Written answers

Monday, 6 March 2006

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tonnes of aggregates were (a) quarried and (b) recycled in each of the five years (i) before and (ii) since the...

    • Airguns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government have taken to tackle misuse of air weapons against (a) domestic pets and (b) wildlife.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action is being taken to protect pets from avian influenza.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the poultry flock is registered; and what percentage of flocks of (a) above and (b) below 50 birds are...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions her Department has held with the British Veterinary Association on the introduction of pre-movement testing...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if her Department will provide assistance towards the costs of pre-movement tuberculosis testing of cattle; and if she will...

      Countryside Agency (Designations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has recently discussed with the Countryside Agency the designation of new (a) National Parks and (b) Areas of...

      Departmental Energy Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent by her Department on (a) gas and (b) electricity in 2004–05.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent by her Department on media training in each year since 1997–98.

      Farm Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the average farm income for each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if...

      Single Payment Scheme

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

      Single Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Rural Payments Agency on the efficiency and accuracy of their computer systems; and...

      Single Payment Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the Government will make provision to reimburse farmers for the interest they have lost from the single farm payment as a...

      Organic Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers in Staffordshire have been registered under the Organic Entry Level Scheme.

      Public Information

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

      Waste Incineration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's plans are to increase mass-burn incineration of waste.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to make a decision on the application for the transfer of common land on Scout Moor to facilitate the...

  • Prime Minister

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will appoint a Cabinet Minister with responsibility for British Overseas Territories.

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Prime Minister which Ministers had council tax bills on official residences paid for by Government departments since May 1997; and for how long such payments have been made.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Prime Minister how much has been spent by his Office on media training in each year since 1997–98.

      Flood Defences (Shrewsbury)

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will visit flood defences in Shrewsbury.

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has had with (a) the President of the United States and (b) the United Nations on the call from the United Nations Economic Social Research Council...

      Queen's Birthday

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's 80th birthday in his official capacity; and what assessment he has made of plans for the celebration.

      Sustainable Development Commission

      To ask the Prime Minister how often he meets the UK Sustainable Development Commission.

      Tibet

      To ask the Prime Minister when he last raised human rights in Tibet with the Chinese Government.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Museums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on public funding for regional museums.

    • Section 106 Agreements (Sports Facilities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many section 106 agreements have led to additional sports facilities since 1997.

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport If she will make a statement on her plans for future funding of the BBC through the licence fee.

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the White Paper on the BBC is expected; and what arrangements she has made for its launch.

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many complaints have been received by TV Licensing in the last 12 months in relation to records held by TV Licensing for...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of funds awarded by the Big Lottery Fund in 2004–05 went to the four original good causes.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much lottery funding each ward in each local authority in Hampshire classified as disadvantaged has received over the last three...

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the Government's targeted assistance programme for digital switchover.

      Local Authorities (Art Sales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will discourage local authorities from selling works of art as a way of balancing their budgets.

      Sports Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to increase participation in sport.

      Library Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure library services are maintained at the current level.

      Newcastle Gateshead Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her Department's involvement with the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative.

      Arts Council England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether it is Government policy to reduce the establishment of the Arts Council England; and if she will make a statement.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the policy of her Department is regarding sourcing goods from Burma.

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which places have submitted expressions of interest for super and regional casinos; and if she will make a statement.

      Cinema Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what change there has been in cinema attendance figures since 1997.

      Departmental Energy Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent by her Department on (a) gas and (b) electricity in 2004–05.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been spent by her Department on media training in each year since 1997–98.

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received from voluntary groups on the Licensing Act 2003.

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many licences for the sale of alcohol over 24 hours have been granted in (a) Swansea East and (b) Wales.

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department plans to take to encourage a worldwide Olympic truce during the 2012 London Olympics.

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what procurement guidelines are being used for contracts awarded for the 2012 London Olympics.

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what mechanisms are in place to ensure that black and ethnic minority businesses receive a representational proportion of contracts...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the East of England Steering Group for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games regarding the...

      Museums (Purchasing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will reintroduce a special grant for national galleries and museums to buy works of art that suddenly and unexpectedly come onto...

      New Opportunities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money has been (a) committed and (b) distributed by the New Opportunities Fund since its creation.

      Sports Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what role the Government plans for (a) local sports councils and (b) sports trusts.

      Wembley Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the construction of Wembley stadium.

      World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which of the stadium venues for this year's football World Cup she has visited.

  • Transport

    • A5 Ring Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had about upgrading the A5 ring road in Shrewsbury as an alternative to the north west relief road.

    • Aircraft Movements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to establish on how many occasions since 1 January 2001 US-registered aircraft (a) N44982, formerly N8068V and N379P and (b)...

      Bingley Relief Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people are waiting for compensation payments agreed with his Department for the work carried out on the Bingley relief road; and when he...

      Digital Smart Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) company, (b) vehicle and (c) driver digital smart cards he expects to have been issued by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency by 1 May...

      Driving Hours Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the merits of extending the hours rules to cover drivers of (a) school buses and (b) commercial vans.

      Driving Hours Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the merits of extending road transport drivers' hours rules to cover the drivers of cars being used for business purposes.

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will raise the age for provisional driving licences to 18 years.

      Foreign-based Freight Operators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Vehicle and Operator Services Agency lead prosecutions have taken place of (a) UK and (b) foreign-based freight operators over the last five years.

      Haulage Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the last review of the regulation of the UK's haulage industry was carried out.

      Haulage Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the prospects for the UK haulage industry; and what estimate he has made of the number of commercial haulage...

      HGV Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and for what offences (a) non-UK-based and (b) UK-based HGV drivers were prosecuted in the UK in 2005.

      HGV Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the (a) demand for and (b) supply of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers in the UK; and how many HGV drivers are...

      HGV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many non-UK EU nationals have been issued with a UK heavy goods vehicle licence in the last two years.

      HGV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many heavy goods vehicles operator licences have been (a) revoked and (b) partially revoked in the last five years.

      Historic Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure that the operation of the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 does not prevent the use of historic vehicles for tourist...

      Identity Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress is being made by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in reducing identity fraud via the misuse of driving licences.

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many large goods vehicles not owned by fleets with a British O licence used British roads in 2004–05; (2) what estimate he has made of...

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) goods and (b) heavy goods vehicle registrations were issued in each of the last five years.

      Lay-bys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department's policy is on the frequency of lay-bys on (a) express ways and (b) A roads; and what estimate he has made of the cost of creating...

      M20

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions the Highways Agency has had with Maidstone borough council concerning the resurfacing between junctions 8 and 9 of the M20.

      Motorway Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received during the past two years in respect of the regulations in force regarding the operation of motorway service...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the proportion of trains running between Doncaster and Sheffield that stop at Rotherham Central station.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what account will be taken of representations from the East Midlands regional assembly in deciding on the future of the Asfordby to Edwalton railway...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Department expects to meet Network Rail to discuss the findings of Network Rail's review of the provision of railway test facilities in the UK.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria he used in taking the decision not to take over the ownership and operation of the Asfordby to Edwalton railway test track.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of the impact on future railway industry development and research of the closure of the Asfordby to Edwalton railway test...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions have taken place with interested parties on the future of the Asfordby to Edwatton railway test track.

      Road Accidents (Sheppey)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic fatalities there have been on Jenkins Hill, Sheppey, in the last 30 years.

      Road Accidents (Sheppey)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from Kent county council on road safety, on Jenkins Hill in Sheppey.

      Road Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the introduction of road charging for hauliers based on road usage.

      Road Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria he will use to determine the location of initial pilots for road pricing schemes; and what the timescale for implementation is.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress is being made in dissuading motorists from using hand-held mobile telephones whilst driving.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to publicise the requirement for children under the height of 1.3 metres to use an appropriate booster seat in road vehicles;...

      Roads Funding (Kent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding from his Department Kent county council has received for its roads budget in each year since 1997.

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what improvements are to be made to (a) First Great Western Trains and (b) Arriva Trains Wales rolling stock on services from Swansea under current...

      Sheppey Crossing Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding was made available by the Department to run the competition to name the Sheppey Crossing bridge linking Kent with the Isle of Sheppey.

      Tachographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to reduce the size threshold for vehicles requiring tachographs.

      Tachographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how long it will take for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to complete the issuing of the required numbers of (a) driver, (b) vehicle and (c)...

      Tachographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many tachograph analysis companies are (a) operating in the UK and (b) subcontracted by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.

      Tachographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles are forecast to be equipped with digital tachographs in the UK (a) by May 2006 and (b) in each of the next five years.

      Tachographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the supply of digital tachographs for recently registered large goods vehicles in the UK.

      Tachographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what date has been set for the introduction of the digital tachograph.

      Tachographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research he has evaluated on the quality of analysis by independent tachograph chart analysis bureaux.

      Tachographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many tachographs were issued in the UK over the last five years.

      Traffic Growth (Peterborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his projections are for traffic growth on trunk roads in Peterborough in each of the next 10 years.

      Trunk Road Resurfacing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on the Government's target outlined in the 10-year Transport Plan to resurface 60 per cent. of the trunk road network by...

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Vehicle and Operator Services Agency inspectors there were on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many are projected for...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what proportion of non-UK registered vehicles were physically checked by (a) the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and (b) the police...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the costs of compliance with the hours rule and Working Time Directive.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the consistency of approach taken by different EU member states on the monitoring of the compliance of fleets of...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the merits of requiring managers of regulated vehicle fleets to have their compliance with the hours rules and Working...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many hauliers have been prosecuted for infringements of the working time directive in the last 12 months, broken down by category of offence.

  • Treasury

    • Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the capital gains tax status is of shared ownership sales by housing associations.

    • Census Categories

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what factors determine which ethnic groups are included under the census ethnic group categories; how those factors were applied in determining whether to...

      EU Membership

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the (a) complete and (b) unfinished studies held within his Department analysing costs and benefits of EU membership.

      Financial Literacy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what initiatives he is supporting to improve financial literacy.

      Growth Forecasts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he is taking to improve the reliability of growth forecasts.

      Independent Schools

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 1008W to the hon. Member for Buckingham, on independent schools, if he will make it his...

      Insurance (Genetic Testing)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to introduce legislation that would ban insurance firms from using predictive genetic test results to decide premiums; and if he will make...

      Landfill Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider raising the landfill tax to encourage more local authorities to recycle commercial waste; and if he will make a statement.

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of lone parents are (a) in (i) full-time and (ii) part-time work and (b) not in employment; and if he will make a statement.

      Maternity Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many births there were to women resident in the Cheshire and Merseyside strategic health authority (a) in maternity hospitals, (b) in midwife-led units,...

      Media Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent by his Department on media training in each year since 1997–98.

      North-east Region (Economic Growth)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the relationship between the level of skills in the work force and economic growth in the north east region; and if he will...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will break down the number of active members of schemes referred to in Table 3.14 of Occupational pension schemes 2004: the twelfth survey by the...

      Pensions Mis-selling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason people who were mis-sold endowment policies between April and August 1988 are not (a) protected by and (b) entitled to compensation under...

      Personal Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to enable data on personal debt to be collected by county.

      Planning Gain Supplement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library copies of each response to the Treasury/Office of the Deputy Prime Minister consultation on Planning-gain Supplement.

      Population Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the population of each (a) Lancashire constituency and (b) Ribble Valley ward was according to (i) figures from the 2001 census, (ii) the most recent...

      Private Schools

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the effect on tax revenue of the charitable status of private schools in the last year for which figures are available.

      Security Industry

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are employed in the security industry in (a) Bedfordshire and (b) England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Havens

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the countries which the Government has designated as tax havens; and how many such countries are (a) British Crown Dependencies and (b)...

      Treasury Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what (a) payments and (b) bonuses were received by (i) James Wardlaw, (ii) Chris Houston and (iii) Sir Adrian Montague as remuneration for their work...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Torfaen constituency (a) under the age of 25 years and (b) over the age of 25 years were long-term unemployed in each year since 1997.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of (a) unemployment, (b) long-term unemployment and (c) youth unemployment was in Peterborough in each year since 1997; and how many...

      Winter Mortality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the excess winter mortality (a) rate and (b) numbers were for (i) those aged 65 to 80 years, (ii) those aged over 80 years and (iii) all ages in (A)...

  • International Development

    • Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid has been allocated to the Government of Tanzania for 2006–07.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Saints' Days

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what special arrangements are made by the Refreshment Department to mark (a) St George's Day, (b) St David's...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much has been spent by the Cabinet Office on media training in each year since 1997–98.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Anti-poverty Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he plans to publish the anti-poverty strategy.

    • Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many child care places there are in each ward in Northern Ireland.

      Civil Servants (Travel Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost was of official air travel for civil servants employed in each Department in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      Dangerous Wild Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to extend the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 to Northern Ireland.

      Demography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many 18 to 30-year-olds there were in each ward in Northern Ireland in the last year for which figures are available; and what percentage of...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentage of children suffered from dental caries in each ward in Northern Ireland in 2004–05, listed in descending...

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much each Department under his authority spent on taxi hire in each of the last five years, broken down by Department.

      Education Authority (Running Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the estimated running costs are over the first five years for the proposed single education authority.

      Educational Attainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of 16-year-olds left school without any qualifications in each (a) ward, (b) county and (c) constituency in Northern Ireland in...

      Efficiency Gains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what baseline figures he is using for assessing progress on his Department's targets to (a) rationalise back office functions, (b) restructure...

      Electoral Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many times police have questioned electoral office staff regarding possible electoral fraud in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are on the waiting list for single accommodation in each of the housing executive districts.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many housing units for single persons were built in Northern Ireland in the last five financial years.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what provision is being made for single housing in each of the Housing Executive districts.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) childhood and (b) adult obesity levels were in each (i) ward, (ii) county and (iii) health authority area in Northern Ireland in...

      Primary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average transport to school cost was per pupil in Northern Ireland for pupils enrolled at (a) controlled, (b) maintained and (c)...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what audits of human rights training in (a) the Police Service of Northern Ireland and (b) MI5 in Northern Ireland have been carried out by the...

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the total cost of public consultations undertaken by each Department in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been allocated to (a) the Irish-medium and (b) the integrated education sector in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      Seafood Purification Plant (Warrenpoint)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps were taken to ensure the seafood purification plant project in Warrenpoint does not duplicate services provided by other...

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

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

      Statementing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many statemented children there are in each (a) ward, (b) county and (c) constituency in Northern Ireland; and what percentage of all...

      Suicides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the suicide rate per 10,000 population was in each (a) constituency and (b) county in Northern Ireland in each of the last 30 years.

  • Home Department

    • Animal Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many procedures involving the extraction of foetal calf serum from cows were carried out in 2004.

    • Animal Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is his policy to license the extraction of foetal calf serum from cows under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

      Animal Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list (a) the four animals identified as being found dead in the immediate peri- and post-surgical period in procedures allocated a...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Kurdish asylum seekers from Turkey were (a) refused asylum in the UK and (b) deported in 2005.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) Somalian, (b) Ivorian, (c) Pakistani, (d) Algerian and (e) Iranian asylum seekers were (i) granted asylum in the UK and (ii)...

      Cash-in-transit Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research his Department has undertaken into combating cash-in-transit crime.

      Criminal Damage

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recorded cases of criminal damage there were in each police force area in (a) England and (b) England and Wales in each year since 1998.

      Driving Offences (Mobile Phones)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) £30 fixed penalties have been issued and (b) people have been taken to court for using a mobile phone while driving in each...

      Electronic Offender Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 February 2006, Official Report, column 1980W in how many of the 700 cases of damage to electronic offender...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps have been taken by regional offender managers to improve operational efficiency within the National Probation Service.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average number of arrests per police officer was in each of the last seven years in (a) Romford, (b) each London borough and (c)...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the police authorities that suggested that they would seek federation rather than amalgamation in their response to Closing...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes there have been in police numbers at basic command level in the South Wales police in each year since 1997; and if he will make...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost was of housing a prisoner in a low security prison in 2004–05.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners underwent treatment for drugs dependence in Lancashire in each of the last five years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on unaccompanied prison visits by teenage family members of prisoners.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the long-term cost effectiveness of (a) building new prison facilities and (b) making year-on-year repairs to...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the annual cost has been per patient at (a) Rampton hospital, (b) Broadmoor hospital and (c) HM prison Grendon in each of the last three...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of prisoners at HM prison Springhill are from the Thames Valley area.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the average number of transfers between prisons that a category A prisoner will make before trial over a...

      Public Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of (a) anti-social behaviour and (b) alcohol-related crime there have been in (i) the Wiltshire constabulary area and (ii)...

      Public Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices were issued in Swindon for (a) public order offences and harassment and (b) selling alcohol to minors between...

      Public Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effectiveness of (i) antisocial behaviour orders and (ii) fixed...

      Rape Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of contested prosecutions for rape in the Lancashire police force area have resulted in a conviction in each of the last five...

      Recovered Property (Charges)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last reviewed the statutory fees payable by the victim for the recovery from police of their property.

      Recovered Property (Charges)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was charged in total to victims of theft from vehicles for recovery of their property by each police authority in 2004–05.

      Recovered Property (Charges)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many victims of vehicle theft refused to pay the fee for release of their property from the police in 2004–05 in each police...

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time taken to achieve parole was by those who (a) participated and (b) did not participate in the Sex Offender...

      Stolen Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long recovered stolen vehicles are kept by each police authority before disposal where (a) the victims of the theft refuse to pay the...

      Stolen Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how each police authority disposes of recovered stolen vehicles (a) which remain unclaimed and (b) where the owner is unable to pay a fee to...

      Yarl's Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many detainees at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre, Bedfordshire on 8 November had been detained for (a) up to one week, (b) between...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Baby Changing Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received regarding the safety of parents and babies in public baby changing facilities.

    • Benefit Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mechanisms are in place to assess the eligibility of benefit claimants who are UK citizens resident in foreign countries.

      Energy Costs

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

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Freedom of Information applications his Department has received; how many have taken more than 20 days to process; and how many of...

      Gas Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Department has taken to implement the Health and Safety Commission's Fundamental Review of Gas Safety recommendation for a levy...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average time taken to process a claim for jobseeker's allowance was in (a) England and (b) each region in each month from April...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people have been helped by New Deal for Young People in Swindon.

      Pensions Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the reasons are for the delay in publishing the regulations and codes of practice under the Pensions Act 2004.

      Statutory Instruments

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

  • Trade and Industry

    • Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what criteria were applied by the Export Credits Guarantee Department when deciding to support the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline.

    • Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline project was completed on time and on budget in 2005.

      Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the causes of delays in the commissioning of the Turkey section of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline.

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the nature was of the claim made against the British Geological Survey in Bangladesh; and if he will make a statement.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to seek provision for the separate representation of British overseas territories at future World Trade Organisation talks.

      Censorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what advice his Department issues to British companies operating overseas on censorship.

      Cigarette Lighters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Government will take steps to ensure the introduction of fire safety cigarette lighters into the UK.

      Coal Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much coal was imported into the UK in 2005; and what the main sources for such imports were in each year since 2000.

      Electricity (Renewable Generation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry why the limit on the proportion of electricity that a supplier may source from co-firing under the renewables obligations certificates scheme...

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the pay gap between able bodied and disabled workers in (a) Leicester and (b) the UK in each year from 1997 to...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what guidelines exist for the design of fireworks with regard to their safety; and if he will make a statement.

      Gas Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much and what percentage of gas imported to the UK came from Russia in each quarter since January 2002.

      Gas Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the annual (a) volume and (b) value of gas (i) exported from and (ii) imported to the UK was in each year since 1997.

      Hearing Loss Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many individual claimants have been informed by his Department that their case is being delayed due to negotiations over costs payments...

      Hearing Loss Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether references have been made to the Serious Fraud Office concerning breaches of rule 4(2)c of the Conditional Fee Agreement Regulations 2000.

      India (Imports/Exports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the value of (a) imports from and (b) exports to India was in (i) goods and (ii) services in each of the last five years; if he will ask...

      Labour Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of the labour market were women in 2005.

      Labour Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of those employed in (a) manager and senior positions, (b) process, plant and machine operations and (c) skilled trade in 2005...

      Lesotho

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the value was of (a) exports to and (b) imports from Lesotho in each of the past 20 years at current prices.

      Lisbon Agenda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what policies his Department has adopted to assist the United Kingdom's fulfilment of the Lisbon Agenda criteria.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in respect of how many cases Browns Solicitors of Bradford have been refused full payment of their costs due to breach of regulation 4 of the...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in how many instances claimants have been informed of his Department's insurers' refusal to meet all solicitors' costs because of a breach of...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) in how many ongoing cases his Department's insurers are disputing costs because of a possible breach of regulation four of the...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to ensure that solicitors abide by Law Society adjudications on complaints from the Miners' Compensation Scheme; and if...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much in solicitors' costs has been partially refused due to breach of regulation 4 of the conditional fee regulations for miners' hearing...

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what (a) advice he has received about and (b) assessment he has made of the security implications of moving the National Institute for...

      Oil Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of oil in the UK was imported from Venezuela in each of the last five years.

      Oil Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many oil licences were issued by his Department in each of the last 10 years.

      Oil/Gas Industry Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the operation of (a) the Offshore Petroleum Activities (Conservation of Habitats) Regulations 2001, (b) the...

      Oil/Gas Industry Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations he has received on the operation of the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974 in its application to the oil and...

      Oxley and Coward Solicitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reasons Oxley and Coward solicitors refused to release papers as instructed by Thomas Foster, a constituent of the hon. Member for...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether (a) he, (b) ministers in his Department and (c) officials from his Department have had discussions with the European Commission on...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the value is of the subsidy his Department proposes to pay during 2006–07 financial year to Post Office Ltd. for the maintenance of...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the payment of subsidies to Post Office Ltd. for the maintenance of (a) rural and (b) other post offices required clearance from the...

      Potash

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his Department's policy is on potash anti-dumping measures.

      Public Sector Shareholdings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which public sector shareholdings have a market valuation; and what their current values are.

      Responsible Borrowing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what Government policy is on enabling financial institutions to share customer data to facilitate responsible borrowing; and if he will make a...

      Shareholder Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the (a) public bodies and (b) shareholdings which fall within the remit of the Shareholder Executive.

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations he has received from industry regarding the UK's implementation of the waste electrical and electronic equipment...

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will introduce an enforceable recycling charge for electrical and electronic equipment under the waste electrical and electronic...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he has made an assessment of the impact of wind power generation in other countries on (a) employment opportunities and (b) the...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment his Department has made of the (a) employment opportunities resulting from and (b) the environmental impact of wind power; and...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Accidental Dwelling Fires

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps the Government are taking to reduce the number of accidental dwelling fires started by children between the ages of 0 and nine years and related casualties.

    • Arm's Length Organisations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) value and (b) repayment date is of each loan provided by his Department to arm's length management organisations in London.

      Barker Report

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment his Department has made of the population growth and immigration assumptions used in the Barker report on future housing needs.

      Brownfield Sites

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will re-define the term brownfield site to exclude gardens of residential homes.

      Business Rates (Milton Keynes)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was paid in business rates in Milton Keynes in each year since 1996–97; and how much was received by Milton Keynes Council from the central rate pool.

      Capacity Fund

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much funding the Department has made available through the Capacity Fund for the Partnership between Swindon borough and Kent county councils.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of the council housing stock of (a) houses and (b) flats in Gateshead, East and Washington, West constituency has been sold under the right-to-buy...

      Energy Costs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was spent by his Office on (a) gas and (b) electricity in 2004–05.

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many deaths from accidental dwelling fires there were in each fire and rescue service in each year since 1997.

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the real cash changes expected are in each of the regional fire and rescue services budgets in England in each year from 2000 to 2009.

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much it cost on average to employ a firefighter in each of the first 10 years of service.

      Housing Associations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what money is available for housing associations to build houses in Chorley.

      Housing Associations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much money the Government has made available for housing in Chorley in the last three years.

      Inner-city Regeneration Projects

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the oral answer of 1 February 2006, Official Report, column 302, on inner-city regeneration projects, what steps he has taken since 1 February 2006 to...

      Local Authority Employees

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the cost of the Single Status Scheme for Council employees to (a) Bradford Council, (b) councils in Yorkshire and (c) all councils in...

      Local Government Restructuring

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the meetings that departmental (a) Ministers and (b) officials have had with local authority (i) officials and (ii) representatives on local...

      Local Government Restructuring

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the meetings that the Minster of Housing and Planning has had in the last 12 months with local authority (a) officials and (b) representatives on...

      Sheppey General Hospital Site

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions have taken place between English Partnerships and the local residents concerning the re-development of the old Sheppey general hospital site.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people are on the waiting list for rented social housing in Chorley.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress of the legislation to provide a right of abode and a right to own property on...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice his Department offers to British tourists visiting Burma.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on which occasions (a) Ministers and (b) officials have visited Cyprus in each of the last nine years.

      Diego Garcia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many foreign troops there are in Diego Garcia.

      Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the latest advice from the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission; and what progress has been made...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government regard illegal enemy combatants as a legitimate category of detainee under international law.

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the infliction of simulated drowning falls within the definition of torture or cruel and inhumane treatment used by the...

      Human Rights

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

      Internet Censorship Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received on internet censorship abroad; and what discussions he has had with his counterparts at the...

      Mrs ZN (Immigration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether HM High Commission Islamabad has sent to the Home Office the appeal papers for the immigration case of Mrs ZN of...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Government of Pakistan regarding the attacks on Christians and Christian institutions in...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of the Russian Federation about (a) constraints on press freedom, (b)...

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on prosecution of suspected Rwandan genocidaires.

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the government of Norway on its decision to prosecute a suspected Rwandan genocidaire; and what...

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of the prosecution of Rwandan genocidaires outside Rwanda.

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many named Rwandan genocide suspects reside in the UK.

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether there are plans to (a) extradite and (b) bring proceedings in the UK against those alleged to be involved with the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the situation in Shearia, southern Darfur, with particular reference to Amar Jadeed village.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on whether the Government of Sudan has (a) resumed the use of helicopter gunships in Darfur and (b)...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to try to mediate between the different factions in the Sudan Liberation Army in Darfur.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to (a) the Government of Sudan and (b) the African Union to try to speed up disarmament of...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he plans to take to pursue those Sudanese officials who have been named in the confidential annex of the report of...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Turkish Government on (a) its application to join the EU and (b) Cyprus; and if he...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has had made to Turkey on the (a) amount and (b) type of equipment of the Turkish Army in...

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress on Turkey's proposed accession to the European Union.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken by (a) the United Kingdom and (b) the international community to ensure that violence does not occur...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the fairness of the recent elections in Uganda; and if he will make a statement.

      UN Human Rights Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government have taken to support the establishment of a new United Nations Human Rights Council; and if he will...

      UN Peacekeepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department plans to take to assist the United Nations in ensuring that individual peacekeepers face proper...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • 1911 Census

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2006, Official Report, column 111W, on the 1911 Census, what the date was (a) of the 171...

  • Defence

    • Active Service (Military Police Investigations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it is his policy that every shooting incident involving UK military personnel on active service must be investigated by the military police.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his Answer of 27 February 2006, to Question 53831, whether his definition of the term support includes (a) intelligence gathering and sharing...

      Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether, following his meeting with the French Defence Minister, consideration is being given to the possible purchase of the Rafale Aircraft as an...

      Armed Forces Pay Review Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the papers submitted to the Armed Forces Pay Review Body in preparation for its 35th report.

      Arms Manufacturers (Promotions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent steps he has undertaken to promote UK arms manufacturers.

      Caribbean (Anti-drugs Patrols)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 1 March 2006 to Question 54015, on anti-drugs patrolling of the Caribbean, what assessment he has made of the impact of...

      Chemical Defence Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on whose authority the Chemical Defence Establishment at Porton Down collaborated with (a) Walter Basson and (b) Roodeplaat Research Laboratory on...

      Chemical Defence Establishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 19 December 2005, Official Report, column 2347W, on Porton Down, if on visits in January and March 1992 Ministry of Defence...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will reply to the letter to the Prime Minister dated 5 December 2005 from Colour Sergeant Nicholas Cowan, which has been passed to him for reply.

      Dartmouth Naval College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the (a) short-term and (b) long-term future of the Dartmouth Naval College; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many visits officials from the Defence Export Services Organisation have made to: (a) Pakistan, (b) India, (c) Indonesia, (d) Saudi Arabia and...

      Departmental Dwellings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his plans for the long-term future of empty married couples' dwellings identified by his Department.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent by his Department on media training in each year since 1997–98.

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what makes of cars ministers in his Department use; and whether they are UK-built.

      Discharged Personnel (Social Housing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former service personnel required social housing on discharge in each of the last five years, broken down by service.

      Discharged Personnel (Social Housing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people left the armed forces in each of the last five years; and how many of those required social housing but had not received it at their time...

      Discharged Personnel (Social Housing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his assessment is of (a) the need for and (b) the ability of service personnel (i) in each service and (ii) of each rank to afford (A) a mortgage...

      Drug Taking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there has been a change in the policy of dismissing service personnel for taking class A drugs; and if he will make a statement.

      Infantry Deployments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2006, Official Report, column 19W, on infantry deployments, if he will list the (a) deployments and (b) length of...

      Infantry Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department has had with the Scottish Executive on the decision to amalgamate the Scottish regiments.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what evidence his Department has received on whether members of Al Qaeda were operating in Iraq prior to the start of military action in 2003; (2)...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent estimate is of the cost of (a) combat operations and (b) peacekeeping operations in Iraq in each year since the conflict began.

      Leaf Class Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the proposed out-of-service dates are for each of the four Leaf class tankers; and what major refits are planned before those dates.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funding his Department provides for the treatment of (a) serving personnel and (b) veterans with mental health conditions, with particular reference...

      Naval Tasks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what naval tasks formerly carried out by Royal Navy destroyers and frigates will in future be undertaken by other classes of vessel; and if he will list...

      Nuclear Deterrent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about future funding for a possible new generation of the nuclear deterrent.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to give substantive answers to Questions (a) 48822, tabled for named day answer on 8 February 2006, and (b) 50184, tabled for named day...

      Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's funding of remedial care for ex-Service personnel with post traumatic stress disorder and related conditions was at facilities...

      Propellants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the cost of buying propellant from overseas for UK weapons and weapons systems has been in the last three years; (2) which countries supply...

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which companies were considered for the contract to manage his Department's practice ranges before the award to QinetiQ in 2003; and for what reasons...

      Rafale Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his French counterpart has offered the UK the opportunity of purchasing the marine version of Rafale aircraft; and if he will make a statement.

      Royal Regiment of Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what steps his Department has taken to promote the identity of each of the new battalions of the Royal Regiment of Scotland; (2) whether he has...

      Standing Naval Tasks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his Answer of 1 March 2006 to Question 54014, on standing naval tasks, what Royal Navy vessels (a) are allocated and (b) are scheduled to be...

      Thermobaric and Air/Fuel Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research his Department has (a) conducted and (b) commissioned on (i) thermobaric and (ii) air fuel weapons in the past five years.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what revenue has been (a) received from and (b) agreed with buyers as a result of the sale or scrapping of each major Royal Navy and Royal Fleet...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her reply of 8 February 2006, Official Report, column 1304W, on abortion, on what grounds each abortion was performed; and what the (a) age of...

    • Acute Accident and Emergency Cover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what acute clinical services need to be available at an NHS hospital in order for it to qualify as offering acute accident and emergency cover; and...

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what treatments are available for moderately severe to severe Alzheimer's disease: (2) what treatments are available for (a) Alzheimer's disease...

      Antiretroviral Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pregnant women have been prescribed with anti-retroviral drugs since 1997 in each health authority in England; and if she will make a statement.

      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent steps her Department has taken to increase awareness of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; (2) what treatments are available for...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps the Commission for Social Care Inspection takes to ensure that the national minimum standards of nutrition for older people in care homes...

      Cerebral Palsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children in (a) the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority area and (b) the Greater Peterborough Primary Care Partnership...

      Chronic Fatigue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) under what conditions funding will be added to the baseline for primary care trust budgets in 2006–07 for the newly established NHS chronic...

      Colon Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 February 2006, Official Report, column 2110W, on colon cancer, how many people were diagnosed with bowel cancer between the...

      Co-payment (NHS Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent representations she has received on the introduction of co-payment in the NHS, with particular reference to maternity services; (2)...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green of 9 November 2005 on the Whittington Hospital.

      Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much interest the NHS paid on pre-existing debts in the latest year for which figures are available; (2) what (a) targets she has set and (b)...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children are registered as NHS patients in dental practices where adults have to pay for treatment.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Buckingham of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 970W, on dentistry, what assessment she has made of...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 15 February 2006, Official Report, column 2303W, on dentistry, whether these arrangements will continue under the new contract...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what out-of-hours dental cover her Department envisages for dental patients after 1 April 2006, in addition to reference to dental access centres.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which categories of dentists were involved in her calculation of the average income of dentists under the new dental contract; and how many such dentists...

      Departmental Assets

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

      Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to provide further funding for the MDEX consortium gene therapy clinical trials to develop a treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

      Government Powers of Direction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what powers she has to direct (a) ambulance trusts, (b) primary care trusts, (c) acute hospital trusts and (d) strategic health authorities; and on what...

      Health Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the percentage of an average lifetime's health expenditure which is incurred in the last year of life.

      Health-specific Inflation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what health-specific inflation has been in each year since 1997–98; and what the components are of health-specific inflation indices for revenue...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will make a statement on the effect on hospital trusts of beds being taken up by individuals not receiving any medical treatment and the...

      Hospital Management Frameworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) by what date NHS trusts will be asked to complete a third hospital management framework self-assessment; (2) what discussions her Department has...

      Mobile Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent representations she has received concerning the use of mobile telephones in NHS hospitals; and if she will make a statement; (2) what...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her Answer of 2 February 2006, Official Report, column 723W, on MRSA, what her Department's policy is on maintaining current records on...

      NHS Campuses (Learning Disability)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the decision not to include the proposal to close NHS campuses for people with a learning disability in the easy-read...

      Nurse Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurse advisers supplied by private agencies were employed by (a) general practitioner surgeries and (b) hospitals in the last period for which...

      Outsourcing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect on costs of the outsourcing of (a) the NHS Pensions Agency, (b) the NHS Logistics Authority, (c) the Dental...

      Outsourcing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of (a) the creation of the new Business Services Authority and (b) the administration of the outsourcing.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many parliamentary questions tabled in the last 12 months for answer by her on a named day (a) were transferred and (b) received a substantive...

      Pathfinder Exercise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health why contracts for sterile service supercentres have been issued before the conclusions of the Pathfinder exercise.

      PET Scanners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to increase the number of PET scanners for the diagnostic investigation of people with cancer.

      Prescription Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discretion her Department has to waive penalty charges imposed where a patient has incorrectly claimed an exemption from prescription charges.

      Primary Care Trusts (Poor Administration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what sanctions are available to her against a primary care trust and its board members should poor administration be found by the financial and management...

      Residential Care Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people in England receiving residential care pay (a) all the cost of such care and (b) part of the cost themselves; (2) how many people in...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the special advisers retained by Ministers in her Department.

      Sterile Services Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the consultants used in the Pathfinder project for the sterile services initiative; and what the value was of each contract.

      Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) membership and (b) terms of reference are of the Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group; what assessment she has made of the impact of...

      Supercentre Sterile Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures she has in place to allow fair competition and innovation to continue when supercentre contracts for sterile services are developed.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 20 January 2006, Official Report, column 1686W, on waiting times, if she will provide the equivalent data for the years...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department has undertaken into the impact of the Working Time Directive on (a) junior doctors, (b) consultants, (c) registrars and (d)...

      Insurance (Genetic Testing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment her Department has made of research undertaken jointly by the Human Genetics Committee and the Genetics and Insurance Committee on...

  • Education and Skills

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many academies are supported by organisations which incorporate or adhere to a faith or religious ethos in their (a) curricula and (b)...

    • Arson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the cost of losses of buildings used for education caused by arson in each year since 1996.

      Canvey Junior School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will name the teacher who resigned from Canvey Junior School in 2004 after receiving a police caution for having indecent images of...

      Chicken Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make representations to the Deputy Prime Minister to prevent planning permission from being granted to chicken farms being...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Criminal Records Bureau checks were requested by (a) schools, (b) local authorities and (c) her Department in each year since 2002.

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether a Criminal Records Bureau check was requested on Paul Reeve by (a) Norfolk county council and (b) the head teacher or other...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people are employed in the Children's Safeguards Unit in Darlington.

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills who is the head of the Children's Safeguard Unit.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the size of each class is in each (a) primary and (b) secondary school in Haltemprice and Howden.

      Communication Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what factors underlay the decision to discontinue the Communication Aids Project from 1 April 2006; and if she will make a statement on the...

      Corporate Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she has taken to reduce the costs of the corporate services of (a) her Department, (b) its non-departmental public bodies and...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of (a) teaching staff and (b) non-teaching staff in schools in England have been checked by the Criminal Records Bureau,...

      Disadvantaged Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department plans to take to ensure that disadvantaged children are given appropriate school placements under the White Paper...

      Education (Peterborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support will be provided in respect of free school transport for less well off children attending (a) the Thomas Deacon Academy and (b)...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding her Department allocated for IT equipment in schools in (a) Leicester and (b) England in each year between 1997 and 2005.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the dedicated school grant per pupil was in Milton Keynes in 2004–05; and what she estimates the grant per pupil will be in each...

      Examination Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority to publish its second report into the use of coursework in GCSE and GCE A level...

      Foreign Language Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary schools teach at least two foreign languages in each year group.

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills in secondary schools with over 20 percent. of pupils entitled to free school meals, what is (a) (i) the percentage of such pupils and (ii)...

      Grammar Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) when she last visited a state grammar school on official business; (2) how many visits she has made to state grammar schools on...

      Gypsies/Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what targeted programmes have been introduced to address under-performance of pupils from Gypsy and Traveller communities.

      Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the average salary paid to head teachers in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools was in each year since 1995; (2) what the...

      Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many and what proportion of applicants for the National Professional Qualification for Headship were required to retake (a) the...

      Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many vacancies there were for headteacher positions in each year from 1997 to 2005 in (a) Leicestershire and (b) England.

      Key Skills Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much her Department have allocated for key skills training in secondary schools in (a) Lancashire and (b) West Lancashire in each year...

      Key Stage 3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the review by the Qualification and Curriculum Authority of the Key Stage 3 curriculum.

      List 99

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many individuals whose names have been removed from (a) List 99 and (b) the Protection of Children Act List in each of the last four...

      List 99

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations she has received about individuals whose name appears (a) on the Sex Offenders Register, (b) List 99 and (c) the...

      Music

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding her Department has made available for school music facilities in (a) West Lancashire and (b) Lancashire in each academic year...

      New Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many competitions in relation to opening new schools by local education authorities took place under the Education Act (a) 2002 and (b)...

      Parent Choice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research her Department have undertaken into the effects that extending parent choice in secondary schools would have on pupil distribution.

      Playing Fields

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

      Post-16 Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2005, Official Report, column 1721W, on sixth forms, if she will make a statement on the outcome of the...

      Religious Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether she plans to review the law requiring a daily act of collective worship of a broadly Christian nature in all community schools.

      School Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether it is her Department's policy to reduce grants for new school buildings if a sprinkler system is included in the plans.

      School Providers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many potential providers have submitted proposals to set up schools under provisions for open competition in the Acts of (a) 1998, (b)...

      School Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of 11-year-olds attending (a) faith schools and (b) other maintained schools achieved (i) level 4 and (ii) level 5 in (A)...

      School Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of 11 year olds in receipt of free school meals attending (a) faith schools and (b) other maintained schools achieved (i)...

      School Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department is taking to ensure that sufficient time is made available for high quality physical education in schools.

      School Staff (Child Protection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether it is her policy to inform parents at the school involved when teachers are found to have indecent pictures of children on their...

      School Staff (Child Protection)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether it is her policy to issue a caution to teachers found to be breaking the law by having indecent pictures of children on their...

      School Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) at what stage the data quality issues affecting the Statistics of Education: School workforce in England statistical release were...

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether registered sex offenders have been approved by her Department to work in Reading local education authority schools.

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether registered sex offenders have been approved by her Department to work in Coventry local education authority schools.

      Teaching Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teaching assistants have (a) been dismissed and (b) left primary schools in Sheffield since 2001; and what the reasons for the...

      Traveller Children (West Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her policy is on education provision for Traveller children in West Lancashire.

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost has been of her Department's campaigns designed to reduce truancy since 1997.

      Trust Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she and her officials have had with universities in the north west of England on their potential involvement in proposed...

      Trust Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria she will set to determine who will be able to form a trust school; and if she will make a statement.

      Work Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) current work programme and (b) funding for 2005–06 is for (i) the Adult Learning Inspectorate, (ii) Partnership for...

  • House of Lords

    • Autism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many children in the United Kingdom are known to suffer autistic spectrum disorders; and what were the trends in the numbers of those suffering from the...

    • British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why people holding the status of British National (Overseas) in Hong Kong, whose applications for registration as British citizens, originally lodged in 1997-98...

      Disability

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people were registered disabled in the United Kingdom, including those with limiting long-standing illnesses, in each year since 1997.

      EU: Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will support the French Government's proposals for a European Union educational module for secondary school students, teaching basic European Union...

      Government Computer Systems: Department of Health

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

      Hepatitis C

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What provision for monitoring hepatitis C infection in prisons will be made following the closure of the Public Health Laboratory Service; and Whether they will...

      Mental Health: Offenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in calculating the length of time a prisoner has waited to be seen by a hospital consultant for a mental health problem, they will start the clock from...

      Mental Health: Offenders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prisoners are occupying beds in prison in-patient units for psychiatric assessment purposes; and whether they consider that prisons are the right...

      Neuroscience

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the seminar series Collaborative Frameworks for Neuroscience and Education funded by the Economic and Social Research Council...

      NHS: General Medical Services Framework

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the new quality and outcomes framework will apply only to 2006–07; when the next set of negotiations will start; and what the timetable is for the...

      NHS: Heart Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment has been made of the reliability of arterial stents in the treatment of heart disease.

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances is it lawful for the United Kingdom Passport Service or a local British Consular Post to refuse a valid British passport application where...

      Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the administrative cost of paying state pensions from the initial application onwards; and how much it costs to transfer the pensions though (a) bank...

      Railways: Double-Deck Passenger Trains

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What instructions they have given Network Rail on the need to make allowances in track or structural renewal projects for the future accommodation of double-deck...

      Terrorism Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of all the correspondence between the Mayor of London and the Secretary of State for the Home Department...

      Young Offenders: Diet

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 9 February (WA 124), what criteria were used to determine that the numbers involved in the study of...

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