Written answers

Tuesday, 7 March 2006

  • Health

    • Oxygen Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the operation of the Home Oxygen Service.

    • Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the use of private finance initiative projects in the NHS.

      Patient Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to protect NHS staff from patient violence.

      Accident and Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average patient wait in accident and emergency departments was in (a) the latest period for which figures are available and (b) 2003; and if she...

      Herceptin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts do not offer Herceptin for the treatment of late stage HER2 breast cancers.

      Agenda for Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of Agenda for Change has been since 2004, including additional salary costs, the cost of administering the programme and the cost of the...

      Anabolic Steroids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to tackle misuse of anabolic steroids.

      Car Parking Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had regarding guidance issued to (a) NHS trusts and (b) other NHS organisations on charging for car parking space for patients...

      Care Definitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what definition she uses of (a) emergency and (b) routine care; and how each is applied to the treatment received by unregistered NHS patients.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact of the Carers Equal Opportunities Act 2004 on the number of unpaid carers returning to (a) work and (b)...

      Children Leaving Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of children leaving care in Wakefield district and Normanton constituency in 2005 were registered at the point they left care with (a) a...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans her Department has to correspond electronically with (a) hon. Members and (b) members of the public.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department has allocated for drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and senile dementia in each year from 1997 to 2005 in (a)...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make it her policy that all dentists trained in the UK should have to participate in the provision of NHS dental services for a minimum period...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists, excluding orthodontists, have been available for dental students to work for during their compulsory work experience year in (a)...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vocational dental trainees have taken up places in the general dental service in 2005.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting time target is for NHS out-patients requiring dental work that can only be carried out in hospital.

      Departmental Information Leaflets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of printing and distributing information leaflets produced by her Department was in each of the last five years.

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for people to receive digital hearing aids in England was in 2005; and if she will make a statement.

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the target waiting time is for existing NHS hearing aid users to be upgraded to digital hearing aids.

      Dr R Hensman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to resolve the complaint made to her Department from the hon. Member for Bolton South East and the right hon. Member for Holborn and St....

      Dysfluency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the provision of NHS services for children who stammer; and what plans she has to provide further services to deal with...

      Dysfluency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is given to health visitors concerning the detection and treatment of dysfluency in young children.

      External Contractors (Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what external contractors were used by (a) Bedfordshire Heartlands NHS primary care trust, (b) Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire NHS strategic health...

      Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department has taken to raise awareness of elder abuse.

      Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many single-handed general practitioner practices there are in (a) Tamworth and (b) Staffordshire.

      Hearing Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to reduce waiting times for (a) children and (b) adults who need hearing (i) aids and (ii) tests; and if she will...

      High Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to encourage pharmacies to test cholesterol levels.

      HIV/AIDS (Hertfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2006, Official Report, column 721W, on HIV/AIDS (Hertfordshire), what assessment she has made of the reasons for the...

      Home Oxygen Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints her Department received about the domiciliary oxygen supply service in West Lancashire in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005; and how many it has...

      Home Oxygen Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on changes to the Home Oxygen Service.

      Home Oxygen Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps were taken by her Department to ensure that the companies bidding for the domiciliary oxygen contract had submitted bids adequate to...

      Hospital Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average (a) daily, (b) monthly and (c) annual expenditure on patient food was for NHS hospitals serving (i) the East Midlands, (ii)...

      Hospital Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will include Edgware Community Hospital in the directory of services for patient choice; and if she will make a statement.

      Human Papillomavirus Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she has requested the joint committee on vaccination and immunisation to make a recommendation for the use of the human papillomavirus vaccine as...

      Institutional Care (Disabled People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will consult on the proposal for a right for people with disabilities to request not to be placed in institutional care; and if she will make a...

      Learning Disability Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the projected out-turn against budgeted expenditure by social services departments for learning disability services is in 2005–06; (2)...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many trained mental health professionals are available to treat children living in (a) West Yorkshire, (b) Wakefield district and (c) Normanton...

      Mhra

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the costs of implementing the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency's Sentinel IT system are; and what impact it has had on time spent...

      NHS Optometry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is her policy that eye examinations will continue to be provided under the NHS under general ophthalmic services.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was spent on recruiting (a) nurses and (b) consultants from abroad in each (i) strategic health authority and (ii) Government office region...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will reply to question 45821, tabled on 23 January, by the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight.

      Patientline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will examine the charges made by Patientline for telephone calls to and from hospital patients; (2) what representations she has received on...

      Patientline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance has been issued to hospital trusts on charging patients for (a) telephone calls and (b) television viewing.

      Patientline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute trusts have contracts with Patientline, broken down by region.

      Predictive Diallers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2006, Official Report, column 187W, on predictive diallers, whether any public body for which her Department is...

      Prescription Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what part of her Department is responsible for establishing if a prescription charge exemption has been claimed incorrectly and for imposing appropriate...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what treatment and care is offered to prisoners with learning disabilities.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the prostate cancer advisory group is next expected to report on its new initiatives.

      Rheumatology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health at what locations rheumatology services are available to patients in the North and South Stoke teaching primary care trust areas.

      School Nurses (Development)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when her Department expects to publish an updated edition of the school nurse development pack; if she will place a copy in the Library; and if she will...

      Sexual Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what grants have been provided to help patients accessing sexual health services in Guildford.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of outturn against budgets for local authority social services in the 2005–06 financial year; and if she will make a...

      Social Work (Recruitment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been allocated for the National Social Work and Social Care recruitment drive, launched on 15 February, including the amount allocated...

      Sterile Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health why her Department does not allow contractors bidding for the sterile service supercentres to consult directly with the trusts they wish to supply.

      Vandalism

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

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written answer of 11 January 2006, Official Report, columns 725–6W, on Health Committee evidence, how many patients were waiting...

  • Prime Minister

    • Meetings

      To ask the Prime Minister how many meetings he has had with (a) representatives of UK Muslim communities and (b) Muslim youth groups in each of the last three years.

    • Meetings

      To ask the Prime Minister how many meetings he has held with representatives of (a) Iraqi and (b) Afghan communities living in the UK in each of the last three years.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) how much was paid to Professor Julian Le Grand during his period of employment as a Downing Street adviser; (2) what estimate he has made of the total sum to be...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister what methods he uses to assess the value for money of the employment of Downing Street advisers (a) in general and (b) individually.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what is the policy of her Department regarding sourcing goods from Burma.

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the quantity of timber imported from Burma in each of the last 10 years; and which companies...

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects on carbon dioxide emissions of increased miles travelled due to closure of (a)...

      Climate Change Communications Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what notice was given to the National Assembly for Wales of the launch in January 2006 of the climate change communications...

      Climate-proofing (Policy Delivery)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she is holding with other Departments on climate proofing new policy delivery.

      Contingency Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government Decontamination Service has the capacity to operate in response to chemical, biological, radiological...

      Cryosat Mission (Global Warming)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the role of the European Space Agency's Cryosat mission in assessing global warming; and if...

      Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects this year's single payment will be made to farmers; and if she will make a statement.

      Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received on the administration of the Single Farm Payments Scheme in Lancashire.

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the first payments will be made under the Single Farm Payments scheme in North Yorkshire.

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the full farm payments which are due under the Single Farm Payments scheme will be made.

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received on the administration of the Single Farm Payments Scheme in North Yorkshire.

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government will reimburse farmers for financial loss caused by delays in the single farm payment.

      Greenhouse Gases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases was emitted from water treatment and sewerage systems in 2004–05;...

      National Wildlife Crime Intelligence Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many members of staff were employed in the National Wildlife Crime Intelligence Unit on 1 March (a) 2005 and (b) 2006;...

      Pheasant Shooting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) pheasant eggs for hatching and (b) pheasant poults were imported from France to the UK for shooting purposes in...

      Private Sewers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the protocol on private sewers introduced in April 2002; (2) what...

      Regulatory Simplification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many regulatory simplification proposals relating to environmental regulations were received in 2005; how such proposals...

      Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will hold a public consultation on the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution.

      Sustainable Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice she is offering to other Departments on sustainable procurement.

      Water Abstraction (SSSIs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many sites of special scientific interest are assessed as being at risk due to over-abstraction of water.

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to prevent long-term water shortages.

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the reservoir capacity of each water company was at the time of privatisation; what the capacity was of the reservoirs...

      Water Supply

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

      Water Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of applying the water affordability tariff, to be introduced in Northern Ireland in...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will make a statement on the conduct of the Crown Prosecution Service in the trial of Mike McCartney.

  • Transport

    • A and E Provision (Road Signs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ask the Highways Agency to develop and implement signage on trunk roads that distinguishes between NHS hospitals (a) with and (b) without...

    • A47 (Peterborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of households in the Peterborough constituency adjacent to the A47 which are adversely affected by noise; what...

      Aircraft Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the level of emissions from aircraft using UK airspace in each of the past 20 years.

      British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many community support officers there are in the British Transport Police in (a) Swansea and (b) England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Bus Services

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

      Car Journeys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of journeys in (a) the UK, (b) Wales and (c) Wrexham were taken by car in the last period for which figures are available.

      Commercial Vehicle Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicle licences for commercial operators were issued in each of the last five years.

      Commuter Services (Shropshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to encourage bus companies to provide services suitable for commuter use in Shropshire; and what plans he has to introduce more...

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to encourage neighbouring councils to co-operate to provide concessionary travel within a group of adjoining authorities;...

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact of the new concessionary travel scheme on people who need public transport to attend a hospital in an...

      Departmental Energy Costs

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

      Driving Standards (Commercial Vehicles)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the (a) persons and (b) organisations consulted on plans to introduce a certificate of professional competence for drivers of...

      Driving Standards (Commercial Vehicles)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will introduce a special category under his certificate of professional competence for drivers of commercial vehicles to enable a lower level of...

      Fair Trade

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

      Freight Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on changes to UK national control of freight following Commission Regulation 62/2006 of 23 December 2005, OJ L13 of 18...

      Llansamlet Railway Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times the Health and Safety Executive's railway inspectorate inspectors visited Llansamlet railway station in 2004–05; and what...

      M4

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of motorway are under repair on the M4 between junction 13 and the Almondsbury interchange.

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library copies of the (a) current and (b) proposed new guidance for mariners on (i) Muckle Flugga, (ii) Fethaland, Shetland and...

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the new marine environmental high risk areas for (a) Muckle Flugga, (b) Fethaland, Shetland and (c)...

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what methods he will use to assess compliance with the new guidance for mariners on marine environmental high risk areas; and after what period of time...

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many hours of surveillance the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has conducted in each year since 1997 as part of the attempt to prevent pollution.

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) prosecutions and (b) successful prosecutions for pollution at sea there have been in each year since 1997.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) ships and (b) boats are owned by Network Rail; at what cost; and for what purpose they are maintained.

      North-east to South Transport Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps have been taken since 2001 to improve road and rail links from the North East to the South; and what further plans there are for such links.

      Overground Train Services (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what responsibility he has transferred to Transport for London for the (a) provision and (b) regulation of overground train services in London; and...

      Parking (Peterborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much income was derived from parking by Peterborough city council in each year between 2002–03 and 2004–05; and how much of that income...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what powers Transport for London has to amend (a) rail fares and (b) rail provision on trains (i) in and (ii) entering Greater London.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on the First Great Western Trains' December 2006 timetable consultation; and whether the Department intends to...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the proposed termination at Cardiff of the 1515 First Great Western Trains service from London Paddington to Swansea.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department first became aware of a potential bid for London and Continental Railways.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cycles have been taken on trains in each year since 1997.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans there are to withdraw Pacer Unit rolling stock on Arriva Trains Wales services from Swansea.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the levels of overcrowding in peak hours were on train lines on each line and franchise in the West Midlands in each year since...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made to reduce (a) serious accidents and (b) speeding on motorways and dual carriageways.

      Roads (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent assessment is of the volume of traffic flows on (a) the A40 between Gloucester and Highnam, (b) the A40 between Highnam and...

      Rural Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent to improve rural public transport in (a) Bath and North East Somerset and (b) South Gloucestershire in each of the last eight years.

      Safety Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of static speed enforcement cameras in capturing speeding motorcyclists travelling (a) towards and (b)...

      Transport Links (England and Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what arrangements are in place for regular contact between his Department and the National Assembly Government to discuss the improvement and...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many mental health professionals his Department has in place in Afghanistan to identify and treat service personnel.

    • Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions there have been between (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department with their Argentine counterparts.

      Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what Royal Navy warships were in the vicinity when the British trawler John Cheek was impounded by Argentine coastguard forces; and if he will make a...

      Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the increase in the size of the Argentine air force; and if he will make a statement.

      Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the circumstances in which an Argentine submarine was recently detected by the Royal Navy near South Georgia.

      Army Deployments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many tours were undertaken by each regiment of (a) the Royal Logistics Corps, (b) Royal Corps of Signals and (c) Corps of Royal Engineers in the last...

      Departmental Energy Costs

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

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will break down the (a) main estimate, (b) winter supplementary estimate and (c) spring supplementary estimate Request for Resources 1...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the British military base on Gibraltar.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British soldiers have been wounded in Iraq; how many were returned home as a result of their injuries; and whether his Department keeps records...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Department of Health to ensure that veterans have access to adequate mental health services on discharge.

      Regimental Mascots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of maintaining regimental (a) dogs, (b) goats and (c) other animal mascots was in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department takes to maintain contact with veterans following discharge from service.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the adequacy of warship numbers to meet the tasks of the Fleet.

      Widowed Service Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many widowed service pensioners have made post-retirement marriages, broken down by constituency.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Expenditure

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

    • Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent devolution issues have been considered by the Advocate General.

      Queen's Birthday

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans his Department has to celebrate Her Majesty's 80th birthday; and if he will make a statement.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Bureau International des Poids et Mesures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the nature is of his Department's financial contribution to the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures; and if he will make a...

    • Centre of Ecology and Hydrology Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what audit the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) has conducted of the science delivery and management expertise at the Centre of...

      Centre of Ecology and Hydrology Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many Institute for Scientific Information listed scientific publications were published in 2004–05 per scientific employee at...

      Centre of Ecology and Hydrology Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessments the Natural Environment Research Council made of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology sites not chosen for closure; and if it...

      Centre of Ecology and Hydrology Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the National Environment Research Council will publish table 5a of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology business plan; and if he will make...

      Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many meetings officials in his Department have had with their counterparts in the Defence Export Services Organisation at the Ministry of...

      Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what estimate he has made of the cost of moving the National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill; and what discussions he has had...

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent steps he has undertaken to promote the rights of workers among migrant workers' groups.

      Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consideration he has given to the establishment of a migrant workers' helpline by his Department to report (a) poor working conditions...

      Mines Rescue Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) a mines rescue service is maintained and (b) its skills and technology are used by other emergency...

      Mobile Phone Intercepts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures he is taking to ensure that mobile phone tracking by individuals is properly regulated.

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether medical research carried out by the National Institute for Medical Research on the H5N1 avian influenza virus from infected humans...

      Natural Environment Research Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what criteria were used by the Natural Environment Research Council in its decision to close Centre for Ecology and Hydrology research...

      Newton's Apple Tree

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the estimated (a) value and (b) maintenance cost is of Newton's Apple Tree" at the National Physics Laboratory; what right of public...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) whether the European Commission has (a) imposed and (b) indicated that it will impose any restrictions or conditions on the disbursement...

      Satellite Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the nature is of his Department's contingent liabilities pertaining to the issue of licences to operators of satellites and other space...

      Shareholder Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the activities for which the Shareholder Executive has obtained external financial advice; on what matters the company...

      Shareholder Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what arrangements are in place to prevent conflicts of interest in cases of (a) asset sales and (b) financial restructuring for which the...

      Telephone Hotlines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received from consumer groups on the use of premium rate telephone numbers for telephone hotlines.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the (a) 0800, (b) 0845 and (c) 0870 telephone numbers for the public administered by her Department.

  • Treasury

    • Burma

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the value of Burmese gems imported in each of the last five years.

    • Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) contraction and (b) death rates were for (i) breast cancer, (ii) lung cancer and (iii) prostate cancer in the last year for which figures are...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of (a) the percentage of those entitled to claim child benefit who do not do so and (b) the amount that went unclaimed in each of...

      Commercial Waste

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider awarding extra funding to local authorities to collect and recycle commercial waste.

      Cot Death

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many post-neonatal babies died from cot death in the period covered by the most recent statistics produced by the Office for National Statistics; and...

      Diamonds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of (a) the proportion of diamonds sold in the UK in each of the last five years for which such estimates are available which were...

      Euro

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's plan on preparing for the introduction of the euro; (2) if he will place in...

      Government Liablities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the Government's liability arising from schemes under (a) the private finance initiative, (b) public sector pension provision and (c)...

      Household Repairs (VAT)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to incentivise property owners and landlords to (a) return existing properties to housing use and (b) improve the quality of...

      Income Tax

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimated revenue would be raised by increasing the rate of basic rate income tax by one per cent.

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on which dates he visited British soldiers injured in Iraq; and what locations were visited.

      Leases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the proposed legislation governing the tax treatment of leases on (a) leasing, (b) the wider...

      Local Authority Car Parks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to appeal the tribunal decision that four local authorities were not liable for VAT on car parking revenues.

      Ms Susan Johnston

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter to him dated 16 January 2006 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Ms Susan Johnston.

      National Asset Register

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to publish the next version of the National Asset Register.

      NHS Trusts (Arrears)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make an estimate of aggregate arrears of pay as you earn and national insurance payments due from NHS trusts to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice his Department issues to PAYE defaulters who have failed to make payments due to technical faults with computer systems on the action necessary...

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which countries the Inland Revenue has advised on setting up and running a computer system similar to the one used for PAYE contributions.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many legal actions were taken by the Inland Revenue due to PAYE infringement in each year from 2000–01 to 2003–04.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the total amount of PAYE which was due but was not collected in each year from 2000–01 to 2003–04.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many major computer upgrades have been carried out on the PAYE computer system in the last five years; and what the cost was in each year.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were liable for PAYE payments in the UK in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people use the Post Office Card Account for the payment of tax credits or other payments administered by his Department, broken down by...

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what funding streams his Department plans to finance directly in 2006–07 to tackle social exclusion.

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much is expected to be saved as a result of meeting the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending...

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

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

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

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

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

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

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what baseline figures he is using for assessing progress on his Department's targets to (a) develop electronic channels, (b) rationalise back office...

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

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

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress is being made by HM Revenue and Customs in introducing more rigorous checks on changes of circumstance notified to the Tax Credit Office (a)...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the number of tax credit claimants affected by technical issues preventing (a) automatic payments being made into bank...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library copies of the most recent available drafts of (a) a tax credit award notice, (b) a tax credit overpayment notification...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Paymaster General's evidence to the Treasury Select Committee, 1 February 2006, question 307, what the cost is of extending additional...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many TC610 Notice to Pay forms were issued in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c) 2005–06.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2006, Official Report, column 1397W, on tax credits, how many claims were not decided within 30 days; and what the (a)...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2006, Official Report, column 1397W, on tax credits, how many families were sent more than one tax credit entitlement...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research he has evaluated on the effects of tax credits on incentives to work.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit overpayments have been written off (a) in part and (b) in full in respect of residents of Milton Keynes since tax credits were introduced.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the tax credits available to businesses investing in research and development in each year since 1997.

      Tax Credits

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

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the location is of each tax credits office assigned to deal with the tax credit claims of Northern Ireland residents working (a) in the Republic of...

      Tax Returns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Northern Ireland he estimates have completed their Inland Revenue annual returns via the internet in each of the last five years.

      Taxation (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Northern Ireland residents work in the Republic of Ireland and are liable for double taxation by the Inland Revenue.

      Taxation (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to put in place a scheme for residents of Northern Ireland equivalent to that which the Irish Government operates for special tax...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 1035W, to the hon. Member for Meriden on the Valuation Office Agency, whether the...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 1035W to the hon. Member for Meriden, on the Valuation Office Agency, if he will place in...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue was foregone under the VAT zero-rate on the construction of new dwellings in the last year for which figures are available.

  • Home Department

    • Airguns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) charged with and (b) convicted of an offence involving misuse of an airgun against an animal in 2005, broken down by...

    • Charities Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many charities he estimates will be excepted from a requirement to register with the Charity Commission under the proposals in the...

      Compensation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice he is offering to those responsible for the administration of compensation orders on how to ensure greater enforcement.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of (a) council tax fraud and (b) falsely making incorrect declarations to local authorities with regard to council tax...

      Crime (Swindon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the level of recorded violent crime in Swindon was between 12 November and 24 December (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.

      Departmental Finance

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

      Departmental Finance

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

      Departmental Staff

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

      Detainees (Religious Provision)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what special provision is made in North Wales police premises to accommodate the (a) religious and (b) dietary needs of (i) Christian, (ii)...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the percentage of crime attributable to drug misusers; and what estimate he has made of the cost of such crime...

      Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of his Department's employees have taken early retirement in each year since 1997.

      Energy Costs

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

      Ketamine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to bring ketamine within the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971; and if he will make a statement.

      Magic Mushrooms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) arrested, (b) prosecuted, (c) convicted and (d) imprisoned for possession of magic mushrooms in the last period for...

      Mi5

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether external cultural diversity training is given to recruits to MI5 in Northern Ireland; (2) what arrangements are in place for...

      Mi5

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent independent reviews there have been of intelligence gathering in M15 in Northern Ireland.

      Mi5

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget was for MI5 in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and what projections there are for its budget in each of the...

      Mi5

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recommendations of the Chilcott Report affected MI5 in Northern Ireland; and what progress has been made with the implementation of each.

      Mr. David Mills

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list correspondence between his Department and (a) Italian prosecutors and (b) the Italian Government relating to the...

      Muslim Communities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many meetings he has had with representatives of UK (a) Muslim communities and (b) Muslim youth groups in each of the last three years.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Chief Executive or Head of the National Offender Management Service will be appointed on a permanent basis; who is to be appointed;...

      Number Plates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost to local authorities of (a) introducing and (b) rolling out automatic number plate recognition via...

      Number Plates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government have to encourage the use of automatic number plate recognition technologies; and if he will make a statement.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the cost of extending free passports to British citizens born after 2 September 1929 when they reach their 75th birthday.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many injury award pensions are being paid by each police force in England and Wales.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding was allocated to police services in (a) Uxbridge and (b) each London borough in each year since 1995.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in South Swindon in each year since 1997.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much it costs on average to employ a (a) police officer and (b) community support officer for each of the first 10 years of service.

      PR Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he would list the public relations companies that have had contracts with (a) his Department, (b) each (i) non-departmental public body...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners have access to Sky TV in their cells.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what facilities are provided by the Prison Service for interpreting and translating for those prisoners who cannot speak or read English.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of the prison population suffering from alcohol-related problems.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received on alcohol abuse in the prison population; and what steps his Department is taking to reduce it.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding is available for alcohol treatment and rehabilitation for prisoners.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effects of levels of funding available at HM Prison Grendon on the amount of time prisoners are able to...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effect of levels of funding available at HM Prison Grendon on the quality of therapy being provided.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken by his Department to improve the recruitment and retention of staff to the Prison Service.

      Probation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2006, Official Report, columns 385–86W, on probation services, what steps he plans to take to...

      Public Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of antisocial behaviour orders issued in Gravesham has been breached.

      Public Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what sentences have been handed down for breaches of anti-social behaviour orders in each London borough in each year since their...

      Servicemen (Custodial Sentences)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of the armed services are serving custodial sentences imposed by courts-martial in (a) civilian adult prisons and (b) young...

      Social Integration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to increase social integration of Muslims in the UK.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what cross-border preparations have taken place for the potential impact of avian influenza; and what plans have been agreed by the two...

    • Dangerous Wild Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many dangerous wild animals were identified and recovered in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Domestic Property Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the change in the number of domestic properties under the ownership of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive was between 1995 and 2005.

      Dual Carriageway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) when the Department plans to commence work on the new dual carriageway between Dungannon and Ballygawley; and what the estimated cost of...

      Health and Social Services Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases each of the health and social services councils in Northern Ireland have dealt with in each of the last three years for which...

      Key Persons Protection Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were given help under the Key Persons Protection Scheme in each year between 2001–02 and 2004–05; how many have been...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentage of people suffered from mental illness in each (a) ward, (b) county and (c) constituency in Northern Ireland in the...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many multiple sclerosis sufferers in the Southern Health Board are waiting to commence (a) beta interferon and (b) glatiramer treatment.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much lottery funding has been spent in each ward of Northern Ireland.

      Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Police Service of Northern Ireland unit established to tackle the targeting of elderly people by criminal gangs is part of a...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people appointed to non-departmental public bodies (NDPB) in Northern Ireland received (a) between £10,000 and £19,999, (b)...

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent on public transport in Northern Ireland in real terms in each of the last 30 years.

      Royal Victoria Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what investigations there have been into the allegations by consultant surgeons at the Royal Victoria hospital in a letter dated 18 October 2004...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding has been allocated to Sure Start schemes in Northern Ireland in each year since they were introduced.

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Sure Start scheme places there are in each (a) ward, (b) county and (c) constituency in Northern Ireland.

      Teacher Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to encourage the recruitment of newly qualified teachers in Northern Ireland.

      Translink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average percentage increase was in standard fares on (a) buses and (b) trains under the auspices of Translink in each of the last five...

      Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) youth workers and (b) social workers there are per 1,000 children and young people in each (i) ward, (ii) county and (iii)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Ecovert FM

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list the functions carried out by Ecovert FM in (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) Number 10 Downing street.

    • Official Residences (Council Tax)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what plans the Cabinet Secretary has to issue new (a) rules, (b) guidance and (c) procedures on council tax payments for Ministers with official...

      Strategy Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the total cost of the Number 10 Strategy Unit was in February 2006; how many people were employed by the Unit; and how many were (a) civil...

      Websites

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many websites the Government are responsible for.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of (a) civilians, (b) Afghan soldiers and (c) coalition soldiers who have been killed in...

    • Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) the United States of America and (b) member states of the EU in respect...

      Chechnya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of (a) human rights and (b) other humanitarian personnel working in Chechnya.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letter to him dated 12 January from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to...

      Costa Rica

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent elections in Costa Rica.

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the imprisonment of Ayman Nour in Egypt.

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on President Mubarak's decision to postpone local elections in Egypt scheduled for April.

      EU Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he took during the Presidency of the EU to try to ensure that its accounts were approved by the EU auditors.

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what visits to Guantanamo Bay have been made by UK officials since 2001, broken down by (a) Government Department or agency and...

      Hajj Pilgrimage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance his Department provides to those on the Hajj pilgrimage.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with other European Union countries about the trafficking of women for (a) prostitution and (b)...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his (a) EU and (b) Iranian counterparts on Iran's nuclear programme; and if he will make...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will review the proscribed status of the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations Iran has made to the EU3 regarding the supply of conventional weapons to Iran; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of civilians who have been killed in Iraq in each month since January 2005.

      Jamil el-Banna

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) when the most recent occasion was on which officials in his Department discussed the case of Jamil el-Banna with the...

      Kurdish Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on (a) political progress and (b) the impact of unification in the two Kurdish administrations since...

      Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken by his Department to promote and foster the transition to democracy in Lebanon.

      Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the human rights situation in the Maldives.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the borders of the state of Israel.

      Nuclear Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the UK Government's policy on a US-India agreement on nuclear co-operation.

      Overseas Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the running costs were of the Department's offices in (a) Pretoria, (b) Beijing, (c) Amman, (d) Islamabad, (e) Bangkok, (f)...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) he and (b) his officials have received representations from the French government on the future funding of the...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assurances have been (a) sought from and (b) given by the Palestinian Authority about adherence to (i) international...

      Peter Hogarth Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library the report he commissioned from Peter Hogarth into the working of his Office.

      Scrutiny Reserve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times the Scrutiny Reserve was overridden in (a) 2005 and (b) the last six months of 2005.

      Secret Intelligence Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what definition he uses of significant operations for which the Secret Intelligence Service must obtain his prior permission.

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

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

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the impact of the African Union mission on (a) the security situation in Darfur and (b)...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) (i) members and (ii) representatives of the government of Sudan, (b) leaders of African...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts regarding a future full-scale NATO mission in Darfur; and if he will...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Syria on (a) respect for human rights, (b) the transition to good...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Advice to Benefit Recipients (Private and Voluntary Sector Organisations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what barriers he identified to the provision by private and voluntary sector organisations of welfare to work and employment advice service to...

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the Child Support Agency about delays in passing on payments already collected due to computer failure; what...

      Claim Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment has been made of the merits of providing one claim form which can serve as the passport to other benefits rather than requiring...

      Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been paid in cold weather payments to households in Bath and North East Somerset in respect of winter 2005–06.

      Employment Advisers (GP Surgeries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the private and voluntary sector organisations with which he has held discussions with on (a) placement of work advisers in...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people received (a) an adult dependant addition and (b) an age addition for incapacity benefit and severe disablement allowance...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what is his latest estimate of the likely (a) incapacity benefit and (b) severe disabled allowance caseload in each year to 2018 (i) if current...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what discussions he has had in the past 12 months with private and voluntary sector organisations on the provision of supported...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what circumstances incapacity benefit claimants will be required to engage in work-focused activity prior to 2008.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of incapacity benefit claimants were women in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number of people likely to be claiming incapacity benefit in 2008 (a) in total and (b) who will be...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will fund the voluntary sector to provide learning disability awareness training for Jobcentre Plus staff.

      Means-tested Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many means-tested benefits are potentially available for people over 65 years of age.

      New Deal (Expenditure)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the level of spending was in 2004–05 on education and training within the (a) new deal for 18 to 24-year-olds, outside the full-time...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average time taken to respond to parliamentary written questions from hon. Members on (a) all subjects for...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to use the private and voluntary sector to provide work focused interviews in (a) existing Pathways to Work areas and (b) the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what transitional arrangements are in place for pension centre operation prior to the reduction in pension centres.

      Personal Capability Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many centres were carrying out personal capability assessment health checks in each of the last five years.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 13 February 2006 to the hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Danny Alexander), Official Report,...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the contract between his Department and Post Office Ltd. for the delivery of Post Office Card...

      Social Enterprise Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what changes he plans to the training given to incapacity benefit personal advisers; and what he expects the cost to his Department of the...

      Welfare Reform Green Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the likely cost savings from implementation of the measures outlined in the Green Paper, A new deal for...

      Welfare Reform Green Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what additional financial help will be made available to those with the most serious disabilities and health conditions during the three-month...

      Welfare Reform Green Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether the randomly selected ad hoc case checks proposed in the Green Paper, A new deal for welfare: Empowering people to work" will...

      Welfare Reform Green Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what he expects will be the qualifying conditions for (a) the income-related strand and (b) the contribution-related strand of the employment...

      Women's Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the level of women's pensions.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Bedfordshire and Luton Economic Development Partnership

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the budget is for the Bedfordshire and Luton Economic Development Partnership for 2005–06; who its directors are; to whom it is accountable; and if he...

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when and how he plans to implement Articles 7 to 10 of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive; and if he will make a statement.

      Council Tax Data Sales

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) discussions and (b) meetings Valuation Office Agency officials have had with commercial organisations concerning the sale of its council tax data for...

      Departmental Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the (a) 0800, (b) 0845 and (c) 0870 telephone numbers for the public administered by (i) his Department and (ii) agencies which report to him.

      Hereditaments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many composite hereditaments were registered by the Valuation Office Agency for (a) council tax and (b) business rates in England in each year since 1996–97.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate the Government have made of the number of home information packs which will be produced each year once the scheme is fully running.

      Local Authority Achievements

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance he has issued to local authorities on the use of public funds to pay for the promotion and advertising of local authority achievements; and if he...

      Local Authority Grants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will take steps to improve the accuracy of data used to make allocations of grant to local authorities for future settlements; and what plans he has to...

      Local Authority Grants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received on the accuracy of the Mid Year Population Estimates data used to determine local authority grant allocations.

      Monitoring Officers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the average annual salary of a local authority monitoring officer was in 2004–05; (2) how many monitoring officers are employed by local...

      Monitoring Officers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the relationship is between a local authority monitoring officer and the Standards Board for England.

      Parish Council Precepts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the parish council precepts are for England in (a) 2006–07 and (b) 2005–06.

      Rossendale Borough Council

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total amount of Government financial support for Rossendale borough council has been since May 2004.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will announce the winners of the social housing grant competition; and if he will make a statement.

      Supporting People Programme (North Yorkshire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the impact of the reduction of funding for the Supporting People programme in North Yorkshire on the funding of housing related...

      Supporting People Programme (North Yorkshire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received regarding the proposed reduction in funding for the Supporting People programme in North Yorkshire.

      Supporting People Programme (North Yorkshire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the level of funding for the Supporting People programme in North Yorkshire was in 2003–04; and what the level of funding was in each of the previous...

      Supporting People Programme (North Yorkshire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reason he has (a) reduced the funding and (b) proposed a new distribution formula model for the Supporting People programme in North Yorkshire.

      Vat

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he has undertaken research into the feasibility of Lord Rogers's recommendation of harmonising VAT rates for new build housing and repair.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Citizens Advice Bureaux

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on the Legal Services Commission's decision to withdraw specialist support funding from Citizens...

    • Electoral Reform

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps the Department is taking to increase voter turnout; what further measures are planned, with particular reference to...

      Electoral Reform

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps her Department is taking to improve the electoral participation of voters in socio-economic groups D and E.

      Electoral Registration (Normanton)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what percentage of young people in Normanton were not on the electoral register in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2005; and what...

      Her Majesty's 80th Birthday

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans her Department has to celebrate Her Majesty's 80th birthday; what advice she has issued to her Department's...

      Legal Funding

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what representations she has received from citizens advice bureaux in (a) England and (b) Shropshire on the decision of the...

      Magistrates (Lancashire)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps her Department is taking to increase the numbers of (a) young and (b) ethnic minority magistrates in Lancashire.

      Offender Anonymity

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs against how many people proceedings have been initiated for breach of a court order protecting the identity or whereabouts of a...

      Orders in Council

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many Orders in Council were passed in each of the past 30 years.

      Peers' Residences

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many Members of the House of Lords have their main residence in each (a) country, (b) region and (c) county of the UK,...

      Post-mortems

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many decisions to hold a coroner's post-mortem have resulted in delays to the release of bodies to (a) Jewish, (b) Muslim...

      Post-mortems

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps she is taking to ensure that coroner's post-mortems do not result in delays in releasing bodies to families of...

      True North Project

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the True North project is still under way; and what the total spend on the project has been to date.

      Voter Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps her Department is taking to increase voter registration.

      Vulnerable Witnesses

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what measures she has put in place to assist vulnerable witnesses in the family and civil courts.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan/Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Department is taking to improve the living standards and infrastructure of (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan/Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of progress towards the post-conflict reconstruction of Iraq.

      Africa (Humanitarian Relief)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the capacity of international donor countries to offer humanitarian relief following the UN...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether aid delivery through local civilian administrations referred to in Article 5 of the EU Common Position on Burma includes the...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of whether (a) UK and (b) EU humanitarian assistance grants in Burma have been used for the purposes...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of HIV/AIDS projects supplying antiretrovirals funded by his Department in Burma;...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what humanitarian assistance projects his Department supports in Karen National Union-held territory in Burma.

      Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial assistance has been given to Grand Cayman Island following severe hurricanes in 2005.

      Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Chad on the appropriate use of oil revenues.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues regarding the reform of the common agricultural policy.

      Congo-Brazzaville

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of (a) the level of corruption in Congo-Brazzaville, (b) the impact of such corruption on debt relief...

      Debt Repayment

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer regarding repayments of debts owed by African countries to (a) the UK...

      Departmental Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the (a) 0800, (b) 0845 and (c) 0870 telephone numbers for the public administered by (i) his Department and (ii) public...

      Drought

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken by his Department to address the impact of drought in (a) Ethiopia, (b) Somalia, (c) Eritrea, (d) Tanzania...

      Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what tax disclosures companies are required to make under the accounting standards of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

      Fair Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what activities he is (a) sponsoring and (b) supporting for Fairtrade Fortnight.

      Global Fund

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

      Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the election of Rene Preval as President of Haiti.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his most recent estimate is of the number of HIV/AIDS-related deaths in developing countries in a year, broken down by sex.

      Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of (a) male and (b) female internally displaced persons in (i) Colombia, (ii) Algeria, (iii)...

      Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff in his Department are assigned to work on issues related to internally displaced persons.

      Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on how many occasions he has raised the issue of internally displaced persons with his Government counterparts from (a) Colombia, (b)...

      Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has (a) pledged, (b) committed and (c) spent on programmes aimed to benefit internally displaced persons in (i)...

      Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with (a) the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and (b) his European counterparts about...

      Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' proposal for a central fund for internally displaced...

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Government of Kenya regarding recent reports of corruption in that country; and what effect it...

      Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the levels of (a) poverty and (b) inequality in Latin America and of whether levels are being reduced...

      Lesotho

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what help and funding is in place to develop twinning and civic co-operation between the UK and Lesotho.

      Lesotho

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what help has been given to Lesotho to help combat HIV/AIDS among (a) children and (b) adults in each of the last seven years.

      Lesotho

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when a Secretary of State in the Department for International Development last visited Lesotho.

      Lesotho

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures he is taking to promote good governance in Lesotho.

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) direct and (b) indirect aid his Department provided to Liberia in 2004–05.

      Mexico

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance he gave to Mexico following the recent hurricanes.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 14 February 2006 to the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green (Lynne Featherstone), Official Report, column...

      Montserrat

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what aid was given by the UK to Montserrat in (a) 1980 and (b) 2004.

      Multilateral Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on mechanisms for identifying and correcting poor performance by multilateral institutions.

      Multilateral Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on consolidation within the multilateral system.

      Multilateral Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what criteria his Department uses to select multilateral partners.

      Multilateral Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his assessment of the Multilateral Effectiveness Framework.

      Overseas Health Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues regarding employment of overseas health workers in the UK.

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the extent of misappropriation of aid received by the Palestinian Authority.

      Population Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has received on population control.

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much income the tea and coffee market generated for Rwanda in 2004–05; and what percentage of the country's exports it...

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of UK aid to Rwanda has been directed to improving healthcare facilities in the last five years.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken by (a) the UK and (b) the international community to increase capacity in the mining and fishing industries...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps have been taken by his Department to promote the transition from conflict in Somalia.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of reports that civilians in southern Somalia are dying from thirst as a result of drought.

      South East Asia Earthquake

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid the Government have allocated in response to the South East Asia earthquake; for what purposes; and what further aid (a)...

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

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

      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 (a) increase the percentage of bilateral...

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid has been given to St. Helena in each of the last eight years.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the UN mandate in respect of Darfur.

      Tax Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the impact of tax competition on developing countries.

      UN Peacebuilding Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the establishment of a UN peacebuilding commission.

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the European Commissioner for External Trade since the World Trade Organisation's trade talks in Hong Kong.

  • Education and Skills

    • Academic Earnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average annual earnings of full-time members of the academic staff of universities in the West Midlands were in the last year for...

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many cases of children excluded from academies have been referred to an independent educational tribunal for appeal since academies were...

      Active Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps the Government are taking to promote active citizenship among young people.

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding has been allocated to adult education in (a) England, (b) the Tees Valley and (c) the area corresponding as closely as...

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funds have been made available in 2005–06 for adult education courses in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham; and what...

      Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funds have been made available for adult education courses in (a) Coventry, South and (b) the West Midlands region in 2005–06;...

      A-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what guidance her Department issues to encourage more girls to undertake A-Level science subjects; (2) how many (a) girls and (b)...

      BBC Digital Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the impact of the BBC digital curriculum on the commercial market for educational software; and if she will...

      Bologna Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) secretariat and (b) follow-up resources her Department has provided toward implementation of commitments made under the Bologna Process.

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether approval of the bid from Durham county council under building schools for the future is conditional on incorporating an academy as...

      Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people leaving care in Coventry, South in 2004–05 received a leaving care grant of (a) less than £500, (b) over...

      Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support services are available to young people leaving care in (a) West Yorkshire and (b) Wakefield district to help them deal with the...

      Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people in (a) West Yorkshire and (b) Wakefield district who left care in 2005 stayed in (i) their own house, (ii) with...

      Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) leaving care workers and (b) personal advisers are available to young people leaving care in (i) the Wakefield district and...

      Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people leaving care in 2004–05 received a leaving care grant of (a) less than £500, (b) over £500, (c) over...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether there is an equivalent to List 99 for school bus drivers.

      City Academy (Middlesbrough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps the Unity City Academy in Middlesbrough is taking to raise standards; and if she will make a statement.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average class size is in (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in (i) England, (ii) Staffordshire and (iii) Tamworth...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average class size is in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Gateshead, East and Washington, West constituency.

      Communication Aids Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) whether she plans to continue to support funding for communication equipment under the Communication Aids Project for (a) children and...

      Content Advisory Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the recommendations of the Content Advisory Board; and if she will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will reply to the letter sent to her by the hon. Member for Brent East dated 21 November 2005, regarding Mr. M. A. Meerabux.

      Day Nurseries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many day nurseries have (a) closed and (b) opened since 2003.

      Deaf Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of deaf 11-year-olds achieved level 4 at Key Stage 2 in (a) reading, (b) writing and (c) mathematics in each...

      Deaf Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of deaf 15 year-olds achieved five or more GCSEs or equivalent at grades (a) A* to C and (b) A* to G in each...

      Dental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many university students studying dentistry worked in (a) Leicester and (b) England for their compulsory year's training with an NHS...

      Departmental Energy Costs

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

      Departmental Staff

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

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people were employed by (a) her Department and (b) the Office for Standards in Education in each of the last 12 months for which...

      Education (Peterborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many places are available at pupil referral units in (a) Peterborough and (b) Cambridgeshire; what their occupancy rate is; and if she...

      Education (Peterborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school age children normally resident in the Peterborough city council area are being educated...

      Education (Peterborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in the Peterborough local education authority area have a first language other than English; and what the figures were for...

      Education (Peterborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many admissions appeals were heard in the Peterborough local education authority area in respect of (a) primary schools and (b)...

      Education (Peterborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the funding per pupil is for 2005–06 in Peterborough constituency.

      Education (Peterborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools in the Peterborough local education authority area were rated (a) Grade 1, (b) Grade 2, (c) Grade 3 and (d) Grade 4 when last...

      Education (Peterborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils were permanently excluded from (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the Peterborough local education authority area in...

      Education (Staffing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many (a) full-time teachers and (b) school support staff were employed in South Gloucestershire in each year since 1992; (2) how...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when institutions whose students are eligible for education maintenance allowance were first informed that the administrative costs would be...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to ensure that those who are entitled to Education Maintenance Allowance from April, but who do not live with parents or...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to provide funding for individuals between payments of Education Maintenance Allowance and those made to trainees...

      Education Provision (Hendon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will make a statement on progress with Sure Start in Hendon; (2) how many (a) Sure Start and (b) under fives places are...

      Education Provision (Hendon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Hendon participated in the Bookstart programme in the last year for which figures are available; and if she will make a...

      Education Provision (Hendon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department is taking to support school sport in Hendon.

      Education Provision (Hendon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in Hendon had (a) computer suites and (b) classroom interactive whiteboards in (i) 2005 and (ii) 1997; and if she will make...

      Education Provision (Hendon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much her Department has made available for capital expenditure in Hendon schools since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

      Educational Attainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of (a) children in receipt of free school meals, (b) pupils with special educational needs and (c) all children aged 15...

      Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the proposed pathfinder project to assist the identification of children whose needs could be met by...

      Efficiency Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what baseline figures she is using for assessing progress on her Department's targets to (a) enable frontline professionals in schools,...

      e-Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the internet access points funded by Government Departments; and what the (a) location and (b) postcode is of each.

      Enterprise Advisor Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the Enterprise Advisor Service will continue to be funded after July 2006; and if she will make a statement.

      Ethnic Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research she has conducted into under-achievement in schools by ethnic minority pupils.

      Ethnic Pupils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps the Government are taking to monitor the collective achievement and progress of pupils with (a) Turkish and (b) other ethnic...

      Foundation Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools have applied for foundation status since the fast track scheme was introduced; and how many of these applications have been...

      Foundation Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many applications for foundation school status were received in each year since 1997.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of children at (a) all (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools and (b) the (A) top and (B) bottom 100 performing (1) primary...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action may be taken by (a) a school and (b) a social worker if a parent refuses to provide the relevant income information necessary...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what analysis she has made of the reasons for failure to take up entitlement to free school meals.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many schools in Hendon serve healthy school meals; and if she will make a statement; (2) what additional funding has been made...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of 15-year-olds attending (a) faith schools and (b) other maintained schools achieved five or more grades A* to C at GCSE or...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of 15-year-olds in receipt of free school meals attending (a) faith schools and (b) other maintained schools achieved five...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools have taken steps to address under-performance in GCSEs of white working-class boys in receipt of free school meals.

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of the marks in GCSE history are awarded by each examination board for (a) course work, (b) historical knowledge and (c)...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) boys and (b) girls in England gained five or more GCSE grades A* to C in each of the last three years.

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many girls undertook GCSE courses in England in 2005; and what proportion did not achieve a graded result.

      Grafton Village School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will meet parents of children from Grafton Village School to discuss its possible closure; (2) on what basis the decision was...

      Grammar Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what percentage of pupils who are being educated in a grammar school live outside the school's local education authority boundary; (2)...

      Grange School, Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will visit Grange School in Shrewsbury to meet teachers and pupils.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students who entered higher education in each year since 1996 went to universities that are members of (a) the Russell Group, (b)...

      Home Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the proportion of children of school age who are being educated at home.

      Home-School Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the schools which use home-school agreements in each local education authority.

      Home-School Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the maintained schools in each local education authority which do not give information on pupils' progress to parents at...

      Industrial Design Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the universities which provide industrial design-related programmes; and how many are (a) undergraduate programmes and (b)...

      Industrial Design Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people graduated from design-related courses in each year since 2001.

      Intelligent Accountability Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress she has made in replacing accountability requirements on schools for departmental skills programmes with the intelligent...

      International Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on recent international initiatives involving her Department, with particular reference to (a) India, (b) China...

      International Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many international students were studying in the United Kingdom in each of the last 10 years.

      Keith Hudson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the individuals and organisations consulted in helping her reach a decision in the case of the Keith Hudson List 99...

      Local Education Authority Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much each local education authority in England has received in each year since 1997.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had on the future of the Learning and Skills Council in Tamworth; and if she will make a statement;

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the (a) allocated and (b) actual Learning and Skills Council funding distributed to each relevant educational institution in (i)...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the performance against targets of London's learning and skills councils in each year since 2001.

      Learning Mentors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many learning mentors there are in each local education authority.

      Lisbon Agenda

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

      London Academy, Edgware

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the academic results of the London Academy, Edgware since it became a city academy; and if she will make a...

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the proposed consultation on proposals for transforming outcomes for looked-after children.

      Modern Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans her Department has to increase the number of women undertaking Modern Apprenticeships in 2006.

      Modern Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if her Department will assess the merits of extending the age limit to 24 years for modern apprenticeships.

      National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the expenditure of the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth was in each year since 1999.

      National Parents Helpline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what resources have been made available for (a) the National Parents' helpline and (b) the Parents' Centre web service; and if she will make...

      Ofsted

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the use of the contractual value added measure by Ofsted.

      Parental Engagement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the campaign to (a) develop further and (b) share schools' experience of parental engagement will be launched.

      Parenting Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which organisations run the parenting programmes which parents subject to a parenting order must attend; and what the cost to public funds...

      Parenting Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many court-imposed parenting orders for parents of excluded pupils have been (a) applied for and (b) issued in each local authority...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (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...

      Pension Liabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will estimate the net present value of accrued pension liabilities in respect of (a) present and (b) former employees of her...

      Performance Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) national learning targets and (b) public service agreement targets have been (i) revised downwards since their launch and (ii)...

      Personalised Learning (Barnet)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what allocation the London borough of Barnet has received for personalised learning from the dedicated schools grant since its introduction;...

      Private Finance Initiative Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) secondary and (b) primary schools in each local authority area are involved in private finance initiative contracts.

      Post-Graduate Certificate in Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what guidance is issued by her Department on the interviewing of applicants for post-graduate certificate in education courses; (2)...

      Primary Schools (Radstock)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much the Government contributed to the establishment of Trinity Primary and St. Nicholas Primary schools in Radstock.

      Pupil Funding (Barnet)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what spending changes there were in (a) cash and (b) percentage terms in funding per pupil in the London borough of Barnet (i) in total,...

      Pupil Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department is taking to ensure that schools devise strategies for pupils with (a) asthma and (b) other long-term conditions...

      Pupil Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what training teachers of physical education receive to ensure that they are qualified to work with children and young people with (a)...

      Queen's Birthday

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans her Department has to celebrate Her Majesty's 80th birthday; what advice she has issued to her Department's executive agencies on...

      Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many racist incidents among pupils were recorded in (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) further education institutions in...

      Reading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the sponsors of the Every Child a Reader project; and what the results of the project were.

      Religious Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the signatories to the joint statement of 22 February between faith leaders and the Department on teaching religious...

      Religious Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether a decision has been made on whether to retract her Department's guidance in paragraph 104 of DfES circular 1/94 that humanists...

      Safeguarding Children's Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many local safeguarding children's boards have been set up.

      School Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether all local education authorities have arrangements in place for identifying children missing from education.

      School Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the new school in Buckshaw village in Chorley will be built; and how many school places it will provide.

      School Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how parents may appeal against a decision to close a school taken by a school organisation committee.

      School Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what legislative provision governs (a) the curriculum for and (b) the recruitment of teaching staff in religious education in (i) community...

      School Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what legal provisions govern (a) the content of and (b) the rights of pupils and teachers to request withdrawal from religious worship in...

      School Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools will receive extra targeted financial help in 2006–07 because they have the highest numbers of pupils who have fallen behind.

      School Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the annual funding per pupil has been in (a) Gateshead and (b) Sunderland constituencies in each year since 1997.

      School Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the annual funding per pupil has been in (a) Bath and North East Somerset and (b) South Gloucestershire in each year since 1992.

      School Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools in South Swindon have received grants for improving school food; and how much each received.

      School Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which local authorities have received a targeted school meals grant; and how much each received.

      School Management Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment has been undertaken to compare management costs imposed by local authorities for the administration of her policies in schools.

      School Sport Facilities

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

      School Staff (Checks/Disputes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the restrictions which apply to employment in schools of people convicted or cautioned for sex offences apply to employment in...

      School Staff (Checks/Disputes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the implications for independent investigations into allegations of cheating of resolutions between teachers...

      Schools Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations she has received from churches on proposed changes to the way capital funding is channelled to schools; and if she will...

      Schools White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the role of local education authorities under the provisions of the Schools White Paper.

      Science GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2006 to Question 53160, on science GCSEs, what proportion of the timetable (a) biology, (b) chemistry...

      Sector Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which Sector Skills Councils are (a) fully compliant, (b) in the process of being compliant and (c) not compliant with their licence...

      Setting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many maintained schools (a) set and (b) group pupils in (i) English, (ii) mathematics, (iii) science, (iv) design and technology, (v)...

      Sex Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2006, Official Report, column 2210W, on sex and relationships education, if she will take steps to make...

      Sign Language (Financial Support)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what financial support is available for parents of deaf children to be taught sign language.

      Special Advisers (IT Allowances)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether special advisers in her Department receive an IT allowance.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list specialist schools which have a special educational needs specialism.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of Peterborough local education authority's total budget was spent on special needs education in each of the last seven years.

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the high performing specialist schools which have taken on additional functions since the publication of the White Paper,...

      St James Independent School for Senior Boys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 14 February 2006, Official Report, column 1941W, what the nature is of the investigations of the St. James...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list visits by Ministers in her Department to Sure Start schemes and facilities in England in the 12 months to 5 May 2005; in...

      Teacher Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will extend the provision of services for teachers' professional development in science, mathematics, English and social sciences.

      Teachers' Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance she plans to issue to local education authorities concerning variations of pay agreements under the School Teachers' Pay and...

      Teachers' Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what was the (a) average pay and (b) average yearly percentage change in pay of (i) a classroom teacher on starting salary, (ii) a classroom...

      University (Shrewsbury)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will take steps to secure a university for Shrewsbury.

      University Staff Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if the Government will ensure that part of the additional higher education funding is received by university staff in the form of increased...

      University Staff Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if the Government will set aside specific funds to increase the pay of university staff.

      University Staff Salaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans the Government have to improve the recruitment and retention of university staff.

      Upskilling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on upskilling staff through the Learning Academy; how many staff have been upskilled; what proportion of these...

      William Gibson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the individuals and organisations consulted in helping her reach a decision on William Gibson's List 99 determination.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Sea King

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they are giving to the future replacement of the Royal Navy airborne early warning aircraft, the Sea King Mk2.

    • Aviation: Military Air Radar Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What will be the effect on the Lower Airspace Radar Service or any other radar service offered to general aviation by the Ministry of Defence as the result of the...

      Education: Northern Ireland Post-primary Provision

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many responses they have received to the consultation processes in Northern Ireland on (a) the reform of public administration; and (b) the Costello report on...

      EU: Qualified Majority Voting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which policy areas are subject to qualified majority voting in the Council of Ministers; and for which areas the United Kingdom retains the veto.

      Immigration: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many immigrant workers are registered employed in Northern Ireland; what is the estimate of illegal immigrants working there; and how many people have been...

      Iraq: Abuse Allegations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the investigation into recent alleged abuse of Iraqi young men in Basra will include investigation into those men, particularly officers, who walked past...

      NHS: Nurse Directors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether steps will be taken to bring the pay of nurse directors into line with other National Health Service trust board directors.

      NHS: Overspends

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the 12 modern matron posts at the Peterborough and Stamford National Health Service Foundation Trust have been or may be deleted as a consequence of...

      Northern Ireland: Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 25 January (col. WA 183) concerning festivals in Northern Ireland, how they ensured that the business case used...

      Planning: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many planning applications have been received by the Northern Ireland Planning Service since 2000 in areas administered by (a) Larne Borough Council; (b)...

      Planning: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many new residential developments have been given planning permission by the Northern Ireland Planning Service, for each year since 1996, in (a) Larne Borough...

      Railways: Heritage Sector

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to address the concerns of the heritage railway sector about provisions contained in the draft Railway and Other Guided Transport...

      Railways: Network Rail

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is any restriction on increasing Network Rail's regulatory asset base if the funding does not come from third parties in the private sector.

      Religious Hatred: Cartoons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether steps have been taken within European Union (EU) institutions to give advice to EU citizens who may become involved in anti-European demonstrations in...

      Ritalin

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people in the United Kingdom have been prescribed Ritalin for longer than (a) two years; (b) five years; and (c) 10 years.

      Ritalin

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people in the United Kingdom who have been prescribed Ritalin have subsequently been treated for depression.

      Schools: Classroom Assistants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many classroom assistants are employed by education and library boards in Northern Ireland in (a) controlled schools; (b) Catholic maintained schools; (c)...

      Trade: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland plans to lead an overseas trade delegation which includes members from the Republic of Ireland, as announced by...

      Vehicles: Biofuels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether as part of Our Energy Challenge they have considered setting a target for the number of cars running on biofuels and hybrid technologies; and How many...

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