Written answers

Thursday, 2 March 2006

  • Treasury

    • Economic Growth (Shropshire)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of economic growth in Shropshire in 2004–05; and if he will make a statement.

    • Welfare to Work Policies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the economic effects of the welfare to work policies.

      Employment (Northern Region)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he is taking to achieve full employment in the three northern regions.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on the economy of the change in unemployment since 1997.

      Pensioner Household Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to increase pensioner household incomes.

      Tonnage Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Department for Transport on the review of the tonnage tax.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on levels of overpayment of tax credits.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the cost to public funds of errors in the tax credit system.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Northern Ireland have been awarded tax credits who had income of (a) £10,000 to £19,999, (b) £20,000 to £29,999, (c)...

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on progress on the implementation of the Gershon review of public sector efficiency.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claims were made for child benefit after the death of (a) a child and (b) a newly born child in the last year for which figures are available.

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to encourage greater take-up of Child Trust Fund vouchers by those parents who have not done so to date.

      Debt Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress he has made on 100 per cent. bilateral and 100 per cent. multilateral debt relief for the poorest countries.

      Green Taxes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of tax income came from green taxes in (a) 1997 and (b) 2005.

      Income Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the income per head in the Peterborough constituency was in each of the last five years.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many residents in the Peterborough constituency paid inheritance tax in each of the last five years.

      Office for National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps have been taken to ensure that the Register for Births, Marriages and Deaths will not suffer from inaccuracies as a result of the Office for...

      Population (West Lancashire)

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

      Public Sector Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate total public sector pension liabilities on the basis of discount rates of (a) inflation plus 3.5 per cent., (b) inflation plus 2.8 per...

      Tax Yield (Businesses)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the taxation yield from (a) small and medium sized businesses, (b) large businesses and (c) business taxes in total in each...

      Taxpayers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many taxpayers there were in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in each year since 1992–93.

      Taxpayers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Milton Keynes paid (a) income tax and (b) the top rate of income tax in each of the last eight years.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2006, Official Report, column 1398W, on the Valuation Office Agency, how many full-time equivalent staff (a) are...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency has access to data held within the National Land and Property Gazetteer.

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Prime Minister whether any (a) employee of his office, (b) person engaged by his office as a consultant and (c) paid adviser is a member of the House of Lords; and if he will make a...

  • Transport

    • Railway Crime Incidents (Swansea)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many railway crime incidents were reported to the British Transport Police in the Swansea area in 2004–05; and if he will make a statement.

    • Railway Track

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of railway track have been replaced in each of the past 20 years; what the average age was of the replaced track; and what proportion of...

      Violent Offences (Public Transport)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 8 December 2005, Official Report, column 1467W, on violence against passengers, how many...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • National Farmers Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many private meetings Ministers in her Department have had with the National Farmers Union in the last three years; and...

    • Water Leakage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to encourage the water companies to reduce leakage in the water infrastructure.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what official business she undertook on her new year visit to Tunisia.

    • Voluntary Organisations (Compact Agreements)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with which voluntary organisations her Department has a formal national Compact agreement.

  • Education and Skills

    • Child Care Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many child care places have closed in each year since 1980, broken down by type.

    • Children's Information Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects the remit of the Children's Information Services to be extended to provide information for parents of children up to of age...

      Children's Information Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the draft guidance on information sharing for all practitioners who work with children, young people and...

      Lifelong Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made in introducing a new accountability system for (a) funding, (b) planning, (c) monitoring, (d) audit and (e)...

      National Service Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the implementation of the National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services.

      Procurement Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she has taken to improve procurement in the children, young people and families sector; and what savings have been made as a...

      Student Bankruptcies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many undergraduate students declared themselves bankrupt in London in 2005.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of changes in the Foundation Stage Profile results for Sure Start Local Programme areas in the last three years.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the management costs imposed by local authorities for the administration of Sure Start.

      University Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of university places in England have been taken up by pupils from each (a) socioeconomic class and (b) income decile in each...

      University Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for South Holland and The Deepings (Mr. Hayes) of 2 February 2006, Official Report, columns...

      Voluntary Organisations (Compact Agreements)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills with which voluntary organisations the Department has a formal national Compact agreement.

  • Scotland

    • Arbuthnott Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the costs of the Arbuthnott Commission Report were; and if he will make a statement.

    • Arbuthnott Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list the membership of the Arbuthnott Commission; and what remuneration was paid to each member for serving on the Commission.

      Arbuthnott Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with Scottish Executive Ministers on the Arbuthnott Commission Report; and if he will make a statement.

      Electricity Pylons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the erection of new electricity pylons in Scotland as it affects (a) energy and (b) planning policy is a (i) reserved and (ii) devolved matter.

      Solvent Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he had with the Department of Trade and Industry on consumer protection measures to protect the public in Scotland from solvent abuse.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Commonwealth Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make Commonwealth Day a national holiday.

    • Public School Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the recent statement of objections by the Office of Fair Trading on exchange of information by public schools...

      Voluntary Organisations (Compact Agreements)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry with which voluntary organisations the Department has a formal national Compact agreement.

      Weights and Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2006, Official Report, column 2324W, on full pint legislation, when he expects to publish proposals for...

  • Defence

    • Apache Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2006, Official Report, column 1079W, on Apache helicopters, what original date was set for the provision of a full...

    • Congestion Charge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to minimise the number of his Department's vehicles entering the London congestion charge zone.

      Congestion Charge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has paid for vehicles entering the London congestion charge zone in each year since it was introduced; and how much of that sum...

      Defence Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of defence contracts were awarded to BAE Systems in (a) 2002–03, (b) 2003–04 and (c) 2004–05; what the value was in...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value was of receipts from (a) royalties, (b) compensation and insurance receipts and (c) sales of licences that were (i) appropriated in aid of...

      Dog Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether the armed forces use electric shock collars to train their dogs; (2) what training methods each of the armed forces uses to train dogs;...

      Historical Wrecks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons the Government authorised Odyssey Marine Exploration to undertake salvage work on the wreck of HMS Sussex.

      Injured Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were awarded a war pension in each of the past five years, broken down by the type of injury and illness for which they were awarded.

      Joint Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what joint training exercises have been conducted between the Royal Air Force, Army and Royal Marines with their equivalent counterparts in the armed...

      Leaf Class Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) officers and (b) crew are carried on each Leaf class tanker.

      Leaf Class Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Leaf class tankers are available; and at what notice in each case.

      Military Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK citizens under 45 years of age have undertaken basic military training.

      Mine Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department have made of the use of unmanned surface vehicles in mine clearance.

      Navigation Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of documents (a) DCI 305/4, (b) the GPS Office charter and (c) DIN 2005DIN08–013 relating to global...

      Nuclear Deterrent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with (a) Ministers and (b) officials from other Departments on the renewal of the British nuclear deterrent; and if he will...

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the maximum number of employees of QinetiQ with experience of acquisitions and mergers was (a) before and (b) after the sale of 34 per cent....

      RMP Buildings (Chichester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether decisions have been taken about the future use of the land and buildings until recently occupied by the Royal Military Police in Chichester; and...

      Sea Harriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from the Indian Government concerning the possible purchase of surplus UK Sea Harriers; and if he will make a statement.

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely impact on UK security of future depletion of natural resources; and if he will make a statement.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the merits of the Afghan poppy crop being bought by richer nations and converted into morphine for...

    • Afghanistan

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

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made on the establishment of a donors conference for Angola; and if he will make a statement.

      Auditing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) the Auditor-General and his Department and (b) the internal departmental...

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of people who are residing in internally displaced persons' camps in Darfur; and what estimate...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the distribution of aid in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what monitoring of the use of UK aid to the Democratic Republic of the Congo is undertaken by his Department; and if he will make a...

      Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the impact of EU agricultural policies on people in developing countries; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on reconstruction in Iraq between April 2003 and December 2005.

      Iraq

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

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the cost to his Department was of (a) preparing and (b) deploying contracted (i) civil service and (ii) non-civil service (A) UK...

      Mauritius

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

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what alternative channels of funding to the Palestinians are being considered should Hamas refuse to renounce violence and...

      Parliamentary Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action the Government are taking to support the capacity of (a) parliaments, (b) parliamentarians and (c) parliamentary officials...

      South Africa

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

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what baseline figures he is using for assessing progress on his Department's targets to reduce (a) the total number of civil service...

      Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development from which budget his Department's donation to the tsunami relief effort was taken.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carers (Housing Benefit)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what provision is made for the accommodation needs of carers in housing benefit assessments.

    • Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many child support cases on the CS2 system were assessed under a default maintenance decision in each year since 2003.

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) internal and (b) external legal advisers have been consulted by the Child Support Agency since August 2005 over the case of Mr....

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for Child Support Agency staff numbers for the period 2005 to 2008; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of applications were cleared by the Child Support Agency because (a) a maintenance calculation was made and a...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were employed by the Child Support Agency in each year between 2000 and 2005.

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason he has not published the review of the Child Support Agency undertaken by the chief executive and completed in December 2005.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of housing benefit in the most recent period for which figures are available; how many had their housing...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many housing benefit claims in 2004–05 were subject to each rate of non-dependant deduction.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people with a learning disability claimed incapacity benefits in each year since 1997.

      National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many temporary national insurance numbers have been allocated in each year since 1997.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he intends to answer questions (a) 19191 and (b) 19192 tabled by the hon. Member for Lancaster and Wyre on 18 October.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will reply to (a) Question 38218, on security of data, tabled on 13 December 2005 and (b) Question 30081, on over-paid benefits, tabled...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff were employed by (a) the Pension Service in the UK and (b) each pension centre at the end of each of the last 18 months for...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Office for Public Service Reform

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether he has abolished the Office for Public Service Reform; and if he will make a statement.

  • Leader of the House

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House what proposals he has received for a system for tabling parliamentary questions during recess.

    • Scottish Grand Committee

      To ask the Leader of the House how many Scottish Grand Committee meetings were held in each year since 1990; and if he will make a statement.

      Sitting Hours

      To ask the Leader of the House how many hours the House of Commons has sat this Parliament; and what proportion of those hours was spent considering private Members' Bills.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Agriculture and Rural Development (Appeals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the decisions of the independent panel which deals with appeals against decisions made by the Department of Agriculture and Rural...

    • Agriculture and Rural Development (Appeals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what are the (a) remit and (b) powers of the independent panel which deals with appeals against decisions made by the Department of Agriculture...

      Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 897W, on antisocial behaviour orders, which councils sent officers for...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many letters from hon. Members to the Child Support Agency in Northern Ireland did not receive a full answer within 21 working days in the...

      Compensation Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many claims for compensation were lodged against his Department arising out of terrorist incidents at (a) the Royal group of hospitals, (b)...

      Consultant Radiologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans his Department has (a) to review the training and (b) to conduct retraining of consultant radiologists in relation to breast cancer...

      Disabled Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2006, Official Report, column 1257W, on disabled parking, where the revenue raised by these fines was allocated.

      Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the average percentage change per household in regional and district combined domestic rates in each of the council...

      Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was raised in net revenue from domestic rates in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997–98; and what the estimate is for...

      Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the annual net revenue to be raised from domestic rates in Northern Ireland following rates revaluation.

      Home Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 900W, on Home Start, whether indicative funding allocations to the Home Start...

      Industrial De-rating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the change in net revenue following the termination of industrial de-rating in Northern Ireland.

      Invoices (Non-payment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total amount of credit lost to each Department in Northern Ireland through failure to pay invoices within the stated deadline was in...

      Knife Amnesty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will introduce in Northern Ireland a knives amnesty along the lines of that operating in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Knife Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what discussions he has had with the Police Service of Northern Ireland on tackling knife crimes; and what steps he is taking to tackle...

      Lisanelly Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he made of the merits of including the Lisanelly barracks site in Omagh in the Reinvestment and Reform Initiative; and if he...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when each of the multiple sclerosis patients waiting to commence (a) beta interferon and (b) glatiramer in the Southern Health Board area was...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many multiple sclerosis patients have commenced beta interferon or glatiramer treatment in the Southern Health Board area in each of the...

      Post-primary Education Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if the Government will extend the final submission date for the public consultation on post-primary education to take account of the recent...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of electricity was obtained from renewable energy sources by public sector buildings in Northern Ireland in (a) 2003, (b) 2004...

      Speeding Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many speeding fines in Belfast's (a) East, (b) South, (c) West and (d) North district command units remained unpaid in the last year for...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new jobs were created in the tourism sector in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

  • Health

    • Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the (a) safety and (b) efficacy of memantine for use with moderately severe to severe Alzheimer's disease patients; and...

    • Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the method of measuring quality of life undertaken by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for patients with Alzheimer's...

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Government's policy is on the provision of drug treatments on the NHS for those in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.

      Ambulance Staff (Abuse)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many violent incidents there have been involving staff of the East Anglian Ambulance Service in the course of their duties in each of the last five years.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the additional pathology capacity which would be necessary to test all women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer for...

      Audiologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS audiologists there are in Bedfordshire; and if she will make a statement.

      Cadaveric Donations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cadaveric donations of organs there were in England in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and what the refusal rate was...

      Cervical Smear Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of women received the results of their cervical smear test from their primary care trust (a) within four weeks, (b) between four and six...

      Colon Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made of the reasons underlying the lower survival rate for colon cancer in England than in (a) Germany and (b) the United...

      Defibrillators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her opinion piece in The Independent on 19 January, what the evidential basis is for her statement that 681 defibrillators have saved 68 lives...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department has (a) evaluated and (b) commissioned on (i) Alzheimer's disease and (ii) senile dementia.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists have been registered with the General Dental Council in England in each year since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental practices in each local authority in England accepted NHS patients in each year since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists were registered in each of the last 30 years.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is planning to take to ensure NHS dental provision for the elderly in England.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 December 2005, Official Report, column 2139W, on dentistry, if she will provide a breakdown of the new NHS dentists by...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists are on the current NHS dental contract in each primary care trust in England.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to ensure that all children are being covered by NHS dental care provision.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she has met the British Dental Association over the past six months to discuss the NHS Dental Contracts.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adults and children in England were registered with an NHS dentist in each year since 1997 in each primary care trust area.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there were in the Bournemouth area in each of the last five years.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the time taken by primary care trusts to finalise contracts with dentists.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the decision of Warrington Primary Care Trust not to fund extra dentistry in Culcheth.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 9 November 2005, Official Report, columns 17–18WS, on national health service dentistry, what the...

      Doctors (Suspensions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors have been suspended for six months or more in each quarter since April 2001; and what estimate she has made of the cost to the NHS of...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department has commissioned on the (a) recognition and (b) referral mechanism for eating disorders by (i) general practitioners and (ii)...

      Erythropoietin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is expected to make its final decision on whether it will recommend the use of erythropoietin.

      Free Eye Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to delegate responsibility for determining eligibility for free eye examinations to individual primary care trusts.

      Gambling Addiction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what gambling addiction services are available in Cambridgeshire.

      Gulf War-related Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS hospitals are the main centres for the treatment of Gulf War-related illnesses.

      Gulf War-related Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what Government guidelines are available to (a) general practitioners, (b) neurologists and (c) other medical carers for the treatment of ex-service...

      Haemodynamic Fluid Optimisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will instruct the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to conduct an appraisal of haemodynamic fluid optimisation.

      Health Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of Mr. Richard Douglas to the Health Committee on 6 December 2005, HC (2005–06) 736-i, on public expenditure on health...

      Health Care (Tamworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the provision of sexual health services in Tamworth.

      Health Care (Tamworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacant midwife posts there are in (a) the Staffordshire and Shropshire Strategic Health Authority area and (b) the Burntwood, Lichfield and...

      Health Care (Tamworth)

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

      Health Reform in England; Update and Next Steps"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether, in the proposed NHS reforms outlined in Health Reform in England; update and next steps" she intends that treatment for a terminally ill patient...

      Health Service Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding her Department provided for treatments for (a) cancer and (b) breast cancer in (i) Leicester and (ii) England since 1997.

      Health Services (Wakefield)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists were employed by Wakefield West Primary Care Trust in each year from 1997 to 2005.

      Herceptin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 3 November 2005, Official Report, column 1340W, on Herceptin, if she will ensure that the action plans submitted by each of the...

      Herceptin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 3 November 2005, Official Report, column 1340W, on Herceptin, whether similar action plans will be published on the prescription...

      HIV Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the availability of HIV treatment for pregnant women whose migrant status is undetermined.

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the press release issued by her Department on 6 February 2006, which 20 trusts will receive support to reduce rates of MRSA and...

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the total research budget for developing research into medicines and treatment for (a) MRSA and (b) other hospital acquired infections, in each...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many incidents involving incorrect insulin doses have occurred in hospitals in each of the last five years; and how many resulted in the death of a...

      Involuntary Automaticity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the part played by involuntary automaticity on adverse incidents in the health care system; and if she will...

      Macmillan Nurses

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

      Mammography Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to increase the availability of mammography screening for younger women in (a) Peterborough and (b) Cambridgeshire.

      Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the targets for granting marketing authorisations detailed in the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency's business plan for 2005 are...

      Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much time was taken on average to grant applications for marketing authorisation for (a) new, (b) abridged and (c) variations of over-the-counter...

      Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects the Better Regulation of Over-the-Counter Medicines Initiative to make its recommendations; and if she will make a statement;

      Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) uses to ensure that deadlines for the granting of marketing authorisations...

      Milton Keynes PCT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects a decision to be made on the future of the Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust.

      Myeloma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure that the standard of care for patients with myeloma in Hereford is the same as for patients being treated in Wales and...

      NHS Dialysis Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in (a) Leicester and (b) England receive NHS dialysis treatment.

      NHS Dialysis Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the infection rate was for patients receiving NHS dialysis treatment in the last period for which figures are available.

      NHS Litigation Authority Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether solicitors' firms on the NHS Litigation Authority panel (a) are subject to audits and (b) have their bills reviewed; to what extent they are...

      Non-medical Professional Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to publish the findings of the Foster Review of non-medical professional regulation; and if she will make a statement.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will answer the question tabled by the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham, on 31 October 2005, reference 24444, on immunisation of people...

      Pharmacist Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 February 2006, Official Report, columns 1759–64W, on pharmacist fees, what the difference is between the generic...

      Prescription Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of prescriptions were exempt from prescription charges in 2004–05; and how much was raised from prescription charges in 2004–05.

      Prescription Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to add to the NHS list of medical exemptions to prescription charges; and if she will make a statement.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance she has issued to primary care trusts on providing Herceptin to patients who are willing to pay for it.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2006, Official Report, column 1325W, on the private finance initiative (PFI), what the net present value is of...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she last met the Prostate Cancer Charity to discuss the funding of research into prostate cancer; and if she will make a statement.

      Salt Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the effects of excessive salt consumption on patients at risk of developing kidney disease; and if she will make a...

      Salt Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the effects on children at risk of developing kidney disease from consuming excessive levels of salt; (2) what...

      Sentinel Computer System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost is of implementing the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency's Sentinel IT system; and what assessment she has made of the...

      Supercentre Sterile Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultations have taken place with the Royal College of Surgeons on the estimated costs involved in the surgical instrument sets when super centre...

      Tarceva

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many NHS patients have received the cancer drug Tarceva; (2) if she will list the NHS trusts which have prescribed the cancer drug Tarceva.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Court Services (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what her assessment is of (a) the requirement for and (b) the performance of the magistrates court in Coleford, Gloucestershire.

    • Court Services (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what savings have been sought by her Department from the Courts Service in Gloucestershire; and what assessment she has made of...

      Electoral Systems

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what work is being undertaken to review electoral systems within the UK.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether (a) Ministers and (b) special advisers are informed of Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests made to their Department.

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the target time for the Information Commissioner's Office to process a case from receipt to completion; and what the...

      Judiciary

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what proportion of judges in the North East are from the North East; and if she will make a statement.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many applications for legal aid were (a) made and (b) approved in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years, broken...

      Legal Services Commisson

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the Legal Services Commission decision to cease funding specialist support and legal advice in...

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much has been spent on the establishment, development and delivery of the (a) North Liverpool Community Justice Centre and...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2006, Official Report, column 491W, on trials (location), what estimate she has made of...

      Representation Orders

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many representation orders have been granted in each court within the east midlands Government office region; and to which...

      Solicitors (Sanctions)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will seek to legislate to penalise solicitors who refuse to abide by Law Society adjudication decisions.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Casinos

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to change the planning class order on casinos from D2 to sui generis; and over what time scale.

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of people gaining access to a service through Supporting People were at risk of domestic violence in each year since 2003.

      Earnings Surveys

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) the New Earnings Survey and (b) the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings in sampling low-paid workers who...

      Earnings Surveys

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of (a) the New Earnings Survey and (b) the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings in acquiring information on the...

      Earnings Surveys

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to replace the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings with the Labour Force Survey in calculating area cost adjustments.

      Earnings Surveys

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of estimates of regional wage variations in West Sussex by (a) the New Earnings Survey and (b) the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings.

      Earnings Surveys

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to undertake a review of the geographical rules used in area cost adjustments in the South of England.

      Earnings Surveys

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to abandon lower limits on labour cost adjustment figures.

      Firefighters

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether there are incentives for employers to allow employees (a) to start and (b) to continue to work as retained firefighters; and whether he plans to introduce...

      Halfway Reservoirs, Sheppey

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the capacity of reservoirs one and two in Halfway, Sheppey.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) of 9 February 2006, Official Report, column 1425W, on local government finance, whether his...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was allocated to Nottinghamshire county council for (a) 2006–07 and (b) each year since 1996–97 in (i) cash and (ii) real terms.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many special grants have been issued to local authorities, since January 2001; and for what purposes.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was held in reserves by each (a) county council, (b) unitary authority and (c) district council in England on 1 February.

      Local Government Pension Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will reply to the letter sent to him by the hon. Member for Brent East, dated 21 November 2005, regarding the Local Government Pension Scheme, in respect...

      Local Government Restructuring

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the meetings that (a) he and (b) civil servants in his Department have had with local authority (i) officials and (ii) representatives concerning...

      Lyons Inquiry

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) of 8 February 2006, Official Report, column 1247W, on the Lyons Inquiry, whether his Office...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) when his Department will start the urgent review of local authority positive planning for renewable energy policies announced in Standing Committee C on 9...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the UK Government have had with the US Administration about changes in the military and security use of...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government have taken to support the Burmese trade union movement.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent advice his Department has offered Orient Express on their investments in Burma.

      Christian Minorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made on the treatment of Christians to the Government of (a) Egypt, (b) Saudi Arabia, (c)...

      Civil Service Secondees

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

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the Parliamentary Under Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, will reply to the letters of (a) 7 and 11 November 2005...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with particular reference to the...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent on advertising by (a) his Department, (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency for...

      Foreign Travel (Health and Safety)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government takes to promote health and safety awareness among (a) UK citizens undertaking the Hajj to Saudi...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Iraqi policemen have been trained since the end of the war; and how many more are expected to be trained and ready to...

      Nuclear Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in developing the international non-proliferation regime since the June 2005 Non-Proliferation...

      Nuclear Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UK took during the UK presidency of the European Union to secure European commitments on non-proliferation and...

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of the population in Rwanda are living below the poverty line.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has held with the African Unity Organisation concerning the governance of Somalia; and if he will make a...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts at the UN regarding measures to address the conflict in northern...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the violence associated with the recent elections in Uganda.

      Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the acts of vandalism which have been perpetrated (a) inside and (b) on the outside of his Department's...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to bring human rights abuses in Zimbabwe to the attention of the international community;...

  • Home Department

    • Assets Recovery Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress the Assets Recovery Agency is making in recovering assets under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002; and if he will make a statement.

    • Biometric Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the countries which (a) require and (b) will soon require UK citizens to have biometric facial, iris and fingerprint scan...

      Biometric Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the annual income from the proposed charge for a biometric passport and identity card in each of the first three...

      Biometric Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 28 July 2005, Official Report, column 1448W, on biometric information, whether the UK Passport Service has...

      Biometric Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what basis he assesses the cost of a biometric passport as accounting for 70 per cent. of the cost of the passport and identity card.

      Biometric Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many biometric passports have been issued to date; and how many he expects will be issued by October 2006.

      Cohesion and Faiths Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on the new database for the Cohesion and Faiths Unit; (2) how many people have responded to a request for...

      Community Engagement (Policing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) community police officers and (b) community support officers are working in the Chorley constituency.

      Community Legal Service Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the annual usage of Community Legal Service Direct has been in (a) England and Wales and (b) the London borough of Croydon since its...

      DNA Profiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2005, Official Report, column 2890W, on DNA profiles, how many of the 139,463 people were perceived to...

      DNA Profiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many DNA profiles of individuals (a) under 24 years and (b) over 24 years not convicted of a criminal offence normally resident in...

      Enrolment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 940W, on enrolment centres, if he will list the criteria that will be used...

      Extraditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many extraditions the Government have (a) requested and (b) granted in each of the last seven years.

      Gating Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many gating orders have been made under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, broken down by local authority.

      Home Detention Curfew Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been released on the Home Detention Curfew Scheme.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether radio frequency technology will be used in identity cards.

      Life Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those sentenced to mandatory life imprisonment were released after less than (a) 12 years, (b) eight years and (c) six years in...

      National Youth and Community Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 February 2006, Official Report, columns 1982–83W, on the National Youth and Community Service, what the...

      Operation Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Operation Trident in reducing gun crime; and if he will make a statement.

      Passport Applicants (Personal Interviews)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what calculation was used to arrive at the 19-minute average travelling time for first-time applicants for passports under the new...

      Police Restructuring

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Chief Constable of Kent about police restructuring since the consultation period on police restructuring...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what services to the public which are provided by his Department are available from the Post Office.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) free and (b) payphone telephones are available for remand prisoners in each prison holding remand prisoners in England and Wales.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received on the planned changes to the structure and role of the Probation Service.

      Public Services (Voluntary Organisations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what obstacles he has identified to voluntary organisations providing a larger share of public services; what steps he proposes to take to...

      Reconviction Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reconviction rate for adult offenders was in (a) the last period for which figures are available and (b) 1997.

      Respect Action Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much each local authority will receive for activities for young people under the Respect Action Plan in the next three financial years.

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of prisoners convicted of sexual offences maintained their innocence and refused to participate in the Sex...

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of prisoners convicted of sexual offences participated in the Sex Offender Treatment Programme in prison and on...

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is compulsory for individuals convicted of sexual offences who maintain their innocence to participate in the Sex Offender...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many British citizens were born in Somalia.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether special advisers in his Department receive an IT allowance.

      Street Level Up Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been arrested for Class A drug offences through the Street Level Up Programme.

      Volunteering

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received on voluntary organisations adhering to a code of practice on the status and treatment of long-term...

      Wire Tapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) he, (b) any UK Minister and (c) any official of the UK Government has authorised any warrantless wiretapping since 1997.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Joint Strike Fighter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: The Answer printed on Monday 27 February 2006 was incorrect. The correct version appears below. What additional representations they will make to the government of...

    • Afghanistan: Opium Crop

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What herbicides are used for opium crop destruction by the allied forces in Afghanistan.

      Agriculture: Grassland-based Sustainable Research

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the 12.5 per cent reduction in financial support for grassland-based sustainable research is to be apportioned among the subject areas concerned; and Whether...

      Agriculture: Grassland-based Sustainable Research

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions, if any, at ministerial level took place between the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Welsh Assembly Government before...

      Agriculture: Higher Level Stewardship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applications for Higher Level Stewardship farm management have been made; how many have been returned as incomplete or incorrect; and how many have been...

      Agriculture: Higher Level Stewardship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the annual budgets for 2005–06 and 2006–07, broken down region by region, for Higher Level Stewardship.

      Agriculture: Higher Level Stewardship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the range of payment per hectare for Higher Level Stewardship.

      Agriculture: Higher Level Stewardship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are priority areas for the application of Higher Level Stewardship; and, if so, what were the criteria for selecting them.

      Agriculture: Single Regeneration Budget

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much of the single regeneration budget is spent in the countryside in the current year, expressed in (a) monetary, and (b) percentage terms.

      Animal Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the objectives of the Animal Health Foresight Project; and what role the Government have in the proceedings and outcome of the project.

      Animal Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the portable real time polymerase chain reaction tests for diagnosis of foot and mouth disease have been validated by the World Organisation for Animal...

      Animal Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is a frequent exchange of research findings between the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' animal health researchers and the...

      Animal Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How, taking into account working practices in abattoirs, they propose to ensure that sheep thought to have tuberculosis lesions found at post mortem in an abattoir...

      Animal Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether proposals for identifying sheep and goats electronically require the identification to be inserted into a part of the body other than the animal's head;...

      Civil Service: Early Retirement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many senior civil servants in the Home Office of the rank of director (grade 5) and above left the civil service prior to reaching the normal age of retirement...

      Commission for Equality and Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which department will take the lead in overseeing the work of the proposed Commission on Equality and Human Rights.

      Defra: Regional Enterprise Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the 2006–07 budgetary position with regard to the Department of Environment, Food and Regional Affairs' funding for their regional enterprise scheme...

      Energy Efficiency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement in the Energy Efficiency Innovation Review that non-compliance with the 2002 revision of building regulations produced a shortfall in...

      EU: Budget

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the last 12 month period for which comparable figures are available, what were the United Kingdom's gross financial contributions to: (a) the institutions of...

      EU: Racism and Xenophobia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Triesman on 12 January (WA 84), whether in 1997 they agreed with the use of Article 308 (then 235) of the Treaty...

      Fire and Rescue Services: Early Retirement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, when the fire and rescue services in England and Wales were restructured into their current form in 1996, any of the existing chief fire officers of the...

      Firearms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many responses they received to their consultation paper Controls on Firearms, published in May 2004; and whether they will places copies of those responses in...

      Immigration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assistance the Legal Services Commission will give to accredited solicitors to take on the immigration case work of clients of the firm Noden & Co.

      Ivy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they intend to address the threat to the survival of trees, shrubs and hedgerows from the unchecked growth of ivy.

      Official Gifts: Department for Constitutional Affairs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which gifts received overseas by Ministers within the Department for Constituional Affairs since 2000 have been declared to H M Revenue and Customs on return to...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Attenuating Energy Projectiles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many weapons were discharged by the Police Service of Northern Ireland to fire attenuating energy projectiles in each day from 10 to 15 September 2005 inclusive.

      Police Service of Northern Ireland: Attenuating Energy Projectiles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is any evidence to suggest that weapons used to fire attenuating energy projectiles by the Police Service of Northern Ireland reduce in accuracy...

      Police

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many attacks on police officers have been recorded in each year since 1990, broken down by type of assault including murder.

      Questions for Written Answer: Northern Ireland Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measurement they use when assessing performance in the time taken to answer Parliamentary Questions by the Northern Ireland Office.

      Roads: Northern Ireland A1

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average daily number of vehicles using the Northern Ireland A1 in both directions (a) between Sprucefield and Hillsborough; (b) between Lisburn and...

      Roads: Northern Ireland M1

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average daily number of vehicles using the M1 motorway in Northern Ireland in both directions and for all measured points.

      Waste Management

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 10 February (WA 128), whether it will be an offence under proposed regulations for a householder to burn any...

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