Written answers

Wednesday, 8 March 2006

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many Government organisations are involved in the administration of the Thames Gateway regeneration scheme.

    • Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list local planning authorities in the Thames Gateway which have in place an urban capacity study which meets his Department's standards.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of local government expenditure was (a) raised locally and (b) provided by grants in the 2005–06 financial year.

      District/County Councils

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent meetings he has had with local authority chief executives on the potential abolition of district and county councils.

      Housing (Northamptonshire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what uses his Department proposes to make of the 2021 to 2031 housing projections for North Northamptonshire contained in the Milton Keynes and South Midlands...

      Environmentally Sustainable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to ensure that all new homes are environmentally sustainable.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what level of earnings a single person can have before they start paying council tax if they are (a) under 25 years and (b) over 25 years; and if he will make a...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff work in the Local Government and Fire Group; how many are based in (i) London and (ii) each region and nation of the UK; how much was spent on...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff work in the Corporate Strategy and Resources Group; how many are based in (i) London and (ii) each region and nation of the UK; how much was spent...

      Infrastructure Funding (Milton Keynes)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister by what medium the press notice issued on 16 February 2006 by his Department regarding funding for infrastructure projects in Milton Keynes was distributed to (a)...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will reply to the letter sent to him by the hon. Member for Brent East, dated 2 December 2005, regarding Mr. Brian Barker.

      National Interest Mapping Service Agreement

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) discussions he has had with and (b) guidance he has given to Ordnance Survey on the exclusion of mapping products and services that have been wholly or...

      New Deal for Communities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was spent on education and training within the New Deal for Communities programme on (a) pre-16-year-olds, (b) 16 to 19-year-olds and (c) 19 years plus...

      Northern Way Strategy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 13 February 2006, Official Report, column 1627W, on the Northern Way Strategy, whether (a) Ministers and (b) Government Offices for the...

      Press Complaints Commission

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2006, Official Report, column 1247W, to the hon. Member for Pendle, on the Press Complaints Commission, what the substance...

      Respect Agenda

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how he is contributing to the Respect agenda.

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he expects master planning to be undertaken for all major developments in the Thames Gateway; and if he will make a statement.

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many additional new jobs have been created in the five strategic planning locations in the Thames Gateway since July 2003.

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish a regular report of progress towards the aspirations and commitments set out in his strategy Creating sustainable communities: Delivering the...

  • Prime Minister

    • Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister when he expects British troops to leave Iraq.

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister when he will reply to question 54463 tabled by the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak, on 16 February 2006 on Guantanamo Bay.

  • Church Commissioners

    • Ethical Investments

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners if he will make a statement on the policy on Israel of the Ethical Investment Advisory Group of the Church of England.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to ensure that badgers (a) killed as part of a cull and (b) otherwise found dead are disposed of in a way...

    • Carcase Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects of the ban on burning carcases; and if she will make a statement.

      Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the expected commencement date is for sections 69 to 76 of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, on alarm...

      Coast Protection Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the operation of the Coast Protection Act 1949.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what baseline figures she is using for assessing progress on her Department's targets to (a) deliver step-change improvements...

      Countryside Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many miles of permissible bridleways exist under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme; how she expects this figure to alter...

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) incidents of fly-tipping were reported and (b) prosecutions were made following such incidents in (i)...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which institution carried out each piece of research commissioned by her Department into the effectiveness and reliability of...

      Night Noise Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action her Department is taking to reduce noise levels at night.

      Planning Guidance PG5/2 (04)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations her Department has received from industry bodies on PG5/2(04) in the last three years; and if she will...

      Rats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 30 June 2005, Official Report, column 1644W, on rats, if she will place in the Library a copy of...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the national targets are for recycling (a) household waste and (b) corporate waste over the next five years.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to encourage recycling.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the proportion of landfill waste which was recyclable in each of the past five years.

      Street Cleaning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance her Department makes available to local authorities with regard to street cleaning.

      Supermarkets (Packaging)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to introduce legislation (a) limiting the amount of packaging that can be used for products sold in...

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the estimated level of waste in the Thames Gateway is for (a) 2006, (b) 2010, (c) 2015, (d) 2020 and (e) 2025;...

      Water Leakage Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the leakage rates were for each water company in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Water Leakage Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what change there has been in each water company's leakage rate in the last five years.

      Water Purification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department has commissioned into methods of purifying water; and what conclusions she has drawn from the...

      Water Supply (Kent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of water (a) provision and (b) usage in Kent for 2006 to 2017; and if she will make a statement.

      Water System (New Housing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the new (a) reservoirs, (b) treatment plants and (c) sewerage systems that might be needed to...

  • Treasury

    • Business Productivity (Coventry, South)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the productivity of business in Coventry South.

    • Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many members of staff employed by his Department are on temporary contracts.

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average life expectancy is for people in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland.

      Office for National Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether the relocation plans for the London site of the Office for National Statistics meet the requirements of the impact assessment conducted under...

      Population (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the population of (a) each Gloucestershire district and (b) each ward in the Stroud district was according to (i) figures from the 2001 census, (ii)...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of nominal gross domestic expenditure on research and development was in each year since 1997 and how much of each sum was accounted for by...

  • Trade and Industry

    • British Oil Consumption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to reduce British oil consumption; and if he will make a statement.

    • Gas/Electricity Suppliers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which companies in the UK are registered suppliers of (a) gas and (b) electricity.

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of the relocation of the National Institute for Medical Research from Mill Hill to Euston on...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received from (a) Royal Mail, (b) Postwatch and (c) sub post offices in response to the Government's decision not...

      Water Industry Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will introduce legislation to amend the Water Industry Act 1991 to prevent water companies from charging surface water drainage charges...

      Water Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his assessment is of the number of households that qualify for a rebate on their Surface Water Drainage Charge, but have not applied.

  • Transport

    • A3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the impact on the (a) environment, (b) economy and (c) regeneration of Portsmouth of not progressing the A3...

    • A3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he made of the south-east of England regional assembly's advice on the relative regional priority of the A3 Hindhead Improvement Scheme.

      A3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received (a) opposing and (b) supporting the approval of the A3 Hindhead Improvement Scheme; and what representations he...

      A3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what role the (a) South East England Development Agency, (b) South East England Regional Assembly, (c) Highways Agency, (d) Environment Agency and (e)...

      A3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what advice the Department will take when considering the approval of the A3 Hindhead Improvement Scheme.

      A3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to make the final decision on the affordability of the A3 Hindhead Improvement Scheme.

      A3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the earliest date is on which pre-works could commence on the A3 Hindhead Improvement Scheme if approval is granted.

      Air Passengers (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many compensation payments have been made to UK air passengers under EU Regulation 261/2004 in each year since it was introduced.

      Air Passengers (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will seek amendments to EU Regulation 261/2004 to improve the payment of compensation to air passengers.

      Alternative Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was allocated to research into alternative fuel options in each of the last seven years.

      Aviation Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received regarding a safety alert at Nottingham East Midlands airport on 4 February.

      Aviation Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he last met representatives of the Civil Aviation Authority to discuss safety at (a) regional airports and (b) Nottingham East Midlands Airport.

      Canvey Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what investigations are under way on a new access road for Canvey Island; which body is responsible for undertaking the investigations; and what...

      Concessionary Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from local authorities about the possibility of shortfalls in funding for statutory free bus travel for the...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will provide a substantive reply to Mr. Roger Jobson of Tuckenhay, Chairman of the Riparian and Mooring Rights Owners Group.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were employed by the (a) Driving Standards Agency, (b) Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, (c) Highways Agency, (d) Maritime and...

      Grant Aid (Airports/Ports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proposals for grant aid are being considered for (a) airports and (b) ports; whether clearance for any proposed grant aid (i) has been and (ii) is...

      High-risk Marine Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria were used by his Department to determine the marine areas for designation as marine environmental high risk areas.

      Light Rail Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will publish the guidance for promoters of light rail schemes referred to in the Treasury Minute in response to the Eleventh Report of...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding each local transport authority received in each year since 1997–98 (a) in total, (b) per mile of road and (c) per head of population.

      M20

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Government plans to resurface the M20 between junctions 8 and 9 with a noise reducing surface; and why plans for the resurfacing have been delayed.

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents involving oil tankers have taken place in each of the last 20 years in (a) international and (b) UK waters.

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment of (a) environmental importance, (b) incidence of marine accidents and (c) risk was undertaken before deciding whether the coastal...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the administration costs were of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in (a) cash and (b) real terms in each year since 1997.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many full-time equivalent staff have been employed by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in each year since 1997; and what plans he has for...

      Maritime Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures he has taken to improve maritime safety since 1997.

      Oil Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of (a) the proportion of the global oil tanker fleet that is UK registered and (b) the number of oil tankers that have passed...

      Oil Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the level of future use of oil tankers.

      Public Transport (Rural Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government are taking to improve the provision of public transport in rural areas.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money his Department has spent on research into the use of (a) cereal ethanol, (b) beet ethanol, (c) straw ethanol, (d) rape methyl ester, (e)...

      Road Calming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the relative merits of flash up speed signs in reducing (a) speed and (b) road traffic accidents compared with other...

      Road Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential impact on urban congestion of a national road pricing scheme.

      Road Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria are used to reach a decision on whether to undertake road improvement projects; what account is taken when making such decisions of (a)...

      Security (River Thames)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are being taken to improve the co-ordination of security on the Thames.

      Shipping Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many shipping accidents involving (a) collision, (b) grounding and (c) fire have occurred in (i) UK waters and (ii) the Pentland Firth in each of...

      UK Waters (Traffic Density)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will rank UK waters by traffic density.

      Urban Road Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 8 February 2006, Official Report, column 1061W, on the urban road network, what proportion of the total road network is...

  • Education and Skills

    • Accountable Stores

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the accountable stores lost as referred to on page 62 of her Department's resource accounts.

    • Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 998W, on avian influenza, when she expects to be in a position to...

      GNVQ Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many vacancies there were on GNVQ courses in (a) West Lancashire and (b) England in each year between 1997 and 2005.

      Influenza Pandemic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what provision her Department's UK influenza pandemic contingency plan makes for the operation of schools.

      National Curriculum (Transport Safety)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what provision is made in the national curriculum for teaching children about safety issues in relation to (a) highways and (b) railways.

      Pensions Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what is the total pensions liability of her Department.

      Selection by Ability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of lessons in secondary schools inspected by Ofsted were setted by ability in (a) faith schools (i) in total and (ii) broken...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in (a) each region of England and (b) each local education authority in the Yorkshire and Humber region are registered as...

      Thames Gateway Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects to publish the Skills for Communities plan announced in the Thames Gateway strategy, Creating Sustainable Communities:...

  • Defence

    • Abu Ghraib

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list (a) visits, (b) meetings, (c) discussions and (d) other liaison activities that have taken place between UK personnel within his...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the extent to which insurgents in southern Afghanistan originate from (a) Afghanistan, (b) Pakistan and (c) stateless...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what procedures would be followed by UK forces deployed to Helmand province in the event of the hot pursuit of illegal combatants and other terrorist...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) dates and (b) nature of attacks on UK aircraft in Afghanistan were in the last two years; and if he will make a statement.

      British Forces (Arrests)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether arrests by British forces on operational duty overseas would be under (a) counter-insurgency and (b) counter-terrorist rules.

      British Nuclear Deterrent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the likely cost of replacing the British nuclear deterrent.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the policy of the (a) British Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force is on sourcing goods from Burma.

      Hooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when officials and Ministers in his Department were first informed of the direction by the General Officer Commanding 1 (UK) Armoured Division...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of whether the use of munitions containing depleted uranium in Iraq has contributed to an increase in uranium levels in other...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the policy of the Coalition is on the protection and identification of holy sites in Iraq.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which UK ports are being adapted to accommodate nuclear submarine berths.

      Overseas Deployments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British soldiers are stationed abroad.

      Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British Service personnel on tour in Iraq were sent back to the UK in advance of their scheduled tour end date due to a post traumatic stress...

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total value was of payments from his Department to QinetiQ in each of the last four years.

      Royal Gibraltar Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was allocated to the Royal Gibraltar Regiment in each of the last 13 years.

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria his Department uses to decide whether to grant requests for Royal Naval vessels to attend events organised by private organisations.

      South Atlantic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what forces are (a) available and (b) scheduled to be available in the next 12 months in the South Atlantic; and at what level of readiness.

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what baseline figures he is using for assessing progress on his Department's targets to (a) generate annual efficiency gains in logistics and procurement...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Asset Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what statistics the Government collect on the equality of asset ownership; (2) whether the Government collect statistics on the (a)...

    • Benefit Processing Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria are used in making decisions on the (a) number and (b) location of benefit-processing centres in London.

      Buncefield Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the interim conclusions of the inquiry into the Buncefield fire; and if he will place these interim conclusions...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the contractor who supplied the Child Support Agency's updated IT system has fulfilled the obligations set out in the procurement contract.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average number of staff hours spent by the Child Support Agency on assessing a case is under (a) old and (b) new rules.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Child Support Agency staff members are allocated to tactical clearance teams at each Child Support Agency centre; and what performance...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff were employed as part of the Child Support Agency contingency team in Liverpool and how many were assigned to the new CS2...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total number of staff employed in each of the six Child Support Agency call centres was in the UK; how many staff in each call centre...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his oral evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee on 15 February 2006, how many of his Department's staff he intends to transfer...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his oral evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee on 15 February 2006, how many new staff, excluding staff transferred from...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of (a) lone parents and (b) lone parents in receipt of benefit are in receipt of child support maintenance.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been collected in child maintenance for each year since 1997.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the monthly figures were for the Child Support Agency of (a) applications received, (b) applications cleared, (c) first payments made, (d)...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether the application of servicemen's exemption from the Child Support (Enforcement and Collection) Regulations 1992 will be...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact of the £90 million allocated to improving the Child Support Agency's performance.

      Debt Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many outstanding cases there were in each debt centre in the Department as at 1 December.

      Employment Advisers (GP Surgeries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has to pilot the placement of employment advisers in general practitioner surgeries; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      EU Citizens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many workers from the new European Union member states are claiming unemployment benefits in the United Kingdom.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consultation Jobcentre Plus conducted in relation to changes in tendering processes for prime contractors for the new deal in the North West.

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the outcomes of (a) pathways to work participants who volunteer for the condition management programme and (b)...

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Post Office used to receive for each order book payment it made before the introduction of the Post Office Card Account (POCA);...

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Blackpool, North and Fleetwood constituency use Post Office card accounts to receive benefits and pensions.

      Serps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the weekly state earnings-related pension scheme and second state pension entitlement is for someone retiring with (a) 10 and (b) 20...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Plastic Cups

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) what percentage of plastic cups used in the House were recycled in the last period for which figures are...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Community Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the community radio licences which have been granted in England and Wales following the enactment of the Communications...

    • Departmental Services (Expenditure)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) her Department and (b) its agencies spent on (i) electricity use and (ii) water and sewerage services in each year since 1997.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made in developing proposals to provide assistance to (a) pensioners and (b) people on low incomes to switch to...

      International Sporting Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 16 February 2006, Official Report, column 2198W, on international sporting events, if she will list the...

      Library Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact on book lending rates and library usage of the level of security and protection in public...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received from local authorities concerning decisions by magistrates on the awarding of costs in...

      Satellite Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the proportion of television viewers in (a) the UK, (b) Wales and (c) Wrexham with satellite television.

      TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many addresses in the UK are on the database of TV Licensing as having a television set on the premises.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service (Political Activities)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when the civil service restrictions on political activities will commence in relation to the 2006 local elections.

    • Departmental Estate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what building work other than the installation of security measures has been undertaken at the Cabinet Office in the last three years.

      Ecovert FM

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much has been paid to Ecovert FM to control rodents in the Cabinet Office since the beginning of their contract.

      Office of the Civil Service Commissioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when the Office of the Civil Service Commissioners will (a) acknowledge and (b) answer the e-mail of 21 January 2006 from Mr. Michael Canton, a...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many special advisers worked in the Cabinet Office between 8 September 2004 and 6 May 2005; and what the (a) salary and (b) responsibilities of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) estimate his Department has made and (b) authoritative estimate his Department has received on the value of (i) poppy...

    • Algeria and Ivory Coast

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in (a) Algeria and (b) Ivory Coast.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what guidance he issues to officials from his Department on the grade of official appropriate to conduct meetings and...

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance his Department is giving to British Overseas Territories to negotiate their share of EU regional grants.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2006, Official Report, columns 1449–50W, on elections, if he will seek treaty changes...

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to help British overseas territories to gain access to EU markets.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that all representatives of British overseas territories are able to place a wreath on the...

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received of possible torture and serious misconduct by government police and intelligence agents...

      Burundi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) members and (b) representatives of the Government of Burundi concerning their commitment to...

      Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions on the Canadian seal hunt he had with the Canadian Foreign Minister during their recent meeting; and if he will...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will reply to the letters from Mr. R. G. Ford, a constituent of the hon. Member for Shrewsbury, of 5 January and 25 February.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) when he will reply to the letters from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, dated 20 January and 3 February...

      Defence Export Services Organisation

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

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with members of the World Bank on the activities of Gecamines in the Democratic Republic...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the co-operation provided by (a) Uganda and (b) Rwanda to the United Nations with...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the (a) levels and (b) origin of (i) financial and (ii) logistical support provided...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the level of government control and accountability of the OKIMO mining authority in...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of (a) the overall security situation and (b) the level of infrastructural readiness in...

      Departmental Telephone Numbers

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

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the decision by the Government of Egypt to postpone local council elections for two years and...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with Spain about Gibraltar.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made on negotiations over Gibraltar's constitution.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much is allocated to promote tourism to Gibraltar in 2005–06; and if he will make a statement.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK citizens have taken up residency in Gibraltar in each of the last seven years.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to improve indigenous industry on Gibraltar.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the government of Gibraltar on increasing desalination capacity.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans the Government have to encourage more flights between Gibraltar and the UK.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent official visits have been made by (a) members of the Royal Family and (b) Ministers to Gibraltar.

      Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on relations between the UK and Haiti.

      High Commission Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings High Commission staff based in South Africa have had with government officials in Lesotho since the withdrawal of...

      High Commission Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the withdrawal of the High Commission in (a) Lesotho and (b) Swaziland on relations...

      Holy See

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent on (a) refurbishment, (b) redecorations and (c) furnishings for (i) the embassy and (ii) the...

      Holy See

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) agreements and (b) treaties exist between the United Kingdom and the Holy See; and if he will make a statement.

      Holy See

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what undertakings were entered into by both parties following the restoration of full diplomatic representation between the...

      Holy See

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what the costs were of (a) the lease of the ambassador's residence to the Holy See which is to be surrendered in April and...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he will be taking at the UN Security Conference following the confirmation that Iran is testing a cascade of 20...

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the action taken by the Government of Kenya against the Kenyan media.

      Liberia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Liberia.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will discuss with the Pakistani authorities the progress made in recovering foreign nationals from madrassas in Pakistan.

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with Germany on a possible rise in prostitution and trafficking of women during the football World Cup.

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the possible impact on the trafficking of women of the incidence of major international (a)...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Russia on the exporting of arms where there is a risk that they might be used...

      Somaliland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with representatives of Somaliland.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution he is making to the process of Sri Lankan peace talks.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans have been presented to the UN Security Council regarding the (a) size and nature and (b) mandate of a UN mission to...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the UK's contribution to the planned UN mission to...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contingency plans have been drawn up by the United Nations for the planned handover of the African Union mission to Darfur...

      Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the (a) security and (b) political situation in Thailand; and if he will make...

      Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) members and (b) representatives of the government in Thailand on the on-going protests...

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the (i) use of torture and (ii) number of political prisoners...

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of Chinese-Venezuelan relations; whether he has received representations from Venezuela...

  • International Development

    • International Tax Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to implement Paragraph 64 of the Monterrey Consensus relating to international tax co-operation.

    • Poverty/Wealth Inequality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of levels of (a) poverty and (b) wealth inequality in (i) India, (ii) Nigeria, (iii) Russia and (iv)...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Asylum Seekers (Legal Services)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much funding has been made available for legal services for women asylum seekers in the UK in the last three years for...

    • Cemetery Safety

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to her answer of 27 February 2006, Official Report, column 110W, on cemetery safety, under what legal authority burial...

      Census 1911

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2006, Official Report, column 111W, on the 1911 census, whether there have been recorded...

      Citizenship Curriculum

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether she has plans to extend the citizenship curriculum in schools.

      Departmental Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the (a) 0800, (b) 0845 and (c) 0870 telephone numbers for the public administered by (i) her Department and...

      Electoral Reform

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps her Department is taking to improve the accessibility to voters of polling stations.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the efficiency of the Information Commissioner's Office.

      Magistrates (Lancashire)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many magistrates in Lancashire are under (a) 30 and (b) 25 years, broken down by sex.

      Supreme Court

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what contingency plans there are for the site of the new Supreme Court should Westminster council refuse the planning...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the dates of the meetings held since 1st January 2005 between (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her...

      Rape Trials

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many defendants to allegations of rape in the criminal courts were allowed personally to cross-examine the complainant in...

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what funding streams her Department plans to finance in 2006–07 to tackle social exclusion.

      Torture

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs for what reasons the final report of the Council of Europe Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Coleraine Rail and Bus Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of trains arriving at and leaving from Coleraine Rail and Bus Station during 2005 did so within five minutes of the timetabled time.

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what has been the change in the extent of cycling as a result of the various cycling initiatives undertaken in Northern Ireland since 2000.

      Departmental Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how much his Department spent on items of art in 2004–05; (2) when he will provide an answer to Question 23461, on departmental...

      Departmental Telephone Numbers

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

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) EU and (b) non-EU citizens were working in Northern Ireland in each of the last 30 years.

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentage of people were employed in the (a) public and (b) private sector in each (i) ward, (ii) county and (iii)...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent on repairs and maintenance of domestic properties by (a) Northern Ireland housing associations on average and (b) the...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many empty houses owned by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive were demolished in each of the last three years.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the improvement works to Housing Executive properties at Ballygallin Park, Coleraine which were scheduled for the financial year...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Northern Ireland Housing Executive tenants were prosecuted for non-payment of rent in each of the last five years.

      Invest NI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps Invest NI are taking to raise the level of local employment in consultancy (a) in general and (b) in relation to energy issues.

      Janine Murtagh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what issues were raised in the letter to the Health Minister from the coroner investigating the death of Janine Murtagh in the Royal Victoria...

      Janine Murtagh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the remit was of the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority review into the death of Janine Murtagh.

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what account the consultation on the New Strategic Direction for Alcohol and Drugs (2006–11) will take of the recent consultation on...

      Modern Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many modern apprenticeships were taken up in each (a) ward, (b) county and (c) constituency in the last year for which figures are available.

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the 10 highest paid chief commissioner and equivalent posts in non-departmental public bodies in Northern Ireland in 2005; and...

      Northern Ireland Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions new train sets operated by Northern Ireland Railways broke down while in service during 2005.

      Patient Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make the costs involved in using a continuous positive airway pressure machine at home refundable to the patient.

      Primary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures are being considered at rural based primary schools in Northern Ireland for the safe passage of children to and from schools.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Northern Ireland Tourist Board is taking to promote the North Coast resorts of (a) Portstewart, (b) Portrush, (c) Portballintrae,...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what budget bids the Northern Ireland Tourism Board made to support regional tourism organisations; and if he will make a statement on the...

      United Hospitals (Patient Complaints)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff in the United Hospitals area have been (a) suspended, (b) dismissed and (c) given formal warnings as a result of complaints from...

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average waiting times at accident and emergency departments were in each of the acute hospitals in Northern Ireland during 2005.

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the change in average waiting times experienced at the Accident and Emergency department in Causeway hospital has been between January 2005...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many officers there were in each local authority dealing with antisocial behaviour in each year since 1997; (2) what the budget...

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average time taken was to obtain an antisocial behaviour order in the last period for which figures are available; (2) what...

      Assisted Dying

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of (a) assisted suicide and (b) euthanasia have been reported in each of the last five years.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the provision of dental services for women asylum seekers in detention centres.

      Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on which local authority boundaries crime and disorder reduction partnerships are based in two-tier local government areas.

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent crimes were committed in each county of the East of England region in each year since 1997.

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unsolved crimes were recorded by police forces in each county of the East of England region in each year since 1997.

      Electronic Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances have been reported of (a) the location of a person subject to active tracking being lost and regained and (b) of tracking...

      Electronic Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what levels of satisfaction with training provided by Group 4 Securicor have been reported in each of the regions for which the company has...

      Electronic Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cumulative period is of electronic monitoring service breaks since 1 April 2005 in each of the regions for which Group 4 Securicor...

      Extraditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK citizens have been extradited to the United States under the Extradition Act 2003.

      Extraditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many United States citizens have been extradited to the UK in each of the last 10 years.

      Neighbourhood Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the implementation of neighbourhood policing teams to be completed in each police force.

      Neighbourhood Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the average population to be covered by neighbourhood policing teams.

      Parenting Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many parenting orders have been applied for to date.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations his Department has received on the activities of Newham council's park police.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of how many officer hours it took on average to process an arrest in (a) England and (b) Humberside in the latest...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been killed in each of the last three years by the police (a) during police action, (b) as a result of police pursuits...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison inmates have diagnosed personality disorders; and how many prison inmates are receiving treatment for personality disorders.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners diagnosed with (a) mental health problems, (b) personality disorders, (c) learning disabilities and (d) communicative...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the prison population had (a) learning disabilities, (b) mental health problems and (c) learning difficulties and mental...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to pay prisoners the same amount for education as they are paid for work; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department spent on the Assisted Prisoners' Visits Scheme in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) adult prisoners and (b) prisoners in young offender institutions were (i) in full-time employment, (ii) self-employed, (iii)...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to prevent the spread of Islamic fundamentalism in the prison system.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent progress his Department has made in tackling prostitution; how many people have been prosecuted for (a) living on immoral...

      Public Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to tackle antisocial behaviour in Swindon; and if he will make a statement.

      Shellfish Toxins (Use of Animals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2006, Official Report, column 1282W, on shellfish toxins (use of animals), how many protocols for the...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to prevent young offenders from re-offending; and if he will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Agenda for Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many trusts in England have introduced the pay package Agenda for Change.

    • Agenda for Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many trusts that have not yet implemented Agenda for Change plan to do so; and whether there are plans to backdate the payments in such trusts.

      Age-specific Medical Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans her Department has to provide age-specific medical information for children in order to improve the management of (a) asthma and (b) other...

      Alternative Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to regulate herbal medicines and acupuncture under the Health Act 1999.

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Alzheimer's sufferers in the severe stages of the disease are currently prescribed Ebixa; and what treatment options are available to these...

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to ensure that effective drug treatment will be available for people in the early and late stages of Alzheimer's disease following...

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government is taking to help those suffering with Alzheimer's disease.

      Antenatal Classes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of pregnant women who were unable to access free antenatal classes in the last period for which figures are...

      Benzodiazepine Addiction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support is available for involuntary addicts withdrawing from benzodiazepine addiction.

      Benzodiazepine Addiction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance her Department issues to general practitioners on the prescription of benzodiazepine.

      Benzodiazepine Addiction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to establish more specialist benzodiazepine dependence treatment services on withdrawal clinics.

      Blood Donation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what her assessment is of the policy of the National Blood Service that prohibits gay and bisexual men from donating blood; (2) whether the...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts offer facilities for the rapid diagnosis of HER2 breast cancer.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts offer Herceptin for the treatment of early stage HER2 breast cancers.

      Breastfeeding (Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what national targets she has set for increasing the percentage of mothers breastfeeding.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients normally resident in West Lancashire have been treated for cancer in the past 12 months.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care home inspections were carried out by the Commission for Social Care Inspection between April and December in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.

      Cash Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what interest rate is charged to (a) NHS authorities and (b) Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust for cash support; what the rate was in each of the...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what types of services provided by the NHS are required to make checks against the Protection of Children Act list of the people employed in them.

      Choose and Book System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will hold an inquiry into the Choose and Book computer system; and if she will make a statement.

      Chronic Fatigue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the economic effects of the early diagnosis and treatment of myalgic encephalomyelitis.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the (a) adult and (b) child population of (i) York and Selby Primary Care Trust area, (ii) Yorkshire and the Humber and (iii) England...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent NHS general dental practitioners there were in the York and Selby Primary Care Trust area in each year since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effectiveness with which (a) Eastleigh and Test Valley South primary care trust and (b) Hampshire and Isle of Wight...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on IT for NHS dental services over the last three years in support of (a) Connecting for Health and (b) the National Programme for...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts are inviting dentists to sign memoranda of agreement instead of contracts.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a forecast of the cost to patients of one standard NHS dental filling (a) before and (b) after 1 April 2006.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts are not offering children only NHS contracts to general dental service dentists under the post 1 April 2006 contract.

      Diabetic Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the guidelines are on the provision of specialist diabetic nurses for (a) adults and (b) children.

      Domiciliary Oxygen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation was conducted with (a) service users and (b) health professionals, prior to the recent change in domiciliary oxygen provision.

      Domiciliary Oxygen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason the system of domiciliary oxygen supply has been reformed.

      Domiciliary Oxygen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish the advice given to community pharmacists with regard to the running down of stocks of oxygen prior to 1 February 2006; and if she...

      Domiciliary Oxygen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2006, Official Report, column 170W, on home oxygen therapy, what assessment she made of the feasibility of using...

      Domiciliary Oxygen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what use has been made of the six month transition period for the new domiciliary oxygen supply contract.

      Dr. Foster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Department paid to the health care information company Dr. Foster in each of the last three financial years.

      Expert Patients Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect on costs in other parts of the NHS of the Expert Patients programme.

      Genito-urinary Clinics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2006, Official Report, column 423W, on genito-urinary clinics, what (a) formula and (b) criteria should be used to...

      General Practitioners (Take-home Pay)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average take-home pay was for general practitioners in (a) England and (b) Beverley and Holderness in each of the last 10 years; and if she will...

      Health Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written answer of 11 January 2006, Official Report, column 725W, on Health Committee evidence, what percentage of the national health...

      Health Suppliers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the contracted obligations of the public sector are under the Connecting for Health Supplier Attachment Scheme; what the maximum cost to public...

      Hearing Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average waiting time is for (a) children's, (b) adults and (c) all hearing tests for each NHS trust in the county of Bedfordshire; and if...

      Hearing Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to reduce waiting times for those (a) children and (b) adults in the county of Bedfordshire who need hearing tests;...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 2 February 2006, Official Report, column 1721W, on HIV/Aids (Hertfordshire), what representations she has made to the...

      Hospital Audiology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health from whom (a) she and (b) the NHS Chief Executive receive advice on hospital audiology services; what information she has received on (i) waiting times...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2006, Official Report, column 133W, on influenza, whether she has examined what contribution acute respiratory...

      Late Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 February to Question 46369, if she will assess the effect of late payments by NHS professionals on small and medium sized firms.

      Local Authority Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account has been taken in the local authority budget settlements for 2006–07 of changes in the numbers of people with (a) multiple and profound...

      Macmillan Nurses

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

      Magnet Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what use is being made of magnet therapy in the NHS; and whether it has been approved by the National Institute for Clinical and Health Excellence.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children in (a) West Lancashire constituency and (b) Lancashire have had to wait more than (i) one month, (ii) two months and (iii) three months...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to support young people with mental health problems.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacant midwife posts there are in (a) the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire strategic health authority area and (b) the Peterborough and...

      Research National Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will assess the merits of establishing a national database of research into medical conditions for use by NHS consultants and university hospitals...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2006, Official Report, column 1317W, on NHS Finance, which organisations her Department has had cause to remind that...

      NHS Gas Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS has spent on gas in (a) Leicester and (b) England since 1997.

      NHS Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been seconded to new jobs in the NHS to implement 'Commissioning a Patient-Led NHS'.

      Occupational Therapy (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what occupational therapy services are available in each London borough.

      Pathologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the three-month vacancy rate is for pathologists at (a) Barnet and Chase Farm Hospital Trust, (b) Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, (c) Northwick Park...

      Patient Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health under what circumstances patient records held by general practitioner surgeries can be released to pharmaceutical companies, their agents and staff.

      Physiotherapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many physiotherapists have been matched on each of the available pay grades under the Agenda for Change pay system.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average expenditure by NHS primary care trusts per head of population on learning disability services was in each year since 1997.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of (a) the appropriateness of the system of weighting of the primary care trust recurrent allocation per head of population...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on private finance initiative projects in the last three years; and what the estimated levels are over the next three years.

      Sentinel Computer System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on (a) the delivery and performance of the Sentinel system procured by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory...

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what extra (a) finance and (b) personnel are planned to be allocated to promoting sexual health over the next three years; and what new initiatives are...

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to improve sexual health among young people.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations her Department has received on elastic cigarettes developed by British American Tobacco; and what assessment she has made of their...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people she estimates have (a) started and (b) stopped smoking in each quarter of each of the last five years.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department spent on treating smoking-related illnesses in each of the past five years.

      Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what rating was given to Southport and Ormskirk NHS trust by the turnaround team.

      Sterile Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to publish findings from the Pathfinder for Sterile Services.

      Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made of acute hospital bed capacity at the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

      Thyroid Malfunctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance she has issued to doctors on the early diagnosis of thyroid malfunctions.

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the waiting list for (a) hip replacement and (b) prosthetic knee replacement operations in (i) 2004–05 and (ii) to date in 2005–06...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Research

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much research funding has been provided by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and its agencies to Rothamsted Research (and its predecessor...

    • Agriculture: Research

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What areas of specific expertise have been, and are likely to be, lost at Rothamsted Research (and its predecessor body) and the Institute of Grassland and...

      Agriculture: Research

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the cost to the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council has been, and is likely to be, of redundancies in Rothamsted Research (and its...

      Armed Forces: Pay Review Body

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What effect the 20 Royal Navy, 25 Army and 40 RAF operational pinch points identified by the Armed Forces' Pay Review Body in paragraphs 2.42 to 2.48 of its report...

      Armed Forces: Pay Review Body

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

      Armed Forces: Pay Review Body

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What will be the extra costs to the defence budget of full implementation of the Armed Forces' Pay Review Body 2006 proposals; and how this will be provided.

      Armed Forces: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What procedures and training exist to help prevent post-traumatic stress disorder in servicemen and women likely to experience combat or other violent or...

      Aviation: Bilateral Air Travel Arrangements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What have been the reasons for the approval and refusal of applications for bilateral air travel arrangements over the past two years.

      Aviation: Security

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much of the cost of security at airports and for airlines is funded by the organisations themselves; and how much is provided by government.

      Civil Service: Secular Societies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are humanist or other secular societies among the staff networks in the Civil Service.

      Civil Service: Staff Networks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many staff networks there are in the Civil Service; and what they are named.

      Education: Interactive Whiteboards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the impact on pupil motivation, attainment and learning of the introduction of interactive whiteboards into classrooms.

      Education: Internet

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the results of the United Kingdom Children Go Online survey by Professor Sonia Livingstone of the London School of Economics; and...

      Energy: Microgeneration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are taking steps to encourage the development of micro-power generation.

      Energy: Microgeneration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have held discussions on the removal of the reverse stop as a means of encouraging the growth of micropower generation; and, if so, with whom.

      Energy: Price Protection Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What advice they are offering to consumers on energy companies' fixed price tariffs, known as price protection schemes, which run for several years.

      Energy: Renewable

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 27 February (WA 11), what they class as "a non-cost value and attribute".

      Extraordinary Rendition Flights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Drayson on 27 February (WA 35), whether a Gulfstream aircraft used for the purpose of extraordinary rendition would be...

      National Insurance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the latest year for which figures are available, what assessment they have made of the amount of employee national insurance contributions which are not due on...

      NHS: Dentistry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will indicate in tabular form the difference in terms of remuneration for dentists between the old and new contractual arrangements for National...

      Public Assets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any limit is set to the amounts by which former public servants may benefit from the sale of public assets; and, if so, by what means.

      Railways: Strategic Rail Authority

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date the Strategic Rail Authority will be officially wound up; what will be the size and scale of its continuing liabilities; and where such liabilities...

      Railways: Train Guards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many train guards are currently employed by South West Trains.

      Roads: M11

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to install interactive signs on the M11 to alert drivers to the possibility of long delays and the closure of the motorway.

      Royal Navy: Vessels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the final destination for each vessel decommissioned from (a) the Royal Navy, and (b) the Royal Fleet Auxiliary since 1990; and, for those vessels...

      Royal Travel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the financial memorandum on grant-in-aid for royal travel of May 2002 was not reviewed after no more than three years as anticipated in the memorandum; and...

      Royal Travel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether in undertaking their review of the financial memorandum on grant-in-aid for royal travel they will consider (a) imposing a maximum budget for royal travel...

      Schools: Collective Worship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether school pupils aged 16 and over may opt out of collective worship without the permission of their parents.

      Schools: Truancy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much they have spent on combating truancy since 1997.

      Schools: Trusts and Academies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With which organisations the Department for Education and Skills has been in communication regarding sponsorship of the proposed trust schools and academies.

      Sport: Anti-doping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will sign the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation's International Convention Against Doping in Sport; how this will...

      Sport: TV Income

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they assess the financial investment in grass-roots sport from television contracts signed by the sports governing bodies.

      Tax Credits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McKenzie of Luton on 9 February (WA 122), for the latest year for which figures are available, how many single parents...

      Taxation: HMRC Questionnaire

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To which organisations HM Revenue and Customs has sent the questionnaire entitled "Partnership Enhancement Programme—Tax on the Boardroom Agenda"; and...

      Taxation: Anti-avoidance Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McKenzie of Luton on 15 February (WA 182), whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the responses...

      Transport: HGV Drivers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will introduce regular retesting of heavy goods vehicles licence holders to enable the early identification of sleep apnoea.

      Transport: Lorry Drivers' Hours

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 14 December (WA 163), whether any reply has been received from the Minister for Transport in the...

      Universities: Student Finance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What support they offer to non-governmental organisations such as UNIAID that offer practical help to students in understanding and overcoming the financial...

      Water Supply: Reservoirs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House the names and locations of every reservoir within the United Kingdom.

      Water Supply: Reservoirs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For which reservoirs within the United Kingdom the management of water levels takes into account flood risk over property not in the ownership of water companies.

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