Written answers

Thursday, 9 March 2006

  • Wales

    • Air Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what progress is being made to establish (a) inter-Wales air services and (b) scheduled air services from Swansea Airport.

    • Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many people in Torfaen constituency are (a) paid carers and (b) unpaid carers for relatives.

      Community Legal Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment his Department has made of (a) the services the Community Legal Service provides to rural Welsh communities and (b) the likely effect on...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 894W, on council tax, how many photographs were taken of domestic properties for the...

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Health Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will write to Rhodri Morgan, the Leader of the Welsh Assembly, to express concerns about the effects on the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital of the level of...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the level of (a) applications for and (b) grants of licences for...

      Ministerial Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) public speeches and (b) official visits he has made since 5 May 2005; and how many letters he sent in this period.

      Pathways to Work Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on pathways to work pilot schemes in Wales.

      Police Restructuring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether he plans to meet the Welsh police authorities to discuss the proposed restructuring of Welsh police forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Private Office Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the cost of his private office was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether he has had discussions recently with the Welsh Assembly Government on the tourist and leisure industries in the South Wales valleys; and if he will...

      Transport Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what investment in transport infrastructure schemes to support economic regeneration is being considered in objective 1 areas in Wales; what the schemes...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether he has had discussions recently with the Welsh Assembly Government on the scale of proposed wind farm developments in the county borough of Neath...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the relationship between wind farms and tourism and leisure in Wales; and if he...

  • International Development

    • Genetic Use Restriction Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what meetings Ministers and officials in his Department have had at which varietal genetic use restriction technologies were discussed...

    • India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has made to the Indian government on (a) caste and (b) gender discrimination.

      Polio (India)

      To ask the Secretary of State forInternational Development whether he expects the wild poliomyelitis virus to be eradicated in India in 2006.

      United Nations Industrial Development Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his assessment of the effectiveness of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation in meeting...

  • Treasury

    • Cash Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the total amount of charges that bank customers will pay to access money from their accounts through fee-charging cash machines...

    • Cash Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the results were of his Department's work to monitor the number of (a) banks being sold and (b) banks closing their cash machine networks; and if he...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter of 16 December 2005, from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, PO reference: 7/12600/2006.

      Public Service Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the note on the Total Liability of Unfunded Public Service Occupational Pension Schemes publishedon 2 March 2006, what the impact on total...

      Public Service Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on (a) the cause of the Prior Year Adjustment made in the 2004–05 accounts of the unfunded occupational public service...

      Warwick Agreement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the financial effects of the reform of (a) funded and (b) unfunded pension schemes as a consequence of the Warwick agreement.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Engagements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many public events the former Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster attended in his capacity as a member of the Cabinet from 8 September 2004 to...

  • Transport

    • Air Passenger Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which bodies maintain records of passengers on board non-charter aircraft which transit the United Kingdom.

    • Aviation Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the inter-departmental Aviation Health Working Group to publish the findings of the review it commissioned from the independent...

      Bathside Bay Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who has been appointed to conduct the Stage 1 Study into the options to improve the A120(T) in relation to the proposed Bathside Bay development in...

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there will be a direct Crossrail service from Shenfield to Heathrow.

      Driver Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there are plans to impose a driving ban in the UK on British drivers who are disqualified from driving in other EU countries.

      First Great Western Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints his Department has received since January 2005 about First Great Western Trains' service performance; and how the Department...

      First Great Western Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the punctuality of services on First Great Western Trains Ltd. up to December 2005.

      Free Travel (Swindon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate he has made of the funding required to fund free off-peak travel for (a) older and (b) disabled persons on buses in Swindon; (2)...

      Heritage Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the merits of exempting the heritage railway sector from the Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006.

      M11

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the decision to close the M11 motorway on Saturday 25 February.

      Manchester Metrolink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority since 1 January 2006 regarding Metrolink Phase 3.

      Manchester Metrolink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received in the past six months regarding the proposed extension of the Metrolink network in Greater Manchester.

      Manchester Metrolink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had since 1 January on the proposed extension of the Metrolink network in Greater Manchester.

      Manchester Metrolink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to make an announcement about the proposed extension of the Metrolink network in Greater Manchester.

      National Speed Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library the 2002 National Speed Survey.

      Rail Regional Planning Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the revised timetable is for issuing the rail regional planning assessments.

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on developing more accurate methods of measuring train punctuality.

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answers of 20 December 2005 and 1 February 2006, Official Report, columns 2914W and 562W, on train services, how many train services in...

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many national rail services have been replaced by bus services in each year since 1997.

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what standards in relation to (a) staffing, (b) policing and (c) CCTV are to be incorporated into franchise contracts and invitations to tender.

      Railway Stations (Defibrillators)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which railway stations have defibrillator machines; what steps are being taken to increase the number of stations equipped with defibrillator machines;...

      Shipping Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he collects data on near collisions for shipping.

      Station Redevelopment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department will contribute to the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station.

      Transport Projects (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the local authorities which will receive less money from his Department for transport projects of £5 million and above in...

  • Leader of the House

    • Written Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will arrange for answers to hon. Members' written parliamentary questions to be provided electronically.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Art Exports (Canaletto)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions there havebeen between her Department and the Treasury concerning saving the two Canalettos of historic scenes in...

    • Gambling Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures will be used under the Gambling Act 2005 to work with cultural and sporting bodies to tackle illegal gambling.

      John Donne (Portrait)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions there have been between her Department and the Treasury concerning making funds available to secure the portrait of...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the Lottery distributing bodies on funding of capital projects undertaken by voluntary and...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what grants have been awarded to stage (a) cultural and (b) sporting events in the UK from National Lottery funds in each of the last...

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how much her Department has spent supplying BBC television to residents of St. Helena for each of the last eight years; (2) how...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much was provided to local authorities to tackle antisocial behaviour in (a) Swindon and (b) England in the last year for which...

    • Asylum Seekers (Medical Care)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is his policy to make details of protocols employed by his Office for the clinical governance of medical and dental services...

      Asylum Seekers (Medical Care)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with (a) the Healthcare Commission and (b) the National Patient Safety Agency on clinical governance and...

      Ball-bearing Guns

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the gun offences recorded in the area of the Lancashire police authority in the last 12 months related to the use of ball-bearing...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his Answer of 13 February 2006, Official Report, column 1714W, if he will make it his policy (a) to ensure that records are...

      Class A Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress his Department is making in tackling the availability of Class A drugs; and if he will make a statement.

      Common Land (Illegal Vehicle Use)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make representations to chief constables on tackling the illegal use of off-road vehicles on common land.

      Common Land (Illegal Vehicle Use)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements are in place to share best practice between local authorities and enforcement agencies on dealing with the illegal use of...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Warley of 8 December on behalf of...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, of 17 November 2005, acknowledgement reference B27422/5...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister of State for Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham,...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister of State for Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham,...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister of State for Immigration, Nationality and Citizenship will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham,...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister of State for Immigration, Nationality and Citizenship will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham,...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister of State for Immigration, Nationality and Citizenship will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham,...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will provide a substantive reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham,...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, of 28 November...

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people trafficking offences were recorded by police forces 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 drug-related offences were recorded by police forces in each county of the East of England region in each year since 1997.

      Disorder Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many fixed penalty notices for disorder have been contested in each of the last two years; (2) how much money has been raised from...

      Domestic Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress police forces in England and Wales are making in tackling crimes related to domestic abuse.

      Drug Treatment Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in each of the 10 most deprived constituencies in England and Wales have undertaken drug treatment programmes.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from individuals and organisations in Warley constituency on identity cards.

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research his Department has evaluated on the impact of burglary on elderly victims; and whether this included research on the impact on...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which core services will be delivered only by public sector (a) prisons and (b) probation staff under the National Offender Management Service.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which services under the National Offender Management Service will be (a) tendered for and (b) subject to contestability exercises.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of police officers in each force are (a) black and ethnic minority and (b) women; what proportion of the population in each...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many basic command units there are in England and Wales; and what the (a) name and (b) location is of each.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department at what level the reformed basic command units will be placed in two-tier local government areas under the Government's reforms.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what further steps a complainant can take who is not satisfied by the response of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from (a) the Association of Chief Police Officers, (b) the Police Federation, (c) police authorities and...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will provide additional resources to equalise the impact on the police precepts in each of the four police authority areas in...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the responses he received from police authorities before 23 December 2005 would permit a voluntary merger of forces.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral answer to the hon. Member for Witney of 25 January 2006, Official Report, column 1426, whether he will...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral answer to the hon. Member for Witney of 25 January 2006, Official Report, column 1426, whether he is...

      Probation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on the coterminosity of probation areas with (a) police basic command units, (b) local authorities, (c) Crown Prosecution...

      Probation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to start the consultation process on the amalgamation of probation areas.

      Probation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provisions are contained in the National Offender Management Service's five year strategy for the introduction of outside suppliers of...

      Probation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many responses he has received to the consultation paper, Restructuring Probation to Reduce Re-Offending; and how many expressed (a)...

      Spray Paints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will raise the age for buying spray paints to 18 years.

      Student Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the arrangements will be for the points system proposed to replace the current overseas student visa system.

      Thames Valley Criminal Justice Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders were brought to justice in the Thames Valley Criminal Justice Board area in each 12 month period since 31 March 2002; how...

      Trophy Videos (Iraq)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) reports and (b) complaints the Government has received about trophy videos posted on the internet showing private security...

      Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances of vandalism were reported in (a) Suffolk and (b) England in each year since 1997.

      Women in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when an announcement will be made of the outcome of the inquiry into the treatment of vulnerable women in custody.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to rehabilitate young offenders while in custody; and if he will make a statement.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biofuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on Government support for those growing biofuel plants.

    • Emissions Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress she has made in incorporating aviation in the second phase of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

      Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions her Department has had with the Natural Environment Research Council following its decision to close the...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on progress towards meeting climate change targets.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on Scotland's contribution to the UK's international climate change targets.

      EU Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department received from the EU in 2004–05; how much was paid to farmers in each category of payment; how...

      Expert Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2005, Official Report, column 2379W, on expert advisers, how her Department satisfies...

      Genetic Use Restriction Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the dates of meetings attended by (a) Ministers and (b) officials of her Department at which varietal...

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations she has received regarding GM crops, with particular reference to the developing world.

      Illegal Logging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Prime Minister plans to discuss illegal logging during his visit to Indonesia; and what measures he plans to take...

      Modification Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what average length of time local authorities in England took to make rights of way modification orders in 2004–05; how...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the extent to which the advisory committee on pesticides has complied with the guidelines on...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of whether the margins of safety allowed for in the risk assessment of pesticides are sufficient...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will rename the Advisory Committee on Pesticides as the Advisory Committee on Pest Management and make the appropriate...

      Queen's Birthday

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has to celebrate Her Majesty's 80th birthday; what advice she has issued to her Department's...

      Radioactive Fallout (Chernobyl)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what compensation is provided for farmers on farms contaminated by radioactive fallout from Chernobyl who cannot move or sell...

      Radioactive Fallout (Chernobyl)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of radioactive contamination from Chernobyl on the market value of the farms where...

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many claims for a right of way for mechanically propelled vehicles on byways were outstanding on (a) 19 December 2003 and...

      Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the Government will take steps to create a tool to allow advisory committees to deal consistently with risk assessment.

      Special Protection Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2006, Official Report, column1359W, on special protection areas, if she will list the...

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to ascertain the condition of flood defences in the Thames Gateway where this is unknown.

      Urban Green Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Deputy Prime Minister on the contribution of urban green spaces to the protection of...

      Water Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what targets have been set for (a) energy efficiency, (b) water efficiency and (c) other environmental issues since July 2003.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of the decision by the LegalServices Commission to withdraw funding for access to...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Extraordinary Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what co-operation British officials have provided to the United States on (a) international rendition and (b) individual...

    • Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Royal Air Force personnel are based in the Falkland Islands; and how many were based there in each of the last five years.

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether UK officials have provided information to the US which has led to an individual being transferred to (a) Guantanamo Bay...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the report by the UN Commission on Human Rights on the situation of detainees at Guantanamo Bay;...

      International Arms Trade Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) funds and (b) staff the Government have allocated for the promotion of an international arms trade treaty; and if he...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Russian authorities about the stance of the Iranian Government on uranium enrichment.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Iran about its use of the death penalty.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the UK supplies military equipment to Iran in support of its counter-narcotics operations; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent to which European countries provide military equipment to Iran for use in its...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what provisions have been put in place by the EU to limit the export of arms to Iran for the purpose of counter-narcotics...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether Iran's Government has made a political decision to acquire a nuclear weapons capability;...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress by Iran towards uranium enrichment since its cessation of the suspension in January; and...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to Israel on ending (a) the use of occupied territories for settlements and roads and (b) the...

      Ministerial Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) public speeches and (b) official visits he has made on departmental business since 5 May 2005; and how many letters...

      Palestinian Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is Government policy to recognise the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and land.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role he is playing in providing mediation between the National Unity Government of Sudan and representatives of the Eastern...

      UK Citizens (Overseas Detention)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his Answer of 26 January 2006, Official Report, column 2244W, on UK citizens (overseas detention), what the (a) date...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his Answer of 16 February 2006, Official Report, column 2205W, on Afghanistan, how many of the medical personnel are (a) reserves and (b)...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 763W, on Afghanistan, what steps he is taking to prevent warlords from gaining...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the basis is for his Department's policy distinction between counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations made in respect of deployments to...

      Astute Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2006, Official Report, columns 7–8W, on Astute class submarines, what the reasons are for (a) the increases...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many deductions of earnings requests were received from the Child Support Agency by each of the armed forces in the most recent three years for which...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria the Department used in taking the decision on how to treat Child Support Agency claims on service personnel in relation to deduction of...

      Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what impact the deployment of Defence Science and Technology Laboratory staff to Iraq has had on the work of the Laboratory in the UK.

      Defence Vetting Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to improve the Defence Vetting Agency's basic security check.

      Discharged Personnel (Social Housing)

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

      Discharged Personnel (Social Housing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the housing needs of (a) Army, (b) RAF and (c) Royal Navy personnel on discharge.

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the (a) reliability and (b) suitability of the computer system installed on Eurofighter jets.

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the implications of the Gershon Review for staffing levels in the Defence Export Services Organisation.

      Infantry Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the recruitment figures for each of the Scottish infantry regiments were for each month in 2005; and how many of those who completed their training...

      Infantry Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the recruitment targets were for each division of infantry (a) as at 1 January 2003 and (b) in each quarterly since January 2003; and what...

      International Criminal Court

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether British military personnel against whom it has been decided in the United Kingdom that no action should be taken may be summoned to appear before...

      Land Mines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defencewhat research and development work is being undertaken by his Department on land mines; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what (a) mental health and (b) counselling services are available to service personnel in theatre; (2) what (a) mental health and (b) counselling...

      Military Code of Conduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defencewhat guidance is provided to members of the British armed services on the action they should take if they witness criminal acts by members of (a) other...

      Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead (Mike Penning) of 15 February 2006, Official Report, column 2096W, on missile defence, when...

      Naval Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral Answer of 27 February 2006, Official Report, column 16, on naval procurement, if he will make it his policy to use steel made in the...

      Overseas Deployments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many residents of Leicester are serving with the armed forces in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.

      Planning Guidance (Airfields)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely effects on airfields in East Anglia of the proposed change in the definition of brownfield in planning policy...

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated market-to-market value is of (a) share options and (b) shares in QinetiQ issued at the time of the original public private partnership...

      Sanctuary Magazine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost of producing and distributing the Sanctuary magazine was in the last year for which figures are available; how many copies of each...

      Service Insignia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defencewhat representations he has received about the licensing of (a) roundels and (b) other insignia used by the armed forces since the registration of these...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officers have (a) been commissioned into and (b) left the Territorial Army (TA), including those transferring to the long term reserve list, in...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the Territorial Army there are in Northern Ireland.

      Z-berths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the role of Z-berths; what the reasons are for reinstating them; and what criteria were used to choose locations for them.

  • Education and Skills

    • Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average time between referral of a case to the Children's Safeguard Unit and its determination was in the last period for which...

    • Education and Skills Benchmarks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on developments during the recent British EU Presidency in meeting the five education and skills benchmarks...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many courses of fewer than nine hours' study will have public funding withdrawn in (a) 2006/07 and (b) 2007/08; how many of these...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what steps are taken to verify financial details given by students applying for education maintenance allowances; (2) how much has...

      Education Provision (Hendon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many free part-time early education places were taken up by three and four-year-olds in Hendon in (a) 2005–06 and (b) 1997; and if...

      Employer Training Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the Employer Training Pilot programmes.

      Extended School Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding has been given to Barnet for extended school hours initiatives; and if she will make a statement.

      Free Nursery Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will publish a summary of findings and recommendations following the consultation in the code of practice on the provision of free...

      Learning Outcomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress her Department has made in consultation with professional interests in improving the transparency and recognition of learning...

      List 99

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on how many occasions people on List 99 have been allowed to teach children in each of the last 10 years.

      List 99

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to paragraph 27 of her Review of the List 99 decision-making process and policy implications document published on 19 January,...

      Protection of Children Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria are used to decide who is (a) placed on and (b) removed from the Protection of Children Act List; who is responsible for...

      Sex Offenders

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

      Teenage Pregnancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of Sure Start Plus in reducing levels of teenage pregnancies in the UK's most...

      Teenage Pregnancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teenage pregnancies there were in Wolverhampton in the latest period for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the average period of time between a claim for attendance allowance being approved and the first payment...

    • Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what collaborative projects his Department has undertaken with the Merseyside Police Authority to combat fraudulent activities in relation to...

      Benefits (Torfaen)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the Torfaen constituency have claimed (a) incapacity benefit, (b) jobseeker's allowance and (c) income support in each year...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many Child Support Agency cases have been transferred from the old scheme to the new scheme in each month since March 2003; and how...

      Disability Allowance (Peterborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State forWork and Pensions how many young people have been registered for disability allowance in Peterborough constituency in each year since 1997.

      Housing Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2006, Official Report, columns 244–46W, what the percentage changes in numbers of housing...

      Housing Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2006, Official Report, columns 244–46W, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the...

      Housing Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost of changing the housing benefit taper disregard for earned income only to (a) 30 per cent. and (b) 40 per cent.

      Housing Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost of changing the council tax benefit income disregard for earned income only to 10 per cent.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people living within (a) St. Edmundsbury borough council, (b) Mid Suffolk district council and (c) the constituency of Bury St.Edmunds...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants in the borough of Wandsworth have been receiving benefit for five years or more; and if he will make a...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Putney constituency were receiving incapacity benefit in (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03, (c) 2003–04 and (d)...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Putney constituency aged (a) 20 to 25, (b) 26 to 30, (c) 31 to 35, (d) 36 to 40, (e) 41 to 45, (f) 46 to 50, (g) 51 to 55,...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) male and (b) female incapacity benefit claimants there were in Putney (i) in total, (ii) broken down by age and (iii) broken down...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of whether the period between publication of final versions of the (a) Occupational Pensions Schemes (Modification...

      Public Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on his Department's public relations and information services in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Arms Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what arms export licences to Iraq have been awarded to (a) Helston Gunsmiths of Truro and (b) Super Vision International Ltd since the...

    • BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the activities of BAE Systems and its subsidiaries in respect of the export of military equipment and support...

      BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what export credits guarantees have been awarded to BAE Systems and its subsidiaries for each of the past five years for which records are...

      Biomass Capital Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funds have been allocated for supporting biomass capital projects in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in...

      Business Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support his Department gives to small local businesses in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency.

      Company Law Reform Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the Government intends to bring forward amendments to the Company Law Reform Bill to make companies accountable for their impact on...

      Consolidated Resource Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the nature was of the cases identified in the accountability notes on page 88 of his Consolidated Resource Accounts 2004–05; and if...

      Debt Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding the Government provide to advice agencies for debt management programmes and support; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people were employed by the (a) Postal Services Commission, (b) Office of Fair Trading, (c) Insolvency Service, (d) Patent Office...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the potential of (a) clean coal technologies, (b) renewables, (c) nuclear and (d) other forms of energy to...

      Fuel Prices

      To ask the Secretary of Statefor Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the likely average household fuel bill in December 2006.

      Fuel Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with the EU's Competition Commissioner on changes in fuel prices and the competitiveness of energy suppliers in theUK.

      Fuel Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the impact on consumers of rising fuel prices.

      Hearing Loss Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many costs payments have been refused for cases by (a) Berefords solicitors, (b) Bakewell solicitors, (c) Heptonstall solicitors, (d)...

      Media Training

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

      Military Equipment (Export Controls)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what export control the Government places upon British companies with overseas subsidiaries in relation to (a) military equipment, (b)...

      Military Equipment (Export Controls)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department takes to regulate the export of components from UK companies which are or could be used for military equipment...

      Ministerial Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) public speeches and (b) official visits he has made since 5 May 2005; and how many letters he sent in this period.

      National Grid (Orkney and Shetland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to improve the National Grid connections to Orkney and Shetland to enable the export of energy from those locations; and...

      OECD Guidelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he has taken to ensure that (a) UK owned and (b) UK based transnational corporations adhere to the Organisation for Economic...

      Potash Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support his Department gives to promote the European potash industry.

      Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost of his private office was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 20 July 2005, Official Report, column 1744W, to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman), on regional development...

      Shoe Imports (China/Vietnam)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Government's position is on tariffs being imposed by the EU on shoes imported from China and Vietnam.

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in developing a Thames Gateway economic statement.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the effect of the EU working time directive on the retirement age.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Acute Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what policy each acute hospital in Northern Ireland has regarding smoking within the precincts of their premises.

    • Ballymena-Londonderry Rail Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) accidents and (b) deaths and injuries resulting from them have occurred on the rail line between Ballymena and Londonderry in each...

      Block Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the block grant for Northern Ireland was in each of the last 30 years in real terms at today's prices; and what the percentage change was...

      Car Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of people who do not own a car in each ward in Northern Ireland.

      Electricity Supply (Limavady)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2006 to question 53489, on how many occasions payments have been made to consumers in the Carrowclare road...

      Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many 999 callouts of ambulance personnel were found to be bogus in Northern Ireland during 2005.

      Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of ambulance emergency callouts from each main ambulance station in Northern Ireland during 2005 was accounted for by bogus...

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentage of people were involved in the social economy in each (a) ward, (b) county and (c) constituency in Northern Ireland...

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the economic inactivity rates were for each ward in Northern Ireland in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Energy Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding has been allocated to energy surveys and courses in Northern Ireland over the last four years; how much of this was spent on...

      Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) public speeches and (b) official visits he has made since 5 May 2005; and how many letters he sent in this period.

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many farmers in Foyle constituency have yet to receive their Integrated Admission and Control System (IACS) payment for 2005; and how many...

      Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children in Northern Ireland have been educated at home in each of the last 10 years.

      InterTrade Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many of the executive staff of InterTradeIreland are based in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) the Republic of Ireland.

      InterTrade Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the expenditure of InterTradeIreland is estimated to be for 2005–06; and what percentage is made up of (a) staff (i) salaries,...

      InterTradeIreland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentage of the executive staff of InterTradeIreland are identified as being from each category of religious background.

      Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the literacy levels were in each (a) ward, (b) constituency and (c) county in Northern Ireland in the latest year for which figures are...

      Local Councils (Discrimination)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of discrimination on the grounds of (a) religious belief and (b) political opinion have been found against local councils in...

      Local Enterprise Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what criteria are used to determine where local enterprise centres are located; what mechanisms are in place to ensure that local enterprise...

      Mussenden Temple (Londonderry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Northern Ireland Tourist Board plans to promote and market the historicMussenden Temple site at Downhill, County Londonderry.

      Primary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many surplus places there are in primary schools in each parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland.

      Queen's Birthday

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans his Department has to celebrate Her Majesty's 80th birthday; what advice he has issued to his Department's executive agencies on...

      Sports Council for Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding the Sports Council for Northern Ireland has received for preparation for the next Olympic games.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much financial support was available to each regional tourism organisation in each of the last five years; how much of that support came...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what economic importance the Government attaches to tourism and the work of regional tourism organisations.

      Translink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps Translink is taking to (a) reduce dependency in its bus fleet on diesel and (b) increase the use of cleaner fuels.

      Unmanned Rail Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent on (a) the improvement and (b) the maintenance of safety measures at unmanned crossing points on the rail line between...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Allotments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many new allotments he has agreed to in each local government area in each of the last three years; and how many have closed over the same period.

    • Best Value Performance Data

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the timetable is for the next publication of outturn best value performance data.

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he plans to publish details of the alterations to Part L of the Building Regulations for England and Wales, set to come into force in April 2006.

      Complaints

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what official guidelines apply to the treatment of complaints against senior officers of local authorities.

      Comprehensive Performance Assessment Scores

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the Audit Commission's Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) scores were for each council in England in each year since the establishment of CPA.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the levels of council tax on (a) 1 May 1997 and (b) 1 May 2006.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people were employed by the (a) Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, (b) Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, (c) Planning Inspectorate and (d) Fire...

      Digital Radio

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether discussions with O2 Airwave Ltd have been concluded in respect of the contract for the new nationwide digital radio system for the fire and rescue service.

      Efficiency Measurement

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the membership of the Local Government Efficiency Measurement Taskforce is; how often the taskforce has met; what conclusions it has reached; when it is due...

      Efficiency Measurement

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what research his Department has commissioned pursuant to section 3.12 of the Efficiency Technical Note for Local Government; when this is due to be received; and...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance he plans to give to local fire authorities on the number and location of fire stations in (a) Peterborough and (b) other sustainable communities...

      Firefighters' Pay/Pension Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average firefighters' pay was in each of the last 25 years; and what the percentage increase in current prices was in each year.

      Firefighters' Pay/Pension Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will make a statement on the proposed changes to the Firefighter's Pension Scheme; (2) what the proposed retirement age is for firefighters under the...

      Firelink

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what rules applied to the acceptance by his Department of hospitality from bidders during the process of awarding the Firelink contract; and what assessment he...

      Firelink

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the role and responsibilities of Mr. Tom Carroll were in the procurement process relating to the Firelink contract.

      Graffiti

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what plans he has to extend the powers of local authorities to remove graffiti from (a) street furniture and (b) educational institutions; (2) what plans he...

      Local Authority Pensions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2005, Official Report, column 879W, to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman), on local authority pensions, what estimate...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of local government revenue expenditure was financed through council tax in each year since 1996–97; and what the estimate is for 2005–06.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the timetable is for (a) the last date for local authorities, including police and fire, to notify his Department of their budgets and council tax precepts...

      Local Government Pension Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of (a) the valuation of the Local Government Pension Scheme in England and Wales and (b) the proportion of liabilities which were funded...

      Local Government Restructuring

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost was of restructuring local government in the Humberside county council area.

      Local Government Restructuring

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the meetings that the Minister for Local Government has had with local authority (a) officials and (b) representatives on local government...

      Local Government Restructuring

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) of 22 November 2005, Official Report, column 1875W, on unitary local government, whether the...

      Local Government Wages

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 16 February 2006, Official Report, column 2240W, to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman), on local government wages, what estimate...

      London Mayor

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he plans to announce the results of his consultation on the powers of the London mayor; and if he will publish the evidence submitted.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of the study by the university of Reading and Arup commissioned by his Department into mobile phone masts.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much the Department has paid to fund the study by theuniversity of Reading and Arup on mobile phone masts.

      Monitoring Officers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) for what purpose monitoring officers are employed by local authorities; who monitors their performance; what the selection process is; and what...

      Monitoring Officers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what appeals procedure is available for councillors who disagree with a monitoring officer's interpretation of a personal or prejudicial interest; (2) what...

      National Interest Mapping Service Agreement

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the use of mapping products and services that have been wholly or partly funded under the National Interest Mapping Service...

      National Interest Mapping Service Agreement

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of a potential competitive advantage for Ordnance Survey in the procurement for the Pan-Government Agreement due to funding from the...

      Official Residences

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for how many days in 2005 he resided at his official residence in (a) Dorneywood and (b) Admiralty House.

      Planning (Thames Gateway)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many local planning authorities in the Thames Gateway have an elected member nominated as the authority's design champion.

      Planning (Thames Gateway)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many new dwellings have received planning permission in the five strategic planning locations in the Thames Gateway since July 2003; (2) how many new...

      Planning (Thames Gateway)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what obligations regarding quality of design are placed upon (a) developers and (b) the construction industry in relation to (i) new buildings and (ii) urban...

      Planning Blight (Compensation)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 13 February 2006, Official Report, column1628W, on planning blight (compensation), whether owner-occupiers are compensated for the loss...

      Rossendale Borough Council

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received regarding the performance of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Rossendale borough council.

      Standards Board for England

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how much members of the Standards Board for England were paid in 2004–05; (2) what the running costs of the Standards Board for England were in...

      Standards Board for England

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many investigations were conducted by ethical standards officers for the Standards Board for England in 2005; and what the cost was.

      Standards Board for England

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many investigations undertaken by the Standards Board for England in 2005 resulted in action being taken against a councillor.

  • Health

    • Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's draft guidelines on prescribing Aricept, Exelon, Reminyl and...

    • Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her assessment is of the reasons for the trend in demand for ambulance services; and if she will make a statement.

      Bedfordshire Heartlands Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost to date has been of the turnaround team overseeing the deficit reduction in Bedfordshire Heartlands primary care trust (PCT); and what...

      Business Service Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the likely impact on jobs in the Prescription Pricing Authority in (a) Manchester and (b) England of the creation of the...

      Code of Practice Family and Post-mortems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many breaches of the Code of Practice Family and Post-Mortems there have been in relation to the release of bodies to permit funerals within 24 hours...

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on plans to extend services provided by (a) community hospitals and (b) health centres in the area covered by the Avon,...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what target her Department sets for the maximum time to respond to letters from hon. Members; what proportion of responses met that target in the last...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the likely impact of the new General Dental Services contract on (a) the income of dental practices and (b) patients.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists serve the Greater Peterborough Primary Care Partnership; and how many dentists in Peterborough constituency (a) operate fully within the...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number of units of dental activity an NHS dentist with a majority NHS patient list is expected to undertake in a year.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Statement by the hon. Member for Doncaster Central, in the Fourth Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation on 8 February 2006, Official...

      Doctors/Nurses (Recruitment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans her Department has to increase the recruitment of (a) doctors and (b) nurses.

      Doctors/Nurses (Recruitment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacant nursing posts were unfilled, in each strategic health authority in each year since 1997 broken down by nursing specialism; and what...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the access to GP services by families who have been involved in domestic violence in West Lancashire.

      Domiciliary Oxygen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will estimate the aggregate cost to the NHS of providing (a) routine and (b) emergency domiciliary oxygen supplies under the system based on...

      Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Government have to provide further funding for the MDEX consortium gene therapy clinical trials into Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

      Dysfluency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS speech therapists are employed in each (a) strategic health authority and (b) NHS trust.

      Expert Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will support self-care by increasing the availability and uptake of expert patient programmes by (a) funding programme leaders and (b) increasing...

      General Medical Services Contract (Obesity)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the numbers of obese patients held on registers by general practitioners under the provisions of the new General Medical Services Contract will be...

      General Medical Services Contract (Obesity)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the merits of rewarding practices covered by the General Medical Services contract for offering patients advice on weight...

      Health White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expected timetable is for introduction of the regulation of counsellors and therapists as proposed in paragraph 2.51 of the White Paper, Our...

      Hepatitis B

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate she has made of the number of people immunised against hepatitis B since 1988 who have subsequently suffered from (a) chronic fatigue...

      HIV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the (a) efficacy and (b) availability of post-exposure prophylaxis following (i) sexual and (ii) occupational exposure to...

      MRI Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of waiting times for routine MRI scans in (a) Uxbridge constituency, (b) North West London, (c) London and (d) England.

      MS Centres (Inspection Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the likely effect on fees charged to multiple sclerosis centres for the inspection of type 3 barochambers of the transfer...

      Newmarket Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the future of Newmarket Hospital.

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much has been allocated (a) in total and (b) per capita for health spending in (i) Gloucestershire, (ii) West Gloucestershire primary care trust,...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's latest estimate is of the level of NHS overspend for the 2005–06 financial year; and if she will make a statement.

      NHS Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health at the end of which financial year she expects NHS organisations to achieve a collective breakeven position.

      NHS Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she made of the financial position of primary care trusts, foundation trusts and other national health service organisations before...

      NHS Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on productivity in the NHS in each of the last five years.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what definition of obesity her Department uses.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what have been the findings from research commissioned by her Department on the extent to which morbid obesity runs in families.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her most recent estimate is of the number and percentage of children estimated to be obese.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were obese in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

      Over the Counter Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects the better regulation of over the counter medicines initiative to make its recommendations; if she will release minutes of the...

      Pandemic Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions her Department has had with the Department for Education and Skills on contingency planning for an outbreak of pandemic influenza.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to answer Question 32012, tabled by the hon. Member for Northavon on 22 November 2005 on children's teeth.

      Personality Disorder Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what commissioning arrangements will pertain for specialist personality disorder services (a) at the Henderson hospital in Sutton and (b) in England (i)...

      Practice-based Contracting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will ensure that effective (a) training, (b) support and (c) guidance is provided to all general practitioners to enable them to use practice based...

      Psychiatric Secure Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients detained under the Mental Health and Criminal Justice Acts have absconded from psychiatric secure units over the past 10 years; and how...

      Psychiatric Secure Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the classifications are of psychiatric secure units within the national health service; and what the classification is of the Butler Clinic, Langdon...

      Raw Milk Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the Government's policy is on the labelling of raw milk products at retail level; (2) what the outcome was of the Government's consultation on...

      Respiratory Syncytial Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment her Department has made of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation's latest recommendations on the treatment of...

      Respiratory Syncytial Virus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure that primary care trusts take a pro-active approach in preventing respiratory syncytial virus from infecting premature babies.

      Sexual Health

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

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if the £300 million made available for improving sexual health services in 2006–07 and 2007–08 through the Choosing Health White...

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when her Department expects to publish its planned magazine for young people addressing sexual health issues.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice the Government received from the Better Regulation Task Force on restriction of smoking in workplaces.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths have been caused by smoking-related illnesses in each of the last five years.

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much of the agreed efficiency target for her Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review is to be cashable; and under what budget headings...

      United Health Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the contract awarded by North Eastern Derbyshire Primary Care Trust to United Health Europe to run GP practices in Europe was advertised; how many...

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what circumstances a patient can be removed from an in-patient waiting list; and what alternative lists they are transferred onto in those circumstances.

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 November 2005, Official Report, column 1179W, on waiting lists/times, what the framework of milestones is which has been...

      Working with Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals who are on the sex offenders' register are currently working in the (a) NHS, (b) social services departments and (c) children's...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Detainees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether individuals detained by United Kingdom Armed Forces in Afghanistan will be transferred to the detention centre at Bagram, Afghanistan; and, if so, under...

    • Afghanistan: Detainees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What provisions have been put in place to ensure that a full and accurate record of any person detained by United Kingdom Armed Forces in Afghanistan is made and...

      Agriculture: Animal Feed

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to Regulation 4 of the Official Feed and Food Controls (England) Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/15), whether they will issue guidance on how competent...

      Agriculture: Animal Feed

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to Regulation 5 of the Official Feed and Food Controls (England) Regulations 2006 (SI 2006/15), which entities qualify as "control bodies".

      Agriculture: EU Budget

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will use discretionary funding measures in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs budget for 2006–07 to counteract the loss of...

      Agriculture: Traditional Farm Buildings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many schemes for the repair of traditional farm buildings they propose to initiate following the success of such schemes in the Lake District environmentally...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment Age

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Drayson on 16 January (WA 89–90), why recruits who joined the Armed Forces prior to their 18th birthday do not...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment Age

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Drayson on 10 January (WA 32), whether special provisions are made to explain to young recruits of low reading age the...

      Biosecurity: Global Network

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the Globalization, Biosecurity, and the Future of the Life Sciences report from the United States Institute of Medicine; and...

      Burma: Students

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have provided any assistance to education in Burma; and whether they provide any support for Burmese students seeking English-language training or...

      Child Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps have been taken to ensure that adequate measures are in place to regulate the employment of people with a conviction or caution for a sexual offence...

      Civil Service: Religious Societies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 13 February (WA 131), why Sir Gus O'Donnell is an ambassador for the Civil Service Islamic Society...

      Civil Service: Religious Societies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 20 January (WA 133), whether Sheikh Riyadh Ul-Haq was invited to attend a reception hosted by Sir...

      Conservation Areas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which body decides the areas to be designated as conservation areas; and whether local authorities are responsible for these areas in terms of planning applications.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many United Nations peacekeepers are stationed in the south-eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo; and what assessment they have made of their...

      Department for Transport: Departmental Travel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much officials and Ministers of the Department for Transport have spent on (a) air travel; (b) train travel; (c) taxi fares; (d) bus travel; and (e) other...

      Electoral Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 16 February (WA 191), whether any member of the Electoral Commission is or has been in breach...

      Energy: Coal-fired Power Stations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are regulations on the clearing of the sites of coal-fired electricity generating power stations, and related fly ash deposits, once a power station...

      Food

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the European Union Commission's proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on nutrition and health claims made...

      Government Computer Systems: DfID

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

      Habitats Directive: Natura 2000 Sites

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Natura 2000 sites have been assessed on a site-specific basis by the Environment Agency to evaluate their status in accordance with the habitats...

      Habitats Directive: Natura 2000 Sites

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Environment Agency intends, in accordance with the Habitats Directive, to restrict existing abstraction rights on Natura 2000 sites which have been...

      Heathrow Airport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the European Union Transport Directorate intended to downgrade the security status of Heathrow Airport in January unless immediate measures were...

      Housing: Recycled Capital Grant

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the total amount of capital receipts from shared owners staircasing up their equity share in 2004–05; and how many units were involved; and How much...

      Iraq: Casualties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the most recent figures for the total number of Iraqis who have been killed or injured since the coalition's invasion in April 2003.

      Israel and Palestine: Customs Duties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the withholding from the Palestinian Authority of customs and other duties collected on...

      Land Registry for Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to conduct a review of the working of the Land Registry for Northern Ireland; and Whether they plan to privatise the Land Registry for...

      Mental Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What targets have been set regarding the establishment of mental health early intervention services since 1997; and whether, and to what extent, those targets have...

      Mozambique

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the Department for International Development's current priorities in their development support for Mozambique; and What are the Department for...

      Mozambique

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide financial support for the United Nations millennium project office in Mozambique to co-ordinate donations and to implement the Paris...

      Mozambique

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide financial support for the United Nations millennium project office in Mozambique to facilitate consideration of the millennium...

      Mozambique

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide financial support for the United Nations millennium project office in Mozambique to facilitate the implementation of 10 pilot millennium...

      NHS: Coronary Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many coronary angiography procedures were carried out in each strategic health authority area in England in each of the two most recent years for which figures...

      NHS: Finances

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which primary care trusts in England are currently operating with a financial deficit.

      NHS: Finances

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which primary care trusts in England currently owe money to their respective local authority.

      NHS: Muckamore Abbey Hospital

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is proposed to transfer the management of Muckamore Abbey Hospital to the new Northern Trust on its inception; and, if so, for what reasons.

      NHS: Overspends

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any posts held by (a) infection control nurses; (b) continence nurses; (c) palliative care nurses; (d) nurses specialising in HIV; or (e) diabetes nurse...

      Northern Ireland: Peace Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of Peace I and II spendings were subject to allocation according to need with respect to the total geographical allocation of spending in Northern...

      Northern Ireland: Restorative Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of whether restorative justice schemes are operating outside the scope of police supervision and participation in republican...

      Northern Ireland: Restorative Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is illegal to impose a restorative justice scheme which precludes police participation; and, if so, what is the penalty for such an offence.

      Northern Ireland: Restorative Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the lines of accountability in respect of restorative justice schemes in Northern Ireland; and whether, in the event that a case proves unsuitable for...

      Obesity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of National Health Service funds was allocated to the (a) prevention; (b) identification; and (c) management of obesity during each of the past...

      Obesity: Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many children aged under 12 and aged 12 to 16 were classed as obese or overweight in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland for each of the past 10 years.

      Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006: Explanatory Notes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will produce the Explanatory Notes on the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 to assist in the understanding of this Act.

      Railways: Franchises

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the specification for the new south-west of London rail passenger franchises includes a requirement to introduce driver-only operation.

      Railways: Freight

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances relating to cessation of rail freight services through the Channel Tunnel the current United Kingdom operator, EWS Railway, would be...

      Railways: Oxford to Bedford

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will publish the report commissioned by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister from Knight Frank on the future of the east-west rail link between...

      Religious Hatred: Cartoons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, following the recent cartoon controversy, they will take steps within the appropriate European Union institution to establish which group procured and...

      Ritalin

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the black market in Ritalin.

      Somalia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the United Nations budget for the Extraordinary Session in Baidoa of the Somali Parliament which was elected in October 2004 by delegates in Nairobi but...

      Sport: Work Permits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many work permits have been issued for overseas professional sports men and women in each year since 1997; and in which sports the players have been employed.

      Sudan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of Sudan concerning the alleged destruction of schools and medical centres in Greater Khartoum; and, if so,...

      Sudan: Abduction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What reports they have received about the Committee for the Eradication of the Abduction of Women and Children (CEAWC) in Sudan; how many victims have been...

      Taiwan: National Unification Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in relation to the impact on the United Kingdom's relations with the People's Republic of China, they support the decision of the government of Taiwan to...

      Vehicles: Alternative Fuels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What incentives they offer to car manufacturers to extend the warranty for diesel-run vehicles for the use of fuels with more than a five per cent biofuel...

      Zimbabwe: Failed Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What provision is made for assisting failed asylum seekers from Zimbabwe to obtain paid employment or social security during the period in which they have to...

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