Written answers

Thursday, 16 February 2006

  • Cabinet Office

    • Better Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on progress on delivering the Government's better regulation agenda.

    • Crown Copyright

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what restrictions are placed on the use made of materials released by Government Departments under Crown copyright.

      Departmental Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 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.

      Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the powers proposed to be given to Ministers under the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill will enable the alteration of the rights of...

      Trident

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will commission a report from the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit on the Trident nuclear deterrent; and if he will make a statement.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Commonhold Tenures

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

    • Council Tax Valuations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 24 January 2006, Official Report, column 1943W, on council tax...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the (a) Information Commissioner's Office and (b) others on the 100 year closure rule...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will take steps to ensure that the minutes of the board meetings of external organisations operating public services on...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the release of the (a) 1911 and (b)...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what total sum has been received by her Department for the provision of information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000...

      In-house Legal Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which proposals in the Compensation Bill will apply to in-house legal services provided by trades unions.

      Justice for All

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on progress towards meeting the target set out in the Justice for All White Paper 2002 to...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the Land Registry records whether a property purchaser is a first time buyer.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • British Library

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the British Library spent on purchasing (a) books, (b) stamps and (c) other items for collections in each of the last 10 years.

    • British Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent on acquisitions at the British Museum in each of the last five years.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what advice her Department has given to the Heritage Lottery Fund regarding sourcing timber from Burma.

      Creative Partnerships Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of schools in England have received funding for arts education under her Department's Creative Partnership scheme in...

      Creative Partnerships Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of administering the Creative Partnerships scheme has been in each year since the scheme began.

      Creative Partnerships Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people are working on the Creative Partnerships scheme.

      Gambling Addiction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to increase awareness of the dangers of gambling addiction in (a) Romford, (b) Havering and (c) England.

      International Sporting Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people from (a) her Department, (b) UK Sport, (c) Sport England and (d) the English Institute of Sport (i) have attended and...

      International Sporting Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people from (a) her Department, (b) UK Sport, (c) Sport England and (d) the English Institute of Sport will attend all or part...

      Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the overall level of library books stocked in England was at 1 January in each of the past 10 years.

      Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many library books have been purchased in England in each of the past 10 years.

      Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to assist local authorities in maintaining library assets.

      Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on the management and running of local libraries.

      Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what targets her Department set for local authorities for the management of local libraries in 2005–06.

      Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department has issued best value targets to local authorities on the management of local libraries.

      Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what best value performance indicators her Department uses for local authorities with regard to local libraries.

      Lost Property (Royal Parks)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) level and (b) source was of departmental income arising from unclaimed lost property in the Royal parks in the last period...

      Monuments and Statues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much central Government funding has been used to establish new monuments and statues in (a) Romford, (b) Havering and (c) Greater...

      National Gallery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much funding was provided by her Department to the National Gallery in each of the past seven years.

      Olympic Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what public funding she expects will be needed to establish each sporting arena for the 2012 Olympics.

      Olympic Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what public funds have been allocated to the British Olympic ski team in each of the last seven years.

      Sports Facilities (Havering)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the provision of sports facilities in Havering; and what improvements are planned over the next five years.

      Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action she is taking to support the provision of public swimming baths in (a) Swindon and (b) England.

      Tour de France

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the benefits to the UK of staging the grand depart of the 2007 Tour de France.

      Union Flag

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport under what authority the Department issues rules for flying the Union Flag on Government buildings; why such displays are limited to 18...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) nurses, (b) doctors and (c) dentists will accompany the deployment to Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the authorities in (a) Iran and (b) Pakistan on reducing the flow of (i)drugs, (ii) arms and (iii) unauthorised people...

      Aircraft Cannibalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2006, Official Report, column 29W, on aircraft cannibalisation, how many (a) C-130 Hercules, (b) Tristars, (c)...

      Ammunition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many rounds of ammunition were dumped because of quality issues in the last 12 months and from which (a) country of origin and (b) company such...

      Disability (Armed Forces)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps the Government are taking to ensure the housing needs of former members of the armed forces who are disabled are met; and if he will make a...

      Drug Seizures (Royal Navy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the major incidents of drug seizures by Royal Navy warships in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Halal Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to ensure that serving members of the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) Royal Air Force who are Muslim are offered halal meat.

      Merchant Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the number of merchant (a) ships and (b) seafarers available to provide strategic support at times of national...

      Merchant Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the (a) names and (b) flags of merchant shipping chartered or used by his Department in each year since 2000.

      Military Explosive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence from what source tri amino trinitro benzene will be obtained following the planned closure of the Royal Ordnance Factory, Bridgwater.

      Military Explosive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what sales of military explosive from the Royal Ordnance Factory, Bridgwater have been made to the United States in each of the last five years; and what...

      Residual Vapour Detectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which company manufactured the 4,000 sets of residual vapour detectors used in Operation Telic.

      RFA Argus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2006, Official Report, column 1240W on the Joint Casualty Treatment Ship, whether the possibility of not replacing...

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what average number of days was spent at sea by Royal Navy service personnel in (a) 2005, (b) 1995 and (c) 1985.

      Senior Officers

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

      Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his estimate is of the number of ships to be built under the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Territorial Army (a) establishment and (b) strength is for (i) 2nd lieutenants, (ii) lieutenants, (iii) captains, (iv) majors and (v) lieutenant...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department has had with counterparts in the United States on United Kingdom participation in the US Navy's life-extension plan for...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Accessibility Planning Indicators

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made in developing accessibility planning indicators since July 2004.

    • Advanced Corporation Tax Relief

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the (a) cost to and (b) effect on the local government pension scheme of the abolition of advanced corporation tax relief.

      Allotment Land

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his Department's estimate is of (a) the land available for allotments in Greater London in each of the last five years and (b) the likely amount of such land...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he plans to take to tackle antisocial behaviour in social housing in Swindon.

      Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on how many planning decisions he has given a ruling in each of the last four years involving developments on areas of outstanding natural beauty; and if he will...

      Arson

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many incidents of arson there were in (a) Peterborough and (b) Cambridgeshire in each year since January 1997.

      Asset Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the top 150 most valuable assets held on his asset register; and what their financial value is in each case.

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will lay the statutory instrument to bring Part L of the building regulations into force.

      Building Standards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will reassess the (a) Building Regulations and (b) Structural Engineering Requirements for proposed new buildings using design methods and materials...

      Business Rates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the average business rates bill in England in 2005–06.

      Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will provide additional funding to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough fire authority to take account of the additional service requirement resulting from...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what advice and guidance he has given to (a) local councils and (b) the Audit Commission on the way in which local councils should deal with hon. Members'...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will institute an inquiry into the conduct of Sefton council in relation to each of the two ballots of tenants on the transfer of council housing held by...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what criteria he applies in considering the results of multiple ballots of the same tenants on a single large scale voluntary transfer of council housing; and how...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether (a) his Department, (b) his housing action team and (c) the Regional Housing Board was consulted by Sefton council about a second tenants' ballot on the...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many local authorities have been authorised to build new council housing in the last five years; and how this new housing will be financed.

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the (a) incentives and (b) disincentives to save arising from the fixing since 1999 of the savings threshold for ineligibility for...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans his Office has to change the London allowance of its staff; and if he will make a statement.

      Development (Brownfield Land)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of new housing development in (a) each borough council in Hampshire, (b) Portsmouth and (c) Southampton has been on brownfield land in each year...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many refuge places for victims of domestic violence there were in England in each year since 1997; and how much central Government funding has been made...

      East of England Regional Assembly

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost to public funds was of the East of England Regional Assembly in 2004–05.

      Empty Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the Government's policy is on the use of empty dwelling management orders in relation to seizing properties which are empty due to the death of the owner.

      Empty Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate his Department has made of the cost of residential property tribunals to assist the imposition of empty dwelling management orders.

      Empty Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many empty homes there have been in (a) Peterborough constituency and (b) Peterborough city council area in each year since 1997.

      Energy Saving

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment his Department has made of the potential for energy-saving from well-installed double-glazing.

      English Partnerships (Peterborough)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been raised by English Partnerships through the sale of assets in Peterborough in each of the last eight years.

      Fire Safety

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the timetable is for the review of Approved Document B—Fire Safety; and when he intends to bring forward his Department's final proposals.

      Flag Poles

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the planning process is for (a) erecting flag poles and (b) placing non-national flags on an existing flag pole.

      Free Bus Travel

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what alternative methods were considered by his Department to distribute the sum of money allocated to cover the cost of the free bus travel policy announced in...

      Home Improvement Packs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the likely impact of home improvement packs on the number of properties which will be available for sale.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he plans to meet the National Association of Estate Agents to discuss the introduction of home information packs.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how long the information contained in homebuyers information packs will remain valid before a new survey is required; and if he will make a statement.

      Home Inspections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the compliance with the Human Rights Act 1998 of the provisions of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 relating to home inspections.

      Homebuy Schemes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the interest rate to be charged by mortgage lenders to participants in the Open Market HomeBuy scheme; and whether this will be a...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what grant funding for homelessness was provided to each London borough in 2004–05; how much is being provided in 2005–06; how much is projected for...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homeless acceptances there have been in each local authority in the East Midlands region in each of the last four quarters.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance his Department has issued in the last 12 months to local authorities on handling homelessness cases.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions his Department has had in the last 12 months with housing authorities on the handling of homelessness cases.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what criteria he is using for the allocation of the £88 million funding announced by the Minister for Housing in December 2005 for local authorities to...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) homeless people and (b) people in temporary accommodation there are in (i) St. Albans and (ii)Hertfordshire; and if he will make a statement.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects to publish (a) the external evaluation of the range of approaches which have been developed with homelessness grants since 2002 and (b) the good...

      Homes for Islington

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much funding has been made available to Homes for Islington by his Department; what proportion of it is a loan; what the interest rate is on the loan; and...

      Households (Statistics)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average number of households is in (a) district council area, (b) county council area, (c) English unitary council area, (d) metropolitan council area...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many council houses in each London borough have been brought up to the Decent Homes Standard; how many remain to be brought up to the Decent Homes Standard;...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate the Government have made of the number of new domestic dwellings to be planned for construction in each of the next 20 years.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with Tameside and Stockport councils to ensure that the efforts to stabilise the housing market in East Manchester do not displace...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the density rate target is for new housing projects in Shropshire.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of new homes in Shropshire he expects will be built on brownfield sites.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many new homes he expects to be built in Suffolk in (a) 2006–07 and (b) each of the next three years.

      Housing

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

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what total receipts were generated from Right to Buy sales in West Lancashire in each year since 1980.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many applicants there are on the West Lancashire housing waiting list.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many empty homes there have been in West Lancashire constituency in each year since 1997.

      Housing

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

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment his Department has made of the role of repairing existing housing stock in meeting demand for affordable housing.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage change he expects in (a) council house rents and (b) management and maintenance grants in 2006–07.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent research he has evaluated on the cost of maintaining council homes.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much of the income from council tenants' rents in the determination for 2006–07 he estimates will be retained by councils.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the impact of the average increase in council rents resulting from his Department's final housing revenue account subsidy...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of local authority housing stock in each Government office region is (a) houses and bungalows, (b) low rise flats, (c) medium rise flats and (d)...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment his Department has made of the impact on (a) the environment and (b) energy efficiency of the repair and renovation of existing registered social...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether individuals evicted from social housing due to antisocial behaviour (a) are eligible to be re-housed, (b) may be classed as homeless and (c) are eligible...

      Housing Debt

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the interest rate charged on the housing debt of local authorities was in (a) 1980, (b) 2000 and (c) 2005.

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much central government funding was allocated to councils' housing revenue accounts in 2005–06; and what the estimate is for 2007–08.

      Housing Revenue Accounts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost to central funds was of supported borrowing for local authority housing revenue accounts in each year since 1997.

      Key Workers (Dorset)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what account he took of average house prices in Dorset in allocating funds to assist key workers via Homebuy loan schemes in (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06.

      LACORE Database

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on implementation of the local authority lettings continuous recording (LACORE) database.

      Lifetime Homes Standards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate his Department has made of the cost to housebuilders of making the Lifetime Homes Standards obligatory on all new house builds; and if he will make...

      Local Authority Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what arrangements he plans to make for his Department's financial support to local authorities for private sector capital investment from 1 April; and if he will...

      Local Authority Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the likely effects on local authority planning and delivery of delaying an announcement on housing capital grants.

      Local Authority Repair Allowances

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether local authority major repairs allowances were fully spent in each of the last three years.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much of the £4.8 billion referred to in his Department's press release number 0278 of 20 December 2005 for local authorities in England in 2006–07...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) council tax and (b) business rate (i) banding and (ii) valuation appeals there were in each year since 1996–97; and how many were successful...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on how council tax capping will operate in London in 2006–07.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average council tax bill was in England in 2005–06.

      Local Government Restructuring

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions (a) he has had and (b) Members of his Department have had with local authorities on local government restructuring.

      Local Government Wages

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average increase in local government employee wages was in each year since 1996–97; and what the cost of the local government wage bill was in each...

      Milton Keynes Partnerships Committee

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister who the voting members of Milton Keynes Partnerships Committee are; and whether their posts are remunerated.

      Mobile Telephone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many new mobile telephone masts have been erected under permitted development rights in (a) Southend-on-Sea, (b) Southend West constituency and (c)...

      Mobile Telephone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what power his Department has granted since 1997 to local authorities to refuse applications by mobile telephone companies to erect telephone masts; and if he...

      Mobile Telephone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many planning applications for new mobile phone masts have been approved in West Suffolk in each year since 1997.

      Negative Equity

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the total value of negative equity in homes in (a) England and (b) the North West in (i) 1996 and (ii) the most recent year for which...

      Oil Firing Technical Association

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) criteria and (b) benchmarks will be used in his review of the Oil Firing Technical Association.

      Oil-fired Central Heating

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will introduce regulations to require a Declaration of Safety Certificate after the installation of an oil fired heating system.

      Open Market Homebuy Option

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many households the Government estimates will be covered by the Open Market Homebuy option by the end of the two-year pilot.

      Overcrowding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate how many families in (a) England, (b) the Tees Valley and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland are living in overcrowded conditions.

      Pheasant Shooting

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance his Department has issued on the planning status of pheasant rearing units.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many planning applications have been processed in (a) Leicester and (b) England in each year between 1997 and 2005; and how many were heard by committees of...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to pool Planning Delivery Grant funding into local area agreements.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance his Department has issued on the account which should be taken of special protection area status in assessing planning applications; and if he will...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what obligations local planning authorities have to consult English Nature in relation to planning applications in a special protection area.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many planning decisions made by (a) Guildford and (b) Waverley borough councils were (i) referred to and (ii) overturned by the Planning Inspectorate in each...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the national targets are for the Planning Inspectorate; and what the performance of offices covering Torbay are in relation to those targets.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library of the House a copy of the national planning guidance relating to housing that was in force before the publication of Planning...

      Polytunnels

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Planning Inspectorate has issued on planning policy on polytunnels.

      Proposed Railway Bridge (Colindale)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his Department's financial contribution to the proposed new railway bridge over Aerodrome Road, Colindale.

      Regional Assemblies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the role of regional assemblies in England.

      Regional Housing Boards

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether regional housing boards will continue to operate from the Government Offices for the Regions.

      Rent Increases

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2006, Official Report, column 429W, if he will publish the consultation paper setting out the arrangements for compensating...

      Rent Restructuring

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library the summary of responses to his Department's three year review of rent restructuring.

      Rent Restructuring

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the impact of the introduction of greater differentials in rent for larger properties resulting from his Department's final housing...

      Rent Subsidy Rules

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what local authorities were granted a derogation from housing revenue account rent rebate subsidy limitation rules in 2005–06.

      Roadside Advertising

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his proposals to create a database of unauthorised roadside advertisement companies will include the sites on which they advertise.

      Shropshire (Unitary Authority)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the merits of Shropshire becoming a unitary authority.

      Squatters

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate the Government have made of the number of squatters in empty local authority housing.

      Supermarkets (Planning Permission)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what account is taken of competition issues when planning permission is considered for new supermarket stores.

      Swindon Borough Council

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total cost of officials from his Department engaged full-time in supporting Swindon borough council has been since 2003.

      Telecommunication Transmitters

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he proposes to alter the scope and powers of local planning authorities in relation to telecommunication transmitters.

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the public sector bodies involved in the Thames Gateway development.

      Traveller Sites

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the traveller sites provided by each of the five local authorities in West Yorkshire; and how many pitches (a) there are and (b) are currently...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate (a) his Department and (b) the Valuation Office Agency made of the average size of (i) business premises which paid business rates and (ii) a Band D...

      Workplace Bullying/Racism

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what advice his Department has given to local authorities on reducing (a) bullying and (b) racism in the workplace.

  • Education and Skills

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) same sex couples and (b) civil partners applied to adopt children between 30 December 2005 and the most recent date for which...

    • Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what role school welfare officers play in preventing bullying and truancy in and from schools in Lancashire; and if she will make a statement.

      Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research her Department has (a) evaluated and (b) commissioned in the last three years on bullying in schools.

      Chesterton Community High School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which of the features of trust school status she considers would contribute to the raising of standards at Chesterton community high school...

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many child care places have been created in Doncaster North in each year since 1997.

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many individuals convicted or cautioned for a sexual offence against children listed under schedule 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003...

      Civil Servant Relocations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many employees of (a) her Department and (b) the Office for Standards in Education have been redeployed from London and the South East...

      Computer-based Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she has taken to extend computer-based marking.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much her Department has spent on outside consultants in each of the last five financial years.

      Consultation (Youth Issues)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the outcome of the consultations on youth matters was; what steps she plans to take as a result of those consultations; and if she will...

      Corporate Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she has taken to improve the efficiency of corporate services functions within further education colleges; and what savings...

      Departmental Entertainment

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

      Early Years Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many three and four-year-olds in Doncaster North constituency have received (a) 12.5 hours a week, (b) 15 hours a week and (c) 20 hours...

      Erasmus Lifelong Learning Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what level of support for the Erasmus Lifelong Learning programme has been agreed for the UK for each of the years from 2007 to 2013.

      Foster Care Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of whether the proposed level of minimum foster care allowances are adequate; and what representations she has...

      Freedom of Information Act

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

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding was made available to further education colleges in (a) 2004–05, (b) 2003–04 and (c) 2002–03.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what arrangements are required for the vetting of staff in further education colleges, with particular reference to those in contact with...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she has undertaken to improve procurement in the further education sector; and what assessment she has made of the effect of...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many applications to higher education institutions there were for the (a) 2006/07, (b) 2005/06 and (c) 2004/05 academic year; and if she...

      International Student Assessment Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of (a) the key outcomes from the most recent Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's Programme...

      International Student Assessment Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her Department's participation was in the most recent Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's Programme for...

      International Student Assessment Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the response rate was for participation in the most recent Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's Programme for...

      IT Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding her Department has allocated for IT equipment in schools in (a) West Lancashire and (b) England in each year between 1997...

      Learning Environments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of changes in the productivity of teaching staff as a consequence of use of (a) virtual learning environments...

      Level 2 Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2006, Official Report, column 1011W, on Level 2 Qualifications, how many EU member states have taken up...

      Lisbon Objectives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to achieve the Lisbon objectives for education; and if she will make a statement.

      Local Area Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects to issue guidelines to local authorities on their commissioning role under local area agreements.

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many looked after children were placed out of area by local authorities in the latest year for which the data are available; and what...

      Physical Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what average number of hours per week of physical education was undertaken in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Loughborough...

      Physical Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will take steps to ensure that facilities for physical education and sport at Southfield school, Kettering enable the school to make...

      Postgraduate Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department is taking to encourage children from families on low income to pursue postgraduate courses.

      Public Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills 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.

      School Bus Passes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what rules apply to the provision of school bus passes to (a) junior and (b) high school children.

      School Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school playing fields in Loughborough constituency have been sold since May 1997.

      School Psychologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average waiting time is for a child in Lancashire to see a school psychologist.

      School Sport Facilities

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

      Schoolchildren (Employment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what estimate she has made of the number of children who work before school; what types of employment they are engaged in; and how...

      Sector Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will rank the licensed Sector Skills Councils by proportion of their funding derived from the Sector Skills Development Agency in the...

      Services Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2006, Official Report, column 686W, on services education, how many admission forums have service...

      Setting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance her Department has issued regarding setting children by ability in schools.

      Skills Training (Universities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the provision of key skills training in universities.

      Special Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the adequacy of special needs education funding in Hertfordshire; and if she will make a statement.

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cohort size of each school-centred initial teacher training scheme is; and what the percentage change in the cohort size of each...

      Veterinary Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will include veterinary students in the exemption from tuition fees.

      Youth Support Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what role she expects for (a) the voluntary and (b) private sectors in the delivery of youth support services following commissioning under...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the agricultural budget from the EU for the UK reached UK farmers in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.

    • Agriculture Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the total agricultural budget of the EU reached farmers in the EU in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.

      Animal Welfare Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2006, Official Report, column 298W, on the Animal Welfare Bill, if she will list the...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what precautions she recommends should be taken by owners of flocks of fewer than 50 birds to minimise risks associated...

      Bass Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect on charter boats in the South West of her proposal to increase the minimum length...

      Blueberries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what was the total cost of imports of blueberries in (a) 2002 and (b) 2005.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the annual Government expenditure on (a) farmer compensation and (b) testing and veterinary costs for bovine...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Government have spent on projects promoting wild bat surveys in Burma in the last five years.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2006, Official Report, column 1350W, on climate change, if she will list the other...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her assessment is of the most cost-effective way to mitigate the projected climate change set out in the document...

      Commercial Developments (Energy Efficiency Standards)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to ensure that new commercial developments are built to the highest energy efficiency...

      Departmental Entertainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent on entertainment by her Department in 2004–05; and how much of that sum is accounted for by (a)...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were employed by the (a) Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, (b) Office of Water...

      Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date a Minister from her Department last visited Shropshire.

      Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will visit the Minsterley Agricultural Show this year in the hon. Member for Shrewsbury's constituency.

      Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will visit the Wroxeter Vineyard in Shrewsbury constituency to discuss the impact of Government regulations on the...

      Farm Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average annual income of (a) dairy, (b) beef, (c) arable, (d) mixed and (e) sheep farmers in (i) England and (ii)...

      Farm Incomes

      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 West Lancashire in each of the last...

      GM Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the recent World Trade Organisation ruling on the EU decision to help block new GM imports.

      Light Bulbs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the merits of banning incandescent light bulbs on grounds of their relative inefficiency.

      National Wildlife Crime Intelligence Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 31 January 2006, Official Report, column 372W, on the National Wildlife Crime Intelligence Unit,...

      Pet Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions since 1 January 2004 her Department has sought legal opinion on the legality of (a) pet fairs and (b)...

      Poland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she is having with her Polish counterpart to encourage agricultural imports and exports between Poland and...

      Potatoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tonnes of potatoes were produced in Shrewsbury constituency in (a) 1989 and (b) 2005.

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people from science and technology backgrounds have been seconded into the civil service in her Department in each...

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment her Department has made of the impact on farmers of late payments of the single farm payment.

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects the delays in single farm payments have had on the supply chain within the...

      Tuberculosis Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what account was taken by her Department of the cost of replacing an animal with another of similar quality when...

      Tuberculosis Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will reassess the compensation provided for a cow slaughtered under tuberculosis control measures following the...

      Waste Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the potential savings identified were in the report on waste efficiency savings in the London market jointly...

      Wildlife Management/TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the public consultation on wildlife management and related TB issues.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • European Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the nature of measures supported under the European programme for critical infrastructure...

    • Foreign Travel (Health and Safety)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK citizens have died abroad as a result of accidental death or dismemberment in each of the last 20 years.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Gibraltar on representation of the people of Gibraltar in the UK...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Iran regarding respect for human rights.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has received about the health of former Iraqi Foreign Secretary, Tariq Aziz; what consideration is being...

      Israel/Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government continues to recognise the pre-1967 Green Line as the international border of the State of Israel.

      Israel/Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs concerning...

      Israel/Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of UN resolutions 194 and 242 on the rights of Palestinian refugees; and what steps he is taking to...

      Kyrgyzstan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken by his Department to support good governance, stability and the transition to democracy in Kyrgyzstan.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the EU regarding human rights and the use of torture in Russia.

      Sugar Regime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the allocation of €190 million per annum to sugar protocol nations under the EU financial perspectives will be...

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Prime Minister's answer of 8 February 2006, Official Report, column 873, what rules of the international...

      Western Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with authorities in (a) Mauritania and (b) Western Sahara about stopping the flow of illegal...

      Western Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will support an amendment in the Fisheries Council to the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement to exclude the...

  • Health

    • "Our Health, Our Care, Our Say"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason patient and public involvement was not mentioned in her Department's White Paper Our Health, Our Care, Our Say".

    • Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish a short version of the appraisal consultation document produced by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on the...

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department has submitted a formal response to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in connection with its...

      Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what use the ambulance service made of public mobile communications networks during the response operation to the incidents on the London Underground and...

      Ambulance Service

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

      Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received on plans to restructure ambulance service provision in Cambridgeshire; and if she will make a statement.

      Anticholinesterase Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines for the use of anticholinesterase drugs.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to ensure key workers in (a) power plant operations, (b) telephone services and (c) other essential public services are inoculated...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the total number of human (a) fatalities and (b) infections resulting from H5N1 avian influenza to date, broken down by country.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate she has made of the likely number of cases of strain H5N1 in the United Kingdom in the event of a pandemic; (2) what estimate or...

      Bowel Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what projections her Department has made of the expected take up of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme in (a) 2005–06, (b)...

      Bowel Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place (a) to inform people from (i)ethnic minorities, (ii) deprived areas and (iii) hard to reach groups about the National Bowel...

      Bowel Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what central funding has been made available for the roll-out of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme in (a) 2004–05, (b) 2005–06,...

      Bowel Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the national bowel cancer screening programme will be rolled out from April.

      Braintree Community Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) there are any plans to delay construction of the new Braintree Community Hospital on the site of St. Michael's Hospital, (b) the levels of...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made in rolling out HER2 testing for all women diagnosed with breast cancer.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the reasons for the long-term trend in rates of breast cancer over the last 30 years.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) average and (b) longest wait for urgent breast cancer referral at the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was in the...

      Chelmsford Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) why the average NHS funding per person for the Chelmsford Primary Care Trust (PCT) area is less than the average figure for England; what measures...

      Chicken Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if her Department will issue advice to educational establishments on the health implications for (a) children and (b) staff of a school of being in close...

      Child Eye Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that parents understand the importance of eye examinations for children.

      Colon Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was spent by the NHS in 2004–05 on testing for colon cancer; (2) which test procedures are used to detect colon cancer; what plans...

      Community Matrons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to increase the number of qualified community matrons in Bedfordshire; and if she will make a statement.

      Community Matrons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures the Government are taking to enhance the skills and training of community matrons in Bedfordshire; and if she will make a statement.

      Delayed Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many delayed discharges there were in acute hospitals serving the Cambridgeshire area in the last 12 months; and how many acute hospital bed nights...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in Hereford constituency whose training was funded by the NHS only treat private patients.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists stopped registering NHS patients in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists have been practising in Peterborough constituency in each year since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that sufficient NHS dentists are recruited in Bolton.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the personal dental service pilot in Wirral.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff in the Dental Policy Directorate (a) are and (b) were (i) dentally qualified or practising dentists and (ii) officers of (A) the British...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on school dentistry in each primary care trust in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were registered with an NHS dentist in Essex in each of the last five years; and how many new registrations there were in each year.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average waiting time is for residents in Chorley constituency to be taken on as NHS patients by a dental practice; (2) how many dental...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps she is taking to minimise increases in charges for NHS dental work; (2) what assessment she has made of the effects on health of cost...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists, excluding orthodontists, have been employed by the NHS in (a) Leicester and (b) England since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there were in Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact of the new dental contract on practices where children are treated under the NHS if their parents pay for their...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there have been in West Suffolk in each year since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists have been employed by Eastern Leicester Primary Care Trust in each year between 1997 and 2005.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department estimates the changes to NHS dentistry will save (a) Eastern Leicester Primary Care Trust and (b) the NHS over the next five years.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in the registration of clinical dental technicians with the General Dental Council.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists served (a) Yorkshire Wolds and Coast Primary Care Trust and (b) East Yorkshire Primary Care Trust in each of the last five years.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects the clinical guideline for footcare which forms a part of the type two diabetes guideline to be reviewed.

      Domiciliary Oxygen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish correspondence between her Department and its agencies since January 2005 about the direct supply of domiciliary oxygen for patients...

      Domiciliary Oxygen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance her Department has issued to (a) patients and (b) health care professionals on changes in the provision of domiciliary oxygen; and on...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what types of eating disorders are treated by the NHS; and how many people are estimated to be suffering from such disorders.

      Emergency Preparedness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the statement of 19 October 2005, Official Report, column 925, on emergency preparedness, when the group chaired by the deputy chief medical...

      Essex Strategic Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) job title, (b) salary including payment by results elements and (c) total employment costs were for each of the highest paid five employees...

      EU Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meetings of the (a) Committee of senior officials on public health, (b) Committee for the implementation of the Community action plan to combat...

      European Health Insurance Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the average time taken between an eligible individual applying for and receiving a European Health Insurance Card.

      Foster Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library before the February Adjournment a copy of the Foster Review of Regulatory Bodies.

      General Osteopathic Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the work of the General Osteopathic Council.

      Health White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Swift campaign referred to in paragraph 2.42, of the White Paper, Our Health, Our Care, Our Say, was introduced; what resources have been...

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health from what date in 2008 patients waiting for audiology aids and testing will be covered by the proposed 18-week maximum waiting time from the date of...

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will introduce a waiting list target for digital hearing aids; and if she will make a statement.

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure that the waiting time for an NHS analogue or digital hearing aid is reduced to 18 weeks.

      Hemel Hempstead Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will reassess her decision to close the (a) intensive treatment unit, (b) cardiac unit, (c) stroke unit and (d) acute accident and emergency...

      Herceptin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of eligible women with metastatic breast cancer are treated with Herceptin in the Northern Cancer Network.

      Herceptin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of eligible women with metastatic breast cancer in England were treated with Herceptin in the latest period for which figures are available.

      High Security Mental Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have escaped from high security mental hospitals in each of the last five years.

      Home Oxygen Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the new arrangements for delivering home oxygen services.

      Hospital Pharmacies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many out-patient pharmacies there are in hospitals; and in how many cash is the only available means of payment.

      Hospital Trusts (Thefts)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many NHS hospital trusts have reported losing diagnostic equipment worth at least £10,000 from thefts in the last 12 months; (2) what...

      Joint Scrutiny and Overview Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will reply to the invitation of the Joint Scrutiny and Overview Committee for Sutton, Merton, Kingston and Surrey to attend one of its meetings...

      Macmillan Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures she is taking to increase the numbers of Macmillan nurses working for the NHS in Shropshire.

      Medical Students (Newcastle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many students there were at (a) the Newcastle upon Tyne Medical School and (b) the Newcastle upon Tyne Dental School in each of the last five years;...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance she has issued to general practitioners on the prioritisation of people with severe mental illnesses for immunisation against (a) influenza...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action she has taken in response to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommendations that psychological treatment should be...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the consistency and effectiveness of prescribing practices within the NHS for delivering the most effective drug therapies...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the requirement is for inspection of in-patient care facilities for people with mental illness in (a) the independent sector and (b) NHS establishments.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much accommodating NHS patients detained under the Mental Health Acts in private sector beds cost in each year since 1997, broken down by strategic...

      Ministerial Visit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to visit Hemel Hempstead constituency in this Session of Parliament.

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2006, Official Report, column 732W, on NHS Finance, whether the NHS staff with a track record of helping challenged...

      NHS Medicines (Fraud)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of whether companies are being fraudulently set up to supply fake medicines under licence to the NHS; what steps she is...

      NHS Trusts (Chartered Accountants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2006, Official Report, column 470W, on NHS trusts (chartered accountants), whether (a) employment history and (b)...

      NICE Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how stakeholders may submit new evidence of relevance to a published clinical guideline to the National Institute for Health and Clinical...

      NICE Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether one section of a National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence clinical guideline may be reviewed after two years without reviewing...

      Non-geographic Telephone Lines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps she is taking to ensure that users of the NHS are informed of changes by NHS service providers to non-geographic telephone lines; (2)...

      Optometrists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make it her policy for NHS patients to have the right to see the optometrist of their choice under the NHS.

      Orthodontic Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what agreement was reached on 13 January with the British Orthodontic Society regarding the contractual arrangements for new practices; (2) if she...

      Orthodontic Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of new orthodontic practices established in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005; and what steps she is taking to ensure that...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total amount of Government spending on (a) palliative care and (b) hospices was in each of the last 30 years.

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level of funding has been for patients suffering from Parkinson's disease in Bedfordshire in each of the last five years; and if she will make a...

      Parkinson's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations her Department has received regarding funding for Parkinson's disease nurse specialists in Bedfordshire; and if she will make a statement.

      Patient and Public Involvement Resource Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which organisations have responsibility for (a) setting up and (b) running the patient and public involvement resource centre; and on what date she...

      Patients Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how administrative support will be given to patients' forums after forum support organisation contracts end.

      Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what effect the ongoing reappraisal by her Department of the NHS Private Finance Initiative programme has had on her Department's support for the...

      PFI Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what costs incurred by the preferred bidder on the Barts and the London NHS trust private finance initiative project would require to be returned if the...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much central Government funding was received by (a) Tendring and (b) Colchester primary care trusts in each of the last five years; and what average...

      Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding her Department provides to run the MRI scanner at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

      Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much VAT the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital paid the Exchequer for drugs purchased by the hospital in (a) 2001, (b) 2003 and (c) 2005.

      Sex Change Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have sought to have their sex change operations reversed since 1995.

      St. Bartholomew's Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the redevelopment of St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London.

      Statins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the use of statins in each year since they have been prescribed.

      Suffolk Coastal Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people made up the financial and management specialist team that visited Suffolk Coastal primary care trust to examine the state of the primary...

      Tarceva

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Tarceva (erlotinib) has been prescribed by NHS trusts.

      Terminal Illness (Benefit Provision)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure advice on benefits is made available to patients when they are diagnosed as having terminal illness.

      Total Purchasing Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of total purchasing pilots in primary care services.

      Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when a comprehensive low vision service will be available to visually-impaired people in all primary care trust areas.

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2006, Official Report, column 1299W, on Health Committee evidence, if she will place in the Library the diagnostic...

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) average and (b) longest waiting time was for an out-patient appointment at each of the hospitals run by Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals...

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards ensuring every patient is treated within 18 weeks of general practitioner referral; and what assessment she has made...

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to combat (a) binge drinking and (b) other forms of alcohol misuse.

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he plans to take to help the public to gain access to services that will help them tackle antisocial behaviour.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were charged with causing criminal damage to property by means of graffiti in (a) Swindon, (b) the South West and (c)...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of local authorities have an antisocial behaviour policy.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been in North Yorkshire for breaches of antisocial behaviour orders.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time was that an asylum seeker was detained under the fast-track procedures in the last period for which figures...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fast-track asylum applications were (a) made and (b) refused as at 31 December 2005.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers are detained under the asylum fast-track procedures; and how many of them are children.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applicants have broken their bail conditions in each of the last three years.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum detainees have had their removal delayed due to difficulties in obtaining travel documents in each of the last five years.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what projects his Department is funding to promote affordable immigration advice to visa applicants overseas.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) asylum and (b) immigration removals were delayed for two weeks or more in 2005.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many student applicants were refused entry to the UK by an (a) immigration officer and (b) entry clearance officer in each of the last...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many successful appeals of refusal decisions of student applicants there were in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many entry clearance officers can speak fluently the language of the country they are situated in; and if he will make a statement;...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) were successful in applying for a visa to enter the UK and (b) failed in their visa application in (i) 2003, (ii) 2004...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many local interpreters are employed by the Entry Clearance Office in Islamabad.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time taken by an immigration officer in the UK to make a decision on an entry application was in the last period...

      British Citizenship (Erroneous Refusals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of British nationals from Hong Kong who have been erroneously refused British citizenship as a result...

      Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy that cautions should not be used to deal with offences where reoffending is likely; and if he will make a statement.

      Class A Drug Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people under the age of 25 years were arrested for class A drug offences in each of the last five years.

      Community Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to introduce a requirement for all offenders sentenced in the community to perform unpaid work; and what resource...

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many police community support officers have been introduced in (a) Doncaster North, (b) the borough of Doncaster and (c) South...

      Complaints Audit Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department has taken following the recommendations made in the latest Complaints Audit Committee report.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of violent crime there were in (a) Swindon and (b) England in each year from 1997 to 2005.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent crimes took place in Peterborough city council area in each of the last five years.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females were (i) prosecuted for and (ii) convicted of (A) murder and (B) manslaughter in Southend in 2004.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he plans to take to publicise action taken to tackle antisocial behaviour to members of the public in Swindon.

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy not to charge victims of crime for the recovery of their property from (a) police and (b) those holding the...

      Criminal Justice Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the (a) sections and (b) provisions within the Criminal Justice Act 2003 which (i) have not yet come into force and (ii) have...

      Daniel Morgan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the report by the Metropolitan Police Authority relating to the murder of Daniel Morgan will be made available to his family.

      Departmental Finance

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

      Drug Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the reconviction rates differ of those convicted of drug-related offences who (a) enter drug residential rehabilitation places, (b)...

      Drugs Dependence Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners underwent treatment for drugs dependence in (a) Tamworth constituency, (b) Staffordshire and (c) England and Wales in each...

      Drunkenness

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders were found guilty of (a) drunken and disorderly behaviour and (b) drunken and aggravated disorderly behaviour in each year...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many penalty notices have been issued in relation to the illegal use of fireworks in each police force area since the legislation was...

      Ian Missing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the report of 3 January commissioned by Essex police and Essex Probation Services concerning the case of Mr. Ian Missing;...

      Ian Missing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Essex probation service regarding Mr. Ian Missing.

      Individual Support Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government has taken to encourage the use of individual support orders for young people subject to antisocial behaviour orders.

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have been brought under the Licensing Act 2003 since November 2005 for (a) sales of alcohol to under-age children and...

      Life Sentence Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many life sentenced prisoners are held in local prisons awaiting the beginning of the first stage of their planned life sentence regime...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he will take to ensure the end-to-end management of offenders under the National Offender Management Service arrangements for...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what methodology underlay the Regulatory Impact Assessment which was published in response to Restructuring Probation to Reduce Re-offending.

      Online Auction Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps UK police are taking to combat the trade in counterfeit goods on online auction sites; (2) what estimate his Department has...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have retired in each year since 2001, broken down by (a) rank and (b) police force area.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employees of the police service on long-term sick leave are claiming incapacity benefit.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) deputy and (b) assistant chief constables have spent their entire police career serving in one police force.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent special constables there have been in Cambridgeshire police in each year since 1997; and if he will make a...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there are in each division of Staffordshire police force; and what the population is of the area covered by each...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will rank English police forces by (a) size of local police precept, (b) officers per head of population and (c) officers per...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether all local authorities in Wales will be represented on a new police authority for a single Welsh police force.

      Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2006 to the hon. Member for Crosby, Official Report, column 2135W, on pornography, how many successful...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in Peterborough who were tagged on early release from prison have breached the rules governing their early release in each of...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in (a) Chelmsford, (b) Coldingley, (c) Elmley and (d) Rochester prison have tested positive for drugs in each year since 1997.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inmates at each prison were subject to (a) closed visits and (b) visit bans in each of the last 12 months for which figures are...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of the performance testing exercise at HMP Wandsworth was; what assessment he has made of its impact; how he intends to monitor...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prison governors, (b) prison officers and (c) other prison staff have been found with (i) controlled drugs and (ii) other...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were reclassified by category in each of the last five years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in open conditions were returned to closed conditions during each of the last five years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the capacity is of prisons in England and Wales; and how many prisoners were detained at the most recent date for which figures are...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) Certified normal accommodation (CNA), (b) in use CNA and (c) prisoner unlock figure was for each prison establishment as of 28th...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are used for assessing the transfer of operation of prisons from the public to private sector.

      Public Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions his Department held with the Metropolitan Police prior to the demonstrations on 3 February and 4 February to discuss...

      Public Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear, (d) the north east...

      Student Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the members of the taskforce on student visa changes; and whether the taskforce will consider the residence reporting...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to teach (a) police and (b) civilians how to recognise improvised explosive devices.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what (a) purposes and (b) projects the (i) Metropolitan Police Service specific grant, (ii) regional specific counter-terrorism grant and...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the effects police force amalgamations and restructuring will have on counter-terrorism funding and its...

      Traffic Wardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police forces in England and Wales employ traffic wardens.

      Urination in Public

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will increase the penalty for urinating in public.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from (a) the Democratic Republic of Congo, (b) Nigeria and (c) the US have been refused leave to enter the UK for the purpose...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many successful appeals there were on visa refusal decisions by (a) Nigerian, (b) Pakistani, (c) Ghanaian, (d) Australian and (e) United...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what average time an entry clearance officer took to make a decision on a visa application in the last period for which figures are available.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young people of school age (a) found guilty of a crime and (b) placed in custody had a previous history of being in care in (i)...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps have been taken to encourage Afghan farmers to move from growing poppies to other crops; and if he will make a statement.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the counter-narcotics trust fund in Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has provided in Direct Budgetary Support to Afghanistan in each year since 2001; how much will be given in each...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) bilateral and (b) multilateral funding his Department has given to non-governmental organisations working in Afghanistan...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) bilateral and (b) multilateral aid has been provided to Afghanistan by the UK in each year since 2001; and if he will make...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the UK has provided to Afghanistan for developing education facilities and increasing access to education in each year since...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the UK has provided to Afghanistan for (a) the development of health capacity and (b) increasing access to treatments in each...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the UK has provided to Afghanistan (a) for strengthening women's rights and (b) for improving access to clean water and...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff from his Department have worked in Afghanistan in each year since 2001; what estimate he has made of the number who will...

      Coercive Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2006, Official Report, column 1639W, on coercive abortion, (1) if he will list the occasions...

      Departmental Entertainment

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

      Departmental Recruitment

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

      Gabon

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much international aid was given to Gabon in (a) 1980 and (b) 2005.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the incidence of HIV/AIDS in (a) India, (b) Bangladesh and (c) Pakistan; and if he will make a...

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken by his Department to address the food crisis in Kenya following the recent drought.

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with his counterparts at (a) the EU and (b) the UN regarding the speed of the response to the drought...

      Water Action Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2006, Official Report, column 2398W, on the water action plan, what percentage of budget support...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on Yemen's progress toward the Millennium Development Goals.

      Yemen

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

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much bilateral aid from the UK has been used for improving health care facilities and tackling diseases in Yemen in each of the...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid the UK has given to Yemen in each of the last five years for projects to protect and promote the rights of women; and if...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much bilateral aid from the UK has been spent on education and education facilities in Yemen in each of the last five years; and if...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to improve the operation of the judiciary in Yemen; what funds have been committed to projects to...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contribution his Department has made to the Social Fund for Development in Yemen in each of the last five years; and if he will...

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid and resources the UK has contributed to tackling the recent poliomyelitis outbreak in Yemen; and if he will make a statement.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to tackle corruption in Yemen; what funds have been committed to projects to achieve this; and if...

  • Leader of the House

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House (1) how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by him in the last 12 months were answered (a) within 14 days, (b) after 14 to 28 days, (c)...

  • Minister for Women

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent discussions she has had with employers and trade unions on promoting equal pay for work of equal value.

    • Women Entrepreneurs

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government are taking to assist women entrepreneurs.

      Women Entrepreneurs

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent assessment she has made of support services for women in enterprise in Merseyside.

      Employment Equality (Age) Regulations

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government have taken to publicise the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government are taking to give young people the relationship skills needed to prevent domestic violence.

  • Northern Ireland

    • A6 (Derry to Dungiven)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to upgrade the A6 Derry to Dungiven road.

    • Civil Service Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the average percentage increase in salary for Northern Ireland civil servants in 2006.

      Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions have taken place with (a) Loyalist paramilitaries and (b) Unionist political parties on the decommissioning of weapons;...

      Departmental Assets

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

      Disabled Parking Bays (Foyle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many people in Foyle constituency applied to the Roads Service for disabled parking bay outside their homes in each of the last five...

      Equality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people defined as (a) Protestant, (b) Roman Catholic and (c) non-determined have been offered support and assistance by the Equality...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2005, Official Report, column 1074W, on identity cards, whether his Department has any plans to make use of...

      Official Residences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the official residences for which his Department is responsible; who occupies each one; what the annual cost is of running each...

      Paediatric Gastroenterology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what dedicated paediatric gastroenterology services are available in Northern Ireland; and where these are located.

      Paediatric Gastroenterology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children are on the waiting list for upper gastro-intestinal endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures; how many additional referrals are...

      Paediatric Gastroenterology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects paediatric gastroenterology services in Northern Ireland will attain the service standards as set out in the Royal College of...

      Paediatric Gastroenterology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many whole-time equivalent paediatric gastroenterologists are employed in the NHS in Northern Ireland; what support there is in terms of (a)...

      Paediatric Gastroenterology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children under the age of 16 years have had (a) gastro-intestinal endoscopy and (b) colonoscopy procedures carried out by...

      Paediatric Gastroenterology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether all children under the age of 16 years who have been referred for (a) upper gastro-intestinal endoscopy and (b) colonoscopy procedures...

      Parliamentary Questions

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

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by him in the last 12 months have been answered (a) within 14 days, (b)...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children living in the province are estimated to be living in poverty, broken down by (a) Northern Ireland local government district...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much public funding was spent during 2005 in Northern Ireland on research into renewable energy provided by wave power.

      Sperrin Lakeland Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the costs were to the Sperrin Lakeland Trust associated with the appointment of (a) an interim chief executive and (b) an interim director...

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Information

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

    • Mittal Steel

      To ask the Prime Minister what representations he has made on behalf of Mittal Steel or its predecessor companies since 2001.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether any (a) employee of his Department, (b) person engaged by his Department as a consultant and (c) paid advisor to his Department is a member of...

    • Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what websites come under his Department's responsibility; and what the (a) cost and (b) number of visitors to those sites was in the last year for which...

      Early Retirement

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

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive regarding identity cards.

      Jewish Festivals

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

      Pension Liabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will estimate the net present value of accrued pension liabilities in respect of (a) present and (b) former employees of his Department and its...

      Statutory Instruments

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

      Vandalism

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

  • Solicitor-General

    • Complaints

      To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to his reply of 2 February 2006, Official Report, column 699W, on complaints, how many copies of the complaints leaflet were sent to members of the public in...

    • CPS (Staff Bonuses)

      To ask the Solicitor-General what criteria are used to determine whether staff employed by the Crown Prosecution Service receive a bonus; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Information

      To ask the Solicitor-General 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.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Poland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department takes to encourage UK trade with Poland; and if he will make a statement.

    • Pressure Selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on Government measures to increase consumer protection against pressure selling.

      Energy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on energy policy.

      Energy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the Energy Review.

      UK Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on his Department's policy of increasing UK trade outside the single market.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post office branches have closed since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the rural post office network in the West Midlands.

      Work and Families Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the impact on business of the extension of family friendly policies contained in the Work and Families Bill.

      Sunset Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the use of sunset regulation in legislation sponsored by his Department.

      Belvedere Waste Incinerator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to make a decision on the proposed Belvedere waste to energy incinerator.

      Companies (Public Interest)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will seek to introduce legislation under which every company would be required to serve the public interest.

      Data Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to facilitate data sharing between lenders and credit card operators relating to older accounts to improve lending...

      Defence Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the value of defence contracts to British manufacturing in each year between 1997 and 2005.

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the expenditure on (a) buildings and (b) insurance of buildings and staff was of (i) his Department and (ii) each (A) non-departmental...

      Departmental Staff

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

      Directors (Voting Rights)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will seek to introduce legislation under which directors of large companies as defined in the Companies Act 1985 would not be able to...

      Education and Enterprise Campus (Burnley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on his plans for an education and enterprise campus in Burnley; what work has been done by the North West Regional...

      Energy Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent by his Department on (a) gas and (b) electricity in 2004–05.

      Iron and Steel Employees Re-adaptation Benefits Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the implementation of the Iron and Steel Employees Re-adaptation Benefits Scheme.

      New Technology (Investment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures are in place to support small business investment in new technology; and if he will make a statement.

      Newspapers/Magazines (Distribution)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects the final opinion from the Office of Fair Trading on newspaper and magazine distribution.

      Non-executive Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will introduce legislation under which company employees would be able to vote on the election of all non-executive directors.

      Non-fossil fuel obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) the proceeds of the non-fossil fuel obligation and (b) the expenditure on supporting renewables were in each year since 1999.

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information he has received from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) on (a) the matters discussed and (b) decisions taken in the...

      Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information he has received from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) on its plans for publishing the full Life-Cycle Baselines...

      Nuclear Power Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost to public funds was of building the (a) Trawsfynydd and (b) Wylfa nuclear power plants; and if he will make a statement.

      Operating and Financial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to meet businesses that supported the proposals in the operating and financial review.

      Power Generation Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding his Department has allocated to clean coal technologies in each year since 1997.

      Research and Development Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what training is provided for assessment of applications for research and development grants; and what methods are used to assess their...

      Research and Development Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of funds allocated for research and development grants for each regional development agency for 2005–06 had been offered...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what quantities of plutonium scrap have been produced from the present manufacturing regime for MOX nuclear fuel pellets at the MOX plant at...

      Student bankruptcies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many students have been declared bankrupt in each of the last five years.

      US Government/Department of Defense Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many manufacturing companies in the UK have had contracts with (a) the US government and (b) the US Department of Defense in the last five...

      WarnTone System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2005, Official Report, column 561W, on WarnTone system, when he expects Ofcom to respond to the request...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will announce his decision on the application by NPower renewables for consent under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 for the...

  • Transport

    • Aviation Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps have been taken towards producing an evaluation strategy to assess the effectiveness of the Government's aviation policy; what the proposed...

    • Aviation Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the 2006 Aviation White Paper Progress Review will be published; whether it will include revised passenger forecasts to take account of the...

      Body Scanners (Paddington Station)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the use of body scanners at Paddington Station in relation to provisions of the Protection of Children Act 1978.

      Bus Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were using buses outside London in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether concessionary bus fare schemes operate between local authority areas on the borders of England and Wales.

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many bus services have been (a) withdrawn and (b) added to service in each financial year since 1 April 1998 (i) in total and (ii) in each traffic...

      Catering/Entertainment Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 in each...

      Civil Servants (Overseas Visits)

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

      Coach Crashes (School Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many coach crashes involving school children took place in (a) 2000–01, (b) 2001–02, (c) 2002–03, (d) 2003–04 and (e)...

      Crescent Link Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will instruct his Department's Rail Group to consult (a) RailWorld, (b) Peterborough city council, (c) the East of England Development Agency and...

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact of the increase in estimated costs of the Crossrail project on funding available for infrastructure...

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact of extending the Crossrail project between Reading and Ebbsfleet rather than between Shenfield and Abbey...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of his Department's expenditure for 2012 has been committed to projects designed to encourage cycling.

      Departmental Entertainment

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

      Departmental Staff

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

      Early Retirement

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

      Free Travel (Greater Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the likely change in bus and Metrolink passenger numbers in the county of Greater Manchester resulting from...

      Fuel Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage change there has been in the fuel efficiency of cars sold in the UK in each year since 1997.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what incentives are in place to encourage Network Rail (a) to improve its efficiency and (b) to complete renewals expeditiously.

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many former Ministers, apart from Prime Ministers, have official cars provided for their use; from which administrations; and if he will make a...

      Park and Ride Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the viability of a park and ride scheme in (a) Tameside metropolitan borough and (b) Stockport metropolitan...

      Park and Ride Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) financial and (b) other support his Department is giving to develop park and ride schemes in the Greater Peterborough area.

      Peterborough Local Transport Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding the Government will provide to support the delivery of the Peterborough local transport plan for 2006–07 to 2010–11; and if he...

      Public Transport (Late Night Provision)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure local authorities provide late night public transport for young people.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact on (a) rail fare prices and (b) rail usage of the abolition of saver fares; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what priority he plans to give to seating capacity on trains when awarding rail franchises.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of railway fare income has been derived from (a) regulated and (b) unregulated fares for each year since 1994.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans he has to introduce double-deck rolling stock on the rail network; and if he will make a statement; (2) what assessment he has made...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether domestic use of Waterloo International terminal is included in the invitation to tender for the South West Trains franchise.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many incidents of crime and disorder were reported at each railway station in England between 1997 and 2005; and how much was spent on anti-crime...

      Thameslink 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the timetable is for the Thameslink 2000 programme; whether there are plans to divide the project into phases; what the timetable is for the...

      Transport 2010

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will update Table A3 of the Transport 2010 document (a) in the same format and (b) at current prices.

      Transport Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research he has commissioned into the likely effects on the environment of encouraging people to use trains instead of short-haul flights.

  • Treasury

    • Child Trust Fund Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children in the care of Lancashire county council have had Child Trust Fund accounts opened for them.

    • Eds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information the Office of Government Commerce holds on the total value of contracts awarded to EDS since 14 December 2005.

      Eds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many payments HM Revenue and Customs has received from EDS since 14 December 2005 which are pursuant to its compensation agreement with EDS relating to...

      HM Revenue and Customs Estate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the oral answer of 26 January 2006, Official Report, column 1505, on HM Revenue and Customs Estate, if he will list the properties which were...

      Insurance Premium Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he plans to bring forward reforms of insurance premium tax to reduce fraud; (2) how much money has been spent on investigating cases of...

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answers of 7 February 2006, Official Report, column 119W, and 26 January 2006, Official Report, column 2260W, on Iraq and the Ministry of...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families have received child and working tax credits awards of (a) less than £1,000, (b) £1,000 to £2,499, (c) £2,500 to...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in his Department have been working on fraud in the tax credit system in each month since April 2003.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many of the total number of cases of tax credit overpayments where recovery has been disputed since October 2005, recovery was suspended pending the...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Denton and Reddish constituency receive the (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit.

      Temporary Migrant Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what account is taken in the calculation of mid-year population estimates for Government statistical purposes of the arrival of temporary migrant workers...

      Terrorist Activities (Financing)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will announce the terms of reference of his review of measures to stop exemptions available to charities being abused by those financing terrorist...

  • Wales

    • Citizens Juries

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

    • Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Health Minister in the National Assembly for Wales Government on the impact of the new dental contract on NHS...

      Departmental Energy Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was spent by his Department on (a) gas and (b) electricity in 2004–05.

      Departmental Entertainment

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

      Departmental Staff

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

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether any (a) employee of his Department, (b) person engaged by his Department as a consultant and (c) paid advisor to his Department is a member of the...

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will include in any referendums under Government of Wales legislation a question asking whether the devolution process should be stopped.

      Fair Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how much and what proportion of his Department's catering budget was spent on fair trade produce in the last period for which figures are available;...

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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.

      Hill Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales Government on hill farming in Wales.

      Pension Liabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will estimate the net present value of accrued pension liabilities in respect of (a) present and (b) former employees of his Department and its...

      Police Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what public opinion surveys have been conducted in Wales on the proposals to merge police authorities.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Audible Fire Alarms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the premises occupied by his Department is fitted with audible fire alarms.

    • Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2006, Official Report, column 1550W, on benefit, what information his Department does not hold which would...

      Benefit Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the merits of seconding his Department's staff to benefit advice voluntary organisations.

      Benefit Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the unit cost to the Department is per benefit claim processed.

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of benefit fraud in (a) Leicester and (b) the UK in each year between 1997 and 2005.

      Civil Rights (Disabled People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Government have taken in the last five years to improve civil rights for people with disabilities.

      Civil Servants (Overseas Visits)

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

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applicants have had the level of their council tax benefit payments affected by having savings over £3,000 in each year since 1999.

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applicants have been refused council tax benefit because they had savings over £16,000 in each year since 1999.

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children in (a) Denton and Reddish constituency, (b) Tameside metropolitan borough and (c) Stockport metropolitan borough are (i)...

      Customer Management System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken for claimants to receive the first payment of benefits has been since the introduction of the Customer Management...

      Customer Management System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many planned job reductions in his Department depend on the successful implementation of the Customer Management computer system.

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) land and (b) property his Department (i) owns and (ii) rents in each constituency; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid by his Department in 2004–05 in rent for properties in (a) total, (b) each (i) region and (ii) nation of the UK and (c)...

      Departmental Estate

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

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) land and (b) property his Department owns in Southend West constituency.

      Departmental Estate

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

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what budget his Department has allocated to (a) press and (b) communications in 2005–06; and how much has been spent in each case.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on end-of-year bonus pay awards for staff in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Skills Development Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's Skills Development Plan.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff have been employed by his central Department in each year since 1996–97 (a) in total, (b) on press and publicity work and...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people worked for his Department in (a) January 1997 and (b) January 2006; (2) how many people were employed by (a) the Child...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disciplinary actions against civil servants employed in his Department (a) were commenced and (b) resulted in a sanction being applied...

      Disabled Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action his Department has taken to place disabled children and their families on equal terms with non-disabled children and their families...

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of the 340 widowers who have cases lodged in the European Court of Human Rights have cashed the cheques which the Department sent to...

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment the Department has made of the merits of mediation as a way of settling the dispute with the 340 widowers who have cases lodged...

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of the 340 widowers with cases against his Department lodged within the European Court of Human Rights have settled their dispute...

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department advised those widowers to whom they sent cheques for back payments that they should consult a (a) solicitor, (b)...

      Fair Trade

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

      Fair Trade

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

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions since May 2005 officials in his Department have consulted their Freedom of Information Officer on answers to...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will publish proposals for housing benefit reform in the social rented sector.

      Identity Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training the Department has provided for (a) front desk and (b) administrative staff in relation to identity fraud.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received on the proposals to integrate individuals' visits to doctors' surgeries in connection with incapacity to...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of lone parents claiming incapacity benefit moved to incapacity benefit from Jobseeker's Allowance in each year since 1997.

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will introduce proposals to amend legislation to enable women who return to work immediately after giving birth on a part-time basis to...

      New Deal/Workstep

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people in Beverley and Holderness registered on the new deal for disabled people programme found work in the last five years;...

      New Deal/Workstep

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been assisted by the new deal for musicians; and if he will make a statement.

      New Deal/Workstep

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to extend (a) the new deal for disabled people and (b) Workstep to help people back into work in Tamworth; and if he will...

      Occupational Pension Schemes (Beverley and Holderness)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many occupational pension schemes in Beverley and Holderness have fully wound up since 1997; and how many are in the process of winding up.

      Overpayments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the amount of overpayments made owing to official error in each social security benefit paid by his Department...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the nationwide roll-out of Pathways to Work proposed in the recent Green Paper will apply only to new claimants; and what the estimated...

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the estimated liability is for the benefits that will be paid by the Pension Protection Fund if all the pension schemes now in an...

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received from the European Commission on the compatibility of the provisions of the Pensions Protection Fund with...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average percentage increase in the standard single pension for senior citizens is in 2006.

      Pensions Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what evaluation he has made of the work of the new pensions regulator.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the future of the Post Office card account.

      Print/Broadcast Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library copies of (a) print and (b) broadcast media reports undertaken for his Department since 2002.

      Print/Broadcast Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) commissioned research into the presence and reporting in the (i) broadcast and (ii) print...

      Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid by his Department in rates to each local authority in the UK in 2004–05; and how much was paid in (a) each (i) nation...

      Returning to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with representatives of general practitioners regarding developing their role in supporting patients' return to...

      Voice Stress Analysis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what (a) discussions and (b) contract negotiations his Department has held in the last two years with Capita on the use of voice stress...

      Welfare Reform Green Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the £360 million announced in his statement on the Welfare Reform Green Paper is to be spent; from which budgets this sum has been...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals received winter fuel payments in each London borough in the last year for which figures are available.

  • House of Lords

    • Asylum Seekers: Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Adonis (HL 3661), whether a grant of £750,000 is being made to Liverpool City Council to pay for a specialist team...

    • Aviation Health: Contaminated Air

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 10 January (WA 33) and the subsequent statement by the Civil Aviation Authority that there had been...

      Aviation: BAA

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made any strategic assessment of a possible takeover of BAA.

      Aviation: CAA Charges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Civil Aviation Authority conducted a small business impact test, and not a regulatory impact assessment as required by better regulation, prior to the...

      Aviation: In-flight Emergencies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many aircraft declaring an in-flight emergency have landed at or been diverted to Heathrow over the past five years; and what types of aircraft and emergencies...

      Big Lottery Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many grants have been disbursed by the Big Lottery Fund (acting on behalf of the Community Fund and the New Opportunities Fund) since June 2004; and what has...

      Council Tax: Ministerial Code

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the non-payment of council tax by a Minister of the Crown breaches the seven principles of public life as set out in the Ministerial Code of Conduct.

      DfT: Aviation Directorate

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 31 January (WA 26), what was the nature of each contract between the Aviation Directorate and...

      Electoral Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any member of the Electoral Commission has been associated in any way with any political party.

      Energy: Nuclear Power

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is their policy that no decision on building further nuclear power stations will be taken until a strategy is in place to deal with existing nuclear waste.

      EU: Flag

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take steps to display the European Union flag alongside the British flag on more government buildings; and whether they will discuss such a...

      Government Car and Despatch Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the Government Car Service has paid in each year of its operation on (a) the London congestion charge; and (b) fines arising from the non-payment of the...

      Government Computer Systems: Cabinet Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions in each of the past two years malicious programmes have compromised computer systems in the Cabinet Office; and for each such occasion (a)...

      Government Computer Systems: DCMS

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions in each of the past two years malicious programmes have compromised computer systems in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; and for...

      Government Computer Systems: Defra

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions in each of the past two years malicious programmes have compromised computer systems in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural...

      Government Computer Systems: Department for Transport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions in each of the past two years malicious programmes have compromised computer systems in the Department for Transport; and for each such...

      Government Computer Systems: Treasury

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions in each of the past two years malicious programmes have compromised computer systems in HM Treasury; and for each such occasion (a) how many...

      Heathrow Airport: Travelators

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 27 October 2004 (WA 134), whether the travelators at Heathrow airport fell below the required...

      House of Lords: Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Service

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether the operation of the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Service is sufficient to ensure the health of Members with restricted access to primary...

      Housing: Affordable Housing Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the terms of reference for the Affordable Housing Commission; and in what ways they expect it to improve access to affordable housing for people in rural...

      India: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made since 1997 to the government of India concerning discrimination against Dalit Christians in that country, giving the date of...

      Influenza Pandemic

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the preparations for a response to a possible attack of pandemic influenza in the United Kingdom have included any exercises for real as opposed to...

      Influenza Pandemic

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Ministerial Committee on Influenza Pandemic Planning is chaired by the Secretary of State for Health rather than by a more senior Minister with...

      Influenza Pandemic

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who will lead the public information and advice campaign that will be required if the country is faced with an influenza pandemic; and what preparations have been...

      Influenza Pandemic

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are guided by the advice from the Chief Medical Officer that it is not a question of whether there will be another severe influenza pandemic but when.

      Interception of Communications: Parliament

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Wilson doctrine on tapping telephones of Members of the House of Commons also applies to Members of the House of Lords.

      NHS: Dentists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What have been the implications for primary care trusts in North Cumbria arising out of the decision by dentists to amend or terminate their contracts for dental...

      NHS: iSoft

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the delay in rolling out computer software systems in the National Health Service, whether they have set a revised deadline for iSoft to perform...

      NHS: Pension Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress is being made to ensure equality in the pension rights for women doctors, so that their 6 per cent salary contributions prior to 1998 are considered...

      NHS: Renal Units

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether every renal unit in the United Kingdom has its own dedicated renal dietician; and what advice they give to patients with kidney disease about salt...

      Official Gifts: Prime Minister

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which gifts received overseas in the past eight years by the Prime Minister have been declared to H M Customs and Excise for being over the normal travellers'...

      Official Gifts: Prime Minister

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether each gift valued over £140 received by the Prime Minister in 2004–05 continues to be held by the Prime Minister's Office as detailed by the...

      Palestine: Financial Assistance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consult the European Commission, in the aftermath of the Palestinian legislative council elections on 25 January, on the case for resuming...

      Public Procurement: Social Inclusion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How minority ethnic and socially disadvantaged communities have benefited from their policies and procedures on procurement; and How they intend to achieve social...

      Questions for Written Answer

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have not yet replied to Written Parliamentary Questions (HL2213) and (HL2214), tabled 82 days ago and allocated to the Department for Environment, Food...

      Railways: Sailsbury-Exeter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 2 February (WA 77), what is their estimate of the cost of the upgrading the infrastructure of the...

      Railways: Westbury Interchange

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 1 February (WA 57), what reductions in rail service between Westbury and the West of England are...

      Regional Development Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the £72 million available from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the current year for regional development agencies will in...

      Roads: Repairs Backlog

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the road repair backlog in (a) each local transport authority area in England; and (b) on roads maintained by the Highways Agency.

      Rural Enterprise Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide a breakdown of expenditure to date on the rural enterprise scheme, including processing and marketing grants; and what the principal...

      Rural Enterprise Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What rate of return they expect to be generated by spending on the rural enterprise scheme.

      Stansted Airport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many submissions or other items of correspondence the Department for Transport has received in favour of the expansion of Stansted Airport.

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimate the United Nations has made of the number of peacekeepers required to maintain peace in Darfur.

      Transport Research Laboratory

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many officials from the Department for Transport are currently on secondment to the Transport Research Laboratory and vice versa; and what are the positions held.

      Transport: Research and Consultancy Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 30 January (WA 18), whether they will now answer parts (b) and (c) of the question (HL3564).

      Transport: Urban Congestion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is their intention that urban congestion targets will form part of every local transport plan; and, if so, when they plan to extend the programme beyond...

      Universities: Higher Education Funding Council for England

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assumptions the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) will make in relation to fee income received per full-time undergraduate for the years...

      Vehicles: HGV Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many United Kingdom drivers currently hold a licence entitlement to drive a heavy or large goods vehicle.

      Vehicles: Personal Digital Cards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a driver will require a personal digital card before he can drive a new large goods vehicle built after May 2006.

      Vehicles: Personal Digital Cards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a vehicle mechanic will require a personal digital card before he can drive a new large goods vehicle built after May 2006.

      Vehicles: Personal Digital Cards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many personal digital cards have so far been issued; and how many will be issued by 1 May 2006.

      Vehicles: Stretch Limousines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions in the last convenient 12-month period the Vehicle Operator Services Agency has taken to court a person carrying nine or more passengers in a...

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