse.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what visits abroad Ministers in her Department have made in relation to child care policy since 2001.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what targets she has set for (a) the establishment of children's trusts, (b) the use of home childcarers, (c) expanding the number of (i)...

      Childminders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what changes have taken place in the measurement of the number of childminders since 2001.

      Children's Commissioner for Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what was the cost of the Children's Commissioner for England in the last year for which figures are available.

      Dedicated Choice Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the entitlement of access of the least well-off parents to the dedicated choice advisers referred to on page 8 of the White Paper,...

      Dedicated Schools Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) on what basis Wirral local education authority was allocated an average dedicated schools grant of £3,514 per pupil; (2) on what...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the annual expenditure on vehicles has been for (a) her Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body, (ii) executive agency...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will estimate the cost to her Department of sending Christmas cards in 2005.

      Departmental Pensions Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total pensions liability of the Department is.

      Departmental Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what national target she has set for (a) improving children's (i) communication skills and (ii) social and emotional development, (b)...

      Departmental Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost of maintaining her main departmental website was for the last year for which figures are available; and how many visitors...

      Education Provision (Growth Communities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had with (a) organisations and (b) Government Departments about changes in pupil numbers and provision of school...

      Educational Attainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades at GCSE in each local education authority area, excluding candidates sitting...

      Failing Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the 242 schools deemed at the start of January to be failing, which are referred to on page 15 of the White Paper, Higher...

      Fire Sprinklers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many responses to the consultation on 'Building Bulletin 100—Designing and Managing Against the Risk of Fires in Schools' were in...

      Foundation Stage Profile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many and what proportion of children scored (a) scale score six or more and (b) scale score eight or more in all assessments in...

      Foundation Stage Profile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether it is her policy that the child centred approach to learning as set out in the Foundation Stage should be applied to the reception...

      Free Trade Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department is taking to encourage the purchase of free trade goods.

      Grouping/Setting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in how many subjects she envisages more grouping and setting referred to on page 10 of the White Paper, Higher Standards, Better Schools for...

      Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to promote the recruitment of head teachers.

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many parents in Milton Keynes are educating their children at home.

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many parents in Coventry, South are educating their children at home.

      Independent Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils aged 11 years in each local education authority transferred to independent secondary schools in each of the last 20 years...

      Independent Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of children of compulsory school age in each local education authority area attended independent schools in the...

      Junior Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the average amount of time taken by junior schools to complete the relevant application forms for local...

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the availability of teaching of each of the 20 languages most used in London.

      Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the Prime Minister's answer of 18 January 2006, Official Report, column 839, what definitions she uses of (a) aptitude and (b)...

      Learning and Skills Councils (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total budget of London's learning and skills councils was in each year since 2001; and how much was spent on (a) school sixth...

      Learning and Skills Councils (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to make London's learning and skills councils more accountable to the people who use their services as part of the...

      National Complaints Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the proposed powers of the National Complaints Service from Ofsted referred to on page 9 of the White Paper,...

      National Remodelling Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the work of the National Remodelling Team.

      National Training Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the national training programme, referred to on page 10 of the White Paper, Higher Standards, Better Schools for All", will be funded.

      Neighbourhood Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which (a) private, (b) voluntary sector and (c) public sector organisations participated in the delivery of (i) Neighbourhood Nurseries,...

      New School Providers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills who will be authorised to approve or reject the establishment of new schools as proposed in the White Paper, Higher Standards, Better...

      North Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will take steps to increase the average funding per schoolchild in North Somerset to the average level of funding in (a) the West...

      One-to-One Tuition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of pupils she estimates will be eligible for targeted one-to-one tuition in (a) English and (b) mathematics; and what...

      Overcrowded Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the impact of overcrowded housing conditions on the educational prospects of children.

      Parent Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will prescribe the powers of parent councils in (a) trust schools and (b) non-trust schools.

      Parenting Contracts/Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many parenting (a) contracts and (b) orders have been applied in schools in each of the last five years.

      Pension Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost was of pension contributions incurred by (a) her Department, (b) each (i) non-departmental public body, (ii) executive agency...

      Post-16 Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the (a) further and (b) higher education participation rate was in each ward in each local authority area, broken down by region,...

      Primary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on subsidies for primary schools in the Bournemouth area for daily school milk.

      Protection of Children Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many checks against the Protection of Children Act list were made in the last year for which figures are available; and what the average...

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many places have been provided in off-site pupil referral units in each of the last five years.

      School Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many and what percentage of secondary school places were allocated at age 11 years on the basis of aptitude tests in each of the...

      School Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the schools and academies that use banding in their admissions policies.

      School Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of pupils left secondary school with no qualifications in each London borough in each year since 1997.

      School Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding has been spent on (a) repairing and (b) rebuilding schools in the Ruislip-Northwood constituency in each year since 1992.

      School Staff (Checks)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how long foreign nationals may work as teachers in a school before having to register with the General Teaching Council.

      School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will ask the Children's Commissioner to undertake a review of local authority tendering processes for school transport to ensure...

      Schools (Extended Hours)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools offer extended hours from 8 am to 6 pm; and if she will make a statement.

      Schools Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the level was of local authority spending on education (a) in total and (b) per student in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in (i) 2004–05 and...

      Shropshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the level of direct support grant allocated to those Shropshire schools with deficits for...

      Skills for Life

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much the Government have allocated to the Skills for Life campaign in each year since its inception; and if she will make a statement.

      Skills for Life

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will increase funding (a) for the skills strategy and (b) to assist those young people who do not have adequate skills in...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many cases have been referred to the academies special educational needs dispute resolution service; and from which academies.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what budget she has allocated for the academies special educational needs dispute resolution service; for what period of time; and if she...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on the provision of special needs education in each local authority area (a) in real terms and (b) at today's prices in...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total Sure Start budget was in each year since its inception; and what the projected budget is in each of the next three years.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teaching posts were vacant in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Milton Keynes in each year since 1997; and what the average...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers of (a) Australian, (b) New Zealand, (c) South African, (d) Malawian, (e) Ghanaian, (f) Namibian, (g) Kenyan and (h)...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what financial support her Department has offered to trainee teachers since 1997.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to reduce the level of violent incidents against teachers.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers in maintained schools in England have left the profession in each year since 1998.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) full-time teachers and (b) teaching assistants were employed in the Shropshire local education authority area in each year...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether her proposed fines for parents of unsupervised children during school hours will apply to parents in receipt of income support and...

      University Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the likely effects of the introduction of top-up fees on the level of applications for university admissions...

      Year 12 Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of year 12 pupils left school before the end of the academic year in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Young Parents (Education)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what national target she has set for increasing the number of (a) pregnant teenagers and (b) parents aged 16-to-18 years in learning.

      Youth Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will estimate how many youth clubs were available for young people in (a) the constituency of Ruislip-Northwood, (b) the London...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Artists Resale Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2006, Official Report, column 1760W, on the artists' resale levy, what independent economic research is...

    • Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) staff and (b) students were employed at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology stations in each year since 1996; and if he will...

      Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what areas of scientific research will be (a) reduced and (b) discontinued following the proposed Centre for Ecology and Hydrology closures.

      Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) domestic awards have been won, (b) international science awards have been won and (c) papers have been published in Nature by...

      Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many endangered species in the UK the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology has been credited with saving from extinction.

      Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many environmental research projects Government Departments and agencies have commissioned the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology to...

      Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the impact which the proposed Centre for Ecology and Hydrology closures will have on schools, colleges and...

      Departmental Research

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

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research has been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by the Department into the potential for using waste heat from the chemical industry...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to ensure that new EU rules on coal-fired power stations do not lead to a fall in electricity generated from coal.

      Energy Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much (a) coal and (b) gas was imported during the last year for which figures are available, broken down by country of origin.

      Energy Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the peak import rate of gas into the United Kingdom via the Bacton Interconnector has been to date in winter 2005–06; and what the...

      EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which other EU countries have not yet implemented the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive.

      Food Retail Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what policies his Department has put in place to promote and support small businesses in the food retail sector.

      Gas Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to his answer of 19 December 2005, Official Report, column 2328W, on gas supply, whether the planned investment in liquid natural gas...

      Green Ministers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what work his Department's Green Minister has undertaken during the last 12 months in an official capacity in that role.

      Manufacturing Jobs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many manufacturing jobs have been lost in Beverley and Holderness in each year since 1997.

      Miners Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many miners' compensation claims have been submitted for Bassetlaw constituents by (a) Raleys, (b) Moss, (c) AMS Law, (d) Wake Smith, (e)...

      Miners Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what advice he has issued to claimants on the practice of solicitors passing miners' compensation cheques directly to claims handlers.

      Miners Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the solicitors who have been deducting fees from claimants' compensation in respect of coal mining injuries notwithstanding...

      Mining Industry (Nottinghamshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry with which agencies dealing with mining industry issues, with an address, staff or telephone number base in Nottinghamshire his Department has...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2005, Official Report, column 2255W, on nuclear power, whether he has now received the strategy...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will reply to the question tabled by the hon. Member for Ochil and South Perthshire on 16 November 2005, reference 30608, on Scottish Coal.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will reply to the question tabled by the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar on 27 June 2005 reference 8552, on offshore staff...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans his Department has to secure the future of the post office network; and if he will make a statement.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) rural and (b) urban sub-post offices there were in (i) England and (ii) the UK in each year since 1979; and if he will make a...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many customers used the Post Office Card Account in each quarter from 2002 to 2006; and if he will make a statement.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the economic impact on the Royal Mail of the loss of the Department of Work and Pensions' card account contract...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people are using the Post Office Card Account; how many withdrawals of (a) pensions and (b) other benefits from Post Office Card...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department plans to take to minimise the impact of the loss of the Post Office Card Account contract on the Post Office network.

      Regional Aid Guidelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when his Department will begin its consultation on Article 87 (3) of the Regional Aid Guidelines; and which areas he expects will be included.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support his Department is providing in 2005–06 to research into the development of tidal power; and at what locations tidal power...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessments he has commissioned of the potential for exploiting micro-hydro power generation in Wales as part of the energy review.

      Scottish Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much Scottish Coal received from the Coal Aid Scheme in each month of 2001; and whether any of this assistance was ring-fenced for...

      Small Business Research Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the timescale is for making it mandatory for Government departments to implement the Small Business Research Initiative; how that will be...

      VAT (Pendle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many businesses (a) registered and (b) deregistered for VAT in Pendle in each year since 1997.

      Telephone Preference Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2005, Official Report, columns 291–92W, on the Telephone Preference Service, with which...

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2005, Official Report, column 2212, on waste electrical and electronic equipment, if he will provide an...

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what regulations the Government plan to implement to transpose the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive 2002/96/EC into...

      Wave Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding his Department allocated for (a) demonstration and (b) pre-commercial trials of wave power in the UK in each of the last five years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Airspace (Extraordinary Renditions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 19 December 2005, Official Report, column 2468W, on airspace (extraordinary renditions) what media...

    • Airspace (Extraordinary Renditions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 20 December 2005, Official Report, column 2839W, on airspace (extraordinary rendition) in which...

      Airspace (Extraordinary Renditions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the US Administration about the obligations in relation to the rendition of terrorist suspects...

      Airspace (Extraordinary Renditions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what account he has taken of the UK's obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights when (a) considering requests...

      Airspace (Extraordinary Renditions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2006, Official Report, columns 151–52, in what circumstances the Government would...

      Arms Trade Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will begin negotiations within the UN General Assembly for an arms trade treaty.

      Audible Fire Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 18 January 2006, Official Report, column 1430W, on audible fire alarms, what plans he has to extend...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has made to the Government of Burma about the confiscation of Muslims' farmlands, including Waqf...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Burma about the detention of National League for Democracy Vice Chairman U...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the private banking sector in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Burma about the administrative detention of (a) Kyaw Hsan, (b) Htwe Myint...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Burma about the continued imprisonment of the Buddhist nuns Ma Than Htay...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the effectiveness of EU sanctions on Burma, (b) the effects EU sanctions are having on (i)...

      Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had with the African Union on helping to expedite the return of the former Chadian leader Hissène...

      Civil Service (Complaints)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons responsibility for procedures for handling complaints against senior staff were transferred to the Civil...

      Colombia

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

      Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the capture of members of the Lord's Resistance Army in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC); and if...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the items valued at over £100 that have been reported as stolen from buildings occupied by his Department...

      Diplomatic Missions (Congestion Charge)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries' diplomatic missions have (a) indicated to his Department that they will not pay the London congestion charge...

      Diplomatic Service Appeals Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether recent changes in the mandate of the Diplomatic Service Appeals Board affect the right of departmental employees to...

      Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many departmental staff have been required to take compulsory early retirement on structural grounds under the provisions of...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the (a) transparency and (b) legitimacy of the recent elections in Egypt.

      Embassies and Consulates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the financial and other benefits of running each embassy and consulate.

      Eritrea/Ethiopia (Arms Embargo)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps have been taken to monitor the acquisition of weapons by (a) Eritrea and (b) Ethiopia since the lifting of the arms...

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the EU constitution initiative and the prospects for its revival (a) in whole and (b) in part.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 137W, on Iraq, what progress has been made with his inquiries...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs from what date the UK Government have raised concerns about respect to international humanitarian law with the government of...

      Madagascar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from non-governmental organisations on the closure of the British embassy in Madagascar.

      Somalila

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent visits have been made to (a) Somaliland and (b) Somalia by British officials; and what organisations they met whilst...

      UK Ambassadors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on which dates during the period from 2000 to 2004 the appointments board selected candidates to serve as ambassador in (a)...

      UN Convention Against Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the UK's planned timetable is for ratification of the UN Convention Against Corruption.

      United States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his reply of 20 June 2005, Official Report, column 746W, on US inquiries, whether he has received a reply from the...

      Visitor Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what definition his Department uses of a family member in relation to visitor visas.

      Yugoslavia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the risks posed to United Kingdom security interests by (a) terrorist cells and (b) the former...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consideration he has given to requesting the Security Council to refer cases arising from the situation in Zimbabwe to the...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the effectiveness of EU sanctions on Zimbabwe and (b) the effects of EU sanctions on (i)...

  • Northern Ireland

    • 0870 Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Northern Ireland Departments used 0870 prefixed telephone numbers for use by the public during 2005.

    • Broadband Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of homes in Northern Ireland had broadband access by December 2005.

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 14 December 2005, Official Report, column 2093W, on child abuse, which further meetings have taken place involving the...

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the cost to his Department of sending Christmas cards in 2005.

      Community Restorative Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 23 November 2005, Official Report, column 1984W, on community restorative justice, when he expects to write to the...

      Community Safety Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent on Community Safety Partnership strategies in Northern Ireland in 2005.

      Crosshill Quarry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 3 November 2005, Official Report, column 1369W, on Crosshill Quarry, what the terms of reference were for the Health...

      Dentistry (Special Needs Treatment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the waiting lists for special needs treatment at the School of Dentistry, Royal Victoria hospital, Belfast are as a result of a shortage...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures have been taken by the Northern Ireland Office to implement the 2004 spending review settlement.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were in receipt of disability living allowance in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many homeowners in Northern Ireland received grant assistance to install (a) energy efficiency measures and (b) solar panels in 2005.

      Fishing Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to assist the new build and modernisation of the Northern Ireland fishing fleet; and how much has been allocated to this...

      Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many guns were reported missing in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997 by (a) the armed forces, (b) the police and (c) members of the...

      Healthier Lifestyles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to promote a healthier lifestyle among people aged 40 and over in Northern Ireland.

      Healthier Lifestyles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to promote a healthier lifestyle among children in Northern Ireland whom health professionals consider overweight.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incapacity benefit recipients there have been in Northern Ireland in each of the last eight years.

      Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the timescale is for the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety's Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Review; what the...

      Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety's Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Review sub-groups which...

      Office Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) personal computers, (b) laptops, (c) servers, (d) printers, (e) scanners, (f) photocopiers and (g) fax machines (i) his Department,...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of the Garda Siochana have been (a) seconded and (b) transferred to the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each year since...

      Prisons (Drug Finds)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many drug finds there have been in Northern Ireland's prisons in each of the last three years; and of what quantities.

      Public Body Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what guidance Northern Ireland departments give to public bodies on the handling of senior post vacancies and recruitment pending implementation...

      Schools (Employment of Offenders)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) whether anyone with a conviction for a sexual offence is working in a school in Northern Ireland; (2) how many teachers in Northern...

      Schools (Employment of Offenders)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people (a) convicted of and (b) having received a caution regarding sexual involvement with children have been employed in schools in...

      Schools (Employment of Offenders)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) teachers and (b) auxiliary staff who are on the Sex Offenders Register are employed in schools in Northern Ireland.

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many young people in Northern Ireland aged (a) 16, (b) 15, (c) 14, (d) 13 and (e) under 13 years have attended Brook Advisory Clinic for...

      Sexual Offences Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the publication date for the Sexual Offences Review consultation document; and what is the time scale for the review.

      Smoking Ban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the likely improvement in the health of adults in Northern Ireland within two years of the smoking ban in public...

      Social Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total administration costs associated with the delivery of social security benefits in Northern Ireland were in 2004–05; how many...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list (a) the special advisers in his Department, (b) their specific areas of expertise and (c) the total cost of employing them in...

      Strabane Fire Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many part-time fire-fighters in Strabane Fire Station applied to become full-time fire-fighters in each of the last five years; and how many...

      Transport Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans are in place to improve transport links (a) between Northern Ireland and Great Britain and (b) within Northern Ireland; and if he...

      Treatment Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what arrangements are in place for patients in Northern Ireland to be treated in Scotland to ensure speedier treatment and surgery.

  • Treasury

    • Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the accuracy of census figures for (a) houses in multiple occupation and (b) caravan parks; and if he will make a statement.

    • Central Government (Administration Costs)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the costs of central Government administration have been in each year since 1998.

      Charitable Status (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many charitable institutions in Northern Ireland have had their charitable status withdrawn in the last 10 years.

      Employment (Denbighshire)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) private sector jobs in (i) agriculture, (ii) manufacturing and (iii) the service sector and (b) public sector jobs there were in (A) Vale of...

      Film Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2006, Official Report, column 1495W, on the film industry, if he will give details of the specific tax reliefs...

      Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints have been received by the Financial Ombudsman Service in relation to the sale of (a) critical illness insurance, (b) payment protection...

      Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the complaints referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service in the last five years related to the suitability of the product purchased; and how...

      Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints have been referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service in each of the last five years; and how many were upheld in each year.

      Fuel Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the level of fuel duty for a liquid fuel produced from (a) biomass and (b) waste cooking oil that is (i) diesel quality and (ii) not diesel quality.

      General Insurance Regulations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment his Department has made of the effects on consumers of the general insurance regulations introduced in 2005; (2) what assessment his...

      General Insurance Regulations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) scope and (b) timescale is of the forthcoming Financial Services Authority's effectiveness review of general insurance regulation.

      Pre-Budget Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency of measures in his pre-Budget report.

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the latest estimate is of the amount of tax credit payments which were fraudulently obtained via the HM Revenue and Customs website; and if he will...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on tax credit fraud using Network Rail employees' identities.

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many awards of tax credits have been stopped because of suspicion of fraud in each month since 2003–04.

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit claimants appealed (a) successfully and (b) unsuccessfully to (i) the Adjudicator, (ii) the parliamentary ombudsman and (iii) by...

      Travel Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received about age discrimination in the pricing of travel insurance by UK companies; and if he will make a statement.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of (a) unemployment, (b) long-term unemployment, (c) youth unemployment and (d) economic inactivity was in (i) Denbighshire and (ii) Vale of...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of (a) unemployment, (b) long-term unemployment and (c) youth unemployment was in Milton Keynes in each year since 1997; and how many...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Caravans (Theft)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will review the law relating to the theft of caravans.

    • Child Contact Arrangements

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if the Government will seek to legislate to require the family courts to be satisfied that contact arrangements will be safe...

      Civil Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the availability of civil legal aid to people living in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

      Criminal Justice System

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many offenders' cases (a) were brought to court and (b) adjourned; how many trials were cancelled because the defendants...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional 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...

      Deputy Lieutenants (Lancashire)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on the appointment of three new deputy lieutenants for Lancashire.

      Deputy Lieutenants (Lancashire)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs who was consulted on the appointment of three new deputy lieutenants for Lancashire; which geographical area the three newly...

      Deputy Lieutenants (Lancashire)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the deputy lieutenants for Lancashire, indicating of which political party those who hold such membership are...

      Government Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when she plans to introduce proposals for custodial sentences for the abuse and unauthorised sale of government information.

      Judges (Part-time)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the part-time judges who sit for 20 days a year; and what factors she took into account when deciding not to...

      Judicial Appointments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the judicial appointments made since 1 January.

      Judicial Appointments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs in how many cases the Secretary of State has overturned the advice of officials concerning judicial appointments.

      Jury Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of hon. Members selected for jury service since the rules were changed to allow this.

      Legal Services Ombudsman

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the most recent annual report of the Legal Services Ombudsman; and if she will make a statement.

      Mediation Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much funding the Government have allocated to mediation and dispute resolution services in each of the last two years.

      Mediation Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much public money was spent on Mediation Awareness Week, on 24 to 31 October 2005.

      Small Claims

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the Government's (a) review of the small claims limit and (b) consultation paper on the small claims track will be published.

      Voting Systems

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2006 to question reference 41390, when the review of new voting systems began; who the...

  • Health

    • Agenda for Change Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effects of the agenda for change programme in each grade of NHS staff in Gravesham constituency.

    • Air Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she plans to make an announcement on the funding of air ambulances.

      Ambulance Service (Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received on the proposed plans for the restructuring of ambulance services in the Sussex area.

      Barts and the London NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings officials from her Department have had with representatives of the Barts and the London NHS trust; when such meetings took place; what...

      Birth Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2006, Official Report, columns 111–12W, on birth costs, what the reference costs are for the three resource...

      Brain Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many brain tumour patients she estimates would benefit from the use of (a) carmustine implants and (b) temozolomide; and what the cost of such...

      Brain Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the disparity in the availability of temozolomide treatment for brain tumour sufferers in different parts of England.

      Brain Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken by her Department (a) to increase and (b) to speed up access to radiotherapy for brain tumour patients.

      Brain Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken by her Department to improve the survival rates for people with brain tumours.

      Brain Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps are being taken by her Department to improve service delivery for brain tumour patients; (2) what steps are being taken by her...

      Cancer (Herefordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients normally resident in Hereford have been treated for cancer in Herefordshire in the past 12 months.

      Cancer (Herefordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of NHS funding awarded to Herefordshire primary care trust is assigned to treating cancer patients in the county.

      Cancer (Herefordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was in Herefordshire for a cancer patient from diagnosis to initial treatment in the last year for which figures are available.

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect of forthcoming primary care trust mergers on the number of designated professionals who safeguard children (a)...

      Children's Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the funding of children's hospices in England.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been paid by her Department to the consultants McKinseys in each of the last eight years.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      Departmental Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) personal computers, (b) laptops, (c) servers, (d) printers, (e) scanners, (f) photocopiers and (g) fax machines (i) her Department and (ii)...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual expenditure on vehicles by (a) her Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body, (ii) executive agency and (iii) other public...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of pension contributions incurred by (a) her Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body, (ii) executive agency and (iii)...

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 Health 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 available.

      Disability

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

      Drug Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the price paid by the NHS for drugs and medicines compared with the European average; and if she will make a statement.

      Emergency Re-admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to question 29552, on emergency re-admissions, if she will provide the figures for quarter 4 of 2004–05 and quarter 1 of...

      Executive Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) targets, (b) advice and (c) guidance her Department has given to Executive agencies that fall under the remit of her Department on the...

      Fake Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps are being taken to prevent fake prescription drugs entering the NHS supply chain; (2) what procedures are in place to safeguard the...

      Folic Acid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information her Department distributes informing women of child bearing age about folic acid supplementation.

      Gene Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to provide further funding for the MDEX consortium gene therapy clinical trials.

      Genetic Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps she is taking to build capacity for genetic testing services in the NHS; (2) what funding she has made available for expanding genetic...

      Genetic Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which genetic tests are offered by NHS organisations in England; which providers offer genetic testing services; which conditions can be diagnosed by...

      Good Hope Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the contract with Secta at Good Hope Hospital Trust was terminated; and if she will make a statement.

      Good Hope Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the out-turn against budget at Good Hope Hospital Trust has been in each month of the last five years.

      Greenwich District Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the change in methodology in the calculation of profit from the sale of the former Greenwich District Hospital site; and...

      Home Oxygen Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average delivery time was for emergency oxygen deliveries to out-patients in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Home Oxygen Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the implications of the changed arrangements for home oxygen therapy on (a) waiting times for service and (b) patient...

      Hospital Admissions (Drug Misuse)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital admissions with primary diagnoses of mental and behavioural disorders relating to drug misuse took place in each of the last five years.

      Hospital Beds (North-East)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the occupancy rates were for each hospital trust in the North East in the last three years for which figures are available.

      Influenza Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of those aged over 65 years are expected to receive influenza vaccinations by the end of winter 2005–06.

      Mal de Debarquement Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps her Department is taking to increase awareness of mal de debarquement syndrome; (2) how many patients in England were diagnosed as...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many midwife-led birth centres there are in England; (2) what steps she is taking to promote caseload working in maternity services.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives there were in the national health service in England, expressed as (a) a headcount and (b) whole-time equivalents, in each of the last...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to offer women choice over which midwife provides one-to-one continuing care during pregnancy and birth.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many three-month vacancies for midwives there are in the national health service in England.

      Medical Staff (Pay)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in requiring the (a) doctors and dentists review body and (b) nurses and other health professionals review body to consider...

      Medicine Use Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps were taken by (a) her Department and (b) the NHS to make the public aware of the availability of medicine use reviews (i) before and (ii)...

      Medicines Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will publish the results of the Hospitals Medicines Management Framework Self-Assessment; and if she will make a statement; (2) if she will...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what social and cultural factors she has identified as having (a) an impact on and (b) a correlation with the incidence of mental illnesses; and if she...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital admissions on mental health grounds in each year since 1997 resulted from the use of (a) pharmaceutical drugs, (b) heroin, (c) cocaine,...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department has taken to develop mental health telephone helpline services.

      Midwifery (North Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwifery posts are vacant in each acute NHS trust in the North West.

      Mobile Telephone Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's policy is on giving consent to the siting of telephone masts on NHS estates.

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the clinical trials at the Atkinson Morley Wing of St George's Medical School in Tooting, South London for Aimspro to treat secondary progressive...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her statement of 15 November 2005, Official Report, column 851 on NHS Finance, what extra time the Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2006, Official Report, column 145W, on NHS finance, what the total saving made by the NHS Litigation Authority was;...

      NHS Managers (Job Losses)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of job losses among NHS managers as a result of changes to primary care trusts; and what proportion of job losses...

      NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency has spent purchasing gas in each financial year since 2000–01.

      NHS Trusts (Board Members)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the board members of each NHS trust who have left their positions in the last three years.

      Northiam and Broad Oak Surgeries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Minister of State for NHS delivery will provide a written response following his meeting with the hon. Member for Bexhill and Battle on 9 January...

      Palliative Care (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the adequacy of funding of palliative care in the Eastern Region of England.

      Patient Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have died due to mistakes made by NHS staff in each year since 1997; and what proportion resulted in prosecutions.

      Patient Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements are in place for the (a) monitoring and (b) improvement of the safety of NHS patients who receive treatment from other healthcare providers.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with the Royal College of Nursing about her plans to give primary care trusts a solely commissioning role.

      Predictive Diallers

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

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate her Department made prior to the change in prescription charge regulations in April 2004 of the number of additional patients per year who...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reviews of the prescription charging system her Department has undertaken since 1997; what plans she has to conduct further reviews of the...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice her Department issues to (a) primary care trusts and (b) general practitioners on the issue of prescriptions to patients who pay for drugs to...

      Queen Elizabeth Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made on the impact of the private finance initiative arrangements on the reference cost index of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital...

      Queen Elizabeth Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the basis is for the change in the discount rate on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Trust Finance Initiative deferred asset in 2005–06; and if she...

      Queen Elizabeth Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the consortia refinanced the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Trust Private Finance Initiative; and what estimate she has made of the financial effect on the...

      Rheumatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to safeguard the employment of specialist rheumatology nurses and practitioners during the reorganisation of primary care trusts.

      Stoma Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether any changes are planned in the provision of stoma nurses.

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost per patient treated in hospital was for each strategic health authority in England in each of the last 10 years.

      Thiomersal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research her Department has undertaken into thiomersal; and if she will make a statement; (2) which paediatric vaccines contain mercury; and...

      Thrombosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions she had on raising thrombosis as a patient safety issue during the UK presidency of the European Union; (2) whether the prevention...

      Tooth Decay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what national targets for tooth decay her Department has set in the last five years; and what the performance against each target has been of each (a)...

      Tuberculosis Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent changes there have been to Government policy on the vaccination of children against tuberculosis; and what the present policy is.

      Value for Money

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her statement on the Dimbleby programme that her Department is examining its budget to ensure value for money is achieved, if she will list...

      Vitamin D (Infants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the optimum age at which breastfed babies will benefit from vitamin D drops; and which variety of vitamin D the...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) maximum, (b) average and (c) target waiting times were for (i) inpatient and (ii) first outpatient appointments for each strategic health...

      Westmorland and Lonsdale

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) residential, (b) nursing and (c) elderly mentally infirm (i) homes and (ii) places were available in Westmorland and Lonsdale in each of the...

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol-related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many alcohol-related crimes were recorded in west Lancashire in each year since 2002.

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what new powers have been made available to (a) local councils and (b) police forces to counter antisocial behaviour since May 1997.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many principal applicants for asylum have been granted indefinite leave to remain (ILR) as a result of the family ILR exercise announced...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether immigration detention centre staff will be subject to the vetting and barring scheme recommended by the Bichard Report.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer the letter to him dated 5 December 2005 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Bakhtyar Ahmed.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will reply to the letter of 7 October 2005 from the hon. Member for Aylesbury about the case...

      Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases are on the register of overseas corruption allegations held by the National Criminal Intelligence Service; and how many of...

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average number of crimes reported per day was in Lancashire in the last year for which figures are available; and what estimate he...

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of young offenders re-offended in (a) Lancashire and (b) west Lancashire constituency in each year since 2002.

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent crimes took place in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in each of the last five years.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the most recent estimate is of the time taken to process (a) a standard disclosure and (b) an enhanced disclosure by the Criminal...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken to process Criminal Records Bureau applications was in (a) September 2005, (b) June 2005, (c) January 2005 and...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment he has made of the extent to which the rules under which the Criminal Records Bureau can divulge former convictions,...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigration detention centre staff are (a) trained in child protection procedures and (b) subject to Criminal Records Bureau checks.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many charter flights have been used to deport illegal immigrants and overstayers in each of the last five years, broken down by (a)...

      DNA Profiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances the police are permitted to retain DNA profiles obtained with consent from (a) the victims of crimes and (b) witnesses...

      DNA Profiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances the police may retain DNA profiles; and for how long these profiles may be retained.

      Drug Dealers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional funding has been made available to police forces to deal with regional drug dealers; and if he will make a statement.

      Early Release Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences have been committed by offenders released under the Government's early release scheme during periods they would otherwise...

      Faith Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the publications his Department has produced relating to faith communities since 1989.

      Festivals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2005, Official Report, column 987W, on festivals, how much funding his Department made available to fund...

      Forensic Practitioners (Complaints)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the transparency of the complaints procedure of the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners.

      Fresh Talent Working in Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications have been received for the fresh talent working in Scotland scheme; how many of these (a) were successful, (b) were...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate his Department has made of (a) the proportion of all recorded crimes and (b) the total number of crimes which were related to...

      Glass Attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent incidents involving glasses or glass bottles were reported in West Lancashire in 2004–05 resulting in injuries.

      Highways Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females were (i) prosecuted and (ii) convicted during 2004 of an offence under section 131(2) of the Highways Act...

      Historical Sex Abuse Investigations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the work of the National Centre for Policing Excellence in relation to historical sex abuse investigations.

      House Building (Aylesbury)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of additional (a) police officers and (b) police stations that will be required as a result of the...

      Illegal Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal fireworks were seized in (a) West Lancashire, (b) Lancashire and (c) England in each of the last five years for which...

      Illegal Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fines have been imposed by the police for offences relating to fireworks in (a) West Lancashire constituency, (b) Lancashire, (c)...

      International Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to bring before the House his proposals to amend the law to prevent individuals from applying for international arrest warrants.

      Knives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been found to be unlawfully carrying knives in public without good reason in each division of Staffordshire police force...

      Migrations Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the size is of the migrations fund to help failed asylum seekers resettle in their own country; and if he will make a statement.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish a job description for regional offender managers under the National Offender Management Services structures.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the effectiveness of regional offender managers is to be assessed.

      NHS Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many early retirements there were under the NHS Pension Scheme (a) in 2000 and (b) in each year since 2002.

      Overseas Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 July 2005, Official Report, column 1094W, on overseas prisoners, whether the UK has a bilateral prisoner...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to question 39532, tabled by the right hon. Member for Birkenhead on 19 December 2005.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer Question 24259 tabled by the hon. Member for St. Ives.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces in England and Wales have a dedicated major investigation team.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether police authorities will receive Government grant to cover (a) the full and (b) part of the cost of the proposals for police force...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of (a) police officers and (b) the population of England and Wales is from ethnic minorities; and what the equivalent figures...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the manpower allocation of (a) police officers and (b) civilian police staff was in each London borough in each year since...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) civilian staff and (b) police officers are employed by Lancashire police force.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there are in Caerphilly constituency; and how many there were two years ago.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers from black or other ethnic minority backgrounds who resigned in each of the last three years stated discrimination...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police forces in England and Wales routinely issue in-car satellite navigation systems for use in patrol cars.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what impact he expects police force amalgamations to have on crime reduction.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received on amending police regulations to enable serving officers to participate in the selection process for...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether police regulations allow serving officers to participate in the activities of political parties; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding the Government provides for support services for prisoners' families.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to provide career development opportunities for prison officers interested in assisting in the delivery of (a) prison...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase (a) public and (b) private sector prison capacity in each of the next five years, broken down by (i) category...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many working days were recorded lost in each prison in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) the last year for which figures are available; and if...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the ratios of (a) prison officers and (b) all prison staff to inmates were in (i) 1997, (ii) 2001 and (iii) 2005; and if he will make a...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many individuals have served as governor in each prison since 1997; and if he will make a statement; (2) what the average tenure...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of inmates at each prison (a) had access to and (b) enrolled in (i) recognised vocational education courses, (ii) further...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effect of prison education on levels of offender recidivism; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which prisons have intensive rehabilitation programmes for drugs; what his assessment is of the effectiveness of the programmes; what plans...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison dogs have been in service in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the work of prison dogs; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison dogs are designated as (a) passive and (b) pro-active in the detection of drugs; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of options other than the private finance initiative for the construction of new prisons.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what forecast he has made of the level of the prison population in each of the last three years; and what the actual level was in each year.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who was responsible for the independent assessment of the performance test of prisons on the Isle of Sheppey.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what selection criteria were used to select the three prisons on the Isle of Sheppey for market testing in 2005; (2) what selection...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of how many probation hostel places will be required in each of the next five years; what effect he expects the...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms exist to ensure consistency in Probation Service assessments; and if he will make a statement.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to change the offender assessment procedures used by the Probation Service; and if he will make a statement.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many responses were received in response to the consultation paper Restructuring Probation to Reduce Reoffending from Welsh-based (a)...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether in his proposals for restructuring the Probation Service in Wales he plans to allow (a) members of the public and (b) local...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether in the restructuring proposals for the Probation Service in Wales he plans to give offenders rights to object to being supervised by...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many responses to the consultation paper, Restructuring Probation to reduce Re-offending, were received from individual members of (a)...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he can take during the restructuring of the Probation Service in Wales if employees refuse to accept the transfer of their...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what responses he has received from the judiciary in Wales to the publication, Restructuring Probation to reduce re-offending; and if he will...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last met the Secretary of State for Wales to discuss the Probation Service in Wales and the restructuring proposals for the service.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he expects resources allocated to the Welsh Regional Offender Manager under the National Offender Management Service arrangements to...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether contestability will be introduced into the provision of probation services in Wales.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for the future of probation boards in Wales.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prostitutes were given custodial sentences for soliciting in 2005.

      Public Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) anti-social behaviour orders, (b) individual support orders, (c) enforced parenting orders and (d) voluntary parenting contracts...

      Regional Offender Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what protections are in place for regional offender managers should they be unable to meet their legal obligations because the number of...

      Regional Offender Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether offices have been (a) rented and (b) purchased by Regional Offender Managers; where each of these offices is located; and what the...

      Remand Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the reason for the change in the number of (a) women and (b) men remanded into custody in the last three years.

      Reoffending

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has issued on determining the risk that an offender presents (a) to the public and (b) of reoffending; and if he will make a...

      Reoffending

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to reduce reoffending.

      Respect Action Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what role he expects residents' associations to play in the Government's Respect Action Plan.

      Sex Offenders Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time was between a relevant conviction in court and the sexual offenders register being updated in each of the...

      Speed Cameras/Speedmeters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which models of mobile speed cameras have been purchased by each police force in England and Wales since 2003.

      Speed Cameras/Speedmeters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vehicles were detected by speed cameras exceeding the speed limit on the contraflow between junctions 19 and 20 of the M5 (a) in the...

      Speed Cameras/Speedmeters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which speedmeters have been type-approved for police use.

      Tasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2005, Official Report, column 470W, on taser stun guns, if he will make a statement on the use of...

      Tasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what regulations are in place governing the private sale and distribution of Tasers; and whether he plans to tighten these regulations.

      Tasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department at how many people Tasers have been fired by each police constabulary in England and Wales, broken down by (a) gender, (b) age and (c) ethnicity.

      Temporary Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many temporary migrants (a) were receiving NHS treatment, (b) had places in state schools and (c) were receiving in-work benefits on 1...

      Terrorism Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the occasions (a) before and (b) after 26 October on which (i) he and (ii) his representatives contacted Hammersmith and...

      Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) males and (b) females were convicted of motoring offences in (i) Ruislip-Northwood constituency, (ii) the London borough...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of unmet demand for Access to Work grants.

    • Access to Work Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the projected annual budget is for Access to Work in each of the next three years.

      Adviser Discretion Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobcentres are imposing a £50 limit on the maximum amount from the Adviser Discretion Fund which can be granted without a...

      Allied Steel and Wire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of expenditure under the Financial Assistance Scheme on deferred pensioners in the Allied Steel and Wire (Cardiff)...

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the possibility of material containing asbestos being sent to landfill if the European Union Asbestos Worker...

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the risks associated with the application and removal of textured coatings containing asbestos.

      Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to remove certain processes from the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations; and if he will make a statement.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed both incapacity benefit and income support in each year since 1997.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) income support and (c) incapacity benefit claims later determined to be fraudulent in...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to locate administration of benefit services outside the United Kingdom.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made on the simplification of (a) structures and (b) payment systems for in-work benefits.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham have been receiving the benefit for five years or more.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value of (a) unemployment benefit, (b) income support, (c) invalidity benefit and (d) the basic state pension was as a proportion of...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of gross domestic product was spent on (a) unemployment benefits, (b) invalidity benefits, (c) disability benefits and (d)...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many housing benefit claims were subject to each rate of non-dependant deduction for the most recent year for which figures are available;...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the 20 councils with the longest times for processing new housing benefit claims according to the most recent figures...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Peterborough constituency were receiving incapacity benefit in (a) 2002–03, (b) 2003–04 and (c) 2004–05.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the additional cost of incapacity benefit resulting from a rise in the retirement age to (a) 66, (b) 67 and (c) 68 years.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Easington constituency aged (a) 20 to 25, (b) 25 to 30, (c) 30 to 35, (d) 35 to 40, (e) 40 to 45, (f) 45 to 50, (g) 50 to...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants in Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency have been receiving benefits for five years or more.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what proportion of new claimants of incapacity benefit in each year since 1997 were already in receipt of another benefit; and what...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average duration of an incapacity benefit claim was in each year since 1997; (2) what the average duration of an incapacity...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) male and (b) female incapacity benefit claimants there were in Blackpool, South (i) in total, (ii) broken down by age and (iii)...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants in Gravesham constituency have been in receipt of the benefit for (a) less than six months, (b) between...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total expenditure was for those on incapacity benefits due to (a) mental ill health and (b) behavioural reasons in each year since 1997.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received incapacity benefit on the grounds of dependency on (a) drugs and (b) alcohol in each year since 1997.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of claims for incapacity benefit were unsuccessful in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people leaving incapacity benefit in (a) the last six months, (b) the last 12 months and (c) the last seven years represented (i)...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of people making a fresh claim for incapacity benefit in each year since 2000 had been in receipt of incapacity benefit during...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will list other benefits available to incapacity benefit recipients; and what changes there have been in recipient numbers of each...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will list the main medical reasons for payment of incapacity benefit; (2) how many people were claiming incapacity benefit and...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of time for an appeal by a claimant against a decision on non-entitlement to incapacity benefit to be heard was in each...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of incapacity benefit claimants were aged over (a) 40, (b) 50, (c) 55, (d) 60 and (e) 65 years in each of the last seven years.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people living abroad have been in receipt of incapacity benefit in each year since 1997; and what the cost was in each year.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many doctors were employed (a) full-time and (b) part-time to conduct medical examinations of claimants for incapacity benefit in each of...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department monitors the number of incapacity benefit claims that are supported by each (a) general practitioner practice and (b)...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of incapacity benefit have undertaken permitted work in each of the last five years.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people left jobseeker's allowance for incapacity benefit in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Derbyshire and (b) Amber Valley were in receipt of incapacity benefit in each year since 1997.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the Eastern region had their invalidity benefit reduced because of failure to attend interviews in each of the last five years.

      British Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on (a) his Department's projects to support access to British Sign Language and (b) the recruitment of tutors for...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many deduction of earnings orders were imposed by the Child Support Agency in each year from 1991 to 1994; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has to give the Child Support Agency powers to use (a) travel bans and (b) passport withdrawal as a child support...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many parents have been found to be avoiding paying the correct amount of child support in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c)...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff have left the Child Support Agency in each of the last six years; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the latest estimate is of the time taken to action a Child Support Agency case clerically; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Support

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

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many requests to HM Revenue and Customs for information regarding the income of non-resident parents were made by the Child Support Agency...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of change requests made by Ministers in relation to the CS2 computer system on the operations of the...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) absence rates due to sickness and (b) turnover rates for Child Support Agency staff were for each month of the last calendar year.

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost of compensation payments made to clients of the Child Support Agency for administrative errors was in each of the last five...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many stuck cases were held by the Child Support Agency during the last calendar year, broken down by month.

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) face-to-face interviews have been provided, (b) complaints have been received, (c) cases have been referred to the Independent...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total amount of compensation paid to clients by the Child Support Agency (CSA) has been since 1997; and (a) how many and (b) what...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many customer complaints were made to the Child Support Agency in each year from 1996–97.

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many child support cases were referred to the special payments department at the Child Support Agency in each year since 2001; how many...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what powers the Independent Case Examiner has (a) to award and (b) to recommend the awarding of compensation by the Child Support Agency (CSA)...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in how many cases in each of the last five years the Independent Case Examiner has found failure by the Child Support Agency; and in how many...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what account is taken by the Child Support Agency of jointly incurred debts when assessing maintenance payments; (2) why an overdraft...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2006, Official Report, column 611W, on the Child Support Agency, how many outstanding applications from...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many formal complaints his Department has received regarding the Child Support Agency from people in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham...

      Customer Management Computer Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of implementing the Customer Management computer systems (a) CMS, (b) CMS2 and (c) CMS3.

      Departmental Computers (Identity Theft)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to change departmental computer systems to prevent identity theft.

      Departmental Efficiency Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what efficiency savings have been made by his central Department since 1 January 2004; and if he will make a statement.

      Disability

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

      Disability Benefits Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the Disability and Carers Service's reorganisation of the Disability Benefits Unit to operate on a...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claimed the mobility component of disability living allowance in each year since 1997 in (a) Leeds West constituency and (b)...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of disability living allowance there were in each year since its introduction, broken down by type of disability; and what...

      Discretionary Housing Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to ensure that local authorities make use of discretionary housing payment funding to help those facing (a)...

      Discretionary Housing Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 24 November 2005, Official Report, column 2253W, on discretionary housing payments, if he will prioritise the use of...

      Employment (Over-60-year-olds)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether over-60-year-olds who are seeking work are (a) included in unemployment statistics and (b) required to sign on at Jobcentre Plus.

      EU Presidency (Outcomes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the significant outcomes of the recent British EU presidency in the areas of responsibility of his Department.

      External Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has paid since 2004 to external consultants who had previously been employed by the Department in any capacity within...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of expenditure under the Financial Assistance Scheme in (a) 2005–06 and (b) each year from 2006–07 to...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of expenditure under the Financial Assistance Scheme over each of the next five financial years if the three-year...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in respect of how many company pension funds in wind-up and eligible for assistance under the Financial Assistance Scheme the three-year rule...

      Job Vacancies (Easington)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many notified job vacancies there were in the Easington travel to work area in each year since 2002.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the time taking to issue new contracts to training providers of Government-funded Jobcentre Plus training programmes.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many calls to helplines dealing with claims for jobseeker's allowance (a) were received, (b) were handled, (c) received an engaged or busy...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost was of providing interviews, signing on and job referrals for jobseeker's allowance recipients in 2004–05.

      Medical Examining Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many medical examining centres there were in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2005; what plans there are to close any medical examining centres...

      National Insurance Number

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers have been issued.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer questions (a) 18786, (b) 18787, (c) 18634, (d) 18859, (e) 19631, (f) 20012, (g) 21436, (h) 21433, (i) 21437, (j)...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people on incapacity benefits in the Pathways to Work pilots have helped back into work since the initiative began.

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Pathways to Work pilots in getting existing incapacity benefit claimants back into work.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to introduce legislation which requires (a) employers to contribute to their employees' pensions and (b) individuals to save...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have left incapacity benefit since 2001 owing to the receipt of an occupational pension.

      Personal Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken was for the completion of a Personal Capability Assessment for (a) incapacity benefit claimants and (b) income...

      Private Banks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations his Department has (a) made to and (b) received from private banks regarding those who have been diagnosed as having a...

      Terminally Ill People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were diagnosed as terminally ill in the latest year for which figures are available; and how many of those claimed attendance...

      Work and Pensions Insurance Office (Milton Keynes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to close the Work and Pensions Insurance Office in Central Milton Keynes.

      Work-focused Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the unit costs are of work-focused interviews for (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) incapacity benefit and (c) income support applicants.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: DfID Expenditure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much has been expended by the Department for International Development in pursuit of their policies in Afghanistan (a) in the last period of 12 months for...

    • Agriculture: Single Farm Payment Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people are employed by outside consultancies working for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the inspection and monitoring of farms...

      Alcohol

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the four reasons for measuring the costs of alcohol misuse given in the introduction to the Cabinet Office paper of September 2003, Alcohol misuse: How...

      Alcohol: Drink Driving

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in view of the reported increase in drink driving cases, they will reconsider their decision not to reduce the legal limit on blood alcohol permissible...

      Armed Forces: Body Armour

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What operational considerations of mobility and weight have been taken into account in the development of enhanced combat body armour.

      Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What financial savings will be gained from the closure of the three stations of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology at Monk's Wood, Winfrith and Banchory as...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the statement by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Disabled People), Department for Work and Pensions, Anne McGuire MP in a letter to Mark Harper MP that...

      Council Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Ministers of the Crown would be barred from holding office due to non-payment of council tax.

      Crime: Area Criminal Justice Boards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the official relationship between area criminal justice boards and regional offender managers.

      Crime: Regional Offender Managers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What budget has been given to each regional offender manager.

      Crossrail: Environmental Impacts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give an assurance that rare green space in central London, such as the Phoenix Wildlife Garden, the last community garden in Covent Garden, will...

      Defence Industrial Strategy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How Parliament will be informed of the progress of the Defence Industrial Strategy.

      Education: Means-tested Maintenance Grants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their current estimates of the annual cost of providing the new means-tested maintenance grants for students in England from low-income families for the...

      EU: Regulations and Directives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Since the launch of the campaign to get rid of unnecessary regulations, how many European Union regulations or directives have been repealed; and how many new...

      Extraordinary Rendition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they refuse to receive or use intelligence gained from Central Intelligence Agency prisoners subject to rendition where it relates to the prevention of...

      Extraordinary Rendition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consider extra-judicial rendition of prisoners to be in accordance with international law.

      Extraordinary Rendition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the use of United Kingdom airports by foreign civil aircraft for refuelling is within the object and purpose of the Chicago Convention on International...

      Food Standards Agency: Vitamin D

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What response the Food Standards Agency has taken of the recent removal of vitamin D from a number of popular breakfast cereals by Kellogg's; and what...

      Government-owned Residences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which (a) Ministers; (b) former Ministers; (c) officials; and (d) former officials currently have the use of a government-owned or financed residence.

      Gypsies and Travellers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether accommodation consisting of a pitch on a caravan site, provided by a non-metropolitan council in England within the meaning of the Local Government Act...

      HIV: Inadvertent Blood Infection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received for increases to the fund administered by the Macfarlane Trust to support people with haemophilia who have been infected...

      Immigration: Country of Origin Information Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the role of the Human Rights Commission for Pakistan as an authority for the purposes of the Home Office's Country of Origin...

      Independent Case Examiner:Mr Steven Griffiths

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the review of the independent case examiner into the case of Mr Steven Griffiths, to which reference is made in the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath's letter to Mr...

      Licensing Act 2003

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many licensed premises have not yet applied for licences under the Licensing Act 2003 in each council area.

      Media and Voice Training: Prime Minister's Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much Number 10 Downing Street has spent on media and voice training in each of the past eight years.

      Mental Health: Draft Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to consult further on the Mental Health Bill before it is introduced into Parliament.

      NHS: Alzheimer's Drugs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to accept or reject the revised guidelines on Alzheimer drugs, proposed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on 22...

      NHS: Cumbria

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment has been made of additional costs since 1997 in Cumbria on National Health Service expenditure arising from (a) targets to reduce waiting time, (b)...

      Olympic Games 2012

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the holding of the Olympic Games in 2012 depends on certain conditions contained in the host city contract being made legally enforceable against third parties.

      Pensions: Direct Payment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many state pensions are paid (a) directly into the recipient's banks; and (b) through a post office account; and when these systems of payment began.

      Pensions: Direct Payment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department for Work and Pensions gives its employees who deal with state pensions guidance to encourage applicants to choose to receive their payments...

      Police: Reorganisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have made of the likely increase in the Essex police precept to the council tax arising from a possible merger of the Essex constabulary (a)...

      Police: Reorganisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the potential start-up costs of (a) a Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex combined police force; (b) a Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex combined police force;...

      Police: Reorganisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why, given that the Secretary of State for the Home Department's plans for police reorganisation stated that any force below 4,000 police officers would be...

      Police: Reorganisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will reconsider their decision not to put forward the Essex police constabulary as a stand-alone force under its plans for police reorganisation.

      Police: Reorganisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many representations they have received to date in favour of abolishing the Essex police constabulary as a stand-alone force.

      Police: Reorganisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 19 December (HL2608), whether they have made an estimate of the cost of a merger of the Essex...

      Police: IMPACT Nominal Index

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What training will be provided for police forces in England and Wales for the implementation and use of the IMPACT Nominal Index.

      Police: IMPACT Nominal Index

      asked Her Majesty's Government: From where the additional funding required by police forces to implement and use the IMPACT Nominal Index will come.

      Prison and Probation Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether regional offender managers will assume responsibility for commissioning prison and probation services with effect from April 2006, as previously announced.

      Prisoners: Hepatitis C

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate they have made of the number of prisoners infected with hepatitis C.

      Railways: Graffiti

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps are being taken to secure the removal of graffiti in the vicinity of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link crossing of the East Coast Main Line, north of Kings...

      Railways: Skipton to Colne Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received in the past year in favour of the re-opening of the railway line between Colne and Skipton; and what has been their response.

      Roads: Colne and Skipton Bypass

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What priority they are giving to the building of the Colne villages bypass on the A56 between Colne and Skipton.

      Squirrels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In which places in the United Kingdom grey squirrel controls have been deemed successful.

      Transport: Manchester Metrolink

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any metropolitan district council outside of Merseyside has been asked to provide unlimited and unconditional guarantees relating to the capital...

      Transport: Merseytram Line 1

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Upon what legal basis the decision to withdraw the proposed £170 million funding from Merseytram Line 1 was made; and Whether, as part of the decision to...

      Transport: Research and Consultancy Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 20 December (WA 250), whether they will (a) place in the Library a copy of all documents, including...

      War Graves

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In which countries they have responsibility for British war graves.

      Wildlife: Berne Convention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Berne Convention applies to species present in the United Kingdom before the ratification convention in 1982.

      World Health Organisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the governing body of the World Health Organisation (WHO) is next due to meet; who will be their representative at the meeting; and whether they will support...

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