Written answers

Tuesday, 14 February 2006

  • Solicitor-General

    • Abu Hamza

      To ask the Solicitor-General on what date the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) first decided not to endorse the proposed prosecution of Abu Hamza; whether the CPS consulted the (a) Director of...

    • Audible Fire Alarms

      To ask the Solicitor-General what proportion of the premises occupied by the Law Officers is fitted with audible fire alarms.

      Criminal Justice Act

      To ask the Solicitor-General what changes were made under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 to the Crown Prosecution Service's power to instigate prosecutions.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will take steps to improve liaison between the Crown Prosecution Service and witnesses in relation to bringing cases to court.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much has been spent in each year since 1997 by the Law Officers' Department on salaries paid to civil servants.

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many cars are (a) owned and (b) leased by his Department; what models the cars are; what type of petrol each model requires; and what the fuel efficiency is of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether the Attorney-General was instructed by the Prime Minister that he should not give advice in relation to the war in Iraq until March 2003.

      Prosecutions (Parents)

      To ask the Solicitor-General (1) how many cases of parents prosecuted for killing their children have been reviewed following the Sally Clark judgment; and how many of these cases have been...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has allocated to (a) total expenditure, (b) grant in aid to private sector partners, (c) capital spending and...

    • Departmental Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the locations in which his Department has had offices in each of the last five years.

      Madagascar (British Embassy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the impact of the closure of the British embassy in Madagascar on UK aid and development initiatives in...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the Government have required the Palestinian Authority to meet certain criteria in order to ensure continued financial aid; and...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the total amount of aid given to (a) the Pakistan Government and (b) aid agencies has been following the earthquake of 8 October...

      Palestinian Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the Government gave in aid to the Palestinian Authority in each of the last five years.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agricultural Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of the total amount to be paid to farmers under the Single Farm Payment in England in 2005–06.

    • Agricultural Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the first single farm payments to be made.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what factors she took into account when deciding not to authorise the use of vaccines against avian influenza.

      Beacon Towns Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the status of the Beacon Towns initiative.

      Calls to Prayer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance she gives local authorities on the acceptable volume of amplified calls to prayer; and if she will make a statement.

      Canoeists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to what percentage of the total length of rivers in the United Kingdom canoeists have full access throughout the year; and if...

      Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy to ban the use of animals in travelling circuses.

      Citizens Juries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions her Department consulted citizens' juries on departmental policies in the last five years; in how many...

      Climate Change Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will place in the Library a copy of the consultation responses received by the Department for Environment, Transport...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with her French counterpart to ensure that British and French farmers are treated equally in (a)...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the items of departmental property worth over £100 that have been reported as (a) lost and (b) broken...

      Departmental Catering Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural 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 Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's policy is on the procurement of fair trade produce for consumption on its premises.

      Departmental Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many regulations from her Department came into force in each year since 1996–97.

      Digital Television (Energy Efficiency)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance she has issued to digital television (a) broadcasters, (b) manufacturers and (c) retailers on the energy...

      English Nature

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on English Nature's delivery plan; when the latest plan will be published; and whether this plan...

      Farm Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farming households in England were living below the Government low-income threshold in each year since 1996–97.

      Farm Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) percentage and (b) real terms changes in total income from farming were in each of the last four years.

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of single farm payments she expects to have been paid by the end of February.

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what changes in pillar II funding from earlier estimates are expected in 2007–13 as a result of the recent EU budget reform.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will visit Iceland to see how it is managing its fish stocks.

      Footpath Closure Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many applications for footpath closure orders have been made in each metropolitan district in the county of Greater...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what total sum has been received by her Department for the provision of information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of terminator seed technology on free access to genetic resources.

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the Government will support the Convention on Biodiversity Decision V/5 section III on the field testing and...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what was the value of genetically modified crops imported to the UK from Spain in (a) 2003 and (b) 2005.

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much genetically modified maize was imported to the United Kingdom in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.

      Grey Squirrels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the control of grey squirrels.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2005, Official Report, column 930W, on identity cards, whether her Department has...

      Lyons Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has sent a written submission to the Lyons inquiry on local government finance.

      National Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the allocation of the National Reserve to be finalised.

      Organic Entry Level Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers have been registered under the Organic Entry Level Scheme in (a) Devon, (b) Cornwall, (c) Somerset and (d)...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many parliamentary questions tabled in the last 12 months for answer by her on a named day (a) were transferred and...

      Press Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions since 1 April 2003 she has complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the coverage in the...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will examine the reasons for the delay by the Rural Payments Agency in establishing definitive maps in respect of the...

      Set-aside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been allocated to each EU country in set aside payment within the Common Agricultural Policy in 2005–06.

      Sheep Dip

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects on (a) biodiversity and (b) the environment of synthetic pyrethroid sheep dip.

      Sheep Dip

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) for what reasons the veterinary medicines directorate and Environment Agency consultation on the future use of...

      Sheep Dip

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what volume of synthetic pyrethroid sheep dip was licensed for disposal in each of the last five years.

      Sheep Dip

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what quantity of synthetic pyrethroid sheep dip chemical precursors were sold in each of the last five years; and how much...

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many applications for Single Farm Payment made in 2004 (a) are still under review and (b) have not been processed by the...

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was of administering the single farm payment scheme in each year since its introduction.

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of single farm payments she expects to have been paid by the end of (a) February and (b) March.

      Statutory Instruments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the statutory instruments introduced by her Department since 6 May 2005.

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what monitoring her Department carries out to measure the effectiveness of policies to restrict the import of illegal timber.

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's timetable is for negotiating Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade voluntary agreements with...

      Urban Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice her Department has (a) received from statutory advisors and (b) sought from experts on the role of gardens in...

      Waste Incineration Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she intends to delay the application of the Waste Incineration Directive to tallow until the Directorate-General...

      Water Abstraction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether water abstraction charges are planned to be levied on a (a) regional and (b) national basis; (2) what...

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what minimum (a) additional water supply infrastructure, (b) additional works to existing water supply infrastructure and (c)...

      Working Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the percentage of working dogs which have had their tails amputated as a consequence...

      World Trade Organisation (Sensitive Products)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria the EU applied when designating agricultural products as sensitive in the forthcoming World Trade Organisation...

      World Trade Organisation (Sensitive Products)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to add vulnerable egg lines to the EU list of products designated as sensitive in the forthcoming World...

  • Treasury

    • Amber Communications Management Ltd.

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when HM Revenue and Customs expect to be in a position to repay the sums owing to Amber Communications Management Ltd. of Margate.

    • Banks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward legislation under which banks would not be permitted to close branches without demonstrating that the local citizens would not...

      Business Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many section 660 investigations by HM Revenue and Customs are currently open; and if he will make a statement.

      Car Registrations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of trends in new car registrations in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years; what changes he forecasts in each of...

      Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to enforce penalties for failing to complete a census form.

      Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials were responsible for compiling the 2001 census in Southend-on-Sea, broken down by grade; and if he will make a statement.

      Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what mechanisms are available to (a) hon. Members and (b) local authorities to dispute the findings of a national census; and if he will make a statement.

      Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the accuracy of census figures for (a) Southend-on-Sea and (b) Essex in each of the last two censuses; and if he will make a...

      Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much in climate change levy was paid by three-digit industry categories since it was introduced; and on what percentage of industry output the levy was...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 12 January 2006, Official Report, column 766W, on council tax, when the copies of the external...

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many credit unions have been established in each of the past 10 years; and what the total number of credit unions in England and Wales is.

      Credit Unions

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of credit unions operating in Tamworth constituency.

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in his Department are paid on a performance-related basis.

      Earnings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the change in average earnings in the (a) private sector, (b) public sector and (c) United Kingdom as a whole over the last...

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many women were in paid (a) full-time and (b) part-time employment in each year since 1980.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what research he has undertaken on the relative cost effectiveness of the Financial Services Authority; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

      Fuel Smuggling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the extent of fuel smuggling into Northern Ireland in 2005.

      Gold Reserves

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2006, Official Report, column 739W, on gold reserves, what interest has been earned from the funds reinvested from the...

      Government Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer to what independent auditing the Whole of Government Accounts will be subject; and if he will make a statement.

      Gross Domestic Product (Peterborough)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what level of gross domestic product was recorded in each of the last five years in (a) the Peterborough city council area and (b) Peterborough constituency.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria HM Revenue and Customs uses to determine whether an appeal against one of its decisions constitutes a test case.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the evidence from HM Revenue and Customs to the Public Administration Committee on 20 October 2005, Question 81, on the tax credits system, when...

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what criteria he uses to decide whether the HM Revenue and Customs logo may appear on a commercial product; and whether HM Revenue and Customs endorses any...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the amount of tax which would be raised by introducing a new 49 per cent. tax band for those with incomes over (a)...

      Interpal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what representations he has received from the Israeli embassy in relation to the Interpal charity in the last six months; what meetings have been held...

      Lisbon Agenda

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess British progress in fulfilling the criteria of the Lisbon Agenda; when he expects the UK to have fulfilled those criteria; and if he will...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much greater the income of the National Insurance Fund would have been (a) in each year from 2003–04 to 2006–07 and (b) in total for that...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people who are self-employed and working abroad paid the voluntary class 2 national insurance contribution in each of the last 10 years; (2)...

      Population

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the current population of (a) each Essex borough and (b) each ward in Southend West constituency based on (i) the 2001 Census, (ii)...

      Population

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the accuracy of the most recent population figures provided by the Office for National Statistics for the City of Peterborough.

      Population

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the accuracy of the population figures provided by the Office for National Statistics in relation to Enfield.

      Post Office Card Account (West Lancashire)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in West Lancashire use a Post Office Card Account to access child benefit.

      Press Coverage

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

      Public Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce regulations to ensure that no Government department or public body will be able to award public contracts to any organisation or firm...

      Public Information

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

      Self-assessment Awareness Campaign

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2006, Official Report, column 1208W, on the self-assessment awareness campaign, what the results of the value for money...

      Student Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what mechanisms are in place for HM Revenue and Customs to inform the Student Loans Company when graduates' income exceeds the threshold above which loans...

      Syngenta

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when (a) he and (b) his officials last met representatives of Syngenta.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many letters the Office of the Paymaster General has received from hon. Members concerning problems with tax credits since 2003; and how many were...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate has been made of the extent of involvement of organised crime in the tax credit system in Northern Ireland since its introduction; (2)...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of changing the tax credits income increase disregard from £2,500 to £25,000.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will establish a fully staffed tax credits office in Belfast.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many appeals against repayments of tax credits were outstanding at 1 February 2006.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value was of outstanding repayments of tax credits at 1st February 2006.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the technical issues affecting the tax credit system; on what date each was (a) identified and (b) resolved; and what the cost of...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit payments were made to bank accounts outside the UK in each of the last 12 months.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the proposal announced in the pre-Budget report 2005 to double the number of security checks in the tax credit system will be implemented; and at what...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes there have been in the requirements for (a) homes and (b) businesses to provide information to the Valuation Office Agency since May 1997; and...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent meetings (a) he and (b) his Ministers have had with Ministers from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister about (i) the operation of and (ii)...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 30 November 2005, Official Report, column 529W, on the Valuation Office Agency, whether the...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 30 November 2005, Official Report, column 529W, on the Valuation Office Agency, whether HM Revenues...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the cost of amending the qualifying conditions for working tax credit to include hours spent as a carer in the same category as hours...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Information Management System

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) of 31 October 2005, Official Report,...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Air Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether there are plans to introduce an air ambulance service in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

    • Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many emergency calls were received by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service in each service district in each year since 2000; how many of...

      Benefit Claimants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what change there has been in the numbers of unemployed benefit claimants in the past 12 months in each of Northern Ireland's constituencies.

      Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what amount of arms has been decommissioned by Loyalist paramilitaries in each of the last five years.

      Employment (East Londonderry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the change in numbers of (a) males and (b) females in part-time employment in East Londonderry constituency has been in each of the last...

      Food Safety Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prosecutions there were in 2005 of establishments in Northern Ireland serving hot food in contravention of food safety standards.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much financial support the Government will be providing for the special Olympics Ireland games taking place in Belfast in 2006.

      School Crossing Patrol Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) primary schools in Northern Ireland and (b) children attending them were affected by the decisions of education and library boards...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Asylum Appeals

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps the Government are taking to reduce the time appellants wait for a hearing in the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal.

    • Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many job advertisements were placed by her Department (a) in total, (b) in print newspapers and magazines and (c) on a...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the accuracy of the electoral register.

      Inquests (Oxfordshire)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many inquests on military fatalities are outstanding at Oxfordshire's coroner's court.

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what account is taken of a tenderer's previous performance in the evaluation of tenders for provision of enforcement services...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many parliamentary questions tabled by in the last 12 months for answer by her on a named day (a) were transferred and (b)...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by her in the last 12 months have been answered (a) within...

      Vandalism

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the acts of vandalism which have been perpetrated (a) inside and (b) on the outside of her Department's...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Assets

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

    • Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 Scotland what the annual expenditure on vehicles by his Department was in each of the last three financial years; and what the planned expenditure is for...

      Departmental Staff

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

      Freedom of Information Act

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

  • Trade and Industry

    • Administrative Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the administrative costs were of each non-departmental public body for which he has responsibility in the last year for which figures are...

    • Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on his plans for the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in his Department and its agencies was in each year from...

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress his Department has made towards achieving targets to reduce the number of civil service posts set by the Independent Review of...

      Companies House Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment the Government have made of the cost of removing home addresses from the Companies House register.

      Company Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will seek to introduce legislation to require companies to publish details of their transfer pricing policies.

      Departmental Contracts

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

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Deregulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the impact of deregulation on productivity; and if he will make a statement.

      Directors (Minimum Age)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will bring forward legislation under which the minimum age of directors for public limited companies will be at least 18 years.

      Energy Review 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many stakeholder meetings he is holding for the Energy Review 2006; and to how many of these meetings he is inviting representatives of...

      Equality Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will introduce proposals to extend the provisions of the Equality Bill to Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Gas Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of whether speculation is distorting the market for gas prices.

      Heating Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to tackle the increase in the cost of heating oil; and if he will make a statement.

      Indian Financial Services Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which five Indian companies in the UK with a presence in the financial services sector have the largest number of employees; and how many...

      Migrant Workers from Poland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures he is taking to ensure that migrant workers from Poland are protected under UK employment laws.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the number of post offices that could be expected to close as a result of the possible loss of income arising...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he plans to take to prevent the closure of post offices following the ending of the contract for the Post Office card account.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether regional development agencies have a role in the regeneration of market towns.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what responsibilities the regional development agencies have taken over from the Countryside Agency in the last two years.

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many organisations his Department considered to carry out the cost-benefit report into extending Sunday trading hours; which organisation...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what obligations bus companies have to consult local authorities on changes in their timetables and fares.

    • Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to improve access to public transport for pensioners.

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to ensure greater access to public transport for people with disabilities and visual impairments.

      Gatwick Express

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

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance has been issued on the use of variable message signs on motorways.

      Road Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress the Government have made on improving management of the road network.

      Road Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the Government's road building programme.

      Road Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the Government's road building programme.

      Great Western Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with First Group on the future of the Great Western franchise.

      Road Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the Government's plans for road pricing.

      Road Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the potential use of satellite navigation systems in charging for road use.

      Air Travel Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funds are held within the Air Travel Organisers Licensing Air Travel Trust Fund; and whether he plans to increase the fund.

      Aircraft Movements (Heathrow)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average number of aircraft movements at Heathrow airport was during each hour between 7a.m. and 11p.m. in the most recent year for which...

      Aircraft Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what definition of excessive noise his Department uses in documents relating to (a) the noise from aircraft and (b) other civil aviation matters;...

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what definition his Department uses of a (a) coach and (b) bus service; and what provisions relating to access for the disabled apply to each type of...

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact of free bus travel on the existing arrangements for bus travel between (a) Northumberland and Tyne and Wear,...

      Condover Parish Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from Condover parish council; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 Staff

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

      Disabled Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will introduce legislation to make it a fineable offence for a non-blue badge holder to park in designated disabled parking bays.

      East Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of capacity on the East Coast main line.

      Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of total UK emissions he estimates will be provided by aviation in (a) 2030 and (b) 2050 (i) with and (ii) without allowance for...

      Fair Trade

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

      Free Travel (Greater Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with (a) bus operators in Greater Manchester and (b) Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive to ensure...

      Highways Agency (Litter)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what obligations the Highways Agency is under to remove litter from motorway embankments and verges; and how often the agency has undertaken to remove...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2005, Official Report, column 1313W, on identity cards, whether he has finalised current best estimates of the...

      Motor Cycling (Disabled Badges)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures he plans to introduce to ensure that disabled motorcyclists can display disabled badges without risking theft; and if he will make a...

      Motor Vehicles (Air Conditioning Emissions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact in the United Kingdom of the current draft regulations on emissions from air conditioning systems in motor...

      Parking Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes the Government have made to guidance to highways authorities on parking (a) spaces, (b) charges and (c) fines, since May 1997.

      Parking Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many appeals against parking penalty charge notices there were in each local authority in England in the last five years for which figures are...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Public Information

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

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) regional train services, (b) long distance train services and (c) train services in London and the South East have been cancelled due to...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received from train operating companies on industrial disputes.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make provision for additional capacity on the rail line linking Wellingborough to London.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made with the extension of the East London line; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) reviewed that benchmarks the costs of rail services provision in the UK against other...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had in the last 12 months with the Association of Train Operating Companies on the regulation of rail fares; when he expects to...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to extend the Community Rail Strategy; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with rail operators concerning the impact on (a) rail freight services and (b) rail congestion on lines into and out of...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the public subsidy paid to each constituent part of the railway in each year since 1992.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what financial penalties are available when Network Rail fails to complete renewals on time.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether it is his policy to retain all operating rural railway lines.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department has issued to members of the public wishing to complain about (a) increases in fares and (b) the services provided by...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures he can take to ensure that the 20:03 Crewe to North Wales train leaves Crewe after the Euston to Liverpool train arrives at Crewe at 20:05.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ask the Highways Agency to carry out dry scrim testing on stone mastic asphalt.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of whether stone mastic asphalt surfaces have the same skid co-efficient as hot rolled asphalt.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of whether there has been a change in the incidence of accidents involving pedestrians on crossings where shellgrip is no...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Highways Agency has tested chemical washing on new thin surface material road surfaces.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Highways Agency on a bypass for Dorrington near Shrewsbury on the A49.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will meet the Highways Agency to discuss the merits of a pedestrian crossing in the village of Westbury near Shrewsbury; (2) if he will...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent on road (a) improvements and (b) modernisation in Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency in (i) 1997, (ii) 1999 and (iii) 2005.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will meet representatives of Shrewsbury Friends of the Earth to discuss the proposal to build a north west relief road on the outskirts of Shrewsbury.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will direct the Highways Agency to install a sign for Shrewsbury on the M6 junction with the M54.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will visit Shrewsbury to address the safety of the Dobbies roundabout at the junction of the A5 and A49.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what powers exist to place a permanent stopping order on a road where the use of the road has changed; and if he will make a statement.

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to issue draft guidance on rural speed limits.

      Toll Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much income from toll roads his Department has received in each of the last five years.

      Travel Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent on subsidies for (a) rail and (b) bus travel in the Peterborough city council area in each of the last five years.

      Vehicle Air Conditioning Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had, and with whom, on the draft regulations on emissions from air conditioning systems in motor vehicles; if he will ensure...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Business Rates (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was paid in business rates in South Gloucestershire in each year since 1996–97; and how much was received by South Gloucestershire council from the...

    • Carbon Monoxide Alarms

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to enable low-income households to purchase carbon monoxide alarms.

      Carbon Monoxide Alarms

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the percentage of households equipped with (a) carbon monoxide alarms and (b) fire alarms.

      Departmental Information

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

      Firefighters

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many firefighters have been employed in (a) Leicester and (b) England in each year between 1997 and 2005.

      Firefighters

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many firefighters in (a) Leicester and (b) England retired on the grounds of ill-health in each of the last five years.

      Leisure Facilities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the provision of leisure facilities by local authorities in (a) Leicester and (b) England.

      University Students (Council Tax)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what estimate he has made of the effect on revenue in each of the last three years of allowing students an exemption from council tax; (2) what estimate he...

      Vandalism

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

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Leader of the House how many staff in his Office are paid on a performance-related basis.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made with mine clearing in Afghanistan; and whether the UK troops being deployed to Afghanistan in the coming months will be...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2006, Official Report, columns 28–29W, on Afghanistan, whether the breakdowns by severity of injuries...

      Ammunition Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he last met representatives of BAE Land Systems at the former Royal Ordnance site at Chorley to discuss ammunition supply; (2) when he last...

      Ammunition Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value of the contract for ammunition produced at Royal Ordnance Chorley was in each of the last five years.

      Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department has had with (a) the US Defense Department and (b) the US Air Force in the last 12 months on the use of the airfield on...

      Defence Vetting Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Defence Vetting Agency carries out overseas checks when processing (a) security checks and (b) developed vetting.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff in his Department are paid on a performance-related basis.

      Gulf War-related Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is his latest assessment of the (a) scale, (b) nature and (c) causes of Gulf War-related illnesses.

      HELEN Laser

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 825W, on the HELEN laser, whether AWE has supplied (a) the Environment Agency and (b)...

      HELEN Laser

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 825W, on the HELEN laser, what (a) construction work has already taken place and (b)...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has held with (a) Ministers in his Department and (b) defence staff regarding proposals to withdraw troops from Iraq in the next 12...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on which dates (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have visited British soldiers injured in Iraq; and what locations were visited.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has discussed with his counterparts in Arab nations the partial replacement of coalition troops in Iraq with their forces following the...

      Senior Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) commodores and (b) admirals were on the active list in the Royal Navy in each year since 1997; and what the total strength of the Royal Navy...

      Senior Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what trends he has identified in the numbers of senior officers appointed to each of the services since 1997, as a proportion of the overall size of each...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans her Department has to change the London allowance of its staff; and if she will make a statement.

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of her Department's staff are paid on a performance-related basis.

      Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will visit Shrewsbury to open the new caravan centre there.

      Football Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what schemes have been financed by the Football Foundation in (a) Leicestershire and (b) Loughborough constituency area since it was...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many appeals under the Licensing Act 2003 (a) have been lodged with local authorities since 24 November 2005, (b) have been...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with (a) the Department of Health on the possible effects of the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003...

      Local Authority Leisure Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effect of the transfer of leisure facilities from local authority control to sports trusts on their...

      National Sports Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport where the National Sports Foundation will be based.

      Sport (Drug Testing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many drug tests have been carried out by UK Sport on members of the British 2006 Winter Olympics team in the 12 months prior to the...

      Sport (Drug Testing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many drug tests were undertaken by UK Sport in 2004–05; how many prime facie adverse findings there were for (a) male and (b)...

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people over 75 are in receipt of free television licences in each Northern Ireland constituency; and what percentage of viewing...

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many pensioners over 75 years of age in Tamworth constituency are in receipt of a free television licence.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place with each of Afghanistan's neighbouring countries on (a) blocking of supply routes for and (b)...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what his estimate is of the (a) farm gate value and (b) export value of opium production in (i) Nimrooz, (ii) Farah, (iii)...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures he is taking to prevent (a) corruption and (b) infiltration by militants among (i) police and (ii) provincial...

      Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the UK's estimated contingent liabilities attributable to Ascension Island are; what the liabilities were estimated to be...

      Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list meetings in (a) the UK, (b) USA and (c) elsewhere that have taken place between (i) Ministers and (ii) officials...

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his recent visit to Cyprus.

      Departmental Staff

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

      EU Sugar Regime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received on the effects of reform of the EU sugar regime on African, Caribbean and Pacific sugar...

      EU Sugar Regime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with other Government Departments on help to African, Caribbean and Pacific countries to mitigate...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total oil production in the Falkland Islands was in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2005.

      Foreign Travel (Health and Safety)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK citizens have (a) died and (b) been seriously injured as a result of crowd action or stampedes surrounding the...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the precise location is of the wreck of HMS Sussex off the coast of Gibraltar; and whether this site is in international waters.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs why the British Government have not claimed the 12 nautical miles on the eastern shoreline of Gibraltar to which it is entitled...

      Gulf of Aden (Trafficking)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) illegal trafficking of (i) arms, (ii) people and (iii) cigarettes across the Gulf of Aden and...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support the Government provides to religious freedom organisations in (a) Madhya Pradesh and (b) elsewhere in India.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans his Department has to meet representatives of the Indian government to discuss religious militant groups threatening...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the (a) Indian government and (b) Madhya Pradesh State government on the attacks against...

      International Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have received from officials from other countries on changes in the law on seeking...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of sites in Iran that the Iranian Government are using in the research, development and...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what evidence he has received of Iranian infiltration into southern Iraq.

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library copies of the recent statements made by senior British officials in Serbia on Kosovo's independence.

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what conclusions the Contact Group has reached on the question of Kosovan independence.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of the closure of the Karni crossing in the Gaza Strip on the Palestinian economy; and...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions the Government have had with (a) Israel and (b) the Palestinian Authority on ensuring that it fulfils its...

      Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the official residences for which his Department is responsible; who occupies each one; what the annual cost is...

      Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with British overseas territories to establish how much support they gave to international...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 7 February 2006, Official Report, column 736, on Palestinian elections, whether it is Government...

      Serbia and Montenegro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Political Director discussed with representatives of the Serbian government acceptance of Kosovo's independence...

      Trade Boycotts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to try to end boycotts of Western goods in Islamic countries.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) the UN, (b) the African Union and (c) the Governments of African countries where the Lord's...

      UK Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the value was of the agricultural products imported by UK overseas territories in (a) 2000 and (b) 2005.

      United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made towards a UN rapid reaction capability for traditional peace-keeping operations.

      United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in developing the UN standby arrangements system.

      United Nations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in developing the Multinational Stand-by Forces High Readiness Brigade for UN operations.

      Uranium Enrichment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on which countries may legitimately operate uranium enrichment facilities.

      Yemen

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

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the activities of (a) al-Qaeda and (b) Islamic fundamentalists in Yemen.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether the Jawf and Mareb tribes in Yemen have contact with (a) al-Qaeda and (b) other Islamic...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Information Technology

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on progress with development of the Government's IT strategy.

    • Civil Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps he is taking to increase the number of women in the senior civil service.

      Civil Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he expects to be in a position to bring forward a Civil Service Bill.

      Civil Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent discussions he has had with other Departments on the pay of civil servants.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what further steps he has taken to increase diversity in public appointments.

      Departmental Energy Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was spent by his Department on (a) gas and (b) electricity in 2004–05.

      Departmental Entertainment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was spent on entertainment by his Department in 2004–05, broken down by (a) food, (b) alcohol, (c) staff and (d) accommodation.

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many job advertisements were placed by his Department (a) in total, (b) in print newspapers and magazines and (c) on a recruitment website in...

      Departmental Staff

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

      E-government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many Government IT projects processed as part of the e-government programmes have gone (a) over budget and (b) over time since 1997.

      Energy Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assumptions regarding energy intensity improvements the strategy unit made in its preparation of background papers for the current energy review.

      Public Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on progress with the reform of delivery of public services.

  • Education and Skills

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list donations received by each city academy from (a) commercial and business organisations and (b) private individuals.

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were adopted in each local authority area in 2005.

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what steps her Department is taking (a) to prevent (i) bullying and (ii) the causes of bullying and (b) to help those who are victims...

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what statistics her Department (a) collects and (b) publishes on bullying in schools in England.

      Community Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the total value of public assets which would be transferred from local authorities to independent trusts if...

      Community Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department are taking to promote community schools.

      Departmental Assets

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

      Departmental Catering Budget

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

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students in Bristol were in receipt of education maintenance allowance at the rate of (a) £30, (b) £20 and (c) £10...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of students in receipt of education maintenance allowance who have continued into further education...

      Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many 15-year-olds took Level 2 Key Skills and Basic Skills qualifications regarded as functional equivalents to a GCSE in mathematics or...

      Failing Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many failing schools there were in each local education authority area in each year since 1997.

      Former Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers have left the profession in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) subject and (b) length of service.

      Further Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2005, Official Report, column 2414W, on further education funding, how many 16 to 19-year-olds were...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many GCSEs on average were taken by a year 10 pupil in 2005; and what the range in the number of GCSEs taken was.

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average number of GCSE passes obtained per pupil was in (a) comprehensive schools and (b) selective schools in 2004–05.

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in how many schools less than (a) 90, (b) 85, (c) 80 and (d) 70 per cent. of pupils achieved five or more GCSEs or equivalent at (i) grades...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in how many and what proportion of schools less than (a) 90, (b) 85, (c) 80 and (d) 70 per cent. of pupils achieved one or more GCSEs, or...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in how many schools in England less than (a) 10 per cent. and (b) 25 per cent. of 15-year-olds attained five A* to C grade GCSE examinations...

      Higher Education (16 to 19-year-old Parents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many 16 to 19-year-old parents have returned to higher education in Tamworth constituency in each year since 1997.

      Independent Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research she has commissioned into the possible involvement of religious cults in schools in the independent sector; and if she will...

      Independent Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2006, Official Report, column 80W, to the hon. Member for Altrincham and Sale, West (Mr. Brady), on...

      Learning Difficulties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support and services are available in (a) Staffordshire and (b) Tamworth constituency for new parents whose children have been...

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many looked-after children there were on the latest date for which figures are available; and how they are cared for.

      Post-16 Education (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had in the last three years about equalising funding per student in sixth-form schools and further education...

      Primary Schools (Results)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the Key Stage 2 results in (a) each primary school in Doncaster North and (b) the constituency as a whole were in each year since 1995.

      Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) GCSE passes at grade A-C and (b) GNVQ full intermediate passes there were in (i) media studies and (ii) child care in each of...

      Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of pupils have obtained a GCSE pass at grade A-C in (a) mathematics and English and (b) mathematics, English, a science...

      Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many staff in (a) day nurseries and (b) schools in (i) Wakefield District and (ii) Normanton constituency are qualified to (A) Level 2,...

      School Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the introduction of the proposals in the White Paper Higher Standards: Better Schools for All will affect the (a) capital programmes and...

      School Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what definition of a dedicated capital pot was used in compiling the White Paper Higher Standards: Better Schools for All.

      School Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the recommendations of the school food trust sub-committee on standards for school food other than lunch will be subject to a full...

      School Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding her Department has made available for school music facilities in (a) Leicester and (b) England in each academic year since 1997.

      School Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding her Department has made available for improvements to school sports facilities in (a) Leicester and (b) England in each...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what changes to the funding formula for schools have been made since 1997; and what effect each change has had on funds per pupil for (a)...

      Schools

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

      Secondary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) community, (b) voluntary-aided, (c) voluntary-controlled and (d) foundation secondary schools there are; and what proportion...

      Specialist Schools/Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 14 November 2005 to the hon. Member for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, Official Report, column 952W, on...

      Specialist Schools/Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) which specialist colleges and schools which are not specialist science colleges and schools offer (a) separate science and (b) dual...

      St. James' Independent Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations she has received on the mistreatment of pupils at St. James' Independent Schools in London, with particular...

      Teachers and Lecturers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers entered into (a) full-time and (b) part-time service in maintained schools in the East Riding of Yorkshire in each year...

      Teachers and Lecturers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average (a) teacher's and (b) lecturer's pay is; and what it was in 1997.

      Thomas Telford School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what level of financial sponsorship is provided to Thomas Telford School by (a) the Mercers' Company and (b) Tarmac plc.

      Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the acts of vandalism which have been perpetrated (a) inside and (b) on the outside of her Department's buildings in the...

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much public funding was available for youth services in (a) the constituency of Ruislip-Northwood, (b) the London borough of Hillingdon,...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Administration Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total administration costs for his core Department are; and whether these are regarded as (a) identifiable and (b) non-identifiable...

    • Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many care home residents in Scotland lost their entitlement to attendance allowance in each year since 2002 because their personal care...

      Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken (a) to process a claim for attendance allowance and (b) to begin payments once a claim has been approved was in...

      Benefit Claimants

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

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many full-time equivalent staff were employed by the Child Support Agency in March (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004 and (d) 2005.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff were employed by the Child Support Agency at (a) 31 December 2004, (b) 31 March 2005, (c) 30 June 2005, (d) 30 September 2005...

      Community Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether a staff survey has been conducted (a) in London and (b) in the UK on the number of community languages staff speak at work to assist...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the 10 most valuable (a) movable and (b) immovable assets owned by his Department.

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the real terms percentage increase in allocated resources for his Department (a) was for the period 1997–98 to 2004–05 and (b)...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average number of staff employed at the Department was in each year from 1997–98 to 2005–06, including equivalent figures...

      Disability Discrimination Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of (a) public bodies and (b) private companies which are compliant with the provisions (i) of the...

      Disability Discrimination Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many fines have been imposed on (a) public and (b) private bodies found to be non-compliant with the provisions of the Disability...

      Disability Discrimination Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures are undertaken to determine compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act 2005; and by whom.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of lowering the entitlement age for the higher rate of the mobility component of disability living...

      Disabled Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what his estimate is of the number of disabled parents in each region of the UK; (2) what organisations that assist disabled parents are...

      Early Retirement

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

      Freedom of Information Act

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

      Fuel Costs (Pensioners)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has to increase the £200 winter heating allowance for pensioners.

      Gas Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if the Government will increase (a) state pensions and (b) the winter fuel allowance to take account of increases in gas prices.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were claiming incapacity benefit in each ward in Hartlepool in the last period for which data was available.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employees of the ambulance service on long-term sick leave are claiming incapacity benefit.

      Jobseekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action he is taking in conjunction with Jobcentre Plus to tackle recent increases in the claimant count of jobseekers.

      Means-tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to increase awareness among entitled people of the means-tested benefits for which they are eligible.

      Media Monitoring

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

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the options available to benefit recipients and pensioners who wish to continue to have their money paid over the counter in...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answers to the hon. Members for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) and for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Danny Alexander) of 31...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, columns 597–8W, if he will list the 25 different bank accounts referred to;...

      Private Members' Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list those Private Members' Bills introduced under (a) Standing Order No. 14(6), (b) Standing Order No.23 and (c) Standing Order...

      Statutory Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many personal capability assessments were conducted pursuant to the Social Security (Incapacity for Work) Miscellaneous Amendments...

      Sunset Clauses

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

  • Home Department

    • Airguns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of attacks on animals by use of airguns.

    • Animal Cruelty

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were convicted of cruelty towards animals (a) in Westmorland and Lonsdale and (b) England in each year since 1997.

      Animal Cruelty

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted of cruelty towards animals in (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) the West Midlands in each year since 1997.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued to citizens living in Tamworth constituency in each month since their introduction;...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recipients of an antisocial behaviour order have been reconvicted of a criminal offence within two years.

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued; (2) how many people were jailed for a breach of their anti-social behaviour...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many antisocial behaviour orders were (a) issued and (b) breached in 2004 by each London borough; (2) how many antisocial...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the reasons for the differences in the number of antisocial behaviour orders issued in each police force; and...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to collect data on the number of antisocial behaviour orders that are issued to individuals with (a) disabilities and (b)...

      Charity Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by the Charity Commission on interim (a) managers and (b) receivers of charities in each of the last five years; and what...

      Child Curfew Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many child curfew orders have been issued in each local authority area in England and Wales.

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will issue guidance to (a) the police and (b) the Crown Prosecution Service, on how long an individual may be formally...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women under investigation by the West Yorkshire police force under child protection legislation have not been (i)...

      Clive Hayes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will investigate the circumstances which led to (a) the late Clive Hayes being risk-assessed as being suitable for placement in open...

      Closing the Gap Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2006, Official Report, column 1266W, on the Closing the Gap" report, whether (a) ministers and (b)...

      Cocaine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to reduce imports of cocaine (a) from Jamaica by air and (b) from South America by ship; and what assessment he has...

      Community Supervision and Support Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will announce his decision on the locations of the two proposed new women's Community Supervision and Support Centres announced in 2005.

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers have been introduced in (a) Uxbridge and (b) the London borough of Hillingdon; and what assessment...

      Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions were secured by (a) the Metropolitan Police Force, (b) Greater Manchester Police, (c) West Midlands Police, (d)...

      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 4 October...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to allow local authorities to close telephone boxes at night if they are being used by drug dealers.

      Crime Detection Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what crime detection rate for offences of (a) violence against the person, (b) sexual offences, (c) robberies, (d) burglaries and (e) theft...

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the (a) number of burglaries and (b) percentage annual change in the number of burglaries in (i) England and...

      Crimes against Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what were the most common forms of crime committed against young people of school age in (a) Uxbridge, (b) the London borough of Hillingdon,...

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the occasions when the Criminal Cases Review Commission have referred (a) convictions and (b) sentences imposed by the Crown...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes are proposed to the Crown Prosecution Service consequent upon the amalgamation of police forces.

      DNA Samples

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to request DNA samples from serving police officers on a (a) voluntary and (b) compulsory basis.

      Dog Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on dog theft and the actions being taken to combat it; (2) if he will meet relevant associations to...

      Drug Classification

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the evidence base was for determining the original classification system for controlled drugs.

      Drug Classification

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the standard criteria used by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs are when considering a drug for classification.

      Drug Treatment Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of drug treatment orders.

      Emergency Services (Criminal Convictions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those convicted of a criminal offence in the last year for which figures are available were employed by the emergency services at...

      EU Migrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many migrants have entered the UK from each accession country since May 2004.

      European Commission (Anti-crime Measures)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on the European Commission's proposals for harmonisation of the methodology used in the compilation of crime statistics.

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the training for scene of crime officers, with particular reference to the involvement of the (a) Forensic...

      Home Detention Curfew Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on the home detention curfew schemes in each of the past five years, broken down by (a) equipment development and...

      Home Detention Curfew Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many electronic tags used in the Home Detention Curfew Scheme have been (a) found to be faulty and (b) vandalised and had to be replaced...

      Home Detention Curfew Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to ensure that those agencies contracted to monitor tagged criminals are properly scrutinised and held to...

      Homosexuality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) under what powers police may question individuals about their stated views on homosexuality; and what guidance he provides to police...

      Hunting Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) guidance and (b) training has been provided to police forces in England and Wales with regard to the Hunting Act 2004.

      Immigration Control Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many whole-time equivalent immigration control staff were employed in control and surveillance of ports and airports in each year since...

      IMPACT System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total budget for the introduction of the IMPACT system is.

      Menezes Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the report of the Independent Police Complaints Commission into (a) the death of Mr. Menezes and (b) the conduct of the...

      Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent guidance has been issued to (a) health staff, (b) social services staff and (c) court personnel on dealing with cases of...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 12 October 2005, Official Report, columns 488–89W, on the National Offender Management Service, if he will...

      National Youth and Community Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the setting up of the National Youth and Community Service; and when he expects the first young people to...

      Neighbourhood Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what ways neighbourhood policing requires the engagement of non-police partners, with particular reference to (a) Government offices, (b)...

      Neighbourhood Watch

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the leadership offered by the chairman of the National Neighbourhood Watch Association;...

      Neighbourhood Watch

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding the Department has allocated to the National Neighbourhood Watch Association in each of the last three years; and what...

      Offending Crime and Justice Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what definition of assault and other thefts is used in the Offending Crime and Justice Survey.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average period has been in each of the last five years between police recruits applying to and starting training in (a)...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of training a new police officer was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on (a) the recruitment of police officers, (b) the recruitment of graduates to work as police officers and (c)...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of police officers have received training in basic interviewing skills.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on how police performance is assessed.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact of fuel and energy price increases on police service budgets.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have been employed in the Vale of Glamorgan division in each of the last five years.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there are per head of population in (a) the Metropolitan Police Service and (b) the Thames Valley Police Force.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the 50 fastest improving basic command units in the English police forces, based upon performance against key targets over...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will ensure that each (a) county council and (b) unitary council will continue to be represented by a minimum of one councillor...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received about the proposed restructuring of police forces in (a) Sussex, (b) Kent and (c) Surrey; and if he will...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Police National Computer is compatible with the Scottish Police Computer.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment his Department has made of the financial impact on UK police forces of the new police pension scheme for future...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the capital costs of a merger of the Cheshire and Merseyside police forces.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when (a) he and (b) his Ministers last visited HMP Wandsworth; what the purpose of their visit was; for how long it lasted; and if he...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) on what date (a) the Governor at HMP Wandsworth, (b) the Prison Service's Director of Operations, (c) the Director-General of the...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in (a) Coldingley prison and (b) England and Wales had their application for home detention curfew rejected because the...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the (a) highest, (b) lowest and (c) average inmate population of Woodhill prison in Milton Keynes (i) for each of the last five...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact of mandatory drug testing on the supply of controlled drugs into the prison estate at each prison...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average number of hours of time out of cell was on (a) weekdays and (b) weekends in each prison establishment in each of the last...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in (a) England and (b) London who had completed education training and employment upon release (i) gained employment for...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of prisoners was in each category on 31 March in each of the last five years.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to introduce legislation to abolish probation boards and replace them with trusts.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff were employed in information technology by the National Probation Service in England and Wales at the end of the past five...

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of illegal brothels operating in (a) Romford and (b) England and Wales.

      Rape Crisis Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many rape crisis organisations received funding from his Department in each of the last five years; and how much each organisation received.

      Regulatory Reform Orders

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

      Reoffending

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who had been placed in custody have re-offended in (a) Uxbridge constituency, (b) the London borough of Hillingdon, (c)...

      Reoffending

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the recidivism rate was among prisoners in the Cambridgeshire Probation Service area within two years of release in each year since 1997.

      Respect

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to announce the pilot local authorities for the intensive family support projects outlined in the Respect action plan.

      Safer Neighbourhood Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours a week on average the Safer Neighbourhood Teams in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham worked in the last period for which...

      Scottish Intelligence Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the potential for the Scottish Intelligence Database to satisfy the recommendations of the Bichard Report.

      Secure Training Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he will take following the Commission for Social Care Inspection report on Oakhill Secure Training Centre; and if he will make a...

      Service Personnel (Criminal Convictions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those convicted of a criminal offence in the last year for which figures are available were serving in the armed forces at the...

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce proposals to increase the obligations on convicted sex offenders relating to their ongoing contact with the police.

      Sex Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers local authorities have to refuse to license new sex shops in their areas.

      Stronger Safer Communities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was allocated to Swindon from the stronger safer communities fund in (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06; and how much is...

      Under-age Drinking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have taken place for underage drinking in Uxbridge in each year since 1990.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications made in the United Kingdom for a visa submitted prior to the introduction of the new charging policy on 1 August 2003...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many teachers working in the United Kingdom have been issued (a) visas and (b) work permits to work in the UK.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people of school age have been placed in custody in (a) Ruislip-Northwood constituency, (b) the London borough of Hillingdon, (c)...

  • Health

    • Alcohol Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate she has made of the proportion of (a) men and (b) women who drink more than the recommended weekly amounts of alcohol; and what...

    • Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the likely effect on the performance of combined emergency services control rooms of mergers of ambulance services.

      Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will issue guidance to ambulance trusts to ensure that first responders are not used as a substitute for fully equipped ambulances in...

      Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the use by ambulance trusts of first responders; and what effect the use of first responders has had on ambulance response...

      Asbestosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures are in place to enable claims for compensation by those who have contracted asbestosis in the course of their work in the NHS.

      Assisted Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will make a statement on the Government's policy on assisted suicide; (2) if she will make it her policy to oppose the Assisted Dying for...

      Audiology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average pay for (a) qualified audiologists and (b) audiology assistants in London hospitals was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 November 2005, Official Report, columns 664W, on avian influenza, what representations she has received about the adequacy of...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans are in place in the UK to tackle an H5N1 influenza pandemic; and if she will make a statement.

      Bexley Primary Healthcare Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations she has received on the funding of Bexley Primary Healthcare Trust.

      Capsticks Solicitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the charge per hour is for legal advice provided by Capsticks solicitors to the NHS in connection with defending clinical negligence claims.

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many community hospitals there are in England.

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the number of community hospitals which may close as a result of primary care trust deficits.

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government has taken to support the continued operation of community hospitals before the publication of the White Paper on Health and...

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her oral statement of 30 January 2006, Official Report, columns 21–38W, (1) on health and social care services, whether Bicester will...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 November 2005, Official Report, column 665W, on dentistry, if she will give details of the recommendations made by the Joint...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate her Department has made of the number of people not registered with an NHS dentist; and of those how many are estimated to be using...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dental practices there are in each strategic health authority; and how many of them are (a) not registering new NHS patients, (b) not...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she intends the new contracts negotiated between dentists and primary care trusts under the new General Dental Services contract to be of one...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many self-employed dentists have been contracted to the NHS in each of the past 30 years.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will make a statement on the provision of children's NHS dental services in Gloucestershire; (2) what assessment she has made of the...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there are in each primary care trust area; and what net change in the number of dentists in each primary care trust area the...

      Finished Consultant Episodes (Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will give the average cost per finished consultant episode, broken down by specialty, for each health authority in England in the last year for...

      Finished Consultant Episodes (Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will give the average cost per finished consultant episode, broken down by specialty, for each strategic health authority in England in each year...

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what total sum has been received by her Department for the provision of information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in its first year of operation.

      Health Service Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute trusts which are in deficit have an operational private finance initiative (PFI) scheme; and in how many such trusts the annual PFI charge...

      Health White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she plans to initiate the review of personal medical services funding described in paragraph 3.31, of the White Paper, Our Health, Our Care, Our...

      Health White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she plans to publish the review of General Medical Services funding described in paragraph 3.30, of the White Paper, Our Health, Our Care, Our Say";...

      Hip Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her opinion piece in The Independent on 19 January, what the evidential basis is for her statement that hip replacements are 20 percent. lower...

      Hospital Beds (Coventry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds were available in (a) general and (b) acute wards in each hospital in Coventry South on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Hospital Trusts (South-east London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations she has received on the funding of hospital trusts in South East London.

      Hospitals (Coventry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meetings have taken place in the last 12 months between the Coventry strategic health authority and (a) chief executives of trusts and (b)...

      Independent Sector Elective Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health why locally procured independent sector elective treatment is not separately identified in the annual financial returns of NHS (a) trusts, (b) primary...

      Jewish Festivals

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

      Kettering General Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions she has had with Kettering general hospital trust about its capacity to meet the six-month maximum waiting time for...

      Late Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice she has issued to hospital trusts and primary care trusts about late payment of bills.

      Litigation (Devon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of litigation against (a) Torbay hospital, (b) Royal Devon and Exeter and (c) Derriford hospital there have been in each of the past five...

      Management Consultancy Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on management consultancy services in the NHS in each year since 1997.

      Medical Provision (Aylesbury Vale)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with the Deputy Prime Minister about the number of extra (a) hospital beds and (b) GP surgeries that will be required in...

      Medicinal Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role her Department plays in promoting innovation in and development of new medicinal products; and what support it gives to small and medium sized...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on average per mental health patient by each local health authority area for the past 30 years in real terms in descending order.

      Mesothelioma Research Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will ensure the continued operation of the Mesothelioma Research Group based at St Bartholomew's and the London hospitals; and if she will make a...

      Morning-after Pill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the reasons for the divergence in the prescription cost and the over-the-counter price of the morning-after pill; and if...

      NHS Financial Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2006, Official Report, column 594W, on NHS financial management, if she will set out examples from case studies...

      Nurse Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to introduce new regulations on the status and influence of nurse advisers.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) neonatal and (b) paediatric nurses there have been in England in each year since 1997; how many are nearing retirement; and what steps are...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will answer question 31790 tabled by the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South on 24 November 2005.

      Prescription Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department has issued guidance to trusts on advising patients on whether to obtain their prescriptions outside hospital pharmacies.

      Private Finance Initiative Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in signing the contract for the private finance initiative scheme at Broomfield hospital, Chelmsford; and if she will make a...

      Private Healthcare Sector (NHS Funded Operations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS-funded operations have been commissioned from the private healthcare sector for patients in (a) Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth primary...

      Rule of Rescue Principle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the acceptable incremental level of cost per quality years of life above the norm which the National Institute for Health...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people her Department estimates died from smoking-related illnesses in the last year for which figures are available.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research into the effects of second-hand smoke from tobacco products her Department has (a) evaluated and (b) commissioned.

      Staff Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the relevant staff group has not yet agreed a contract of employment under (a) the new consultants' contract, (b) the new General...

      Statutory Instruments

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

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has evaluated on the relative (a) clinical and (b) cost-effectiveness of (i) the Heaf skin test, (ii) the Mantoux skin test and (iii)...

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which hospital trusts have indicated to her that they will not be able to meet the six-month maximum waiting time for in-patient treatment during...

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for an NHS in-patient operation in (a) 2001, (b) 2002, (c) 2003, (d) 2004 and (e) 2005 in (i) England and (ii) each NHS...

      Wynne Lieberthal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Wynne Lieberthal has been employed as a doctor within the NHS; and if she will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Opium Crop

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the allied forces in Afghanistan with a view to the destruction of opium poppy crops in Afghanistan with aerial crop spraying.

    • Agriculture: Financial Viability

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What research they have commissioned into the financial viability of farming in the United Kingdom over the next five years.

      Agriculture: Grain Storage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the effects of combining an organophosphate, malathion, with a pyrethroid, bifenthrin, in Nickerson's Prostore under long-term grain storage conditions...

      Bail Terms: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 31 January concerning bail terms in Northern Ireland (WA 35), why it took eight weeks to indicate that they...

      Bosnia: EU Membership

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What approximate timetable they envisage for the possible future membership of Bosnia in the European Union, following the opening of talks with the European...

      Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the research required to determine how the European Union water framework directive could most effectively be implemented would still be feasible if the...

      Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: From what sources the £45 million costs of restructuring the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), as set out in the CEH Business Plan 2005–06 to...

      Courts: East Berkshire and Oxford

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 25 January (WA 167), what action they are taking concerning the delay in listing cases for...

      Endangered Species: Great Apes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the Kinshasa agreement of September 2005, what assistance they are giving to the United Nations Great Ape Survival Project.

      EU: Budget

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McKenzie of Luton on 25 January (WA 169), why they declined to provide information regarding the financial contributions...

      EU: Budget

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McKenzie of Luton on 8 February (WA 99) and in view of the publication of contributions and receipts for Poland, France,...

      Families: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many marriages ended in divorce in Northern Ireland during the years 2000 to 2005; and what estimate they have of the number of children who will have been...

      Gaelic Athletic Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 11 January (WA 59) concerning the funding of Gaelic athletic activities, how much small projects funding has...

      Israel and Palestine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Israeli Government following the killing of two Palestinian children by Israeli soldiers in the week beginning 22 January.

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Israeli Government concerning the closure of the Karni checkpoint from Gaza.

      Israel and Palestine: Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they will make to the Israeli Government concerning the handing over of Palestinian taxes.

      National Insurance: Earnings Threshold

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the latest year for which figures are available, what assessment they have made of the number of people who during the relevant tax year for the purpose of...

      Nepal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What research they have undertaken to obtain estimates of the number of fatalities during the civil war in Nepal resulting from the action of Maoist terrorists and...

      NHS: Antrim and Whiteabbey

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many full-time medical practitioners are employed by United Hospitals Group in (a) Antrim Area Hospital; and (b) Whiteabbey Hospital.

      NHS: Waiting Times

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of patients not requiring immediate treatment wait for over six months for hospital treatment and surgery.

      Northern Ireland National Stadium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 25 January (HL 3264) concerning the business case for the national stadium for Northern Ireland, whether they...

      Northern Ireland National Stadium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 25 January (HL 3264) concerning the business case for the national stadium for Northern Ireland, whether the...

      Northern Ireland National Stadium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library copies of the illustrative business plans for the proposed Maze Stadium referred to by a Northern Ireland Office Minister in...

      Northern Ireland National Stadium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library the documents which led to the selection of the Maze as a proposed site for the national stadium in Northern Ireland as...

      Northern Ireland Office: William Mackessy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How William Mackessy was appointed to a post in the Northern Ireland Office in Belfast; what that post was; when he was appointed; and whether any attempts,...

      Northern Ireland: Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has required changes to the business cases for— (a) the West Belfast Festival; (b) the Ardoyne Festival;...

      Northern Ireland: Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 25 January (WA 182) concerning festivals in Northern Ireland, whether the Department for Culture, Arts and...

      Northern Ireland: Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 31 January concerning festivals in Northern Ireland (WA 36), what are the transitional arrangements for 2005...

      Palestine: Elections

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to hold discussions with Hamas following the Palestinian elections.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What training in cultural and ethnic groupings is given to new recruits to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 31 January (WA 40) concerning police recruits in Northern Ireland, how the levels of fitness required for...

      Roads: Improvement Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the cost of all current government-funded local authority and Highway Agency road schemes when first submitted for Targeted Programme Improvement...

      Rural Payments Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any bonus payment has been agreed for the chief executive of the Rural Payments Agency; and, if so, how much the bonus is; and what conditions are attached...

      Schools: Faith

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of children who attend the 36 state-supported Jewish schools do not subscribe to the Jewish faith; and What proportion of children who attend the...

      Schools: Meals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to monitor pupils' behaviour and academic performance before and after the improvements in school meals that they have instituted.

      South Armagh: Smuggling and Fraud

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 25 January (WA 191) concerning smuggling and fraud in South Armagh, why the information provided was supplied...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of Sudan about bringing to justice those responsible for violence in Darfur.

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many African Union soldiers have now been deployed in Darfur; and what plans are being made to review or extend its mandate when it expires in March.

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received any reports about hostilities between Sudanese and Chadian forces along their common frontier in Darfur; and, if so, what is the nature...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made since the passage of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1556 of 30 July 2004 requiring the Government of Sudan to disarm...

      Taxation

      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 in the United Kingdom (a) capital gains tax;...

      Taxation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the latest year for which figures are available, what assessment they have made of the number of employees involved in administering personal income tax in the...

      Taxation: IR35

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the latest year for which figures are available, what assessment they have made of the amount of tax collected as a result of the deeming provisions of IR35 in...

      Transport: Liners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What safety precautions and measures liners operating from British ports are subject to; and who administers inspections of such liners.

      Transport: River Vessels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What safety measures river craft on the Thames are subject to.

      Treasury: Entertainment

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

      Treasury: Taxis and Chauffeurs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much HM Treasury has spent in each of the seven financial years ending on 31 March 2005 on (a) taxis, and (b) chauffeur-driven cars.

      Treasury: Trips by Officials

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much HM Treasury has spent in each of the seven financial years ending on 31 March 2005 on trips by officials and Ministers outside the United Kingdom.

      Tropical Rainforests: Orang-utans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking in the light of evidence that the increasing demand for vegetable oils in the United Kingdom is leading to the growth of palm oil...

      Tropical Rainforests: Orang-utans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they are having with the governments of Indonesia and Malaysia with a view (a) to their halting the destruction of rainforests; (b) to involving...

      Water Supply

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What their plans are for the management of water supply in 2006 during times of shortage in the eastern and south-east regions of England including London.

      Water Supply

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What advice they have received from relevant statutory agencies and other bodies as to the likelihood of drought in 2006 in the eastern and south-east regions of...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to discuss Waterways Ireland with the Government of the Irish Republic.

      Welfare Reform: Rehabilitation Specialists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What workforce planning of rehabilitation specialists will accompany implementation of the Green Paper on welfare reform.

      Welfare Reform: Rehabilitation Specialists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations the Department for Work and Pensions has made to the Department of Health regarding the shortages of physiotherapists who specialise in...

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