Written answers

Thursday, 9 February 2006

  • Prime Minister

    • Mr. Victor Bout

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the United Nations on whether Mr Victor Bout should be on a list of those subject to planned UN sanctions on arms trafficking; and if he...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Mitigation Speeches

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will encourage prosecutors to challenge derogatory attacks on a victim's character made by defence lawyers in mitigation.

    • Electoral Fraud

      To ask the Solicitor-General what role he expects the Law Officers' Departments to play in ensuring prosecutions are brought in relation to electoral fraud.

      Crime Victims

      To ask the Solicitor-General when he last met the Director of Public Prosecutions to discuss liaison between the Crown Prosecution Service and victims of crime.

      Criminal Cases

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps the Crown Prosecution Service is taking to improve management of the procedure of criminal cases in court.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps the Crown Prosecution Service is taking to improve the delivery of court papers.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the average time taken by the Crown Prosecution Service to decide whether to prosecute a juvenile was in the last year for which figures are available.

  • Education and Skills

    • Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research her Department is undertaking on whether cost acts as a barrier to take-up of child care.

    • Setting/Streaming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures her Department has introduced since 1997 to promote setting and streaming in schools.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made in the establishment of children's centres.

      School Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on school discipline.

      Education Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment she has made of standards in education for 16 to 18-year-olds; and if she will make a statement.

      Education Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures her Department is taking to improve the standard of basic skills of school leavers.

      Skills Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to bring the Skills Olympics to the UK.

      Education White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research was undertaken which supported the contents of the Education White Paper; and if she will make a statement.

      Language Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent guidance she has issued to schools on the teaching of foreign languages.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she has taken to reduce the total administration costs of (a) her Department, (b) its non-departmental public bodies and (c)...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on measures to promote fair access to higher education.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what recent discussions she has had on the Higher Education Funding Council for England's review of its methods of funding teaching;...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to encourage greater involvement of small companies in funding the Learning and Skills Council and its initiatives.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how local Learning and Skills Council offices will be funded to deliver partnership arrangements and economic regeneration; and if she will...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures are in place to resolve differences between national and local priorities in the Learning and Skills Council, with particular...

      Park Life Centres (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how Park Life centres in Gloucestershire will be funded after the movement of funds to regional offices of its Learning and Skills Council.

      Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of the population in (a) West Yorkshire, (b) Wakefield District and (c) Normanton constituency aged between 16 and 65 years...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment she has made of the period of time which elapses before student loans begin to be repaid; and if she will make a...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bin Liners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether local authorities have the power to charge their residents for bin liners; and if she will make a statement.

    • Abandoned Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many abandoned vehicles were removed and destroyed in each London borough in each of the last five years; and if she will...

      Air Quality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the local authorities that have passed orders declaring air quality management areas; and whether they are...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the likely change in (a) stores, (b) finished cattle and (c) fat cattle going to live...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under what legislation the Department has the authority to block a second bovine tuberculosis test for a calf that tested...

      Canada Geese

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons Canada geese treated for fishing line injuries in sanctuaries are not allowed to be released back into the wild.

      Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the research projects being undertaken by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the National Assembly for Wales about extending the Climate Challenge Fund to Wales.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date she expects to publish the outcome of the Climate Change Review.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which Departments she has consulted as part of the Climate Change Review process; and if she will make a statement.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is her policy to secure a 20 per cent. reduction of UK carbon dioxide emissions by 2010.

      Commercial Developments (Energy Efficiency Standards)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to promote zero carbon renewable energy systems in commercial buildings; and if she will...

      Countryside and Rights of Way Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what mileage of new (a) byways and (b) bridleways have been created since the enactment of the Countryside and...

      Drought (Contingency Plans)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contingency plans are in place in case of drought in summer 2006.

      Drought (Contingency Plans)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many gallons below their capacity level are the (a) reservoirs and (b) other areas of water supply that supply Leicester;...

      EU Habitats Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the UK has implemented the EU Habitats Directive.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to eradicate fuel poverty.

      GM Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the delegation from her Department which will attend the conference in April in Austria to discuss genetic...

      Greenhouse Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the annual emission of methane gas emitted by (a) cattle, (b) sheep and (c) pigs; and if she will make a...

      Greenhouse Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the carbon dioxide emission levels were for (a) the United Kingdom, (b) the EU, (c) the USA, (d) Russia, (e) China, (f)...

      Greenhouse Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of carbon emissions generated by water desalination plants; and if she will make a statement.

      Incineration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has to increase incineration capacity in England.

      Landfill Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to speed up the process of granting landfill licences.

      Official Gifts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the gifts received by (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department in each of the last two years for...

      Organic Entry Level Stewardship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will provide compensation for those farmers who have been unable to register their applications for Organic Entry...

      Waste Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what guidance is offered by her Department to (a) private businesses and (b) other Government departments on minimising...

      Pedigree Cattle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice she received on the criteria for tuberculosis slaughter valuations for pedigree cattle (a) under six months and...

      Plant Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the basis was for her application to extend the derogation on the import of plants under Commission Decision 2005/775/EC...

      Recycling Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's plans are for future recycling targets; and if she will make a statement.

      Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what time period elapsed between the publication of each Report by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution and the...

      Special Protection Area Status

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what role English Nature plays in the planning process for special protection area status; and if she will make a statement.

      Seed Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many lots of seeds for (a) maize and sweetcorn, (b) winter oilseed rape, (c) spring oilseed rape, (d) sugar beet, (e)...

      Severn Trent Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to ensure a good service for customers of Severn Trent Water.

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to provide core funding for (a) wheels to work and (b) wheels to learning schemes in rural areas.

      Spent Nuclear Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much spent nuclear fuel has been stored in Wales in each year since 1997, (a) in total and (b) broken down by (i) low...

      Syngenta

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the occasions on which she met representatives of Syngenta during (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.

      Syngenta

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when (a) she and (b) her officials last met representatives of Syngenta.

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the compatibility of further legislative options for prohibiting the import of...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects a reply to be sent to the letters of 12 July 2005 and 20 November 2005 to the Fisheries Minister on behalf...

      Veterinary Surgeons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many veterinary surgeons have abandoned farm animal practice in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list levels of household waste recyling by each local authority in 2004–05.

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received on water supply shortages in East Sussex; and what plans she has to combat such...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of (a) water shortage in East Sussex and (b) the possible effect of such shortages on consumer...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much water on average was (a) available to and (b) consumed by each person in the UK in the last year for which figures...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the (a) merits, (b) practicality and (c) costs of constructing a water grid to enable...

      Wind Turbines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects of wind farms on wild birds; what research her Department has commissioned on the...

  • Transport

    • A1079

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents there have been on the A1079 road in each of the last five years; and how many resulted in fatalities in each year.

    • A21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from the South East of England Regional Assembly regional prioritisation and the proposed A21 upgrade.

      Heathrow Noise Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what account his Department took of the potential impact of the Review of the British Airports Authority Heathrow Noise Fines Fund in preparation of...

      Highway Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to permit traffic to turn left at red lights.

      Light Dues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will assess the ruling of the Petitions Committee of the European Parliament in favour of a petition from the Independent Light Dues Forum,...

      Rail Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of trains are fitted with data recorders; and if he will make a statement.

      Stage Cottage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what refurbishment work has been undertaken at Stage Cottage, Hurst Green, East Sussex; and what the total cost of this work is expected to be.

      Transport Demand Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Association of Train Operating Companies regarding using peak fare differentiation as a means of demand management...

      Vegetable Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on research into the use of vegetable oil as a fuel in each of the last five years.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Accountancy Profession

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what dates he (a) wrote to and (b) met with representatives of the recognised supervisory bodies in relation to their policies on ethnic...

    • Alternative Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when companies will be able to bid for the £15 million funding package for UK demonstrations of hydrogen and fuel cell energy...

      Carbon-free Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research the Government are (a) commissioning and (b) sponsoring on the development of a hydrogen-based economy, with particular...

      Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he made of likely job losses at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

      Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people have been employed by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in each of the last five years.

      Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the estimated cost of his restructuring proposals for the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

      Civil Servants (Overseas Visits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what costs were incurred by his Department as a result of sending civil servants on overseas visits in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of total paper consumption by his Department in their conference and seminar literature was recycled paper, in the last year...

      Energy Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the Eurobarometer Public Opinion Survey on attitudes to renewable energy and nuclear power, published by the...

      Estate Agent Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if the Government will undertake a consultation on (a) how to strengthen regulation of estate agents, (b) the setting up of a redress...

      European Union Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations have been received on the proposed (a) waste electrical and electronic equipment directive and (b) the restrictions on...

      Executive Agencies

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

      External Consultants

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

      Money Transfer Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received on the regulation of international money transfer services.

      New Delhi Declaration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how co-operation between India and the United Kingdom in the fields of (a) civilian nuclear activities, (b) civilian space programmes and (c)...

      North Sea Energy Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions he has had with the Norwegian Government regarding North sea energy reserves; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the future of nuclear power.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much it cost to dispose of spent nuclear fuel in Wales from the (a) Trawsfynydd and (b) Wylfa nuclear power plants in each year since they...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been spent from public funds on (a) purchasing and (b) moving uranium for use in the (i) Trawsfynydd and (ii) Wylfa nuclear power...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been spent from public funds on (a) moving spent fuel out of Wales and (b) disposing of nuclear fuel from the (i) Trawsfynydd and...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the timetable for planning the clean-up of ex-military and civil nuclear programmes; and which companies are advising him on the project.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will provide an answer to question 10236, on departmental expenditure, tabled by the hon. Member for Monmouth on 4 July 2005.

      Press Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on how many occasions since 1 April 2003 he has complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the coverage in the press of (a) Ministers...

      Renewable Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of the renewable power generated in England and Wales was accounted for by co-firing in 2004–05.

      Renewable Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to reduce surplus co-fired renewables obligation certificates; and what assessment he has made of the implications for (a)...

      Renewable Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assistance is available to microgenerators in relation to the sale of renewables obligation certificates.

      Shell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will publish his Department's report on Shell's oil and gas reserves.

      Singapore

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make it his policy to negotiate a free trade agreement with Singapore.

      Zirconium Silicate (Iran)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry with which company his Department had discussions about the export of zirconium silicate to Iran (a) before its shipment in September and (b)...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many households are unable to receive (a) Channel 5 and (b) Freeview, broken down by Government office region; whether her...

    • Departmental Expenditure

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

      Library Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment the Government have made of the causes of public library closure for those due to do so in (a) 2005–06 and (b)...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Warley of 8 December 2005, Official Report, column 1469W, on the London Olympics, when her...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2006, Official Report, column 50W, on the Olympic games, if she will list the occasions on which...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the 2012 London Olympic Games will use renewable energy derived from fuel cell technology.

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will place in the Library a copy of the local government finance data and methodology used to calculate how much the proposed...

      Looted Works of Art (Nazis)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what estimate she has made of the number of works of art in public collections which are thought to have been looted by the Nazis;...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many parliamentary questions tabled in the last 12 months for answer by her on a named day (a) were transferred and (b) received a...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by her in the last 12 months have been answered (a) within 14 days,...

      Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on her Department's public relations and information services in each of the last five years for which figures are...

  • International Development

    • Bolivia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance the UK has provided to Bolivia following the recent flooding; and if he will make a statement.

    • Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was spent on the Department's public relations and information services in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Economic Partnership Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the UK position is on (a) investment, (b) public procurement and (c) competition policy within the economic partnership agreements...

      EU Trust Fund (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on progress towards the establishment of an EU trust fund for Africa.

      Food Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made on the scale of food shortages in Chechnya and Ingushetia; and if he will make a statement.

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what total sum has been received by his Department for the provision of information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in its...

      Global Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the withdrawal of the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria from Myanmar.

      Global Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what mechanisms are in place to ensure that money pledged to the global fund to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria is spent where...

      Global Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on distributing the US$ 241 allocated by the global fund to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria to...

      Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) bilateral and (b) multilateral aid the UK has given to Haiti in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Kashmir Earthquake

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions his Department has had with UK commercial airlines on the carriage of aid collected in the UK to Pakistan as part of...

      Poverty Reduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the impact of remittances sent by migrants to their families in the developing world on reducing...

      Sierra Leone/Ivory Coast

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) financial and (b) food aid the United Kingdom has given to (i) Sierra Leone and (ii) the Ivory Coast since 1997.

  • Treasury

    • Better Regulation Action Plan

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Financial Services Authority's Better Regulation Action Plan.

    • Condoms

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will reduce the current level of VAT on condoms to five per cent.

      Domestic Property Surveys

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether VAT is levied on a surveyor's report produced on a domestic property.

      Employment Statistics

      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) Ribble...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many letters he has received from members of the public regarding the Financial Services Authority in each year since its creation.

      HM Revenue and Customs Estate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his oral answer of 26 January 2006, Official Report, column 1505, on HM Revenue and Customs Estate, what clawback clauses were included in the...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what additional rate of standard income tax would have been required to raise revenue of (a) £17.4 billion in 2004–05 and (b) £16.4 billion...

      Insurance Premium Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received from organisations representing leaseholders with concerns about alleged fraud regarding the insurance premium tax.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the (a) dates and (b) locations of his nationwide tour undertaken to date; and when he expects the tour to be completed.

      Ports (Security)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many whole-time equivalent staff of HM Revenue and Customs and its predecessors were employed in the investigation and surveillance of (a) ports...

      Prescriptions (VAT)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria were used in deciding that (a) NHS hospital pharmacies would pay VAT on prescriptions and (b) other pharmaceutical outlets would not.

      Real Estate Investment Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the merits of establishing a regulatory framework for unlisted real estate investment trusts.

      Revenue Help Lines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the adequacy of Inland Revenue help lines (a) 01274 532007 and (b) 01274 539628 at busy times of the year for people with...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families were sent (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four to seven and (e) eight or more different entitlement notices for a single application for...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) longest and (b) average time taken was for information relating to an application for tax credit to be updated on his Department's computer...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when his Department expects to publish full results for the level of compliance in tax credits for 2003–04; and what research has been undertaken on...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the total value has been of compensation payments made as a result of (a) delays and (b) mistakes in calculating tax credit awards; (2) how many...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the annual cost to public funds of withdrawing tax credit as beneficiaries' income rises to the marginal income tax rate applicable.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Valuation Office Agency has paid in (a) recruitment costs and (b) redundancy payments as a consequence of the postponement of the council tax...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency (a) has and (b) will have access to the local authority lettings continuous recording (LACORE) database.

      Vandalism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the acts of vandalism which have been perpetrated (a) inside and (b) on the outside of his Department's buildings in the last 12 months.

      Vehicle Excise Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many vehicle excise duty payments were made in each of the last six weeks for which figures are available in each local authority area in North Wales.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria he uses to judge the success of (a) the peacekeeping mission and (b) the counter-narcotics operation in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he expects the recent deployment of British troops to Afghanistan to result in reduced opium production in that country.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what funds his Department has provided to support training of the Afghan army and police force in each year since 2002; and if he will make a...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many NATO-trained and deployed Afghan combat troops there are; and if he will make a statement.

      Chemical Defence Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which research programme at the Chemical Defence Establishment at Porton Down is designed to contribute to the understanding of Parkinson's disease.

      Commemorative Badges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many 1945–55 commemorative badges have been issued in (a) each local authority area and (b) each constituency.

      Cruise Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Tomahawk cruise missiles have been (a) purchased for and (b) launched by the Royal Navy in each year since 1997; and how many Block IV Tomahawk...

      Defence Medical Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required and (b) current strength levels of (i) trained anaesthetists, (ii) trained general surgeons, (iii) burns specialists and (iv)...

      Defence Medical Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many residents of (a) each county and (b) each constituency in North Wales have received a veteran's badge.

      Disability (Armed Forces)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps the Government are taking to support (a) former and (b) current members of the armed forces who are disabled; and if he will make a statement.

      Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many departmental employees have taken early retirement due to ill health in each of the past five years for which figures are available.

      Gulf War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many individuals from the British armed forces served in the first Gulf war; and if he will make a statement.

      Gulf War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans the Government have to conduct research into Gulf war syndrome; and if he will make a statement.

      Gurkha Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what effect developments in Nepal have had on Gurkha recruitment over the past 12 months.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of (a) soldiers in the Army and (b) soldiers serving in Iraq have been diagnosed with a mental health condition.

      Military Explosive Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the warheads carried by the United Kingdom's Trident nuclear deterrent will continue to contain high-explosives manufactured exclusively in the UK.

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department last discussed possible links between Parkinson's disease and Gulf War illnesses with US counterparts.

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what research projects related to possible links between Parkinson's disease and Gulf war illnesses are being undertaken by his Department; (2)...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many parliamentary questions tabled in the last 12 months for answer by him on a named day (a) were transferred and (b) received a substantive...

      Pingat Jasa Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of soldiers, sailors and airmen serving in Malaysia between 31 August 1957 and 31 December 1966 would be eligible...

      Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the average annual amount spent by the Government in a year on the treatment of servicemen and ex-servicemen suffering from...

      Press Coverage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions since 1 April 2003 he has complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the coverage in the press of (a) Ministers or...

      Public Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on his Department's public relations and information services in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • 1911 Census

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will authorise the early release to the Public Records Office of the 1911 census for England and Wales.

    • Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether it is Government policy that civil servants routinely remove their names from documents before releasing them under the...

      Road Traffic Claims

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the effects of the introduction of predictable costs in road traffic claims where...

      Small Claims (Personal Injuries)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2005, Official Report, column 130W, on small claims (personal injuries), if she will list...

      Unsafe Gravestones

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress has been made in discussions with (a) burial authorities and (b) other interested parties on the means of...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to improve education standards in Northern Ireland.

    • A-Level Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of pupils making A-level entries in Northern Ireland obtained passes at (a) grade A level and (b) grades A and B level in each...

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children are living in poverty in Northern Ireland in each constituency; and what the equivalent figures were in each of the past five...

      Children's Food Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to introduce in Northern Ireland the measures contained in the Children's Food Bill.

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps have been taken by the Civil Service to address the under-representation of Protestants in the general service grades of the Civil...

      Cognitive Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans there are to increase the number of cognitive therapists in the Province.

      Domiciliary Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are on waiting lists for domiciliary carers; and what the average waiting time was in each health, social services and public...

      GCSE Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of pupils at (a) grammar schools, (b) secondary modern schools and (c) comprehensive schools in Northern Ireland obtained five...

      GCSE Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of pupils in Northern Ireland obtained (a) five GCSE passes at grade A to C, (b) GCSE passes at grades A to C in mathematics and...

      Hostel Closure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the reasons for the closure of the Lee Hestia Association Ltd./Novas Ouvertures Group Ltd. Hostel at 3–7...

      Industrial Derating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the Government's plans are for a phasing out of industrial de-rating in Northern Ireland; and what the average expected change in...

      Public Relations

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

      Pupil Profile Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will place in the Library a copy of the report produced by Durham university on the pilot of the proposed pupil profile.

      Rates Revaluation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate the Government have made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of households in Northern Ireland whose bills will (i) increase,...

      Road Accident Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent in each of the last 10 years on measures to prevent road traffic accidents in the Province.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the percentage unemployment rates are for each ward in Northern Ireland listed in descending order and indicating in which constituency...

  • Wales

    • Objective One

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether the total Welsh block figures set out in annex 1 of the Wales Office annual report 2005 (Cm 6545) include the above Barnett formula additions for...

    • Statutory Instruments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the statutory instruments introduced by his Department since 6 May 2005.

      Tourism Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the costs of introducing a statutory registration scheme for providers of tourism accommodation in Wales.

      Tourism Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment he has made of the economic impact of introducing a statutory registration scheme for providers of tourism accommodation in Wales.

      Tourism Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent representations he has received about a statutory registration scheme for providers of tourism accommodation in Wales.

      Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the acts of vandalism which have been perpetrated (a) inside and (b) on the outside of his Department's buildings in the last 12 months.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps the Government plan to take to amend building regulations to take account of further environmental initiatives.

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps his Department is taking to encourage the construction of more energy efficient buildings above minimum Part L building regulations requirements; and...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 8 December 2005, Official Report, column 1500W, on council tax revaluation, when the collection of value significant codes is forecast...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what has been the annual expenditure on vehicles for (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body, (ii) executive agency and (iii) other...

      Departmental Groups

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff work in his Department's Regional Development Group; how many are based in (a) London and (b) each region and what the total salary costs were of...

      Departmental Groups

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff work in his Department's (a) Ministerial Group, (b) Legal Directorate and (c) Tackling Disadvantage Group; how many in each category are based in...

      Departmental IT Systems

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much his Department has spent on IT systems in each year since 1997; what the purpose of each system is; what the outturn against planned expenditure of each...

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how long it has taken on average to approve an application for the disabled facilities grant in each year since 1997.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many employees of the fire service on long-term sick leave are claiming incapacity benefit.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he plans to take to encourage fire authorities to retain firefighters in an administrative role who are forced to retire from front-line duties due to...

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what total sum has been received by his Department for the provision of information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in its first year of operation.

      Fuel Costs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what additional financial assistance he plans to give to local authorities to fund increases in gas and electricity costs; and if he will make a statement.

      Growth Location Business Plans

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2006, to question 37947, what steps he is taking to encourage each growth location to secure local agreement on (a) priorities...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 1 December 2005, Official Report, column 681–82W, on housing, how many empty private sector dwellings there were in (a)...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to enable first-time home buyers in Coventry to buy a home locally.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what access private sector firms have to the business rating list for individual business premises; and what the costs are for such access.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total Government grant per capita to each local authority in England, including fire and police authorities, was in each year since 1998–99; and...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what preparatory work his Department conducted before the decision to postpone the council tax revaluation in England.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many households are in each council tax band in each local authority area in London.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many households in each council tax band in London were eligible in 2004–05 for (a) single person's discount and (b) empty home discount.

      Local Government Reorganisation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions officials in his Department have had with chief executives of local authorities on possible future legislation on the reorganisation of local...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many parliamentary questions tabled in the last 12 months for answer by him on a named day (a) were transferred and (b) received a substantive answer...

      Supermarkets (Planning Permission)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent representations the Government have received on planning permission for new supermarkets.

      Sustainable Building Task Group

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the members of the Sustainable Building Task Group; and to whom this group is responsible within his Department.

      Sustainable Buildings

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received from private sector developers on his Department's proposed code for sustainable buildings; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State forthe Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were made in Wales in each of the last five years.

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been imposed in (a) England and (b) Wales in each year since their introduction.

      Basic Command Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 29 November 2005, Official Report, column 428W, on the basic command unit boundaries, whether the table is based...

      Christmas Cards

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

      Citizens Juries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions his Department consulted citizens juries on departmental policies in the last five years; in how many of those...

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent crimes were committed (a) in Romford, (b) in Havering and (c) by illegal immigrants in (i) Romford and (ii) Havering in each...

      Departmental Estate

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

      Departmental Staff (Castle Point)

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

      Drug Classification

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to reclassify methamphetamine as a class A drug pending further report of the Advisory Committee on the Misuse...

      Drug Classification

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will refer methylamphetamine to the Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs for review as a matter of urgency.

      Drug Treatment Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the waiting time is for access to residential drug treatment for heroin addicts in Plymouth.

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which body is responsible for ensuring standards in forensic science laboratories; and if he will make a statement on its work.

      Drug Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been convicted of possession of (a) a Class A drug, (b) a Class B drug and (c) a Class C drug in each of the last five...

      Drug Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted of possession of (a) a Class A, (b) a Class B and (c) a Class C drug with intent to supply in each of the last...

      Drug Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the percentage of police time spent on drug-related crime in the last period for which figures are available.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2005, Official Report, column 594W, on Identity Cards, whether the Identity Cards Programme has now...

      London Bombers (Surveillance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the nature was of surveillance carried out in relation to (a) Sidique Khan and (b) Shahzad Tanweer before 7 July 2005; when any such...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2005, Official Report, column 1755W, on the National Identity Register, whether a decision has been...

      Police National Computer

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have access to the Police National Computer (PNC); what safeguards exist to prevent unlawful access to the PNC; what...

      Police Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers resigned from police forces in England and Wales in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Appointments

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

      Race-related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to tackle race-related crime; and if he will make a statement.

      Raoul Wallenberg

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received about including Raoul Wallenberg in Holocaust Memorial Day.

      Respect Agenda

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the Government's Respect agenda will affect Romford; and whether the implementation of that agenda will include increasing funding for...

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from science and technology backgrounds have been seconded into the civil service in his Department in each of the last three...

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 30 January to Question 44622, on sex offenders, what information is supplied to the police regarding the relevant...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been arrested in (a) Romford, (b) Havering and (c) Greater London under anti-terrorism legislation in the last five years.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests linked with terrorism have been made in Wales in each of the last five years.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what meetings have been held in the last six months of the pilot group tasked with taking forward the recommendation adopted at the EU...

      Vehicle Thefts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many thefts have been recorded by the Metropolitan police of (a) cars, (b) motorcycles, (c) vans and (d) heavy goods vehicles in each of...

      Young Offenders (Record Retention)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances the police are permitted to retain records on juveniles who have been accused of an offence but against whom no further...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how his Department is liaising with the Afghanistan Government to deal with the opium problem in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in identifying the opium supply route in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the estimated time scale is for eradicating poppy production in each region of Afghanistan; and what methods are being...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the estimated size is of the area dedicated to poppy production in each region of Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the UK took over responsibility for controlling opium production in Afghanistan; and what progress has been made since then.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government prefers destruction, licensing or substitution by other crops to tackle poppy production in Afghanistan;...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much opium has been confiscated in Afghanistan in each of the last three years.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in tackling and destroying opium processing facilities in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial assistance his Department (a) is providing and (b) plans to provide to the Afghan Government to tackle the...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements are in place for liaison between his Department and (a) UN Stabilisation forces and (b) Operation Enduring...

      Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the British ambassador in Minsk about UK relations with Belarus.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will assess the implications of the decision of the Burmese authorities to move the capital from Rangoon to Pyinmana with...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the plans of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to designate 3,000 donums of land in...

      Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of citizens of British overseas territories being able to take part in (a) Westminster...

      Extraordinary Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is the Government's policy to permit US flights to land and refuel in the UK without being required to (a) submit and...

      Falkland Islands/Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on relations between the Falkland Islands and Argentina.

      Father Wenceslas Munyeshyaka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the French Government to assist the Rwandan Government in its request for the extradition of...

      Iceland (Whaling Programme)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his discussions with the Icelandic Foreign Minister on 18 January on Iceland's whaling programme.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the attitude towards (a) Christian and (b) other minority religions by extremist Hindus in...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Indian Government to end the practice of using dancing bears for entertainment; and if he...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his meeting of 30 January 2006 with the Foreign Ministers of China, France, Germany, Russia, the US and the High...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Iran's nuclear programme.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2005, Official Report, column 2852W, on Iraq, whether (a) the Intelligence and Security...

      Jewish Festivals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department did to (a) celebrate Hanukkah and (b) mark Yom Kippur in 2005.

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts concerning the final status of Kosovo.

      Madagascar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect on UK (a) trade with and (b) investment in Madagascar of the closure of the British...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the implications of Dr. A. Q. Kahn's visits to Myanmar for the proliferation of...

      President Paul Kagame

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to invite His Excellency President Paul Kagame to visit the UK.

      Republic of Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of (a) the security situation and (b) the democratic process in the Republic of Yemen.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of President Putin's recent warning of foreign Governments against trying to...

      Sierra Leone

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

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent arrest and trial of the Uzbekistan opposition leader Sanjar Umarov for alleged...

  • Work and Pensions

    • We Can Help"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost of the production and distribution of the We Can Help" DVD has been to date.

    • Benefit Agencies (Staff Redundancies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many (a) Disability and Carers Service, (b) Child Support Agency, (c) Pensions Service and (d) JobCentre Plus staff have been made...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) fraud and (b) error in (i) incapacity benefit and (ii) severe disability allowance since...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what sanctions are faced by individuals from other EU member states who are found to be fraudulently claiming (a) jobseeker's allowance and (b)...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many home visits his staff made to benefit (a) claimants and (b) recipients in (i) 2003–04 and (ii) 2004–05; and how many such...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Wales are (a) entitled to council tax benefits and (b) receiving council tax benefits; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the 10 largest total (a) compensation and (b) maladministration payments made by the Child Support Agency to a single individual,...

      Citizens Juries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions his Department consulted citizens juries on departmental policies in the last five years; in how many of those...

      Civil Partnership (Benefits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many single people receiving (a) income support and (b) pension credit live with another single person of the same sex; whether all such...

      Departmental Staff (Castle Point)

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

      Equity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with Equity Trade Union about the deficit in the opera singers' pension scheme; and what plans he has to assist in...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will review the current rules of eligibility for the Financial Assistance Scheme before 2007–08.

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects of changes in annuity returns on the ability of the financial assistance scheme to achieve the best...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the status is of the guaranteed minimum pension rights of those individuals covered by the Financial Assistance Scheme.

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the numbers of people that will be eligible for the Financial Assistance Scheme under the existing rules.

      Fraud (Benefits/Pensions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the change in the levels of fraudulent transactions involving benefits and pensions in each year since the removal...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to encourage the London borough of Haringey to make use of its discretionary housing payment funding to help those...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much discretionary housing payment funding the London borough of Haringey was granted in each year since 2001–02; and how much of...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he had with the London borough of Islington on making use of discretionary housing payment funding available in 2004–05.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the (a) average and (b) maximum wait was for customers to be called back by Jobcentre Plus contact centres when trying to make a...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average cost is per person helped into a job by the new deal for disabled people (a) through Jobcentre Plus and (b) through other...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who would claim one per cent. tax relief in (a) the initial year and (b) subsequent years if...

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on Health and Safety Executive guidelines to (a) operators and (b) users of sunbed tanning equipment.

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints the Health and Safety Executive received about (a) staffed and (b) non-staffed sunbed tanning salons in 2004–05; and...

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many accidents involving sunbeds have been reported to the Health and Safety Executive in each year since 1995.

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many inspections the Health and Safety Executive has made of (a) staffed and (b) unstaffed sunbed tanning retail outlets in each year since...

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance has been issued by the Health and Safety Executive to unstaffed coin-operated sunbed tanning salons on appropriate levels of...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of eligible pensioners have received the winter fuel payment in each year since 2003.

  • Health

    • 3G Mobile Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department has evaluated on the effects on health of 3G mobile telephones.

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accident and emergency departments are (a) scheduled and (b) proposed for closure; and if she will make a statement.

      Alcohol Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2006, Official Report, column 1055W, on alcohol misuse, when she expects to award the contract to run a programme of...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received regarding plans to regionalise ambulance services provision in East Sussex; and if she will make a statement.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on plans to regionalise ambulance services in East Sussex.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact that the merger of Gloucestershire Ambulance Service NHS Trust with Avon and Wiltshire ambulance trusts will...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on Gloucestershire Ambulance Service NHS Trust's co-responder scheme.

      Ashford Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the progress of negotiations between Capio Health Care and the Ashford and St. Peters hospitals NHS trust for an...

      Bedside Telephones/Entertainment Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact on NHS patients on low incomes of charged-for bedside telephone and entertainment systems; and if she will make...

      Bedside Telephones/Entertainment Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will reduce call charges to patients for the use of hospital bedside telephones by providing for the NHS to pay for some or all of the...

      Blood Transfusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate she has made of the cost to the NHS of (a) an autologous blood transfusion and (b) an ordinary blood transfusion; (2) how many...

      Blood Transfusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many units of blood were obtained by the blood transfusion service in the last three years.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to ensure that every woman newly diagnosed in England with early stage breast cancer is tested for HER2 status.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of newly diagnosed women with early stage breast cancer (a) in England and (b) living in the Northern Cancer Network area were...

      Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has for a breastfeeding awareness week in England in 2006.

      Catalytic Converters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made of the possible health implications arising from the use of monomolecular layers of platinum, with particular...

      Cervical Smear Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she has received the formal options appraisal of reducing waiting times for the results of cervical smear tests from the university of Sheffield;...

      Crack Cocaine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that frontline staff in (a) health care and (b) social services have adequate education and training concerning crack...

      Diabetics (Eye Tests)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions her Department has had with (a) patient groups and (b) clinicians on regular eye tests for diabetics.

      Drug Treatment Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many problem drug users have participated in drug treatment programmes in each of the last five years.

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health why the labelling information on foodstuffs uses 100 g as the standard unit.

      General Medical Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual renewal fee for registration with theGeneral Medical Council was in each year since 2000.

      GM Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research findings she has assessed onthe health implications of (a) GM soya and (b) theintroduction of genes from bean varieties into GM peas.

      General Practitioner Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have (a) requested and (b) received an appointment to see a GP within 48 hours in (i) Uxbridge constituency and (ii) Greater London,...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines she has (a) given to primary care staff on equitable and high quality treatment for patients living with HIV and (b) provided to GPs on...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will increase resources for HIV testing in England; and if she will bring forward proposals to enable and regulate home testing for the infection.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to launch a new advertising campaign on the transmission of HIV/AIDS.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many hospital beds there were per capita in each health authority area in England for each year for which records are available; (2) what the...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on which groups deemed at-risk by the Chief Medical Officer for the purposes of the influenza immunisation programme the Health Protection Agency does not...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 January 2006, Official Report, column 136W, to question 32905 on influenza vaccination, if she will include in the groups...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support she has offered to the Royal College of General Practitioners' Influenza Surveillance Unit beyond April.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of possible levels of sickness absence and absenteeism in (a) the NHS and (b) other key services during an influenza pandemic.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2006, Official Report, column 729W, on influenza, when her Department's research to which she refers began; which...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received on the effectiveness of stockpiling (a) Relenza and (b) M2 inhibitors to prepare the NHS for tackling an influenza...

      Jentle Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much revenue has been raised by the Jentle Service at the maternity department of the Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital; and what the...

      LIFT Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the issues set out in the letter dated 13 December to a director of development of a primary care trust from the NHS LIFT Policy Lead of the...

      Lyme Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations she has received about the treatment of Lyme disease in England; and if she will make a statement.

      Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been committed in 2005–06 to research into ways of reducing the cost of curing age-related macular degeneration.

      Medical Staff (Tooting)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses there were in the constituency of Tooting in (i) 1997 and (ii) the last year for which figures are available.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of mental health care provision in Hertfordshire; and if she will make a statement.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she intends to bring forward the Mental Health Bill in this session of Parliament.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many MRSA infections were recorded in NHS hospitals for (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005 and which of these (i) were in and (ii) were related to renal...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many MRSA cases have occurred in (a) Uxbridge constituency and (b) each London borough in each year since 1997.

      Multiple Sclerosis Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations she has received on the impact of inspection fees on the viability of multiple sclerosis treatment centres run on a charity...

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meetings Ministers in her Department have had with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the last 12 months; and what the...

      NHS Cancer Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to review the NHS Cancer Plan.

      NHS Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding her Department will make available to general practitioners for entry of patients' records onto the central NHS database by 2010; and what...

      NHS Sites (Crimes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many crimes have been committed at (a) NHS hospitals and (b) other NHS sites in each year since 1997, broken down by type of crime.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the obesity levels were for (a) children and (b) adults in (i) each health authority area and (ii) each local authority area for the past 30 years in...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary school pupils in (a) England, (b) London, (c) London borough of Hillingdon and (d) Uxbridge constituency are identified as (i) overweight...

      Patient Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patient deaths there were in each of the last three years (a) during operations and (b) post-operatively.

      Physiotherapy Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the waiting time for emergency physiotherapy in the (a) Brighton and (b) Adur, Arun and Worthing Primary Care Trust area was in the latest...

      Recombinant Factor VIII

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what period of time her Department plans to fund recombinant Factor VIII for use by haemophiliacs in the UK.

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Government have allocated for its publicity campaign on sexually transmitted diseases; and when it will begin.

      Turnaround Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding she allocated to the external commercial turnaround expertise sent to the Kennett and North Wiltshire Primary Care Trust; and from what...

      Turnaround Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many financial directors have been removed from (a) NHS trusts and (b) strategic health authorities as a direct result of findings following visits...

      Turnaround Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost is of the turnaround work in the NHS in (a) England, (b) York and (c) North Yorkshire.

      Vulnerable Adults

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many checks against the protection of vulnerable adults list were made in the last year for which figures are available; and what the average time...

  • House of Lords

    • Aviation: Global Positioning System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the outcome of the Civil Aviation Authority's review of the integrity of the global positioning system.

    • Cancer: Bowel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What projections they have made of the increase in diagnosis of bowel cancer that will result from the introduction of the national bowel cancer screening programme.

      Cancer: Bowel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received from cancer charities regarding the rollout of the national bowel cancer screening programme.

      Council Tax

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Who has been responsible for the payment of council tax since 1997 on the House of Lords residential apartments within the Parliamentary Estate.

      Cyprus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will use the status of the United Kingdom as guarantor power to make representations to the Government of Cyprus about possible reciprocal measures...

      Education: West Wales

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of the working population in the region of West Wales and the Valleys has no qualifications.

      EU: West Wales

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much Objective 1 funding from the European Union has been received by the region of West Wales and the Valleys in each of the past five years; whether the...

      Food

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether health claims in the advertising and labelling industry of functional foods are an official endorsement of products as healthy; and whether they control...

      Food

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to introduce tighter control on the labelling of inherently unhealthy foods that are marked with a health benefit.

      Food

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are taking measures to ensure that robust science exists to underpin health claims made about functional foods.

      HIV: Contaminated Blood Products

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received from Ms Carol Grayson concerning the death of her husband, a haemophilia patient, from HIV infection by contaminated...

      Honours

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have plans to change the policy of civil servants receiving honours for doing their jobs.

      Influenza Pandemic

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the exercise which the European Union commissioned in 2005 from the United Kingdom's Health Protection Agency to test preparations for pandemic influenza...

      Interception of Communications: Journalists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances journalists' telephones can be tapped; and on how many occasions journalists' telephones have been tapped in the past 10 years.

      Northern Ireland: Travel to UK Mainland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many points of entry there are on the United Kingdom mainland for passengers travelling from Northern Ireland; and Which United Kingdom mainland points of...

      Psychiatric Hospitals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps are being taken to ensure the safety of patients detained in private psychiatric hospitals, in light of the finding of the Mental Health Act...

      Public Inquiries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What highway public inquiries have been held since 1997 which have concluded that the road in question should not be built.

      Tax Credits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the latest year for which figures are available, what assessment they have made, for the purpose of determining awards under the tax credit system, of the cost...

      Taxation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the latest year for which figures are available, what assessment they have made of the economic consequences if the relief which allows individuals who for tax...

      Taxation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the latest year for which figures are available, what assessment they have made of the cost of external advice received in connection with legal actions...

      Taxation: Capital Gains Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the latest year for which figures are available, what assessment they have made of the total cost of administering capital gains tax in the United Kingdom.

      Young Offenders: Diet

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of research supported by the charity Natural Justice on the impact of a diet with supplements containing omega 3 fish oils, vitamins...

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