Written answers

Monday, 13 February 2006

  • Prime Minister

    • Butler Inquiry

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the Government provided information to the Butler inquiry team relating to his meeting with President Bush and his advisers held at the White House on 31 January...

  • Transport

    • Maritime Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cases involving (a) near miss incidents and (b) contraventions of International Collision Prevention Regulations there have been in the...

    • Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new bus services have commenced running in the North Western Traffic Area in each financial year since 1997.

      Commission for Integrated Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of whether there is a potential conflict of interest between the chairmanship of his Commission for Integrated Transport...

      Ferries (Fire Safety)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the recommended method is of extinguishing fires on board roll-on roll-off ferries; and if he will make a statement.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of night flights into Heathrow operated on (a) a westerly and (b) an easterly flight path (i) in 2004 and (ii) in 2005.

      Hydrogen Powered Fuel Cell Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much the trial of hydrogen powered fuel cell buses in London cost; and how much of this amount was met by (a) his Department, (b) the...

      Limousines (Licensing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Department plans to establish a working party involving interested parties to examine the regulations surrounding the licensing of...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many inspectors have been employed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in each year since 2000; and how many inspections were carried out by the...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funds were allocated for external radio surveys of merchant ships on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in 2005–06; how much of...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the retirement age is for employees of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

      Merchant Navy (Competency Certificates)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many holders of certificates of equivalent competency are serving on merchant vessels which joined the UK shipping register since 2000.

      Ministerial Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ensure that all ministerial cars are converted to run on an 85 per cent. biofuel blend as soon as is practically possible.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department follows on answering parliamentary questions.

      Rail Safety (Hampshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which train level crossings in Hampshire (a) are unmanned, (b) have half barriers and (c) have full barriers; which (i) have and (ii) do not have CCTV;...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will reverse the decision of the Office of Rail Regulation to reject GNER's plans for further half hourly services between London and Leeds...

      Rail Strikes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with Virgin Cross Country regarding the use of untrained staff on strike days in the current dispute with the Rail,...

      Road Pricing Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has published guidelines on whether (a) local and (b) national road pricing schemes should be revenue neutral; and if he will...

      Road Signs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on conversion of British road signs to metric.

      Roadworks (Speed Restrictions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many speed restrictions have been imposed as a result of roadworks in each of the last five years; and how many have continued to operate when work...

      Traffic Management Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what penalties have been issued by each local authority for disruption caused by roadworks under the Traffic Management Act 2004; and what the cash...

      Tyne and Wear (Financial Bids)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what payments have been made to Newcastle City Council and its partners for the Quayside Transit System, broken down by year.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to achieve a sustained and significant reduction in the production and trafficking of...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution other countries are making to the British led anti-opium initiative in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what payments he has authorised to Afghan poppy farmers; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the death of Mr. Steve MacQueen in Afghanistan; and what stage British investigations of his...

      Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to encourage the development of civil society in Belarus.

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) at and (b) at General Affairs Council meetings since the meeting of the General Affairs Council of the EU on 21 and...

      Departmental Catering Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much and what proportion of his Department's catering budget was spent on fairtrade produce in the last period for which...

      Departmental Catering Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's policy is on the procurement of fairtrade produce for consumption on its premises.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the expenditure on (a) buildings and (b) insurance of buildings and staff was of (i) his Department and (ii) each (A)...

      Departmental Functions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff are associated with the delivery of the (a) policy and service delivery function and (b) corporate function of...

      Departmental Information

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

      Detention Centres (US Flights)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2005, Official Report, column 2843W, on detention centres (US flights), what assessment he...

      Family Member Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which 10 of his Department's overseas diplomatic posts issued the greatest number of European economic area family member...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's most recent assessment is of the human rights situation in (a) Libya, (b) Eritrea, (c) Vietnam, (d)...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what timescale he expects for admitting India as a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK Government and its allies in Iraq have opened (a) direct and (b) indirect channels of dialogue with...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2005, Official Report, column 2852W, on Israel, if he will make it Government policy not...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what visits Ministers from his Department have made to UK Overseas Territories in the last five years, broken down by (a) date,...

      Non-proliferation (G8 Action Plan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in meeting the commitments to fund and expand the Global Partnership Against Weapons and Materials...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the Palestinian Authority's security services since the Palestinian elections; and if he will...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Palestinian Authorities on the disarming of members of Hamas; and if he will make a...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likelihood of Hamas militants being incorporated into the Palestinian Authority's security...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of Hamas militants in the Palestinian territories; and if he will make a statement.

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on whether a cooperation agreement has been signed between the Palestinian Authority and the...

      Parliamentary Questions

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

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by him in the last 12 months have been answered (a) within...

      Pensions Contributions

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

      South Georgia Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) when the South Georgia Council last met; and who attended; (2) who sits on the South Georgia Council; how often it meets;...

      Sudan

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

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) bilateral and (b) multilateral preparations the Government have made to provide assistance to Zimbabwean refugees...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on external consultants and advisers by her Department in 2004–05, excluding its non-departmental public bodies...

    • Departmental Catering Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much and what proportion of her Department's catering budget was spent on fair trade produce in the last period for which figures...

      Departmental Catering Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's policy is on the procurement of fairtrade produce for consumption on its premises.

      Departmental Entertainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on entertainment by her Department in 2004–05, broken down by (a) food, (b) alcohol, (c) staff and (d)...

      Departmental Works of Art

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether works of art other than those stolen in August 2001 from the temporary residence of the ambassador in Buenos Aires have been...

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether it is her Department's policy to provide for the reception of a digital signal via a second set where an individual qualifies...

      Film Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) when she will announce the co-production guidelines for UK-qualifying films; (2) whether the new co-production guidelines for...

      Gymnasiums (Disabled Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will commission research on funding by local authorities to provide disabled user access to council-run gymnasia.

      Leisure Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the implications for capital investment in community sports facilities of the transfer of...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to publish her review of the guidance on the Licensing Act 2003 which was given to local authorities and the police.

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications have been granted for 24-hour sale of alcohol licences in (a) South Yorkshire and (b) Doncaster North constituency.

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the organisations that responded to the Gambling Commission consultation paper Statement of Principles on Licensing and...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance she has issued on whether businesses which are in the vicinity of a licensed premises may be classed as interested parties...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she has received (a) complaints and (b) representations from (i) local authorities and (ii) sports and leisure bodies about the...

      Online Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what regulation is applicable to companies who are registered abroad, pay no tax in the UK, but advertise their online gambling and...

      Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many playing fields are listed on the Sport England Domesday Book of Sports Facilities, Active Places; and how many of the sports...

      Press Coverage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions since 1 April 2003 she has complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the coverage in the press of (a)...

      Shipwrecks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate her Department has made of the value of artefacts on shipwrecks around the coast of the British Isles.

      Shipwrecks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department has taken to protect valuable artefacts and items of historical value on shipwrecks around the British Isles...

      Sport Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effect on participation levels in sport of the staging of major sporting events in the UK; and if...

      Sports Grounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for what period of time sports grounds must remain unused before she can dispose of them without permission.

      Youth Hostels Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what grants have been given by (a) her Department and (b) lottery distributors to the Youth Hostels Association since 1997.

  • Northern Ireland

    • 24/27 Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the cost to each education board area of implementing the 24/27 entitlement framework.

    • Academic Selection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what analysis the Department for Education Northern Ireland has made since 2000 of alternative models to the 11-plus test of post-primary...

      Bottled Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department has spent on bottled water in each of the last five years.

      Cattle (Pre-movement Testing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with whom consultations were carried out prior to the decision to introduce pre-movement testing of cattle; how results are being monitored; by...

      Child Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Government are taking to improve child safety on streets in Northern Ireland.

      Costello Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many responses to the Government's public consultation on the Costello report proposals indicated opposition to the decision to prohibit...

      Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many defibrillators there are in public places in each district council area in the Province.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent in each year since 1997 by his Department on salaries paid to civil servants.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans his Department has to change the London allowance of its staff; and if he will make a statement.

      Early Retirement

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

      Hospital Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average waiting time in accident and emergency has been at (a) Antrim area hospital and (b) Whiteabbey area hospital in each month...

      Jewish Festivals

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

      Laurelhill Community College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of the (a) case and (b) compensation paid was in the recent Laurelhill Community College dispute in Lisburn, County Antrim.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the cost to health and social services boards of implementing UK-wide changes in NHS staff pay and conditions in 2005–06; and...

      Planning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the budget was for the Northern Ireland Planning Service in each year since 2000; and what funding has been allocated for each of the next...

      Planning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what consultation is undertaken by the Northern Ireland Planning Service with the Department for Regional Development's (a) Water and (b) Road...

      Planning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been employed by the Northern Ireland Planning Service in each year since 2000, broken down by grade; and if he will make a...

      Planning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many planning submissions were received by the Northern Ireland Planning Service in each year since 2000, broken down by Service district.

      Post-primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what estimate he has made of the effect on public expenditure of the proposals for post-primary education in the Draft Education (Northern...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the change in the numbers of those diagnosed with prostate cancer in Northern Ireland has been in each of the last 10 years.

      Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will place in the Library a copy of the internal guidance on the assessment and valuation of domestic properties produced by the Valuation...

      Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the (a) value significant codes and (b) property attribute types that the computer assisted mass appraisal system being used in...

      Statins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he plans to make statins available free to patients with high cholesterol in Northern Ireland.

      Teaching Staff (Absenteeism)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the absenteeism rate was in 2005 among teaching staff at (a) controlled and (b) maintained schools in each of the Education and Library...

      Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

  • Wales

    • Robert Powell

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will establish a public inquiry into the death of Robert Powell of Swansea on 17 April 1990 of Addison's disease.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Clerical Pensions

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what provision the Pension Board has made for the retention of pension rights for partners of those clergy who have...

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many of the Church Commissioners' staff are paid on a performance-related basis.

      Tenants

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what measures the Commissioners are taking to expedite the transfers of their tenants who cause a nuisance to their...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Barristers

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will list the 10 barristers instructed to prosecute on behalf of the Crown who received the highest sums for this work in the last financial year; how much each...

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will make a statement on the (a) role and (b) effectiveness of the involvement of the Crown Prosecution Service in determining delayed charge bail cases in...

      Incitement to Murder

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many prosecutions have been brought for incitement to murder in each year since 1995; and how many resulted in a conviction.

      Military Officer Promotions

      To ask the Solicitor-General when the Attorney-General next plans to address military officers who have been identified as suitable for promotion to the highest levels; and if he will make a...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications of the EU animal welfare action plan for the UK; and what legislative...

    • Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department is commissioning into a vaccine to cure avian influenza, with particular reference to the H5NI...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what vaccine is available for use in poultry to prevent avian influenza.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received (a) in favour of and (b) against vaccination of poultry against avian influenza.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information she will make available by the Independent Scientific Group to inform the current consultation on bovine TB...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what total Government expenditure on tackling TB in cattle was in each year since 1996–97, broken down by main area of...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice her Department has provided to Shropshire farmers on bovine tuberculosis.

      Cattle Valuation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice she received on the variations in value of cattle by (a) breed and (b) pedigree.

      Compulsory Cattle Slaughter (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason the compensation tables for cattle which have been compulsorily slaughtered do not provide values for...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 25 January 2006, Official Report, column 2110W, on correspondence, if she will send the promised...

      Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many of her Department's employees have taken early retirement due to ill-health in each of the past five years for which...

      Fallen Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to review the fallen stock scheme.

      Kyoto Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress the Government have made towards meeting the Kyoto summit targets; and what steps are being taken to ensure...

      Quarantine Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her review of quarantine regulations.

      Stroud EU Life Bid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what reasons were given for the rejection of the Stroud EU Life bid; and whether a new bid may be submitted to EU Life Plus.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker) of 28 November 2005, Official Report, column 20W, on waste...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many of his Department's staff are paid on a performance-related basis.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Staff

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many staff of the House are paid on a performance-related basis.

  • International Development

    • Commission for Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has taken to make copies of the Commission for Africa Report available in Africa.

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many widescreen televisions have been purchased by his Department for use in London Headquarters in each of the last five years;...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has to change the London allowance of its staff; and if he will make a statement.

      Economic Partnership Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the UK position is on trade liberalisation conditions of the economic partnership agreements between the EU and African, Caribbean...

      GM Crops (Terminator Seeds)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the impact of Terminator seed technology on the food security and livelihoods of small-scale farmers in...

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid and support is being given to the Wajir region of Kenya by the UK to deal with the present drought and consequential famine in...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by him in the last 12 months have been answered (a) within 14...

      South Asian Earthquake

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) tents and (b) other forms of shelter have been airlifted from the UK to aid victims of the South Asia earthquake.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of returnees to the south of Sudan, with particular reference to the (a) implications...

      Syngenta

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the occasions on which (a) he and (b) his officials met representatives of Syngenta during (i) 2004 and (ii) 2005.

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer from the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of 25 January 2006, Official Report, columns...

      Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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...

  • Treasury

    • Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce legislation requiring all banks operating in the UK to donate 1 per cent. of their UK profits to local community projects.

    • Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Child Trust Fund accounts have been opened by families in London.

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Child Trust Fund accounts have been opened by local authorities on behalf of children in their care since the programme began (a) in total, (b) in...

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research into the effectiveness of the climate change levy his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated; and if he will make a statement.

      Companies Incorporated in India

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the value in pounds sterling to the UK economy of companies originally incorporated in India in 2004–05.

      Departmental Estate (Castle Point)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) land and (b) property is owned by his Department in Castle Point.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans his Department has to change the London allowance of its staff; and if he will make a statement.

      Euro Transactions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of UK companies that accept payment in euros for transactions in the UK.

      European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether (a) salaries and (b) emoluments paid by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development are exempt from UK income tax by virtue of being...

      European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2006, Official Report, columns 1492–93W, on the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), whether...

      European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2006, Official Report, columns 1492–3W, on the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), whether...

      European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what mechanisms are in place to ensure that employees and retirees of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development pay income tax if they choose not...

      Fair Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's policy is on the procurement of fair trade produce for consumption on its premises.

      Fair Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much and what proportion of his Department's catering budget was spent on fair trade produce in the last period for which figures are available.

      Manufacturing Jobs (Beverley and Holderness)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Beverley and Holderness were employed in manufacturing in each year between 1992 and 1997.

      Marriages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assumptions he has made (a) for the purposes of demographic modelling and (b) for other reasons about the number of marriages in the decade to 2016...

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Financial Services Authority's press release of 8 March 2001, (1) if he will list the UK banks which laundered money for the former...

      Myeloma

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the life expectancy of a patient suffering from myeloma was in England in the last period for which figures are available.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by him in the last 12 months have been answered (a) within 14 days, (b) between 14 and...

      Pool Re

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether buildings insurance provided through Pool Re covers radiological, biological and chemical terrorist attack where the building is subsequently...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Manchester, Withington use a Post Office card account to access child benefit.

      Qinetiq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what professional advice his Department received about the offering of shares in Qinetiq to retail investors at flotation; when this advice was received;...

      Real Estate Investment Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of the changes proposed in his pre-Budget statement in respect of real estate investment trusts upon (a)...

      Real Estate Investment Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria will apply to the purchase of residential properties under his proposed changes to real estate investment trusts.

      Scottish Bank Notes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is legal to use Scottish bank notes in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales.

      St. Bartholomew's Hospital

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the role of his Department in the funding of the scheme to rebuild St. Bartholomew's Hospital.

      Staff Absences (High Cholesterol)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the annual cost to the economy in terms of lost working hours through staff absence and reduced productivity of people...

      Tax (Shrewsbury and Atcham)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average amount of tax paid by families in Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency was in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2001.

      Tax Avoidance Schemes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in which court cases, heard by (a) special commissioners in which proceedings are complete and (b) the European Court of Justice his Department successfully...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which tax credit decisions carry the right of appeal.

      UK Coinage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the costs were of minting each denomination of UK coinage in each of the last five years.

      VAT Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of VAT fraud in each of the last three years.

      Vegetable Oil

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will reduce the level of taxation on vegetable oil to the level for natural gas; (2) how much revenue the Government expect to receive from the...

      Vehicle Excise Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria were used in making the decision no longer to use the rolling 30-year period for exempting older, historic cars from vehicle excise duty; and...

  • Education and Skills

    • Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to ensure that local authority children's services are aware of their new obligations under the Carers (Equal...

    • Choice Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many choice advisers she expects will be required in each local education authority; and if she will make a statement; (2) what...

      Citizens Juries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on how many occasions her Department consulted citizens' juries on departmental policies in the last five years; in how many of those...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average class size is in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Leicester and (ii) England.

      Contact Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the contact centres for children and absent parents funded by her Department.

      Demographics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the projected increases in the population of England upon demand and capacity in...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many staff employed by her Department live in Castle Point.

      Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many of her Department's employees have taken early retirement due to ill-health in each of the past five years for which figures are...

      Engineering Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the merits of establishing an engineering academy.

      Fuel Cell Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department is taking to encourage schools to use fuel cell technology.

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list secondary schools in England where the percentage contribution of BTEC first diplomas to the percentage of 15-year-olds...

      Grandparents (Access Rights)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance her Department provides to grandparents on remaining in contact with their grandchildren after a parental separation.

      Higher Education (Pay)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much the Government have allocated to higher education institutions to tackle unequal pay; (2) what guidance has been given to...

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2006 to the hon. Member for Tamworth (Mr. Jenkins), Official Report, column 1916W, on home education,...

      LEA Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the funding per pupil from the Dedicated Schools Budget will be for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each local education...

      Lesley Staggs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what reasons Lesley Staggs gave to her Department for resigning as National Director of the Foundation Stage; and who has been appointed to...

      List 99

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to paragraph 27 of her Review of the List 99 decision-making process and policy implications document published on 19 January...

      List 99

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people on List 99 have been permitted, at Ministers' discretion, to work in (a) sixth form colleges, (b) colleges of further...

      Protection of Children Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people have (a) been on and (b) been removed from the Protection of Children Act List in each year since it was first compiled.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the rates of (a) temporary and (b) permanent exclusions are at schools run with (i) exclusively public money and (ii) financial...

      Regulatory Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many regulatory reform orders her Department has laid before Parliament in each of the last five calendar years.

      Safeguarding Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to her oral statement of 19 January 2006, Official Report, columns 966–70, on safeguarding children, what arrangements are in...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the amount of Brazilian beef procured for school meals during the last year for which figures are available.

      School Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much funding was allocated to school nursing in each of the past 10 years; (2) what action she is taking to ensure school nurses...

      School Staff (Child Protection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) teachers and (b) other school staff have been cautioned for having indecent pictures of children on their computers in each of...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of additional (a) secondary and (b) primary schools that will be required in Aylesbury Vale to meet...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the level of debt carried by schools in Cambridgeshire.

      Services Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will revise the Pupil Level Annual Census to include children of servicemen and women; and if she will make a statement.

      Sex and Relationships Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many schools in (a) England, (b) the Tees Valley and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland have been rated (i)...

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many referrals have been made to the Protection of Children Act list since it was established; and how many referrals have resulted in a...

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many persons in the employment of (a) her Department and (b) its agencies have convictions or cautions for sex offences; and how many of...

      Specialist and Academy Schools Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) allowances, (b) expenses and (c) other moneys from public funds have been paid to Lord Levy in connection with his role as...

      Statutory Instruments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the statutory instruments introduced by her Department since 6 May 2005.

      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 steps are being taken by her Department to ensure that teachers of (a) Australian, (b) New Zealand, (c) South African, (d) Malawian,...

      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 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 (1) how many (a) teachers and (b) full-time equivalent teaching posts there were in schools in West Lancashire constituency in each year...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on measures to reduce truancy in schools; what objectives have been set since 1997; and when she expects these...

      Young Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information she collects on the number of pupils who have (a) convictions and (b) cautions for sex offences who are in schools; of how...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what military assistance his Department (a) is providing and (b) plans to provide to the Afghan Government to tackle the problem of heroin production.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many troops each country which has participated in the operation in Afghanistan has provided for active service in each year since the start of the war.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what resources are being allocated by the Department to protect (a) engineers and (b) teachers from attacks by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the threat posed by the use of improvised explosive devices in Helmand Province to UK armed services personnel.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what agreement between the UK and the Afghan Government has governed the arrest and detention of prisoners captured in Afghanistan since the UK led the...

      Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future role of Ascension Island in the United Kingdom's defence strategy.

      Brazilian Beef

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the amount of Brazilian beef procured for departmental establishments in the last year for which figures are available.

      Civil Servants (Overseas Visits)

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

      Civilian Prisoners (Japan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many compensation payments to civilian prisoners of the Japanese were made before the introduction of the birth link criterion; and on what basis...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will reply to the letter of 11 November 2005 by the hon. Member for Mid Bedfordshire on Gulf War Syndrome; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Export Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when Alan Garwood's contract as Head of Defence Export Services ends; what steps have been taken to appoint a successor; who will be on the appointment...

      Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many new personnel were employed in the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in each year since 2002.

      Defence Training Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) direct and (b) indirect jobs are provided by the Defence College of Aeronautical Engineering, Cosford, in (i) Shropshire and (ii) the West...

      Defence Vetting Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether civilian staff may be employed on his Department's premises before basic security check by the Defence Vetting Agency has been carried out.

      Defence Vetting Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many applications for (a) security checks and (b) developed vetting the Defence Vetting Agency has processed in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Entertainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on entertainment by his Department in 2004–05; and how much of that sum is accounted for by (a) food, (b) alcohol, (c) staff and...

      Departmental Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will break down the (a) main estimate, (b) winter supplementary estimate and (c) spring supplementary estimate Request for Resources (i) 2 and (ii)...

      Departmental Expenditure Limit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will break down the Request for Resources (a) 2 and (b) 3 outturn by (i) direct resource departmental expenditure limit (DEL) and (ii)...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to change the London allowance of its staff; and if he will make a statement.

      Depression/Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel are suffering from (a) clinical depression and (b) post-traumatic stress disorder.

      Eurofighter Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2006, Official Report, column 667W, on RAF aircraft, whether the current estimated cost of Eurofighter Typhoon is...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last discussed departmental requirements in Gibraltar with the (a) Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, (b) Governor of...

      Gulf War Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many representations his Department has received on Gulf War Syndrome; and if he will make a statement; (2) what representations the...

      Gulf War-related Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what analysis was made by the Government of the RAND report on pyridostigmine bromide before ordering its use during Operation Telic.

      Gulf War-related Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what weapon systems using propellants and explosives containing pyridines were employed by UK forces during Operation (a) Granby and (b) Telic.

      Gulf War-related Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence to what extent the decision to provide nerve agent pre-treatment tablets to forces serving during the Iraq war in 2003 was based upon information on...

      HMS Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 19 December 2005, Official Report, column 2341W, on HMS Sheffield, what the timetable is for completion of the departmental...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2006, Official Report, column 318W, on identity cards, whether his Department has finalised its estimates of the...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) service personnel on long-term sick leave and (b) former service personnel are claiming incapacity benefit.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total strength was of UK forces in Iraq in each month since May 2003; and what he expects the figure to be by May 2006.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many troops in Iraq have been issued with improved coverage body armour.

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions the UK has had with the US Administration in the last six months on (a) the cost of and (b) technology transfer in relation to the Joint...

      Military Explosive Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which military explosives will continue to be manufactured in the United Kingdom following proposed closures of former Royal Ordnance factories;...

      Military Explosive Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what long-term plans he has for the security of supply of military explosives for UK forces.

      Military Explosive Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of work being carried out at the former Chorley Royal Ordnance site for his Department's contracts.

      Opposition Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the formal visits undertaken by official Opposition spokespersons which were funded by his Department over the last two years.

      Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) servicemen and (b) ex-servicemen have received treatment for post traumatic stress disorder or related conditions in the last year for which...

      Service Children's Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of military bases (a) in England and (b) overseas have (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools located on them; and how many...

      Strategic Tanker Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the original timetable was for the development of strategic tanker aircraft; what the current timetable is; and if he will make a statement.

      US Interrogation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many individuals detained by UK forces in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan who have been handed over to US forces have subsequently been transferred to...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what training has been provided to magistrates in (a) England and Wales and (b) Northern Ireland on the use of antisocial...

    • Audible Fire Alarms

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2006, Official Report, column 1446W, on audible fire alarms, what plans she has to extend...

      Baroness Usha Prashar

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when she next plans to meet Baroness Usha Prashar.

      Burial and Cemeteries Advisory Group

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when she expects the Burial and Cemeteries Advisory Group to report.

      Census Records

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many requests her Department has received regarding access to census records before 1970 in the last 12 months.

      Census Records

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent representations her Department has received regarding the denial of public access to census records before 1970.

      Citizens Juries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs on how many occasions her Department consulted citizens juries on departmental policies in the last five years; in how many of...

      Cohabitation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to reform the law relating to unmarried couples to provide legal protection for cohabitants in the case of...

      Commonhold

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many (a) households and (b) developments have adopted commonhold tenures since the introduction of commonhold.

      Community Legal Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many inquiries were referred through to the community legal service by (a) citizens advice bureaux, (b) law centres, (c)...

      Community Legal Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many inquiries were submitted through the Community Legal Service network in (a) Leicestershire and (b) England and Wales...

      Community Legal Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what was the running cost of the Community Legal Service in each year between 2000 and 2005.

      Community Legal Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what research she has commissioned on the perceptions of (a) Citizens Advice Bureaux, (b) Law Centres, (c) high street...

      Community Legal Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what research she has commissioned on satisfaction of members of the public with the Community Legal Service.

      Community Legal Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many inquiries were referred to the Community Legal Service in the last period for which figures are available, broken down...

      Compensation Bill

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely impact of section 1 of the Compensation Bill on the funding of employers' liability...

      Compensation Bill

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely impact of the Compensation Bill on the work of small claims courts.

      Coroners

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the powers of the coroner to conduct inquiries into major public incidents; and...

      Coroners

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2006, Official Report, column 490W, to the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire (Mr....

      Correspondence

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

      Courts Act 2003

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many people convicted of offences have (a) failed to furnish a statement of their financial circumstances in response to an...

      Data Sharing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the technical specifications for the co-ordinated Online Record of Electors will allow two-way data-sharing with the...

      Departmental Catering Budget

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much and what proportion of her Department's catering budget was spent on Fair Trade produce in the last period for which...

      Departmental Catering Budget

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what her Department's policy is on the procurement of Fair Trade produce for consumption on its premises.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much was spent by her Department on refreshments in each year since 1997.

      Departmental IT Systems

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much her Department has spent on IT systems in each year since 1997; what the purpose of each system is; what the outturn...

      Departmental Website

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the cost of maintaining her main departmental website was for the last year for which figures are available; and how many...

      Deputy Lieutenants (Lancashire)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2006, Official Report, columns 150–51W, on deputy lieutenants (Lancashire), in which...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what training courses were provided for (a) magistrates and (b) district judges on domestic violence in each region since 2003;...

      Electoral Administration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2006, Official Report, column 236W, on electoral administration, whether data and...

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what representations she has made to her counterparts in other Council of Europe member countries on the proficiency in (a)...

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps she is taking to speed up responses to Freedom of Information Act inquiries made to Government Departments.

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the extent to which local authorities are complying with the Freedom of Information Act 2000;...

      HM Court Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on the proposal put forward by HM Court Service to merge the three local justice areas of Chorley,...

      HM Court Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what costings have been carried out by HM Court Service in relation to the proposals to merge the three local justice areas of...

      HM Court Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on how the principle of local magistrates sitting on local courts will be sustained under the...

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what meetings she has held with the Information Commissioner in the last 12 months; what issues were discussed at these...

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many complaints the Information Commissioner has received about the time taken by his office to handle cases.

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many appeals have been received by the Information Commissioner's officer against refusals to release information under the...

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many complaints the Information Commissioner is dealing with; and what the average amount of time taken to deal with such a...

      Inquests

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps the Government are taking to reduce delays in holding inquests; and if she will make a statement.

      Inquests

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many inquests in each coroner's court area have been adjourned for longer than a year; and if she will make a statement.

      Judges' Conduct

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many complaints have been made about the conduct of judges in each year since 1997; how many of those complaints have been...

      Judges' Conduct

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many complaints have been made about judges sitting at Chelmsford Crown court in each year since 1997; how many of those...

      Judicial Appointments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many (a) judicial members, (b) tribunal members, (c) lay justice members, (d) professional members and (e) lay members...

      Judicial Appointments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs on how many occasions since his appointment, the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs has overruled a recommendation...

      Judicial Appointments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many staff from her Department will be transferred to the new Judicial Appointments Commission.

      Judicial Complaints Protocol

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on the working of the Judicial Complaints Protocol.

      Judicial Correspondence Unit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many letters were received by the Judicial Correspondence Unit in each week in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.

      Judicial Correspondence Unit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many officials are employed by the Judicial Correspondence Unit; at what (a) grade and (b) salary they are employed; and...

      Judicial Correspondence Unit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many complaints were received by the Judicial Correspondence Unit about the work of that unit in each month since 2000.

      Judicial Correspondence Unit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what advice is produced by the Judicial Correspondence Unit for members of the public wishing to make a complaint about a...

      Judicial Correspondence Unit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what representations she has received about the Judicial Complaints Protocol in each of the last two years.

      Judicial Correspondence Unit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the (a) publications, (b) periodicals and (c) newspapers purchased by the Judicial Correspondence Unit in each...

      Judicial Correspondence Unit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much was spent by the Judicial Correspondence Unit on refreshments in each year since 1997.

      Judicial Correspondence Unit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many parliamentary questions were answered by the Judicial Correspondence Unit in each Session of Parliament since...

      Judicial Correspondence Unit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many letters sent by (a) hon. Members and (b) Members of the House of Lords were received by the Judicial Correspondence...

      Judicial Correspondence Unit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent discussions she has had with stakeholders about the work of the Judicial Correspondence Unit; and if she will make...

      Judicial Correspondence Unit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the occasions when members of the Judicial Correspondence Unit have been required (a) to appear before and (b)...

      Judicial Correspondence Unit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the publications produced by the Judicial Correspondence Unit in each month since 2002.

      Judicial Correspondence Unit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of complaints dismissed by the Judicial Correspondence Unit on the grounds that they...

      Judicial Correspondence Unit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what research has been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by the Judicial Correspondence Unit; and if she will make a statement.

      Judicial Correspondence Unit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will place in the Library copies of research that has been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by the Judicial...

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what representations she has received regarding the decision of the Legal Services Commission to withdraw its funding from...

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will reverse the decision taken by the Legal Services Commission to withdraw funding in July from specialist providers...

      Media Monitoring

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much her Department and its predecessors has spent on media monitoring activities in each of the last eight financial years.

      Pension Contributions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the cost was of pension contributions incurred by (a) her Department, (b) each (i) non-departmental public body, (ii)...

      Personal Injury Litigation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what information her Department collects on the costs of personal injury litigation in other developed countries.

      Southend County Court

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the average waiting time was from allocation to hearing for small claims at Southend county court in the last period for...

      Specialist Support Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs for what reasons the Legal Services Commission has decided to withdraw funding from specialist support services; and what...

      Specialist Support Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent research on the effectiveness of specialist support services she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated.

      Squatting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what changes to legislation relating to squatters there have been since 1997.

      War Memorials

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will introduce proposals to amend the provisions of the War Memorials (Local Authorities Powers) Act 1923 to introduce...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Arson (Peterborough)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what funding assistance he plans to offer to the Arson Task Force in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to reduce the incidence of arson in the Greater Peterborough area.

    • Commonhold Tenure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether shared ownership leases can participate in a commonhold tenure development; and if he will make a statement.

      Condover Parish Council

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent representations he has received from Condover parish council; and what response he plans to make.

      Council House Exchanges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on council housing exchanges between tenants.

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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.

      Departmental Catering Budget

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much and what proportion of his Department's catering budget was spent on Fair Trade produce in the last period for which figures are available.

      Departmental Entertainment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been spent on entertainment by his Office in 2004–05; and how much of that sum is accounted for by (a) food, (b) alcohol, (c) staff and (d)...

      Directly-elected Mayors

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many councils have indicated to his Department that they want to introduce directly elected mayors; and what the (a) estimated cost is and (b) average cost...

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many accidents resulting in hospitalisation have been reported in relation to applicants for disabled facilities grants while waiting for their grant to be...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of people accessing a service through Supporting People were at risk of domestic violence on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Empty Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the trend in the number of empty homes since 2001.

      Euro

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Tribunal Service's plan approved by his Department on preparing for the introduction of the Euro.

      Falmer Stadium Application

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what advice he received from officials in respect of the four planning applications for a stadium at Falmer, near Lewes, between the receipt of the report from...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with the fire service regarding the provision of equipment.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many firefighter vacancies there are in each fire authority area.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many retained duty system firefighter vacancies there are in each fire authority area.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many firefighters have been retired due to ill-health and injury before retirement age in each of the last five financial years.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what contribution employers have made to the Firefighters' Pension Scheme in each of the last five financial years.

      Galileo European Satellite

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Ordnance Survey has to use the Galileo European satellite.

      Gaming International Ltd

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the contracts which have been awarded to Gaming International Ltd. by English Partnerships; and for what project each contract was awarded.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 28 November 2005, Official Report, column 203W, on home information packs, which elements of the pack are liable to VAT.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what funding the Government has given to faith groups to address homelessness since May 1997.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what (a) revenue grant and (b) capital grant payments were made by the Homelessness Directorate in support of local homelessness strategies in each local...

      Housing Corporation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) total and (b) administration expenditure of the Housing Corporation was in each year since 1996–97; and what the estimates are for (i)...

      Leisure Centres

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the transfer of leisure facilities from local authorities to newly-formed charitable trusts on their access to...

      Local Authority Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many council houses in (a) England and (b) Tamworth constituency (i) have been brought up to the decent homes standard and (ii) remain to be brought up to...

      Local Authority Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of local authority housing stock in (a) England, (b) London and (c) each London borough has been sold under the right to buy scheme in each year...

      Local Elections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which local authorities (a) are in the process of changing and (b) have formally requested a change to a whole council election cycle.

      Local Elections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to postpone the 2007 local elections; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what access private sector firms have to the council tax banding list for individual domestic properties; and what the costs are for such access.

      Local Government Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the creation of new unitary local authorities in England would require (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the recent article by the Minister for Local Government and Communities in the Local Government Chronicle, what estimate the Government have made of...

      Management Consultants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how often his Department has used management consultants in the last year for which figures are available; and at what cost.

      Millennium Dome (Redevelopment)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made on the redevelopment of (a) the millennium dome and (b) the surrounding land, including the millennium village; and if he will make a...

      Mobile Telephone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many refusals of planning permission for mobile telephone phone masts by local authorities have been overturned by the Planning Inspectorate in each year...

      Northern Way Strategy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the timetable is for the implementation of the Northern Way strategy; and which bodies are responsible for the strategy.

      Open Market Homebuy Option

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with (a) the Council of Mortgage Lenders, (b) the Financial Services Authority and (c) the three lenders expected by the Department to...

      Open Market Homebuy Option

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the Open Market Homebuy option will be available by October.

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether (a) aerial and (b) satellite photography are used to help provide information for the Ordnance Survey's (i) MasterMap and (ii) Land-Line.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is in respect of (a) accepting hospitality from and (b) meeting an applicant of a live planning application where the application might be...

      Planning Blight (Compensation)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the statutory compensation process is for (a) planning blight and (b) highway developments.

      Population Projections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2005, Official Report, column 2574W, on population projections, what consideration is being given to the inclusion in the...

      Rates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average business rates bill levied in (a) England and (b) each local authority billing area in England was in each year since 1997–98; and what the...

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) initial applications and (b) completed sales were made under the right to buy in each local authority in London in each quarter since 2003–04.

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many council houses have been sold in Merton under the right-to-buy scheme in each year since 1980.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Alternative Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the effect of the different tax rates on energy sources on incentives for companies to carry out research to...

    • Auditing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will require the Financial Reporting Council to publish reports on the weaknesses of all auditing firms inspected by it.

      Autumn Performance Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to his Department's 2005 autumn performance report, what steps he proposes to take to meet the target for business investment in...

      Bank of Credit and Commerce International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in respect of how many (a) accountants and (b) auditors prosecutions have been sought by his Department for their role in frauds at the Bank...

      Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total value of imports was from Belarus to the UK in (a) 1997, (b) 2000 and (c) 2005.

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he will introduce legislation requiring companies to disclose annually the amount of their carbon dioxide emissions.

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will introduce proposals to require gas and electricity companies to publish in consumers' bills the relevant carbon dioxide emissions...

      Citizens Juries

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

      Coal Health Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the firms of solicitors that have been involved in processing coal health claims; and how much has been paid to each firm in costs.

      Coal Health Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much Thompson's Solicitors have received in fees for coal health claim cases in (a) total and (b) North Durham.

      Coal Health Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been paid in coal health claim compensation to clients of Thompson's Solicitors (a) in total, (b) in County Durham and (c) in...

      Company Audits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will limit each auditing firm to auditing no more than 10 per cent. of the FTSE 350 companies.

      Company Director Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will bring forward legislation to give company directors a duty of care to (a) each shareholder and (b) employers in respect of the...

      Company Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will provide a list in relation to those cases where all proceedings are complete regarding the (a) prosecutions and (b) successful...

      Company Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will seek to introduce legislation to require companies to publish a list in their annual accounts of the names and locations of all (a)...

      Consultants/Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) consultants and (b) special advisers were employed by his Department in each year since 1997; what the cost of each was in each...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to reply to letters from the hon. Member for Canterbury dated (a) 3 August 2005 and (b) 10 October 2005.

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the items of departmental property worth over £100 that have been reported as (a) lost and (b) broken in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff are employed by (a) the Human Resources and Change Management Directorate, (b) Legal and Enforcement Unit, (c) Information and...

      Departmental Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff work in the (a) Employment Tribunals Service, (b) Insolvency Service and (c) Companies House in (i) England and (ii) London.

      Departmental Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff work in (a) the Women and Equality Group, (b) the Women's National Commission, (c) the Export Control and Non-proliferation...

      Departmental IT Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 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...

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 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...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many job advertisements were placed by his Department (a) in total, (b) in print newspapers and magazines and (c) on a recruitment website...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff work in his Department's (a) the Employee Relations Directorate, (b) the European World Trade Directorate, (c) Finance and...

      Departmental Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost of maintaining his main departmental website was for the last year for which figures are available; and how many visitors there...

      Early Retirement

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

      Electricity Generation Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what discussions he has had with Ofgem regarding a review of electricity generation licences; (2) what discussions he has had with...

      Employee Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will introduce legislation under which large companies, as defined in the Companies Act 1985, would be required to contribute at least 5...

      Energy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the projected increases in the population of England upon demand for energy.

      Energy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reason evidence submitted to the Energy Review is not available on a publicly accessible Department of Trade and Industry website.

      Energy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the National Assembly for Wales Government's energy strategy of March 2003 is being considered as part of the Energy Review.

      Equitorial Guinea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total value was of exports to Equitorial Guinea in (a) 2000 and (b) 2005.

      Estate Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many estate agent businesses there were in each year since 1997 in (a) Leicester and (b) England.

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the scale of windfall profits made by the energy generating sector as a result of the EU Emissions Trading...

      Fair Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much and what proportion of his Department's catering budget was spent on Fair Trade produce in the last period for which figures are...

      Fair Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his Department's policy is on the procurement of Fair Trade produce for consumption on its premises.

      Freedom of Information Act

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

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of how many people fall into fuel poverty for each percentage point increase in energy prices; and if he will make a...

      Gas Storage Capacity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to increase the UK's gas storage capacity.

      Harlow North Sustainability Symposia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the representatives from his Department and public bodies for which his Department is responsible who attended the Harlow...

      Home Credit Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the status of the consultation on improving the transparency of the process used by home credit companies to obtain written permission...

      Home Information Pack

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government have taken to publicise to consumers the provisions of the Home Information Pack redress scheme.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2005, Official Report, column 1667W, on identity cards, whether his Department has finalised the current...

      Internet Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received regarding charges for internet services provided by mobile telephone companies.

      Inward Investment/International Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what schemes his Department employs to encourage (a) inward investment and (b) international trade; and what the annual cost has been of each.

      Jewish Festivals

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

      Launch Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will extend launch investment to British non-prime contractors.

      London Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans his Department has to change the London allowance of its staff; and if he will make a statement.

      Mineworkers' Compensation Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2006, Official Report, columns 289–90W, on mineworkers' compensation claims, which solicitors were...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 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...

      Political Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will introduce legislation requiring company employees to vote on all political donations made by their companies.

      Political Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will introduce legislation requiring companies to disclose all donations made to (a) political organisations and (b) parliamentarians.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with banks which do not have agreements with Post Office Ltd. on offering access to their current account...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the average number of transactions in the last three years of trading at each (a) rural and (b) urban post office...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff the (a) Business and Innovation Groups, (b) British National Space Centre and (c) Business Relations and Support Unit had in...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff the (a) Regions Directorate, (b) Strategy Communications Unit and (c) Strategic Policy Analysis Unit of his Department had in...

      Queen's Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how judges are selected and appointed for the Queen's Awards; and who the judges will be for the Queen's Awards in 2006.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2005, Official Report, column 45W, on regional development agencies, when he will write with the relevant...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry where each Regional Development Agency office is located; and how much (a) inward investment and (b) trade each brought to its region in the...

      Renewable Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the Government supports co-firing biomass with coal in power stations as a method of reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

      Renewable Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what arrangements are in place to ensure joined-up cross-departmental working with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on...

      Smaller Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures the Department has taken to make it easier for smaller companies to win orders from Government Departments.

      Strategic Nuclear Assets and Capabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what he defines as the United Kingdom's strategic nuclear assets and capabilities.

      Task Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list each task force set up by his Department since 1997; who the members of each task force are; and with which businesses each...

      UK Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the value was of United Kingdom exports to Liechtenstein in 2005.

      UK Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the value was of UK exports to North Korea in (a) 1998 and (b) 2005.

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the running cost was of each UK Trade and Investment office in the last period for which figures are available; and how much (a) inward...

      Universal Banking Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with banks and building societies who signed the agreement with the Government on the provision of universal...

      Universal Banking Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the banks and building societies which signed the agreement with the Government on the provision of universal banking services.

      Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 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...

      Voice Stress Software

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions his Department has had in the last two years on the use of voice stress software in the assessment of claims for compensation...

      WEEE Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date the draft regulations in respect of the waste electronic and electrical equipment directive will be published; and for what...

      Working Time Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list those categories of personnel exempted from European working time legislation as not being classified as workers.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that consultees are able to respond fully to (a) the consultation on the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006...

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the timescale for removing asbestos from buildings; what assessment he has made of where in the country is worst...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the savings from detected benefit fraud for (a) his Department and (b) local authorities were in each of the last six years.

      Benefit Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will make a statement on delays in payment of new benefit claims in (a) West Dumbartonshire and (b) the UK for (i) jobseeker's...

      Benefit Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the Kettering constituency received (a) widow's benefit, (b) housing benefit, (c) council tax benefit and (d) income support...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements are made for assessing over time the (a) quality of advice and (b) delivery to claimants of benefit systems adopted by the...

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether progress towards the target of halving child poverty by 2010 will be measured (a) before and (b) after taking into account housing costs.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made to date in meeting the Government's child poverty targets (a) before and (b) after taking into account housing costs.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the Government's plans to end child poverty.

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of children were living in families which received below 60 per cent. of median household income in (a) England,...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Child Support Agency new scheme cases were stockpiled in the year to March 2003; how many of these cases are still waiting to be...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the total pensions liability for senior civil servants at the Child Support Agency; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many court cases have been commenced by the Child Support Agency in respect of non-payment of assessed maintenance by non-resident...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the compliance rate for deduction of earnings orders issued by the Child Support Agency were in each reporting period since 1 January...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2006, Official Report, columns 274–75W, in how many of the 5,673 cases in the last five years where...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many civil servants working in his Department are aged between 18 and 25 years.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the main (a) technology suppliers, (b) consultancy firms and (c) strategy consultants engaged by the Department in each year...

      Council Tax Benefits (West Midlands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Coventry, South and (b) the West Midlands region are (i) entitled to council tax benefits and (ii) receiving council tax...

      Deduction from Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the impact on the extent of financial exclusion has been of the introduction of the scheme to enable lenders to recover debts through...

      Departmental Estate

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

      Departmental Relocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many staff in his Department have been relocated into London and the South East in each of the last five years for which records are...

      Departmental Running Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the running costs of his central Department for 2005–06; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department takes to support staff with mental ill-health.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the action he is taking to improve the security of the (a) payroll and (b) other personal data relating to staff...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many civil servants in his Department worked from home for at least one day a week in the last year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what arrangements are in place to assess the morale of departmental staff.

      Disability Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total budget was of the Disability Rights Commission in (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06; how much funding the Commission...

      Disabled People (Life Chances)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to publish the next annual progress report on the objectives set out in Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People.

      Energy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the source was of the funds earmarked by the Health and Safety Executive to pay for the comparative risk review of energy sources...

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action he has taken in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive to respond to the four high level themes identified in the...

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action his Department is taking in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive (a) to improve liaison on and (b) to foster sharing of...

      HIV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidelines his Department has produced to assist employers in developing good practice concerning the employment of people with HIV.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants left incapacity benefit at the (a) four month and (b) 12 month stage of their claim in each quarter since January 2003 in...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions under what circumstances a person may receive incapacity benefit without having passed the personal capability assessment; how many such people...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who will decide under the proposed legislation which claimants will have their incapacity benefits withdrawn; and if he will make a statement.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with employers on his proposals to reform incapacity benefit, with particular reference to extending employment...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what use is made of occupational psychology in reducing the number of people claiming incapacity benefit.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average payment of incapacity benefit was in each year since 1995.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of incapacity benefit there were in each social services authority (a) in 2001 and (b) in the most recent year for which...

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received (a) income support on the grounds of incapacity, (b) income support disability premium, (c) income support enhanced...

      IT Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's policy is on depreciation of IT equipment.

      Jewish Festivals

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

      Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether further reductions in numbers of jobs for jobcentre workers in West Dumbartonshire are planned.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether the amount of jobseekers' allowance to which 16-year-olds are entitled varies between regions; (2) what unemployment benefit is...

      Language Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the departmental target is for the time taken to process a benefit application when a customer requires language support or documentation...

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made in helping lone parents back to work in the last three years.

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents moved from income support to incapacity benefit when their youngest child reached age 16 in the last five years.

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents whose youngest child is aged between 11 and 16 years are caring for a child who is sick or disabled in (a) Coventry,...

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents whose youngest child is 14 years had received benefits for more than a year in Coventry, South in the last year for which...

      MPs (Outside Appointments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of New Deal leavers in Beverley and Holderness have gained sustained unsubsidised employment.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) over 25s, (b) lone parents, (c) over 50s and (d) young people in Peterborough have participated in the New Deal in each year since...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many professionals are involved in condition management programmes in each of the Pathways to Work pilots, broken down by profession; what...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many general practitioner surgeries are participating in the Pathways to Work pilots; and in how many of them employment advisers have been...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people likely to switch from current occupational or private pension schemes into the proposed...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will commission research into the likely impact on economic growth in the UK of the national pension savings scheme proposed in the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the persistency levels for (a) regular premium personal pensions and (b) group and individual personal pensions was in each of the last 10...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will commission research into the likely levels of persistency if a national pension savings scheme were to be established as proposed in...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will introduce legislation requiring companies who have taken a pensions contribution holiday since 1997 to make the payments not made.

      Perceived Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will extend existing Disability Discrimination Acts to protect groups and individuals from discrimination on the basis of perceived...

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which areas have been selected as pilots for the replacement of the Post Office card account.

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people use the Post Office card account for the payment of benefits and pensions, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what alternatives to the Post Office card account he plans; and what income streams will be received by the Post Office as a result.

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are using the Post Office card account to withdraw their benefits and pensions; and how many people the Government estimate...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the relationship between disability and poverty; and how many disabled people his Department defined as poor in...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the number of (a) pensioners, (b) disabled people, (c) couples, (d) single people and (e) children living in (i)...

      Realising Health and Safety Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress there has been in meeting targets for major reductions in fatal accidents and severe injuries in each year since the publication...

      Retirement Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Bury St. Edmunds (Mr. Ruffley) of 9 January 2006, Official Report, column 7, whether it is...

      Social Security Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the public purse resulting from social security fraud in each of the last three years.

      Stakeholder Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the lapse rate of stakeholder pension contributors was in each year between 2000 and 2005.

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with the Health and Safety Executive on the operation of unstaffed coin-operated sunbed retail outlets.

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidelines the Health and Safety Executive has issued to operators of unstaffed coin-operated sunbed tanning salons.

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what inspections of sunbed tanning retail outlets the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) undertakes; and what period of notice is given by the...

      Sunbeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Health and Safety Executive has taken enforcement action against companies operating sunbed tanning salons since 1995; and if he...

      Telephone Helplines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the response rates against targets were for telephone helplines for (a) incapacity benefit, (b) jobseekers allowance and (c) crisis loans...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are receiving winter fuel payments in each constituency in Scotland.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will extend winter fuel payments to those people who are severely disabled.

      Workless Households

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what target he has for reducing (a) the number and (b) the proportion of children in workless households; and what progress has been made...

  • Home Department

    • Religious Festivals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Home Office has to celebrate religious festivals over the coming 12 months.

    • Incitement to Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to amend the law relating to incitement to violence.

      Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in establishing a commissioner for victims and witnesses; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Accounting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has commissioned to establish whether good accounting practices are followed in his Department.

      Departmental Accounting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the decision of the National Audit Office not to sign off his Department's accounts.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes have taken place in the number of (a) males and (b) females imprisoned since 1991.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the drop-out rate for prison officers within two years of recruitment at each prison; and if he will make a...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which prison wings, having been closed awaiting refurbishment, have been reopened this year without work being completed.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners have been (a) tested and (b) found positive for alcohol at each prison for each month since April 2005; and if he will...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) passive and (b) active dogs are deployed at each prison; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many serving staff in the Prison Service are in receipt of a Long Service Award; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to reduce the supply of (a) controlled drugs and (b) mobile telephones into HMP Wandsworth; what assessment he has...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which prisons in (a) England and (b) the north east hold more prisoners than their normal certified level; and by how much each is over its limit.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the number of prisoners in (a) England and (b) London who (i) enter and (ii) successfully complete education...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in (a) England and (b) each prison in London entered education training and employment in each year since 1996–97.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners have been released from Bronzefield Prison, Ashford in each month since it opened.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons are for the underestimate of the overall cost of the building programme at HMP Chelmsford; why the underestimate was...

      Police Restructuring

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on progress with his plans for the reorganisation of police services.

      Under-age Drinking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in tackling under-age drinking.

      Volunteering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to increase opportunities for volunteers.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers who had (a) signed up for and (b) not signed up for section 4 support have returned home since the introduction of...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what status failed asylum seekers have whose country of origin has refused to accept them on deportation and who have been returned to the...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers with dental qualifications entered the UK in each of the last three years.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he gives to his officials on the time in which they should respond to requests for information to process entry clearance...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether those convicted of offences involving incitement to violence will be covered by his powers to deprive people of (a) citizenship and...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) immigration and (b) asylum applications switched to spouse status in each year since 1992, broken down by country of...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) work permit recipients and (b) immigration applicants switched to asylum applications in each year since 1992.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when Joseph Thabet, reference LR1921 00 5904, will receive notification of his immigration status.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list ports and airports which have had a permanent presence of immigration officials in each year since 1999–2000.

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has issued to police on the use of cautions in respect of the offence of having indecent pictures of children.

      Community Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to develop community policing.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter dated 25 October from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Razia Sultana.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, of 23...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department will reply to the letter of 6th December from the hon. Member for Warley regarding Mr. Faisal Ahmed of Smethwick.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department will reply to the letter of 15 November 2005 from the hon. Member for Warley regarding Mr. Tirath Singh of Oldbury.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department will reply to the letter of 14 November 2005 from the right hon. Member for Warley regarding Mr. Santokh Singh Dhanda, of...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter dated 22 November 2005 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms A. Khalik.

      Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to compel credit card companies to report the (a) theft and (b) misuse of credit cards to the police; and if he will...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time taken to settle applications for criminal injuries compensation was in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which functions of his core Department are carried out in (a) England and (b) London; and what administrative costs associated with these...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which functions of his core Department are carried out in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) Wales; and what administrative costs were associated...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what functions in his Department are carried out in Scotland; and what the administrative costs of these functions were in the last year for...

      Departmental Property

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

      Detention, Escort and Population Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests for reasons of detention were received by the Detention, Escort and Population Management Unit in each of the last three years.

      Dna

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what response he (a) has made and (b) plans to make to the recommendations in the Select Committee on Science and Technology's Seventh Paper,...

      Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on progress in implementing section 14 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004.

      Drug Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of people arrested tested positive for (a) opiates, (b) cocaine and (c) any drug at the time of their arrest in each of the...

      Drug Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were sentenced to 14 years imprisonment for dealing in (a) cannabis, (b) heroin and (c) cocaine in each year since 1993.

      Drug Testing/Treatment Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were tested for drugs in North Somerset in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005; and how many tests were (i) positive and...

      Drug Testing/Treatment Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2005, Official Report, column 2892W, on drug testing (drivers), what discussions he has had with his...

      Drug Testing/Treatment Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug testing and treatment conditions have been attached to (a) action plan orders and (b) supervision orders.

      Drug Testing/Treatment Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have committed an offence within a year of completing a drug treatment programme in each of the last five years.

      Drug Testing/Treatment Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many referrals were made to the Cambridgeshire probation area regarding (a) drug treatment and testing orders and (b) drug rehabilitation...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funds his Department has contributed to UK efforts to halt the import of illegal drugs from Afghanistan.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what policies his Department has developed to deal with the flow of illegal drugs into the UK from Afghanistan.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he is taking with European partners to stem the import of illegal drugs from Afghanistan.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the effects on heroin use in the UK of the illegal drugs trade in Afghanistan.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to ensure that front-line staff in the (a) police and (b) probation services have adequate education and training...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his most recent estimate is of the worth of the UK heroin market.

      Feltham Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many accidents in the security links corridors at Feltham young offenders institution have been experienced by prison officers responding...

      Financial Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of financial fraud suffered by individuals was represented by card-not-present fraud in the latest year for which figures are...

      Fixed-penalty Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices have been issued for drunk and disorderly behaviour in each of the last four years, broken down by police...

      Home Detention Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to speed up the process for (a) tagging criminals and (b) prosecuting violators of curfews.

      Home Detention Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people breached home detention curfew conditions and were subsequently returned to custody in each of the last five years.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from Windsor constituency in support of identity cards.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government have undertaken research to test the biometric technology to be used in the proposed identity card scheme; and if he...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the possibility of incorporating Police National Computer numbers into the National Identity Register is under consideration; and if...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) planning work and (b) cost estimates have been undertaken regarding the assessment of applications for exemptions when the...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much he estimates it will cost an individual to obtain a replacement identity card if it is (a) stolen, (b) lost and (c) damaged.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 946W on identity cards, if he will publish the security risk assessment...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2005, Official Report, column 344W, on identity cards, what the results were of his Department's further...

      Identity Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his written statement of 2 February 2006, Official Report, columns 29–31WS, on identity fraud, what his Department's...

      Imams

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of imams admitted to the UK since 2000 as ministers of religion who are no longer working as...

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many files have been lost by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Internet (China)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the scale of (a) internet viruses and (b) attempts at internet fraud emanating from China which aim to obtain...

      Khat

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he is taking to publicise the health risks of khat.

      Lyons Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department has sent a written submission to the Lyons Inquiry on local government finance.

      Merchant Seamen (Identity Verification)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff of merchant ships used International Maritime Organisation certificates rather than passports and visas to stay at UK ports in...

      Methylamphetamine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will (a) undertake a public awareness campaign about the impact of the misuse of methylamphetamine and (b) set out the risks associated...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what meetings he and his officials have had since 1 January 2005 with representatives of the United States correctional industry.

      Ministerial Travel

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

      Murderers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time served was in each year by those convicted of murder and released in the last five years.

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the public sector databases to which the National Identity Register will be linked.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Government have to implement the recommendation of the Chief Inspector of Prisons that the National Offender Management...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional statutory all-Wales bodies he expects will be established under the National Offender Management Service.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made as part of the preparations for the National Offender Management Service of services which might be commissioned...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking as part of the preparations for the National Offender Management Service to enable the Wales Offender Manager to...

      Non-violent Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what use is made of custodial remand for those charged with non-violent offences; and if he will make a statement.

      Offences Against the Person Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people have been convicted under Section 20 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 in each year since 1997; what their...

      Offences Against the Person Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people convicted under Section 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 appealed against their sentences in each year since...

      Offences Against the Person Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people convicted under Section 20 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 appealed against their sentence in each year since...

      Offences Against the Person Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those convicted under section 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 since 1997 have reoffended within a year.

      Police Pounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice he has given to police authorities on the levying of charges on owners for the retrieval of stolen vehicles from police pounds.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of (a) male and (b) female inmates in prisons in England and Wales are considered to be drug dependent.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners underwent treatment for drugs dependence in (a) Haltemprice and Howden constituency, (b) the East Riding of Yorkshire and...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners on licence were recalled to prison following a breach of that licence in each of the last eight years.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) probation officer and (b) probation service officers were in post in each probation area at the end of each of the past five...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what matters relating to (a) the probation service and (b) the Prison Service in Wales are reserved matters.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of staff were employed in an operational capacity within the National Probation Service in England and Wales at the end of...

      Prostitution/Alcohol-related Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people in (a) Romford and (b) Havering were arrested for offences relating to prostitution in each of the last five years; (2)...

      Prostitution/Alcohol-related Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many brothels in (a) Romford and (b) Havering have been closed in the last five years.

      Racial and Religious Hatred

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government plan to take to ensure that no undue arrests are made under the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill once that Bill...

      Racial and Religious Hatred

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what post-legislative work has been planned to assess the effectiveness of the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill.

      Racial and Religious Hatred

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what definition he uses of recklessness in the context of religious hatred.

      Real Women Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to roll out the Real Women Programme for sentencing following its pilot in 2004.

      Residential Care Staff (Vetting)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people applying for positions within residential care and nursing homes in (a) Tamworth, (b) Staffordshire and (c) England are...

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will bring forward measures to clarify criminal law on the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

      Student Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the countries, or parts of countries, from which students with student visas are required to report changes of residence; and...

      War Criminals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how often the EU network of contacts established to exchange information to help investigate and prosecute suspected war criminals has...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 23 January 2006, Official Report, columns 1791–92W, on work permits, if he will break down each figure given...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were granted to health workers from overseas in each year between 1997 and 2003, broken down by (a) country of origin...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests of minors were made in Wales in each of the last five years.

  • Health

    • Fuel for Living" Booklet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost has been of the development of the Fuel for Living" booklet; how many copies of the booklet will be published; at what cost; and if she will...

    • Health Reform in England; Update and Next Steps"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in respect of the proposed NHS reforms outlined in Health Reform in England; update and next steps", whether practice based contracting will apply to all...

      ADHD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will list the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder support groups which receive funding from the NHS; and how much each has received in...

      Adverse Drug Reactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patient reports of adverse drug reactions have been received (a) online and (b) through a yellow card form in each month since patients were...

      Alcohol Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the effects of drinking alcohol (a) socially and (b) alone; and what assessment she has made of the different...

      Alcohol Dependence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department estimates to be the prevalence service utilisation ratio for alcohol-dependent individuals accessing treatment in (a) England and (b)...

      Alimta

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the availability of Alimta on the NHS.

      Analogue Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pensioners use analogue hearing aids.

      Brazilian Beef

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the amount of Brazilian beef procured for NHS establishments in the last year for which figures are available.

      Capio Healthcare UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2006, Official Report, column 1293W, on Capio Healthcare UK, whether Dr. Thomas Mann was involved in the evaluation...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care home beds in (a) Greater London, (b) the London borough of Hillingdon and (c) Uxbridge are operated (i) privately and (ii) by local authorities.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health is she will establish a central record of mortality in respect of care homes residents, with particular reference to those residents who are moved...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance and advice her Department provides for carers of elderly people in their own homes; where carers can obtain such guidance; and if she will...

      Chiropody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress her Department is making towards establishing high-street drop-in centres for chiropody.

      Choose and Book System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of the infrastructure of choose and book in (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06 to date.

      Citizens Juries

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

      Civil Servants (Overseas Visits)

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

      Civil Service Relocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many departmental civil service jobs have been relocated to Scotland in each year since 2001.

      Clinical Guidelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if her Department will issue the NHS with a statutory direction to fund clinical guidelines.

      Communication Aid Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to provide statutory funding for the provision of communication aid equipment.

      Compensation Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to public funds has been of claims for compensation from the NHS in each year since 1998.

      Computer Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice her Department has given to local authorities on the purchase and use of washable keyboards, mice and keyboard readers; and what encouragement...

      Cystic Fibrosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make it her policy to exempt cystic fibrosis sufferers from prescription charges.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to increase access to NHS dentistry in North Yorkshire; and how many additional places have been made available since 1997.

      Departmental Website

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

      Diamorphine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the stocks of diamorphine in England were in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; (2) what steps her Department has...

      Disabled People (Independent Living)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the outcome was of the consultation referred to in Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People on whether people should have a right to request not...

      Domiciliary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people over the age of 65 years were supported to live at home in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority in each year since 1997.

      Drug Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many fees have been paid to pharmacists for each price category of (a) amlodipine, (b) simvastatin and (c) lisinopril (i) in each month of the...

      Drug Treatment Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have successfully completed a drug treatment programme in each of the last five years.

      Easington Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made by Easington primary care trust in its cessation of smoking programme; and if she will make a statement.

      Elderly Care Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure that elderly patients in (a) hospitals and (b) nursing and residential homes are afforded privacy for personal care.

      Foster Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when she expects to publish the findings of the Foster review into non-medical health regulation; and if she will make a statement; (2) when she...

      General Medical Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average period between referral to the General Medical Council and a disciplinary hearing taking place was in each year since 2000; (2)...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have attended general practitioner surgeries in the borough of Lewisham in each of the past five years.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the cost of general practitioners claiming entitlement for patients who have moved or died and not informed their general...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that general practices have a choice of IT systems within defined interoperability standards.

      Genetic Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research has been undertaken (a) by the Medical Research Council and (b) through her Department's research and development budget for the NHS into...

      Health Trainers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS-accredited health trainers have been employed since September 2004; and if she will make a statement.

      Health White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will postpone any proposals to merge ambulance trusts arising from the current consultation until the urgent care service strategy described in...

      Health White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the national approach to risk management described in paragraph 4.42 of the White Paper, Our Health, Our Care, Our Say", is expected to be placed...

      Healthcare Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what complaints procedure is in operation for complaints against the Healthcare Commission; (2) how many complaints against the Healthcare...

      Healthy Lifestyle Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on schemes the Department is funding to promote healthy lifestyles in people aged 50 years and over.

      Health Professions Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what complaints she has received about the registration process of the Health Professions Council; and if she will make a statement.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in (a) England, (b) the Tees Valley and (c) Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland were diagnosed as having HIV/AIDS in each year since...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to increase access to HIV (a) testing and (b) treatment among African communities living in England; and if she will...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to increase awareness of HIV among (a) heterosexual and (b) homosexual males.

      Independent Sector Providers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the contracts being negotiated with independent sector providers of elective treatment will provide for payments exceeding the NHS equivalent cost...

      Independent Sector Providers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) under what terms NHS (a) trusts, (b) primary care trusts and (c) health authorities procure independent sector elective treatment; (2) what...

      Independent Sector Providers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the NHS can withhold payment under contracts with independent sector providers where the number of procedures stipulated in the contract is not...

      Influenza Vaccines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the extent to which general practitioners' surgeries in the Royal borough of Windsor and Maidenhead have been able to...

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of general practitioners use system choice under the National Programme for IT in the NHS; and what target date has been set...

      Kidney Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the extent to which funding for NHS research into kidney disease is meeting the Government's priorities for the treatment...

      Kidney Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on NHS research into causes, diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease in each of the last five years; and if she will list the...

      Long-term Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 11 January 2006, Official Report, column 729W, on long-term conditions, what is the role of her Department's document,...

      Medical Procedures (Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will list the payments made to (a) Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, (b) Barts and The London NHS Trust, (c) Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust,...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many inspectors of mental health facilities are employed by the Healthcare Commission; (2) how many mental health establishments were inspected...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation between the Healthcare Commission and independent operators of in-patient care facilities for people suffering from mental illness took...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of mental health services in Buckinghamshire were funded by (a) Wycombe Primary Care Trust, (b) Buckinghamshire Mental Health Trust, (c)...

      Monitor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total budget of Monitor was in each year since it was established; what it will be in 2006–07; how many whole-time equivalent staff it has;...

      Monitor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the contracts placed by the Monitor regulatory body with external consultants.

      National Framework for Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to publish the national framework for continuing care.

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will extend the remit of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to enable it to judge cost-effectiveness with reference to both...

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place to allow the National Institute for Healthcare and Clinical Excellence to fast-track its assessment of cancer drugs; and if she...

      National Programme for Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the progress of the National Programme for Information Technology; and what progress the software supplier has made in...

      NHS Appointments Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will require the NHS Appointments Commission to change its policy of reappointing chairmen and non-executive members of primary care trust boards...

      NHS Appointments Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what factors affected the decision of the NHS Appointments Commission to proceed with the advertisement of the post of Chairman of the new Regional...

      NHS Capital Building Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total amount spent on capital building projects in the NHS was in real terms at today's prices in each of the last 30 years.

      NHS Data Spine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals have access to the NHS data spine; what safeguards are in place to prevent unlawful access to the spine; what audit arrangements are...

      NHS Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total NHS debt is in relation to private finance initiative projects.

      NHS Earnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average NHS earnings were in real terms at today's prices for (a) consultants, (b) general practitioners, (c) dentists and (d) nurses employed in...

      NHS Employee Grades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the (a) annual reduction in income expectation and (b) the loss in pension contributions over a five-year period of a...

      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 reduction in provision for clinical negligence...

      NHS Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the total cost to an average sized NHS trust of preparing an application for NHS foundation trust status.

      NHS Private Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations paid for by the NHS were carried out by private sector providers in December 2005 (a) in England and (b) in Kettering.

      NHS Purchasing and Logistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she has taken to improve efficiency in NHS purchasing and logistics since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

      NHS Restructuring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many civil servants in her Department are involved in policy work on the proposed restructuring of the NHS in England, broken down by grade; and how...

      NHS Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2006, Official Report, column 151W, on NHS trusts, what assessment will be made of the value of turnaround teams.

      NHS Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2006, Official Report, column 1675W, on NHS trusts (mergers), what savings were anticipated in the risk analysis...

      Older People's National Service Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects the National Clinical Director for Older People to publish his report Next Steps for Older People's National Service Framework.

      Overseas Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the qualifications of (a) Russian and (b) Pakistani overseas-trained nurses meet the standards required for admission to the Overseas Nursing...

      Pain Relief (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the drugs licensed for use in the NHS to provide pain relief for children.

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level of funding for research into treatment for Parkinson's disease has been in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to answer the question from the hon. Member for Northavon tabled on 31 October for answer on 2 November, reference 24525, on child protection.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will reply to the Questions tabled by the hon. Member for Woking, reference (a) 44640, (b) 44641, (c) 44644 and (d) 44117.

      Partnerships for Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health where partnerships for older people projects are being piloted; when the introduction of these projects was first announced; and if she will make a statement.

      Pesticide Residue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the (a) incidence and (b) levels of pesticide residue in (i) orange and (ii) lemon peel.

      Pigeon-transmitted Disease (South Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reported cases there have been of (a) avian alveolitis, or pigeon fancier's lung, and (b) psittacosis transmitted from pigeons to humans via...

      Practice-based Commissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what safeguards her Department is putting in place against conflicts of interest in practice-based commissioning; (2) whether general practitioners...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the cost of adding cystic fibrosis to the list of diseases which give rise to exemption from prescription charges.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will undertake a public consultation on the list of diseases that give rise to exemption from prescription charges.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many personal prescriptions have been prescribed in each year since 2000, broken down by primary care trusts; how much revenue has been raised from...

      Press Coverage

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

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the Government introduced primary care trusts; and what the cost of setting them up was.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2005, Official Report, column 744W, on primary care trusts, what evidence she has received of primary care trusts...

      Public Information Leaflets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what method is used to calculate the number of Department of Health public information leaflets distributed to general practitioner practices and other...

      Purified Protein Derivative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the possibility of compensation claims arising from complications in the use of unlicensed Mantoux-strength purified...

      Regulatory Reform Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many regulatory reform orders her Department has laid before Parliament in each of the last five calendar years.

      Rickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expenditure was in each of the last five years on the treatment of rickets.

      Rule of Rescue Principle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence takes into account the rule of rescue when evaluating (a) drug treatments for brain...

      Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the impact on waiting lists of scanners being used on a part-time basis because of staff shortages; and if she...

      Sex Change Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many teenagers have undertaken sex change operations on the NHS in each of the last 10 years.

      Sight Problems (Rehabilitation Officers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the adequacy of provision of qualified rehabilitation officers for blind and partially-sighted people in London; and if...

      Stoma Appliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many responses were received to the consultation on the provision of stoma appliances and other services; and if she will make a statement.

      Stoma Appliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to report on the consultation on stoma care and incontinence products; and if she will publish a summary of responses at the end of the...

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the (a) financial, (b) operational and (c) accountability consequences of the abolition of strategic health authorities.

      Tarceva

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the cancer drug Tarceva (erlotinib) has been licensed in the UK.

      Tubercolosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons Chapter 33 of the Department of Health Immunisation against Infectious Diseases 2006, published in November 2005, does not include...

      Vat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms her Department has in place for recovering VAT from the Treasury.

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions she has had with the Health Minister in the National Assembly for Wales about differences in the ways waiting lists are compiled...

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when data will be made available to measure the total waiting time from a patient's first visit to their GP to an operation being carried out.

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the clinical and surgical procedures included in the formula used by the NHS to calculate average waiting list times.

      Winter Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the effects on the NHS of more than 40,000 excess winter deaths in a year taking place.

      Working Party on Respiratory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to publish the report of the Working Party on Respiratory Services in England.

  • House of Lords

    • Anti-social Behaviour: Respect Agenda

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 24 January (WA 153), whether the organisations regulating standards in broadcasting and video...

    • Civil Service: Religious Societies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will invite the Secretary of the Cabinet to reconsider his position as ambassador for the Civil Service Islamic Society in view of the possible...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they are having with the World Bank with a view to preserving the rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo and to promoting the interests...

      Extraordinary Rendition Flights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 30 January (WA 6), whether the rights and duties arising from the Chicago Convention on International...

      Football: FA Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they are making to the Council of the Football Association in support of the inclusion of black and minority ethnic people on the council in...

      Football: FA Structural Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they are making to the Football Association (FA) in support of the recommendations set out in the structural review of the FA.

      Immigration: Child Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the report by the Children's Commissioner for England, Mr Aynsley-Green, whether they will set up an independent investigation into the care and...

      Influenza Pandemic

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Cabinet Office declined to give evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology's inquiry into pandemic influenza.

      Nepal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they have made with negotiations with the Nepalese authorities and political parties to achieve multiparty democracy within a constitutional monarchy...

      Nepal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of Nepal regarding the continuing detention of leading politicians, journalists and members of human rights...

      NHS: Doctors' Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are removing the funding for the flexible training of doctors; and, if so, what alternative provisions are being put in place.

      Official Gifts: Foreign Secretary

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which gifts received overseas by the Foreign Secretary have been declared to HM Customs and Excise for being over the normal travellers' allowances on return to...

      Prisoners: Mental Illness and Substance Misuse

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the number of prisoners in England and Wales with a history of substance misuse and the number of these who also have some form of mental...

      Public Sector Jobs: West Wales

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of jobs are currently classed as public sector jobs in the region of West Wales and the Valleys.

      South Kensington Museum Tunnel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have reached a decision on the recommendation from English Heritage to list the South Kensington Museum Tunnel; and, if so, when they will announce...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the latest estimates of facilities and displaced people in Darfur.

      Tax Credits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the latest year for which figures are available, which government agencies, quangos or departments are involved in administering the tax credit system in the...

      Tax Credits

      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 the tax credit system in the United Kingdom.

      Taxation: Income Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the latest year for which figures are available, which government agencies, quangos or departments are involved in administering personal income tax in the...

      Terrorism Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide a precise chronology of events concerning the receipt of a letter written by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights dated...

      Treasury: BlackBerries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much HM Treasury has spent in each of the seven financial years ending on 31 March 2005 on the acquisition and use of BlackBerry devices or equipment with...

      Treasury: Mobile Telephones

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much HM Treasury has spent in each of the seven financial years ending on 31 March 2005 on the acquisition and use of mobile telephones.

      Treasury: Office Space

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will state the average square footage of office space currently occupied by (a) staff, and (b) Ministers of HM Treasury, together with the equivalent...

      Tropical Rainforests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the priorities in their efforts to assist in the conservation of tropical rainforests; and to what extent they are able to ensure that indigenous forest...

      Tropical Rainforests

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are reviewing the role of the Tropical Forestry Action Plan and the United Nations Forum on Forests in controlling illegal logging operations; and...

      Unemployment: West Wales

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the present unemployment rate for the region of West Wales and the Valleys.

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