Written answers

Wednesday, 1 March 2006

  • International Development

    • Millennium Development Goals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on progress towards meeting the millennium development goals in Asia.

    • Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures he plans to take to ensure that measures to combat tuberculosis in developing countries are made a priority at the G8 St....

      International Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is discussing with his Commonwealth counterparts on using international aid to promote good governance.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance will be given to Yemen in 2006-07 to help it combat the spread of tuberculosis.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his Department's work in the Republic of Yemen.

      Clean Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the provision of clean water within development policy.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the reconstruction work in Pakistan following the earthquake.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what alternative channels of funding to the Palestinians are being considered should Hamas refuse to renounce violence and recognise Israel.

      Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to reduce corruption in sub-Saharan Africa.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much financial support the British Government have given to (a) the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma, (b) the...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of his Department's annual budget for Burma has been spent on consultants in each of the past three years; how much each...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment the Government has made of whether the European Commission is abiding by the EU common position on Burma regarding...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discretionary aid budget is available to the British ambassador to Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the Government have spent on projects (a) promoting democracy and (b) supporting internally displaced people in Burma in the...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the UK spent on supporting internally displaced people in Burma in 2004-05.

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether British non-governmental organisations are working in the province of Cabinda; and if he will make a statement.

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether UK (a) multilateral and (b) bilateral aid is spent in the province of Cabinda; and if he will make a statement.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to ensure that his policies contribute to international efforts to tackle climate change.

      Departmental Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the environmental effects of projects supported through his Department.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people were employed by his Department in each of the last 12 months for which data is available; and how many and what...

      Departmental Staff

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

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff of his Department are employed by the Department in Scotland; and at which locations.

      Development (Remittances from Abroad)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the role of remittances from abroad in assisting development and poverty reduction; what studies he has...

      Drought/Food Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken by his Department (a) to reduce the risks associated with drought and (b) to improve food security within...

      Global Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the (a) amount and (b) proportion of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria...

      Global Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of whether the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has an adequate complement of core staff...

      Global Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) generic and (b) brand-name drugs have been approved for use in schemes financed by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS,...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Uganda regarding the conservation of Lake Victoria.

      Mozambique

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his Department's activities in Mozambique.

      Namibia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his Department's activities in Namibia.

      Pension Liabilities

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

      Relief Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what factors his Department takes into account when deciding how much relief aid is offered to disaster areas; and if he will make a...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps have been taken by his Department to support renewable energy projects in developing countries.

      Solomon Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his Department's (a) work and (b) expenditure in the Solomon Islands.

      United Nations Population Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations (a) Ministers and (b) officials have made about the decision of the Bush Administration not to fund the United...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice her Department has given to the Heritage Lottery Fund regarding sourcing timber from Burma.

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information the Government publish on carbon dioxide emissions from each type of fuel; and what emission factors are...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) shipping fuel and (b) aviation fuel included in table 1.1 of the Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics is...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the carbon emissions resulting from (a) the generation of heating for buildings and (b) the...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the percentage contribution of (a) non dwelling buildings and (b) dwellings to the UK's total annual carbon emissions...

      Chinese Mitten Crabs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's assessment is of the potential impact of the influx of Chinese mitten crabs in British waterways on the...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the quantification of the relationship between global dimming and the measureable effect of...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what factors have affected the timescale for publication of the revised climate change strategy.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Minister of State for Climate Change will reply to the letter of 11 January from the right hon. Member for...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost per kilowatt hour to energy suppliers relating to the Energy Efficiency Commitment scheme.

      English Nature

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the current staffing establishment is at English Nature in Peterborough; and what projected staffing numbers are over...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government are on course to meet its fuel poverty commitments in 2010; and if she will make a statement.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the occasions on which (a) she has and (b) each of her Ministers have visited (i) Brussels and (ii) Paris in...

      National Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to increase the (a) number and (b) area of National Parks.

      Oil Storage Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will amend the Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001 to provide for the requirements contained...

      Population Increase Impacts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the impact of the projected increases in the population of England upon (a) water...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many households have received funding from the Warm Front scheme since 2000.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many households which have received funding from the Warm Front scheme since 2000 were classed as fuel poor.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what average reductions in energy bills there have been in households which have received funding from Warm Front.

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many homes assessed under Warm Front received a benefits entitlement assessment in each year since 2000; and how many...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make an assessment of the effectiveness of the Warm Front scheme with reference to recent energy price rises; and...

      Water Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Office of Water Services on linking a reduced-rate water supply and sewerage...

      Water Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has to tackle water shortages in the South East (a) during 2006 and (b) over the next 10 years.

      Water Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received regarding water shortages in the south-east; and if she will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claims for the Child Trust Fund have been received from parents after the death of a newly born child.

    • Deregulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the UK share of assessed gains to be made through deregulation as set out in the European Commission's annual report on...

      Insurance Premium Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what plans he has to prosecute companies being investigated for underpayment of insurance premium tax; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many...

      Insurance Premium Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 9 February 2006, Official Report, column 1395W, whether the insurance companies to which he refers are authorised by the Financial...

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the implications for the Government's financial inclusion strategy of the decision by the Legal Services Commission to...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many recipients of tax credits in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear, (d) the North East and (e) the UK are...

      Terrorist Groups (Financial Assets)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value was of (a) financial assets and (b) non-financial assets of (i) Northern Ireland terrorist, (ii) fundamentalist Islamic, (iii) Basque...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) pursuant to his answer of 20 December 2005, Official Report, column 2808W, on VAT, how much has been paid in each parliamentary constituency under the...

  • Transport

    • A3 (Hindhead)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his timetable is for making a decision on the proposals for a twin tunnel at Hindhead on the A3; and if he will make a statement.

    • British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to enable the merger of the British Transport Police operating within London with the Metropolitan Police Service; and if he will...

      Bus Travel Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much funding the Government are providing to Lancashire county council to provide free bus travel for (a) older and (b) disabled persons in...

      Departmental Estate

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

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Disabled Pensioners (Transport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding is available for disabled pensioners to subsidise transport cabs if public transport is not suitable.

      Gner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who in his Department is handling senior level contacts with GNER.

      Monorails

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to promote monorails in towns in England.

      Motorway Signage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what procedures are followed by the Highways Agency to ensure that electronic signs on motorways are providing current information.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to ensure that Network Rail's inventory of assets owned is publicly available.

      Nuclear Fuel/Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times (a) nuclear fuel and (b) nuclear waste has passed through (i) the Hornsey and Wood Green constituency and (ii) Greater London by (A)...

      Pension Liabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the railway stations in Hampshire which (a) do not have (i) waiting rooms and (ii) toilets and (b) are inaccessible under disability...

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much is expected to be saved as a result of meeting the civil service work force reductions targets for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending...

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much of the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review is to be cashable; and under what budget headings these...

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the target level of employment expressed as full-time equivalents is in his Department by April 2008, in order to meet his Department's civil...

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what total efficiency savings were achieved by his Department in 2004–05; and whether these count towards the agreed efficiency target for his...

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what baseline figures he is using for assessing progress on his Department's targets to (a) improve roads procurement in local authorities, (b)...

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what interim targets he has set for achieving (a) the agreed efficiency target for his Department and (b) the civil service work force reductions...

      Transport Infrastructure Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the transport infrastructure projects on which his Department has carried out feasibility studies since 1997.

      Transport Project Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the guarantees the Government have provided to outside organisations for loans which have been used to fund transport projects.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the counter-terrorism role of Operation Enduring Freedom will continue to be discharged in Southern Afghanistan after the counter-insurgency role...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has received representations from the Army requesting more (a) combat troops, (b) helicopters and (c) artillery than have been...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what military assessment he has received of the probable consequences of using military power to suppress opium production in Southern Afghanistan.

      Caribbean Naval Patrols

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for how many months in each year since 1997 there has been a Royal Navy destroyer or frigate on anti-drugs patrol in the Caribbean; and what future...

      Defence Industrial Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his Department's supply chain strategy within the Defence Industrial Strategy.

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of RAF Wyton.

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence from which public corporations his Department received a receipt from a (a) dividend payment and (b) equity withdrawal in financial years 2004-05; what...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value was of receipts from asset sales that were (a) appropriated in aid of his Department and (b) submitted to the Consolidated Fund in...

      Electromagnetic Pulse Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to ensure that measures are in place to counter the effects of an electromagnetic pulse weapon used against UK forces...

      Fleet Air Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the main air defence assets which will be available to the fleet in the years between the withdrawal of the Sea Harriers and the entry...

      Joint Combat Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the implications for the operational capabilities of the joint combat aircraft of United States refusal to include...

      Missile Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for future upgrades to UK missile systems; and what plans he has to develop a strategy to incorporate emerging technologies into...

      Niche Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to assist the development of niche technologies through small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Royal Ordnance Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which trade unions are involved in the proposed closure of Royal Ordnance sites; and which sites are under discussion.

      Standing Naval Tasks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the standing naval tasks carried out by the Royal Navy in each year since 1997 and those scheduled for discontinuation.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planned out of service dates are for (a) HMS Illustrious, (b) HMS Ark Royal and (c) HMS Ocean.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Biomass Conversion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated to assess the direct transformation of biomass into hydrogen.

    • Blue Skies Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many homeowners have received grants from the Blue Skies Initiative since its inception; and if he will make a statement.

      Business Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will place a copy of the (a) Natural Environment Research Council and (b) Centre for Ecology and Hydrology business plans in the Library.

      Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the Government's plans are for closing the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology research sites in the next 10 years; and what...

      Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many ecologists were represented on the Executive Board of the National Environment Research Council during each discussion of the most...

      Compensation Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will bring forward legislation to extend the period in which compensation may be sought from a builder for poor workmanship; and if he...

      Cricket World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what UK Trade and Investment's budget is for the proposed market visit to the Caribbean in 2006 to allow small and medium-sized businesses to...

      Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the implications for the Department's work on responsible lending and personal indebtedness of the decision by...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Law Society and (b) the Legal Services Ombudsman about breaches of regulation 4 of the...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on how many occasions in cases from Bassetlaw residents solicitors' costs have been partially refused due to breach of regulation 4 of the...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which solicitors have had costs partially refused due to breach of regulation 4 of the conditional fee regulations for miners' hearing loss...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date the Government's insurers first refused to pay part of solicitors' costs due to breach of regulation 4 of the conditional fee...

      Natural Environment Research Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many members of the Natural Environment Research Council Executive board were ecologists when the decision to close the facility at...

      Natural Environment Research Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the scientific qualifications are of each of the National Environment Research Council Executive board members.

      Newspapers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what representations he has received on anti-competitive practices in the newspaper wholesale and distribution sector; (2) what...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) types and (b) levels of subsidy have been given to the rural post office network in (i) Wales, (ii) Ogmore constituency and (iii) the...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices in (a) Ogmore constituency, (b) the Bridgend County Borough area and (c) the Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough area are...

      Power Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of (a) the amount of biomass which will be co-fired with coal at power stations between (i) April 2005 and March...

      Science Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he introduce a process by which reviews of the science infrastructure are in future subject to a form of public inquiry.

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the independent report on the cost-benefit analysis of amending the Sunday trading legislation will be published.

      Wind Turbines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what work is being undertaken to test the feasibility of straight-bladed vertical-axis wind turbines.

  • Minister for Women

    • Child Care Support

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if the Government will take steps to increase support for women who do not work and who look after their children at home.

  • Education and Skills

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list schools which offer parents access to adult and family learning opportunities.

    • Beacon Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) whether an upper limit has been set on the number of Beacon colleges in any one area; (2) what the criteria are for colleges to...

      Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many cases are waiting to be allocated to a caseworker in the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS); and what...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she has taken to improve procurement in the higher education sector; and what savings have been made as a consequence.

      Internet Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures her Department is taking to ensure children at school are unable to access inappropriate material on the internet.

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had with her European counterparts on the issue of raising research and development spending; and if she will make...

      Safeguarding Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects to reply to question 45243 tabled by the hon. Member for North West Hampshire for answer on 23 January, on safeguarding...

      Skills Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people aged (a) 30 to 39 years, (b) 40 to 49 years and (c) 50 years and over received skills training in (i) Staffordshire and (ii)...

      Specialised Diplomas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which specialised diplomas will be available in 2008 for pupils aged 14 years.

      Student Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the Inland Revenue last updated the Student Loans Company on debt repayments by graduates in the UK.

      University Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations she has received regarding levels of remuneration for university teaching staff.

  • Health

    • Fuel for Living"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2006, Official Report, column 481W, on young people (culinary ability), what the (a) actual and (b) planned...

    • Alcohol-related Illness (Thames Valley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many incidences of alcohol-related illness there have been in the Thames Valley health authority in each year since 1997.

      Aspartame

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department has (a) carried out and (b) commissioned to establish whether the artificial sweetener aspartame is carcinogenic.

      Audiology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects a patient referred to Worthing Hospital for an audiology test leading to a hearing aid to receive the aid within (a) 80, (b) 50, (c) 20...

      BCG Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the savings made since the policy of free tuberculosis vaccinations administered in schools came to an end.

      BCG Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance her Department issues to people who are not eligible for a free BCG vaccination concerning attendance at universities and travel (a) abroad...

      BCG Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she has taken to (a) inform parents of her Department's change in BCG vaccination for children policy and (b) assess the effectiveness of her...

      BCG Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department spent on BCG vaccinations for secondary school children in (a) 1997 and (b) 2005.

      BCG Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many school children received BCG vaccinations in schools in (a) 1997 and (b) 2005; (2) what estimate she has made of the annual number of...

      Blood Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what conclusions were reached in the review of departmental papers on self-sufficiency in blood products.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the possible effects of the (a) use of oral contraception and (b) alcohol consumption on the risks of breast cancer.

      Chlamydia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the progress of the chlamydia 2007 objective; and if she will make a statement.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what basis recently-opened dental practices will be paid under the proposed dental contract; and if she will make special arrangements for...

      Farley's Rusks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the recent decision of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to withdraw a consignment of Farley's rusks; and how many other...

      Fiscal Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her annual lecture to the Faculty of Public Health, delivered on 16 November, if she will make a statement on the effectiveness of using...

      Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to promote the consumption of more fruit and vegetables.

      Health Action Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of health action zones.

      Health White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she plans to launch the high-profile campaign to encourage people to contribute to the drive for a fitter Britain by 2012, described in paragraph...

      Health White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health where exercise-on-prescription pilots have been carried out as described in paragraph 2.93, of the White Paper, Our Health, Our Care, Our Say, what...

      Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have died from illness related to taking heroin in each of the last five years.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to question 15379, on influenza, what assessment she has made of the relationship between the influenza virus and the rise of the...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to question 15379, on influenza, what assessment she has made of whether the angiotenism II chemical caused by the body's response...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to question 15379, on influenza, if the Department will (a) commission and (b) evaluate research on the relationship between (i)...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to question 15379, on influenza, on what (a) advice and (b) evidential basis the Department decided that there was no logical basis...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the percentage of pensioners who received an NHS influenza injection in 2004–05 who subsequently contracted influenza...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residents of Wansdyke constituency have received free influenza vaccinations in each of the last 10 years.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her oral statement of 22 November 2005, Official Report, columns 1371–72, on seasonal influenza vaccine supplies, what form the review...

      MMR Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment she has made of the take-up of the MMR vaccine in (a) Hampshire and (b) England; and if she will make a statement; (2) what...

      Msra

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many MSRA cases there were in each hospital in (a) Hampshire and (b) out-of-county hospitals which receive significant numbers of patients from...

      Nutrition/Health Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what communication her Department has had with other EU member states about the process for submitting claims to the community register under the proposed...

      Nutrition/Health Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what appeals mechanism exists for claims which are (a) not accepted on to the community register and (b) prior approved under article 14 of the proposed...

      Nutrition/Health Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her proposals are for the process of submitting claims to the community register under the proposed EU nutrition and health claims made on foods...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 July 2005, Official Report, column 1142W, on obesity, what assessment her Department has made of the role of the independent...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary school pupils in (a) England, (b) London, (c) the London Borough of Hillingdon and (d) the constituency of Ruislip-Northwood have been...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) men and (b) women her Department estimates to be overweight, broken down by ethnic group.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the main health concerns related to obesity.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she has taken to meet the Government targets to reduce levels of obesity in England.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to answer the question tabled on 16 January by the hon. Member for Northavon, on dental practices, ref 43373.

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she has accepted the recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides in relation to systematic surveillance of chronic diseases linked to...

      Post-exposure Prophylaxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress her Department has made in ensuring every (a) sexual health clinic and (b) accident and emergency unit is able to offer post-exposure...

      Prevenar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health at what price her Department expects to secure Prevenar for the NHS; and what steps have been taken to ensure security of supply.

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people accessed genito-urinary medicine clinics in each of the last five years.

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the take-up rate has been for the chlamydia screening test pilot scheme launched in 2005 in conjunction with Boots; and how many samples (a) have...

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting times for an appointment at a genito-urinary medicine clinic in England were in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005, broken down by primary care trust.

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 26 January 2006, Official Report, column 2340W, if she will provide a breakdown of the number of cases of (a) chlamydia, (b)...

      Sugar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies have been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by her Department on the potential dangers to health from the inclusion of sugar in foodstuffs;...

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether her Department has commissioned follow-up work to the Stewart Report on the health effects of mobile telephone masts; (2) if she will make...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance was issued by her Department to (a) parents, (b) health care professionals and (c) primary care trusts about recent changes for BCG...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what factors underlay the decision to end vaccinations for tuberculosis for children in low-risk areas.

      Tuberculosis Inoculation (Shrewsbury and Atcham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will reverse the decision to stop the tuberculosis inoculation programme for children in Shrewsbury and Atcham constituency.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Arms Exports Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterparts at the G8 on arms exports controls and the case for a binding international treaty.

    • Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response he has made to the recent UN report on the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp.

      International Arms Trade Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to engage constructively with (a) Russia, (b) the USA, (c) India, (d) Egypt and (e) Israel...

      International Arms Trade Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what cross-departmental discussions have taken place to ensure a co-ordinated and coherent approach towards promoting an...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent on armoured civilian vehicles by his Department for operation in Iraq between April 2003 and December 2005;...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost to his Department was of (a) preparing and (b) deploying (i) Civil Service and (ii) non-Civil Service (A) UK and...

      Kurdish Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will visit the Kurdish region of Iraq during the next 12 months.

      Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has asked the United States authorities how many individuals have been rendered by the US via the UK since 1997.

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much is expected to be saved as a result of meeting the civil service work force reductions targets for his Department set...

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much of the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review is to be cashable; and under...

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the target level of employment expressed as full-time equivalents is in his Department by April 2008, in order to meet his...

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what total efficiency savings were achieved by his Department in 2004–05; and whether these count towards the agreed...

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what baseline figures he is using for assessing progress on his Department's targets to (a) rationalise back office functions,...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Northern Ireland cattle herds that, when first tested for bovine tuberculosis (BTB) in each year between 2003 and 2005, had animals...

    • Cival Servants (Hospitality)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what approval and oversight mechanisms are in place for the acceptance of hospitality from the private sector by senior Northern Ireland civil...

      Departmental Staff

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

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients were awaiting the supply of new digital hearing aids in each of the health and social services board areas on the last date...

      Farm Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the accuracy of his Department's estimates of the amount of land owned by farmers in the (a) flat and (b)...

      Illegal Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been convicted of offences involving the importation and distribution of illegal drugs into Northern Ireland in each of the...

      Lisanelly Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans the Government have to consult with the community and stakeholders in Omagh about the future of the Lisanelly Barracks site in Omagh.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average annual cost of housing (a) female and (b) male prisoners in Northern Ireland has been over the last five years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost per prison place was in each prison in Northern Ireland in (a) 1995, (b) 2000 and (c) 2005.

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were convicted of polluting waterways in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      Racial Hostility Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many penalties for offences motivated by hostility towards a person's race have been increased since the Criminal Justice (No. 2) (Northern...

      Recyled Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of paper used in printed publications in each of the last 10 years by each Department in Northern Ireland was from recycled sources.

      Road Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he plans to implement toll payments for road usage in Northern Ireland.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) enrolment numbers and (b) number of unfilled places are in each (i) Irish medium school and (ii) integrated school in Northern Ireland.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money has been allocated for the development of curriculum materials for (a) Irish medium schools and (b) integrated schools by the...

      Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the merits of a holistic planning overview of planned and scheduled planning applications for telecommunications...

      Toxic Sludge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the level of illicit dumping of toxic sludge along the border with the Republic of Ireland.

      Toxic Sludge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the environmental implications of toxic sludge being dumped on agricultural land.

      Toxic Sludge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the disposal of toxic waste dumped on roads in Northern Ireland has cost in each of the last three years, broken down by constituency.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Republic of Ireland regarding illegal dumping in Northern Ireland of waste from the Republic...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the (a) total amount and (b) average amount per household of domestic waste produced in Northern Ireland in each of...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much each district council has received to date via waste management grants.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to fund publicity campaigns encouraging the take-up of broadband in (a) East Sussex and (b) England.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Councillors (Pensions/Income)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 14 December 2005, Official Report, column 1964–1965W, on councillors (pensions/income), on what date the Department of Transport,...

    • Student Accommodation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will estimate the number of students living in accommodation provided by (a) registered social landlords and (b) universities in 2005–06.

      Traffic Enforcement Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) traffic enforcement officers, (b) traffic wardens and (c) council parking attendants have been operating in each police authority area in each year...

      Urban Task Force 2005

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what response he has made to Lord Rogers's 2005 Urban Task Force's observations in relation to (a) the Thames Gateway regeneration scheme governance and (b) the...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Central Court of Appeal

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many appeals have been heard at the Central Court of Appeal in each year since 1997; and how many times (a) three and (b)...

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the consultancy firms which have been employed by her Department since its formation.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs in how many cases funded by legal aid the claimant won their case in court in each of the last 10 years.

      Voting Rights

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the rationale is for allowing those patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 who are eligible to vote under the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2006, Official Report, column 1458W, on benefits, whether departmental staff other than those in the...

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was budgeted for council tax benefit in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales each year since 1991–92; and what forecasts have...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate the Government has made of the mortality rate of existing incapacity benefit claimants in each year up to 2016; and if he will...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate the Government has made of the number of existing incapacity benefit claimants who will reach state retirement age in each year...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether provision will be made for pensioners who receive Financial Assistance Scheme payments to receive increases (a) as they get older and...

      Post Office Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many branches of the Post Office there were in the county of Bedfordshire in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Statutory Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many own occupation tests were conducted pursuant to the Social Security (Incapacity for Work) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 1999 in...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list visits made by Ministers in his Department to Sure Start schemes and facilities in each parliamentary constituency in England...

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol-related Prosecutions

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

    • Alcohol-related Prosecutions

      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 (i)...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) charges, (b) investigations and (c) prosecutions there have been under (i) the Animals (Cruel Poisons) Act 1962, (ii) the...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the Government plan to improve help for parents in Swindon whose children are involved in antisocial behaviour.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      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 Tamworth.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in (a) Bath and North East Somerset and (b) South Gloucestershire in each year since 1998.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the research studies which have been (a) conducted and (b) commissioned by the Anti-Social Behaviour Unit in the last 12...

      Cautions (Recidivism Rates)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans his Department has to conduct research into recidivism rates for people issued with cautions.

      Charity Collection Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to tackle bogus charity door-to-door collectors.

      Charity Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much is expected to be saved as a result of meeting civil service workforce reductions targets in the Charity Commission.

      Charity Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the target level of employment expressed as full time equivalents is in the Charity Commission for April 2008.

      Charity Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what total efficiency savings were achieved by the Charity Commission in 2004–05; and whether these count towards current efficiency...

      Charity Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much of efficiency savings targets for the Charity Commission are to be cashable; and under what budget headings these cashable...

      Charity Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what targets he has set for the Charity Commission to achieve (a) efficiency savings and (b) Civil Service workforce reductions.

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of (a) the time taken to (i) investigate and (ii) charge individuals under child protection legislation and (b)...

      Closing the Gap

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the evidential basis was for the statement in Closing the Gap that police restructuring will assist the delivery of policing in rural areas.

      Common Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on possible measures to prevent the nuisance...

      Community Engagement (Policing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of the use of (a) community beat officers and (b) community support officers in the Chorley...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate he has made of the levels of (a) violent crime, (b) car crime, (c) robbery and (d) burglary in Uxbridge constituency;...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made using the Home Office Trends in Crime model of the impact on crime rates of (a) economic and (b) demographic...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes have been made to the Home Office Trends in Crime model in the last year; and if he will make a statement.

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Criminal Cases Review Commission received in grant aid in each year since 1997.

      Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2006, Official Report, column 1094W, if he will place in the Library a list of the cases where (a)...

      Deactivated Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of violent crime using a deactivated weapon were recorded in each year since 1997–98.

      Death Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were killed by people diagnosed with a mental illness in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.

      Departmental Catering Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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...

      Departmental Catering Budget

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

      Departmental Recruitment

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

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were employed by (a) HM Prison Service Agency, (b) the Criminal Records Bureau, (c) the Forensic Science Service, (d) the...

      DNA Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there is a target for the number of DNA records to be held in the National Register by December; and if he will make a statement.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government have to improve the services offered to women seeking refuge from domestic violence in West Lancashire.

      Drug Intervention Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases in the Drug Intervention Programme (a) handling stolen goods, (b) attenuated acquisitive crime and (c) begging was the...

      Drug Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children were (a) arrested, (b) prosecuted and (c) imprisoned for (i) drugs offences and (ii) Class A drugs offences in each of the...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the extent to which the voluntary sector is used for and involved in the provision of treatment of problematic...

      Elder Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what systems are in place among law enforcement agencies to (a) record and (b) respond to cases of elder abuse.

      External Consultants

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

      Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a fund analogous to the Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund exists from which non-religious belief groups may receive grant money.

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests have been made in each year since 1997 for possession of firearms; and how many gun-related incidents have been recorded in...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of illegally held firearms in England and Wales.

      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 (a) West Lancashire and (b) the Lancashire police...

      Fraud (Bank Accounts)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the level of fraud involving (a) basic bank accounts and (b) current accounts.

      Freedom of Information

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

      Graffiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to extend the powers of local authorities to remove graffiti from private property.

      HM Inspectorate of Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which major investigations have been inspected by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary since 1997.

      Home Detention Curfew Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people convicted of (a) gun crimes and (b) drug crimes were released (i) on licence, (ii) on the Home Detention Curfew Scheme and...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the statement by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State during the debate on the Identity Card Bill, 13 February 2006,...

      Identity Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to change the operation of the deed poll system in order to prevent identity fraud.

      Internet (Terrorism)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement about progress being made to prevent internet service providers based abroad using the web to promote...

      Juvenile Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were committed by juvenile offenders in (a) Peterborough constituency and (b) the Cambridgeshire area in each quarter since...

      Life Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the shortest amount of time served by a prisoner sentenced to life imprisonment before he or she were released on licence was in each...

      Magic Mushrooms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department at what point after the implementation of the Drugs Act 2005 the advice given by the Talk to Frank helpline in relation to the status of...

      Manslaughter

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) minimum and (b) maximum sentence is for manslaughter; and what the sentencing guidelines are for that offence.

      Muslim Groups (Consultations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to ensure that, in his Department's ongoing dialogue with faith groups and representatives of British Muslims on...

      Muslim Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to ensure that prisoners who are Muslim are offered halal food.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he expects there will be a protocol or memorandum of agreement with the National Assembly for Wales to facilitate the delivery of the...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what developments he expects the (a) Prison and (b) Probation Service to make under the National Offender Management Service in the next (i)...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidence he has assessed on the impact of commissioning of probation services on standards at an operational level.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the job descriptions are of (a) regional offender managers and (b) their staff under the National Offender Management Service arrangements.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funds have been allocated to regional offender managers under the National Offender Management Service arrangements, broken down by area...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff are employed by the National Offender Management Service, broken down by region; and how many will be employed in 2006–07.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the National Offender Management Service to be fully operational.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost of (a) regional offender managers and (b) supporting staff within the National Offender Management Service was in...

      National Probation Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to give the National Probation Directorate the responsibility for appraising the proposals outlined in the discussion paper...

      National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the personnel establishment is of the National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit; and what the personnel establishment is projected...

      Operation Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria he has established with which to assess the effectiveness of Operation Trident.

      Parenting Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evaluation has been conducted of parenting orders; and if he will make a statement.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer Questions (a) 32177 and (b) 32176 tabled by the hon. Member for Lancaster and Wyre on 22 November 2005.

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted murderers released on parole in each of the last 15 years have subsequently committed murder.

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted rapists released on parole in each of the last 15 years have subsequently been convicted of rape.

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how parole boards are constituted; and against what criteria a decision to release a prisoner is made.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the annual cost of the Passport Agency Support System was in the latest year for which figures are available; (2) what records...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were prosecuted for making fake passports in the UK in each of the last seven years.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent to date on preparation for the inclusion of fingerprint biometrics in passports.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from (a) the Courts Service, (b) the Crown Prosecution Service, (c) the National Probation Directorate...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what remit the National Policing Improvement Agency will have in respect of the police forces in Wales.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he next plans to review the level of funding for police community support officers in Cambridgeshire; and if he will make a statement.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers have been introduced in (a) Wakefield, (b) Wakefield Metropolitan District Council and (c) West...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to which organisations other than the police the National Police DNA database is made available.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was at current prices of policing per head of population in Cambridgeshire in (a) 1997–98, (b) 2004–05 and (c)...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in (a) Tamworth constituency, (b) the borough of Tamworth, (c) Trent Valley division and (d)...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers have been introduced in (a) Tamworth constituency, (b) the borough of Tamworth, (c) Trent Valley...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the financial position of the pension schemes of police forces in Wales.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps have been taken to review the practice of police officers conferring before writing up their versions of an incident.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to what extent (a) the Metropolitan police and (b) other police forces are funded for the policing of major (i) commercial and (ii)...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many televisions have been purchased by the Prison Service for the use of offenders in each of the last eight years.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) full-time and (b) full-time equivalent literacy and numeracy teachers were employed by the prison service in each of the last...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) minors and (b) adults normally resident in Peterborough are serving custodial sentences.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money is being held in trust for prisoners.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many ex-prisoners from HMP Wandsworth are participating in resettlement projects.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to review the arrangements for prisoners being released before completing their sentence; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders have been released from prison in each region (a) in total and (b) on the basis of a paper dossier prepared by the...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on introducing healthy eating into prison tuckshops as (a) an incentive and (b) a punishment.

      Prisons

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

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance is given to prisons on the purchase of halal meat.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money the Prison Service receives each year as a result of charges imposed on prisoners' phone calls.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions members of the Pagan Federation have been granted chaplaincy visits in prisons in England and Wales in each of the last...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 30 June 2005, Official Report, column 1672W, on Private Finance Initiative, (1) what the total value is of assets...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances a violent offender would be released from prison without (a) consultation with the police and (b) supervision; and if...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the (a) Probation and (b) Prison Service in Wales will be managed to establish an environment capable of delivering offender management...

      Protective Police Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions individuals have been taken into protective police custody in each of the last five years.

      Public Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices for being drunk and disorderly were issued in Swindon between (a) 12 November 2004 and 24 December 2004 and...

      Public Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unauthorised demonstrations have taken place in Parliament Square since the Serious and Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 came...

      Public Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Serious and Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 in preventing unauthorised...

      Public Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been arrested for drunk and disorderly behaviour in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) Tyne and Wear, (d)...

      Public Protection Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people are covered by multi-agency public protection arrangements for level (a) one, (b) two and (c) three, broken down by...

      Racial and Religious Hatred Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to issue a consultation document on guidance for the police on the provisions contained in the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill.

      Respect Action Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much each local authority will receive to offer support to parents under the Respect action plan.

      Respect Action Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the reduction in non-car/race-related criminal damage offences cited in the Respect Action Plan is statistically significant.

      Secure Training Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which department or agency is responsible for conducting security checks on staff employed at secure training centres.

      Secure Training Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which department or agency is responsible for drawing up guidelines for the use of restraint of young people in secure training centres.

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were on the sex offenders register on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many of those are on the...

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are on the Sex Offenders Register; and how many of those are on for life.

      Slave Trade Abolition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department's working party on the commemoration of the abolition of the slave trade last met; and what conclusions it reached.

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables have been recruited in (a) the Trent Valley division, (b) Staffordshire and (c) England and Wales since the...

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what average number of hours per week was worked by a special constable in (a) the Trent Valley Division, (b) Staffordshire and (c) England...

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding his Department has allocated to the special constables scheme in each year it has been running in (a) the Trent Valley Division,...

      Suicide Bombers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice he has given (a) police officers and (b) the general public on identifying potential suicide bombers; and if he will make a statement.

      Supervision Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were the subject of supervision orders under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and previous legislation in each of the four...

      Supervision Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have been the subject of supervision orders under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and previous legislation in each of the...

      Tail Docking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted for illegal tail docking of dogs in each of the last five years.

      Terrorists (Detention)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the police forces which made individual recommendations to his Department on the extension of the maximum pre-charge...

      Under-age Drinking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will increase the penalty for shopkeepers who sell alcohol to young people who are underage.

      Violent Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) murders, (b) manslaughters, (c) attempted murders, (d) rapes, (e) burglaries and (f) other acts of violence against the person...

      Violent Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on violent crime in Greater Manchester; and what steps he has taken to address the problem.

      Voluntary Sector Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Kettering from the Minister for the Cabinet Office, of 7 November 2005, Official Report, column...

      Women Police Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which police forces in England and Wales refer to women police constables as WPCs; (2) what criteria are used in deciding whether...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) the capacity and (b) the population is of each young offender institution.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the levels of re-offending by young offenders were in each year between 2001–02 and 2005–06.

      Youth Justice Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding the Youth Justice Board received in 2004–05 for the Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme for young offenders.

  • House of Lords

    • Anti-social Behaviour: Westminster

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 9 January (WA 2), when the Anti-social Behaviour Unit will report on the work being done under...

    • Armed Forces: Defence Planning Assumptions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body report of February 2006 (Cm 6740, paragraph 2.68) which states that "the Services have now been...

      Armed Forces: Nurses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body report of February 2006 (Cm 6740, paragraph 3.21) which addressed the "MoD's lack of urgency in...

      Aviation Health: Contaminated Air

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of the Building Research Establishment's investigation of cabin air quality for the Civil Aviation Authority, whether the establishment receives income...

      Aviation Health: Contaminated Air

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What details the Civil Aviation Authority holds in relation to the following contaminated air incidents that occurred on the following dates to British Aerospace...

      Aviation Health: Contaminated Air

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What details the Civil Aviation Authority holds in relation to the following contaminated air incidents that occurred on the following dates to Bombardier Dash 8...

      Aviation: Global Positioning System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What shortcomings have been found in the global positioning system (GPS) that have required the Civil Aviation Authority to initiate a programme of GPS trial...

      Aviation: Global Positioning System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the integrity of the global positioning system for cross-country navigation in the United Kingdom is satisfactory.

      Belfast: Security Barriers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which public bodies, individuals and organisations have made representations to have the security barriers at Lower Chichester Street, Belfast, (a) removed, and...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, having regard to the priority guidance contained in the nationality instructions, they will confirm that reconsideration of applications refused under the...

      Crime: Samurai Swords

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to reduce the number of violent incidents in which samurai swords and other bladed weapons are used.

      Crime: Samurai Swords

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will carry out a public consultation exercise to explore options for regulating the use of samurai swords and other bladed weapons.

      Defence Research: QinetiQ

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Sir John Chisholm informed Ministers of the extent to which he was likely to derive financial benefits from the floating of QinetiQ; and, if so, when.

      Defence Research: QinetiQ

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the arrangements by which Sir John Chisholm was able to benefit by over £20 million from the flotation of QinetiQ were first proposed by him to a...

      Disability: Employment Advisers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of disability employment advisers employed by Jobcentre Plus have received deaf awareness training (a) throughout the United Kingdom, and (b) in...

      Education: Northern Ireland Post-primary Provision

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Rooker on 31 January (WA 27 and WA 28), whether the Costello report on post-primary education in Northern Ireland is (a)...

      Employment: East Antrim

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide a summary of the work undertaken by the East Antrim employment task force since its formation in 2001.

      EU: UK Membership

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answer by the Lord Triesman on 25 January (HL Deb, col. 1181), what is the justification for his statement in relation to (a) the Global Europe...

      Extraordinary Rendition Flights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 20 December 2005 (WA 251–52) and 17 January (WA 99), whether the police, immigration or...

      Families: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Northern Ireland Department of Health and Social Services has a policy and programme to support the organisation Contact in its work with separated...

      Firearms: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances in Northern Ireland a firearm can be deemed to be lawfully held by an individual who is not a member of the security forces; and Whether,...

      Government Departments: Executive Agencies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which are the main statutory documents and related material which they have published concerning the origin, status and responsibilities of each of the agencies...

      Heathrow Airport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much time the European Union Transport Directorate allowed for the implementation of measures before it downgraded the security status at Heathrow airport.

      Heathrow Airport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which government body and private organisations are responsible for standards of security at Heathrow airport.

      Higher Education: Race Relations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the view of the Commission for Racial Equality on the performance of higher education institutions in meeting their obligations under the Race Relations...

      Housing: Rent Restructuring

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the results of their recent review of the rent restructuring policy for social housing; and what action they will take as a result.

      Immigration: Criminal Convictions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures are being taken by the Immigration and Nationality Directorate to monitor the incidence of criminal convictions among those who apply for asylum or...

      Invest Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans Invest Northern Ireland has to promote inward investment in East Antrim.

      Invest Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What level of financial assistance has been provided by Invest Northern Ireland, in each year since 2000, to (a) the Larne Borough Council area; (b) the...

      NHS: Anti-depressants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why there were over 80,000 prescriptions of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor anti-depressants to people under 18 years old in 2005, bearing in mind expert...

      NHS: Anti-depressants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evidence there is that the side effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor anti-depressants are less significant when prescribed for conditions other...

      NHS: Antrim and Whiteabbey

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the average waiting time in the accident and emergency department has been at (a) Antrim Area Hospital; and (b) Whiteabbey Area Hospital since March 2005.

      NHS: Antrim and Whiteabbey

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the average waiting time for (a) outpatients; and (b) inpatients at Antrim Area Hospital and Whiteabbey Area Hospital since March 2005.

      NHS: Dentistry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many patients on average National Health Service dentists treat each year.

      NHS: Larne

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are plans to develop further the Moyle Hospital in Larne.

      Northern Ireland Assembly

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which posts in the Northern Ireland Assembly were filled in 2005; and for which posts staff have been recruited in 2006 or are currently being sought.

      Northern Ireland National Stadium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the agreements they have made with the major sporting bodies in Northern Ireland involved in the...

      Northern Ireland National Stadium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 31 January (WA 34) concerning the proposed national stadium at the Maze site in Northern Ireland, in what form...

      Northern Ireland National Stadium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether their proposals for a national stadium for Northern Ireland at the Maze require modification of the road system in that area; if so, what is the estimated...

      Northern Ireland National Stadium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many sites in Northern Ireland have been considered for the proposed national stadium; when persons responsible for those sites were approached; which...

      Northern Ireland National Stadium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a report was prepared during the 1980s into the siting of a national stadium for Northern Ireland; and, if so, what was its conclusion.

      Northern Ireland: Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 11 January (WA 67), whether the Probation Board for Northern Ireland requested a performance report on the...

      Northern Ireland: Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 18 January (WA 115) concerning the Arts Council for Northern Ireland, why it is not possible to state the exact...

      Northern Ireland: Joint Authority Arrangements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have assessed the possible impact of the de facto joint authority arrangements announced by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on 9 February...

      Northern Ireland: Prisoners' Groups

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 31 January (WA 37) concerning a grant of £41,712 for the North Belfast Prisoners Aid, whether they will...

      Northern Ireland: Victims' Groups

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 10 November 2005 (WA 106) on victims' groups in Northern Ireland in respect of funding, whether they will place...

      Northern Ireland: Victims' Groups

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 31 January (WA 38) concerning grant aid of £146,744 for the WAVE Trauma Centre, whether they will place a...

      Official Gifts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide a breakdown of gifts received by Ministers with a value of over £140 between June 1997 and April 2001; and, in each case, what was...

      Official Gifts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is the responsibility of the Minister or the relevant department to ensure that gifts received overseas worth more than the normal travellers' allowance...

      Official Gifts: Ministry of Defence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which gifts received overseas by Ministers within the Ministry of Defence since 2000 have been declared to HM Revenue and Customs on return to the United Kingdom...

      Official Gifts: Prime Minister

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether each gift valued over £140 and received by the Prime Minister in 2003–04 continues to be held by the Prime Minister's Office, as detailed by the...

      Official Gifts: Prime Minister

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each gift received overseas over the normal travellers' allowance that was subsequently purchased in a personal capacity by the Prime Minister since June 2001,...

      Official Gifts: Treasury

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which gifts received overseas by Ministers in HM Treasury since 2000 have been declared to HM Revenue and Customs on return to the United Kingdom as being over the...

      Passports: Interviews

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Where they propose to locate the new passport interview offices in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland; and What is the estimated cost of (a) setting up, and (b)...

      Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would the annual cost savings be of (a) postponing the payable date for state pensions until age 67 instead of 65; and (b) of making public sector pensions...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 11 January (WA 76), why they will not answer parliamentary Questions relating to the procedures and processes...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many weapons for use with attenuating energy projectiles are held by the Police Service of Northern Ireland's East Belfast District Command Unit; what...

      Police: Crime Prevention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, subject to local requirements, priority is given to particular types of crime when allocating police time and resources, in particular to crime prevention.

      Prisons: Commissioning and Contestability Stakeholder Group

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who are the members of the commissioning and contestability stakeholder group set up by the Home Office in connection with its plans for the future of the prison...

      Schools: Belfast

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many children (a) attended nursery facilities; (b) attended primary facilities; and (c) were enrolled in each primary school in Belfast for each of the past...

      Schools: Belfast

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money has been spent on each primary school in Belfast in each of the past five years on (a) maintenance; (b) repairs; and (c) improvements.

      Schools: Belfast

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the cost of each appraisal and consultation carried out into primary education in the Belfast area in each of the past five years.

      Schools: Knockavoe Resource Centre, Strabane

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements are in place to facilitate the transfer of students at Knockavoe School and Resource Centre in Strabane to Health and Social Services Adult...

      Schools: Knockavoe Resource Centre, Strabane

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the newly built Behavioural Unit at Knockavoe School and Resource Centre in Strabane is not operational.

      Schools: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much was spent on (a) teachers and (b) ancillary staff in each school in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years.

      Single Non-emergency Number

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made on the development of the new national non-emergency number.

      Terrorism: Deportation of Suspects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they are taking to secure further diplomatic assurances from other countries regarding the deportation of suspected terrorists; whether they are...

      Urban Regeneration: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 25 January (WA 183) concerning Making Belfast Work and the Londonderry Regeneration Initiative, why it would be...

      US Government Aircraft: Use of UK Military Bases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Drayson on 9 January (WA 28), first, whether they have the right to know the names of passengers on all aircraft owned...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Rooker on 18 January (WA 124), why the bulk purchase of chocolates for the staff of Waterways Ireland in 2002 and 2003...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 31 January (WA 50) concerning Waterways Ireland, why other staff in the management group with the necessary...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 18 January (WA 124), on what dates quotations were sought for the bulk purchase of chocolates by Waterways...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What increases in pay have been awarded to the chief executive of Waterways Ireland since his appointment in 2001; and on what basis or criteria they have been awarded.

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