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Written answers

Monday, 13 March 2006

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Payment Methods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with interested parties on the successor arrangements to the Post Office card account for the payment of pensions...

    • Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the shortfall in private pension schemes.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received on his Department's report, a new deal for welfare: empowering people to work.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people have been assisted by the new deal in Coventry, South; and if he will make a statement.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many servicemen and ex-servicemen claim incapacity benefit; and if he will make a statement.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) pursuant to his oral statement of 24 January 2006, Official Report, columns 1305–12W, on the Welfare Reform Green Paper, what the...

      Ability to Work (Assessment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of whether changes are required to the medical assessment process of an individual's ability to work.

      Ambition Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many unemployed people have participated in the Ambition programme in each month since its commencement; how many people are...

      Benefit Claimants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have come off benefits and entered work in (a) South Yorkshire and (b) Doncaster North constituency in each year since 1997.

      Council Tax Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the criteria are for pensioners to qualify for council tax benefit; and if he will make a statement.

      Job Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the turnover of staff was in job centres in (a) the London borough of Hillingdon, (b) Greater London and (c) England in the calendar year 2005.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what provision has been made for (a) people who are hard of hearing and (b) Welsh language speakers under the Jobcentre Plus customer...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what national targets have been set for Jobcentre Plus benefit application processing times; and what has been performance against targets over...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will give a higher priority in Jobcentre Plus's performance measurance to its performance in keeping employed people in their jobs.

      Lone Parents (Work-focused Interviews)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to use the private and voluntary sectors to deliver work-focused interviews to lone parents; and if he will make a statement.

      Pathways to Work Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department have made of the likely period of time it will take to reach the break even point when the Pathways to Work...

      Pensioners (West Chelmsford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners live in the West Chelmsford parliamentary constituency; how many are in receipt of council tax benefit; and what percentage...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when Parliament was first informed that (a) the Government's contract with the Post Office to pay pensions and benefits into Post Office card...

      Schools Adventure Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what role the Health and Safety Executive plays in the assessment of arrangements for adventure activities undertaken by schools.

      Social Fund/Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the Department's target is for the time taken to process (a) a social fund application and (b) a jobseeker's allowance claim; and...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will introduce measures to prohibit the (a) import, (b) export and (c) re-export of (i) primates and (ii) marine...

    • Bird Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will consult on adding the (a) peregrine falcon, (b) barn owl, (c) common raven and (d) red-billed chough to the...

      Cattle Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether applications for registration of cattle passports are recorded by (a) date of dispatch by the applicant, (b) postal...

      Cattle Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of postal delays on the late delivery of cattle passport applications to the...

      Cattle Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will instruct the British Cattle Movement Service, when accepting applications for cattle passports, to retain on file...

      Cetaceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of measures funded by her Department to monitor the (a) scale and (b) nature of cetacean...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter of 8 October 2005 from the hon. Member for South Staffordshire regarding the waste...

      Encams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding her Department has provided to ENCAMS in each year since 1997.

      Fly-posting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to increase the powers of local authorities to remove fly-posters.

      Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she expects research projects being undertaken by the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research to be...

      Landfill Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she expects the United Kingdom to meet its Landfill Directive Article 5 targets for (a) 2010 and (b) 2013; and if she...

      Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what help her Department is providing to local authorities to introduce schemes designed to encourage parents to use reusable...

      Private Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of her private office was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding (a) Uxbridge and (b) the London Borough of Hillingdon received to support recycling in each year since 1997.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will introduce legislation which would require commercial companies to recycle their own waste products.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of waste was recycled in (a) Hereford and (b) Herefordshire in the last five years; and if she will make a...

      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 made after 19 May 2005 have been (a)...

      Rural Payments Agency

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

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she intends to introduce to improve the efficiency of the Rural Payments Agency.

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how allowing a portion of their land to be used for leisure activities affects single farm payments to farmers.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General what his policy is on declarations of interest by members of the Crown Prosecution Service; and if he will make a statement.

    • Rape

      To ask the Solicitor-General what research he has commissioned on the effect on the number of successful prosecutions for rape of the provisions in the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1976 which...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Television Sets

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many television sets are operationally available on the House of Commons Estate (a) in total, (b) in hon....

    • Travel Office

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will arrange for the House of Commons Travel Office to publish the email addresses of individual travel...

  • Education and Skills

    • Banding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which local education authorities use banding in allocating pupils for secondary education.

    • Bradford Cathedral Community College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures Bradford Cathedral community college is taking to raise its standards; and if she will make a statement.

      Careers Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department is taking to provide careers advice for older workers looking to retrain.

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether her Department has commissioned a report into the scale of alleged child abuse related to witchcraft practices.

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the Ofsted report into the Alcuin Independent school, Leeds, with particular reference to teachers working...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her policy is on teachers working without police record checks in (a) state and (b) private schools; and if she will make a statement.

      Childcare Affordability Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether she plans to extend the Childcare Affordability programme being piloted in London to other areas in England.

      Children's Workforce Development Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the work of the Children's Workforce Development Council for England since April.

      Communication Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much Government funding has been provided for communication aids projects in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire in each of the last 10...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will reply to the letter to her dated 19 January 2006 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Labour...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the Minister of State for Schools and 14 to 19 Learners will reply to the correspondence from the right hon. Member for...

      Departmental Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the (a) 0800, (b) 0845 and (c) 0870 telephone numbers for the public administered by (i) her Department and (ii) agencies...

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her policy is with regard to (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department giving evidence to the (i) Scottish Parliament, (ii)...

      Education (Peterborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in the (a) primary school and (b) secondary school sector in the Peterborough local education authority area have...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if her Department will revise the education maintenance allowance criteria to include students who are an academic year in advance of their...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students under the age of 16 years who have entered further education a year in advance have (a) applied for and (b) been granted...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what account is taken in the administration of educational maintenance allowances of the circumstances which might lead to absences from...

      Education Provision (Hendon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students in Hendon receive the education maintenance allowance; and if she will make a statement.

      Education Provision (Hendon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many school support staff (a) there are in Hendon schools and (b) there were in 1997; and if she will make a statement; (2) how...

      Education Provision (Hendon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in (a) Hendon and (b) Barnet were in (i) special measures and (ii) other categories of concern in (A) 2005 and (B) 1997;...

      Education Provision (Hendon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what percentage of 14-year-olds in Hendon reached the required standards in English and mathematics in (a) 2005 and (b) 1997; and if...

      Education Provision (Hendon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children there were on average in infant classes in Hendon in (a) 2005 and (b) 1997; and if she will make a statement.

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether trust schools will be expected to comply with the Equal Opportunities Commission and Relationship Education Guidance 2000.

      Foreign Postgraduate Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students from (a) Iran, (b) Burma, (c) China, (d) Sudan, (e) North Korea and (f) Syria are undertaking postgraduate research in (i)...

      Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many vacancies there were for headteacher positions in (a) Lancashire and (b) West Lancashire constituency in each year since 1997.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many under 25s entered higher education in each year since 1990, broken down by socio-economic group; what proportion of the total...

      International Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many maintained schools offered the International Baccalaureate in each year since 1996.

      Media Training

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

      Multi-sensory Rooms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many multi-sensory rooms for people with learning difficulties are provided by Lancashire county council.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of overseas students studying in further education institutions in England are from India.

      Power to Innovate Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which regulatory requirements have been lifted from specific schools for a time- limited period pursuant to the Power to Innovate programme.

      Press Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on how many occasions since 1 April 2003 she has complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the coverage in the press of (a)...

      Publication Pulping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the publications identified as pulped in quantity on page 62 of her Department's resource accounts; how many of each...

      Religious Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many city academies are obliged by their agreements to follow the locally agreed syllabus for religious education; and what agreement...

      School Admissions Code

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the reference to the code for school admissions in Clause 37 of the Education and Inspections Bill refers to the version of the code...

      School Leavers (Qualifications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people left school at 16 years of age in (a) the constituency of Ruislip-Northwood, (b) Hillingdon local education authority, (c)...

      School of Economic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment she has made of the influence of the School of Economic Science within (a) St. James' independent schools in London...

      Schools (Railway Lines)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of schools are located within a (a) one mile, (b) two mile and (c) three mile railway line corridor.

      Secondary School Places (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will publish the report of the London Secondary Schools Places Planning Project; and if she will make a statement.

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers on the sex offenders list are working in (a) Kent and (b) the borough of Tunbridge Wells.

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 13 February 2006, Official Report, column 1572W, on sex offenders, how many names were transferred to the...

      Skills Passport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the Skills Passport scheme.

      Social Care Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2005, Official Report, column 463W, on social care staff, what arrangements have been made to collect...

      Social Segregation Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) when she plans to allow the authors of the study commissioned from the Institute of Education in London to publish their findings...

      St. James Independent School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will meet the Parents and Pupils Inquiry Action Group from St. James' independent schools.

      Trust School Status

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what features of the proposed trust schools status will help raise standards at Wolstanton High School in Newcastle-under-Lyme; (2)...

  • Transport

    • A12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on whose authority road signs showing the turn offs to Writtle and Danbury on the A12 in the Chelmsford local authority area were removed; what the...

    • A12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria were used to make the decision (a) to keep a road sign on the A12 in the Chelmsford local authority area showing the turn off to the...

      Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the operation of the Blue Badge scheme and parking in loading bays.

      British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many British Transport police officers are responsible for policing (a) Llansamlet railway station and (b) Swansea, East constituency.

      Coastal Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of Lord Donaldson's proposal to designate the coast around the Isles of Scilly as (a) a Marine Environmental High...

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how he will monitor the implementation of the bus concessionary fare scheme.

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) over 60-year-olds and (b) disabled people resident in West Lancashire will be eligible for the new concessionary travel scheme.

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of whether private bus providers will need new technology to accommodate the new concessionary travel scheme.

      Drink-driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking in relation to new vehicle technologies to reduce the number of people driving under the influence of alcohol.

      European Rail Traffic Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to install the European Rail Traffic Management System on the rail network.

      Government Car Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what car has been made available to the Leader of the Opposition; how many hours a day a chauffeur is available to him; and what the monthly cost is of...

      Irish Sea (Fixed Link Proposal)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has discussed with the Irish Government the Irish Sea fixed link proposal.

      M18 (Cameras)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason a number of high mounted cameras have been erected on the M18 motorway between junctions 1 and 2; whether these are expected to be...

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what monitoring his Department will carry out to establish that management measures in marine environment high risk areas are delivering better...

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the future management of marine environment high risk areas will include (a) educating mariners on the sensitivity of these areas, (b)...

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the written statement of 13 February 2006, Official Report, columns 58–59WS, on Marine Environment High Risk Areas, whether he will...

      Media Training

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

      Public Transport (Late Night Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to ensure that late night public transport for young people is available in Peterborough.

      Regional Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what economic modelling has been undertaken to assess the cost and benefit to regional economies of the development and expansion of regional airports.

      Regional Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many airlines have been given fifth freedoms since they became available from the UK's regional airports in October 2005.

      Regional Transport Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the transport budget for each region has been spent on (a) roads and (b) public transport in each of the last five years; and if he...

      Royal Family (UK Travel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many publicly funded (a) helicopter and (b) train journeys within the UK were undertaken by each member of the Royal Family in each year since 2000.

      Royal Family (UK Travel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to encourage the Royal Family to reduce their use of helicopter travel for journeys within the UK.

      Stretch Limousines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to revise the regulations relating to stretch limousines to include vehicles carrying nine to 16 passengers.

      Transport Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Transport Innovation bids have been received from the regions on (a) roads, (b) rail, (c) bus, (d) road pricing and (e) other matters; when he...

      West Midlands PTA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much bus subsidy has been provided in the West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority area in each of the last 10 years.

  • Leader of the House

    • Parliamentary Pension Regulations

      To ask the Leader of the House what steps have been taken to ensure the percentage abatement of pension entitlement outlined in the Parliamentary Pension Regulations is compliant with the EU...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Abducted Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will conduct inquiries as to the whereabouts and well-being of (a) Mr. Uday Nasser Badr, (b) Mr. Yasser Hamad, (c) Mr....

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of al-Qaeda activities in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

      Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the United States has paid for the use of Ascension Island as a military base.

      Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with Ascension Island officials on permanent residency.

      Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Ascension Island entry permits have been granted in each of the last seven years.

      Benin

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

      British Embassies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on which occasions his Department has (a) closed and (b) merged a British Embassy in each year since 1997.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who pays the cost of (a) building and (b) maintaining governors' official homes in British overseas territories.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total cost was of maintaining governors in British overseas territories in (a) 1980 and (b) 2002.

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will ensure that representatives of British overseas territories based in London are afforded the same status and...

      Chad/Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent assessment he has made of whether violence from Darfur is crossing the border into Chad; (2) what recent...

      Chad/Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the African Union's involvement in Chad.

      Chad/Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has received from the Chadian Government concerning violence on the Sudanese border; (2) what...

      Chad/Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent discussions he has had on the role of NATO in assisting the African Union in Chad and Sudan; (2) if he will...

      Chad/Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received concerning refugee camps in Chad and Sudan.

      Chad/Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his (a) Chinese, (b) Russian and (c) Qatari counterparts regarding the 30 January UN Security...

      Chad/Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made on the new law proposed by the Government of Southern Sudan which would require...

      Chad/Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the UN special representative in Sudan, on whether NATO forces should be deployed in Darfur.

      Chad/Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what sanctions are being considered for use against the different factions involved in the Darfur crisis.

      Chad/Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the names of those on the list for the proposed travel ban and freezing of assets of Sudanese Government, militia and rebel...

      Chad/Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) China and (b) other UN Security Council members concerning the travel ban and freezing of...

      Chad/Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the proposed (a) travel ban and (b) freezing of assets of Sudanese Government, militia and rebel leaders is scheduled to...

      Chad/Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received concerning President Deby's alleged support of Zaghawa-led rebels in Darfur.

      Chad/Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the proposed travel ban and freezing of assets of Sudanese Government, militia and rebel leaders.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what are the objectives of Government policy towards China.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received requesting that he include reference to the Chinese one child policy in his...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reasons no reference was made to the Chinese One Child Policy in his Department's Human Rights Annual Report 2006; and...

      Commonwealth Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans his Department has in place to celebrate Commonwealth Day in the United Kingdom.

      Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made by the Lutundula Commission on the illegal exploitation of resources in the Democratic Republic of...

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Ethiopia regarding (a) respect for human rights and (b) the release of...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to his Argentinian counterpart on recent interference with Falkland Islands shipping.

      Gymnich Meeting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what matters will be discussed at the next Gymnich meeting; and if he will make a statement.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what are the objectives of the Government's policy towards India.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Indian Government about the persecution of Christians in that country; and if he...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the US decision to give India access to civilian nuclear assistance; and if...

      International Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to secure an international arms trade treaty; and what action he has taken to stop the sale of arms and...

      International Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Government have had with the United Nations regarding an international arms trade treaty; and if he will...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the extent of (a) Russian and (b) Chinese involvement in (i) building facilities and (ii)...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of Iranian nuclear scientists residing in Iran who have received training in the UK...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the (a) Saudi, (b) Chinese and (c) Indian authorities about the stance of the Iranian...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the (a) capability and (b) range of Iranian missiles; and which countries he assesses to be in...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the objectives are of the Government's policy towards Iran.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 774W, on Iraq, what Geneva Convention rights apply to the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the US on the date for possible withdrawal of coalition troops from Iraq.

      Israel (Palestinian Land)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations the Government has made to the Israeli Government on Israel taking more Palestinian land for...

      Kabula (Prison Riot)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent riot in Kabula's main prison.

      Lisbon Agenda

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

      Madagascar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what research was commissioned in advance of the decision to close the British embassy in Madagascar to examine the likely...

      Michael Shields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Bulgarian authorities in relation to Michael Shields, imprisoned in Bulgaria; and if he...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he recognises the right of return to their homes and land of Palestinian refugees.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 February 2006, Official Report, column 2285W, on Israel and Palestine, what border the UK...

      Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact on the nuclear non-proliferation treaty of the agreement between the US and India on...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations he has received on the destination of the EU funding for the Palestinian Authority announced on 27...

      Prism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the cost-effectiveness of Prism and (b) its impact on (i) the workload of overseas missions...

      Religious Persecution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he has taken to seek the release from prison of Pastor Cai Zhuohua.

      Religious Persecution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Chinese authorities on religious persecution against Protestant groups in China.

      Sino-Tibet Talks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the latest round of Sino-Tibet talks; whether those talks have been discussed in the context of...

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are for members of the Royal Family to make official visits to St. Helena over the next five years.

      Terrorist Suspects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the countries with which the UK has held discussions on establishing a memorandum of understanding for the...

      Terrorist Suspects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the countries with which the UK has agreed a memorandum of understanding for the treatment of deported terrorist...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the situation in Uganda following the recent election.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on human rights in Uganda; and what action the Government are taking to improve human rights in Uganda.

      UK Citizens (Overseas Detention)

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

      UN Mechanisms (Gaza)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 783W, on UN mechanisms (Gaza), what information he has...

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visa applicants in each of the last three years were turned away by the British consulate in Ho Chi Minh City on the...

      Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visa applications have been received from citizens of Vietnam during the last 12 months; how many required interview;...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Archaeological Finds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many archaeological finds by members of the public have been reported from (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern...

    • BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the report of the Content Advisory Board on the BBC Digital Curriculum; and if she will make a statement.

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessments she has made of potential overruns in the BBC Broadcasting House building project's (a) timetable and (b) budget.

      Councillors' Conduct (Licensing Applications)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister regarding the application of the councillors' code of conduct...

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of (a) the amount which will be raised from and (b) the maximum commercial value of the resale of licences...

      Drugs in Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the potential effect on sport of the UNESCO International Convention Against Doping.

      Drugs in Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many drug tests were carried out by UK Sport in each of the past three years; what the unit cost was; and what the results of the...

      Drugs in Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the Government plans to sign the UNESCO Convention on Anti-Doping.

      Events Industry Alliance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she or one of her Ministers will meet the recently formed Events Industry Alliance.

      Gambling Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of (a) the total income generated for the gambling industry by sporting events and (b) which sports...

      Job Relocation (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many jobs in her Department have been relocated to Wales since 2001.

      King James Bible

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans her Department has to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the King James version of the Bible in 2011.

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many appeals of refusals to grant licences by local authorities under the Licensing Act 2003 have been considered by magistrates'...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2005, Official Report, columns 2532–33W, on the Licensing Act, what the current position is...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance she has issued to (a) local authorities and (b) the Magistrates Association concerning the Licensing Act 2003.

      Lisbon Agenda

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

      Lottery Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Lottery distributing bodies on the funding of voluntary and community sector organisations after 2009.

      Olympics 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the value is of contracts awarded by the (a) London Development Agency and (b) Transport for London for the 2012 London Olympics;...

      Princess Diana Memorial Fountain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the total cost of repairing the cracks in the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain; and if she will make a...

      Sports Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was made available for high performance sports from (a) lottery funding and (b) central Government to (i) UK Sport, (ii) Sport...

      Television Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to change the arrangement whereby parliamentary and Government offices do not need a television licence for each set...

      Television Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many instances of (a) physical assault and (b) criminal damage were carried out on personnel investigating television licence fee...

      Television Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been collected in television licence fees in 2005–06 from Coventry, South.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact on the tourism industry of staging (a) cultural events and (b) sporting events.

      Treasure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effect of finds liaison officers on the level of reporting of treasure finds since 2003; and if she...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the oral answer of 1 March 2006, Official Report, column 243, on Afghanistan, if he will list his Department's proposed...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the oral answer of 1 March 2006, Official Report, column 243, on Afghanistan, what conditions must be met before he...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the oral answer of 1 March 2006, Official Report, column 243, on Afghanistan, who will decide whether the security...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many UK-based staff he expects will work in Helmand over the next five years.

      Afghanistan/Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which non-governmental organisations the UK funds which operate in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq; and how much funding has been...

      African Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the African Union's work on conflict prevention.

      African Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which 10 countries received most in aid from the UK in each year since 1997; and how much each received.

      Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid the UK has given to (a) Gibraltar, (b) British overseas territories and (c) Commonwealth countries in each of the last...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what HIV/AIDS projects in Burma are supported by the British Government.

      Chernobyl

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) financial and (b) other assistance his Department has given in the last 12 months to the Government of Ukraine to ameliorate...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has received on child abuse by religious sects in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken by his Department to assist children who are abused as witches in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Departmental Staffing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many jobs in his Department have been relocated to Wales since 2001.

      Disaster Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps have been taken by his Department to ensure a rapid and efficient delivery of acute phase relief in disaster relief operations.

      Farmers (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes his Department funds to promote the commercial competitiveness of small-scale African farmers.

      Fast Track Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Fast Track Initiative in mobilising funding for African nations.

      Gun Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the trade in small guns on developing countries.

      Health Care (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures have been taken towards his Department's target of 67 per cent. of births in Africa being assisted by skilled birth...

      Health Care (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has made to the governments of African countries on increasing the priority given to health care.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's work to reduce HIV/AIDS in (a) Sierra Leone, (b) the Mano River...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the Department has incurred costs for employing private security companies in Iraq since April 2003.

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures are being taken to provide aid for the people in areas of Kenya affected by famine.

      Lesotho

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the availability of anti-retroviral drugs in Lesotho.

      Madagascar

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what responsibilities for development in Madagascar he has taken over from the Small Grants Scheme since its discontinuation; (2)...

      Mano River Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid the United Kingdom provides to the Mano River Region countries; and what assessment he has made of the extent to which...

      Media Training

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

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made in establishing the Regional Health Emergency Response and Disaster Management Centre in Islamabad.

      Queen's Birthday

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

      School Twinning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his Department's work in twinning UK schools with schools in developing countries.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's projects to reform the Sierra Leonean (a) armed forces, (b) police...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of the people of Sierra Leone is classed as living in poverty.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of Sierra Leonean children receive (a) primary and (b) secondary education.

      Sub-Saharan Africa (Health Personnel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what help is given to sub-Saharan countries to replace and retrain health personnel recruited from those countries; and which countries...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to fund political education in the south of Sudan in advance of elections there.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on UK humanitarian aid to Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government are taking to ensure that the aid arising from the pledges of Oslo donors is distributed to all parts of Sudan.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what British Army units will form the (a) in theatre reserve and (b) out of theatre reserve for the 16 Air Assault Brigade deployment to...

    • Aircraft Carriers

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

      Counter-insurgency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the training programme is for (a) officers and (b) other ranks for low-intensity warfare prior to deployment on counter-insurgency operations.

      Counter-insurgency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the mechanism is for reconciling British counter-insurgency techniques with those of (a) the United States and (b) other coalition partners in (i)...

      Courts Martial

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average waiting time was for a case to go to court martial in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force in 2005.

      Defence College of Information Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Defence College of Information Systems will remain in Blandford under the Defence Training Review.

      Defence Vetting Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are employed by the Defence Vetting Agency; and how many were employed in each of the last five years.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British (a) military ships, (b) aircraft carriers and (c) RAF aircraft have visited Gibraltar in each of the last seven years.

      Gibraltar Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the role of Gibraltar Regiment troops in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.

      Infantry Regiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the results were of the brand recognition survey of Scottish infantry regiments; and what the recognition rates were within (a) the city of Dundee...

      Iraq/Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether working relations between British forces and local officials in Basra have been restored.

      Iraq/Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the legal status is of the individuals arrested by British and Danish forces in Basra on 24 January.

      Iraq/Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether armed services personnel in Iraq have evidence of the use of Beretta 92S semi-automatic pistols by members of the Iraqi insurgency.

      Iraq/Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK service personnel have been (a) injured and (b) killed in Iraq.

      Iraq/Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether delays have occurred in the air transportation of troops from (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan as a result of the need to cannibalise spare parts in...

      Iraq/Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his plans are for combat search and rescue cover for downed RAF aircrews in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

      Leaf Class Tankers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) chartering costs, (b) maintenance budgets, (c) maintenance costs, (d) refitting costs, (e) operating budgets and (f) operating costs were of...

      Missile Defence

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

      RAF Lyneham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he has given to the re-use of RAF Lyneham after 2012.

      Royal Army Medical Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the (a) actual strength and (b) establishment of each regiment of the Royal Army Medical Corps.

      STOROB Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times (a) destroyers, (b) frigates, (c) minehunters and (d) submarines have undergone the STOROB process in each of the last five years.

      Strategic Development (NATO)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the Comprehensive Political Guidance on the future strategic development of NATO agreed last December.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent co-operation there has been on anti-terrorism measures between the armed forces of Russia and the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

      Veterans Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which groups and organisations he consulted on the designation of a Veterans day on 27 June (a) prior to the decision being announced and (b) after the...

      Veterans Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans the Government has to commemorate the contribution of the Home Guard on national Veterans Day on 27 June.

      Winter Sports Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of maintaining winter sport teams for each of the services in the last three years.

      Youth Justice Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he (a) has held and (b) plans to hold with the Youth Justice Board about providing support to cadet force organisations.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Building Regulations (Part L)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will delay the implementation of part L of the Building Regulations for six months to allow business further time to acquaint itself with the accompanying...

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the level is of the London Weighting element of pay given to employees of his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what new measures are being put in place to deal with bullying in his Department; and how these measures will differ from current practice.

      Green Parks

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on planned funding of green parks in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2005, Official Report, column 188W, to the hon. Member for Brent East, on housing, how many units (a) built and (b) procured...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the registered social landlords who specialise in housing ex-forces personnel.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will announce the Housing Corporation's National Affordable Housing programme for 2006 to 2008.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of housing stock is (a) listed and (b) in a conservation area.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many social housing units were built with Transitional Local Authority Social Housing Grant funding in 2004–05.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the final figures were for expenditure on transitional local authority social housing grant in each Government office region in 2004–05.

      Local Elections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 13 February 2006, Official Report, column 1625W, to the hon. Member for Meriden, on local elections, which local authorities (a) are in...

      Microgeneration

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the merits of using council tax incentives to encourage the installation of microgeneration in private and rented accommodation.

      Neighbourhood Wardens

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he plans to take to strengthen local authority neighbourhood warden schemes.

      Planning (Schools)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library copies of Planning Inspectorate rulings relating to planning applications for expanding schools over the last five years.

      Single Status Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the cost of the Single Status Scheme for council employees to (a) Tamworth borough council, (b) Staffordshire county council and (c)...

      Sustainable Buildings

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the Government plans to extend the Code for Sustainable Buildings to include requirements in respect of (a) build quality and (b) durability of...

      Sustainable Buildings

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will incorporate flood resilience into the Code for Sustainable Buildings.

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps (a) his Department and (b) its non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies are taking to ensure an adequate provision of (i) cultural and...

  • Home Department

    • Active Communities Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many organisations representing the women's voluntary and community sector have been short listed for the Active Communities Directorate...

    • Animal Cruelty

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) allegations, (b) investigations and (c) prosecutions have occurred under (i) the Animals (Cruel Poisons) Act 1962, (ii) the...

      Anti-Semitic Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to tackle anti-Semitic incidents in England and Wales.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) asylum seekers and (b) failed asylum seekers left the UK under the voluntary assisted return and re-integration programme...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum-seeking children in the UK in (a) 1995, (b) 2000, (c) 2004 and (d) 2005 had been residing in the UK for (i) less than one...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deportation cases have not been proceeded with in the last five years where immigrants have alleged that their past crimes will...

      Biometric Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he expects the first biometric passport to be issued; (2) whether he expects to meet the target for full issuing of biometric...

      British National Party

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests have been made of members of the British National Party in the last 12 months for inciting (a) violence and (b) murder.

      Compensation Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will establish a system whereby compensation awarded by a court could be paid from a central fund and then recouped by the court from...

      Drug Classification

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidence he has collated on the extent to which classifying drugs in class A, rather than B or C, (a) reduces individual harm, (b)...

      Fixed Penalty Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices were not paid in Lancashire in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his oral statement of 13 February 2006, Official Report, column 1171, on identity cards, what the evidential basis was for his...

      International Organisation for Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are registered with the International Organisation for Migration and awaiting voluntary return under the voluntary assisted...

      International Organisation for Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long, on average, the International Organisation for Migration is taking to complete arrangements for voluntary return under the...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to questions (a) 50928, (b) 50948, (c) 50322 and (d) 50261 on identity cards.

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to combat the trafficking of young women from Eastern Europe for the purposes of the sex industry in Cambridgeshire;...

      Police (Drug Testing Equipment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of drug testing equipment supplied by companies other than Cozart Bioscience Ltd.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which (a) prisons and (b) young offender institutions have governors who have been in post for more than two years; and how many of them will...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to increase funding for the work done at HM Prison Grendon.

      Private Schools (Charitable Status)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will initiate a review of the charitable status of private schools.

      Prostitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress 'Project Reflex' has made in combating the trafficking of women to the UK to work as prostitutes.

      Security Industry Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers he has to take action against the Security Industry Authority for failing to meet the deadlines for licensing door supervisors.

      Sex Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will re-examine the law on anonymity prior to conviction with respect to individuals who are the subject of allegations of sex offences.

      Sex Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received from members of the public wrongly accused of sex offences with regard to anonymity prior to...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers who stated that they were from the Darfur region of Sudan have been returned since 2000.

      War Criminals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 February 2006, Official Report, column 1748W, on war criminals, if he will place copies in the Library of the...

      World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he last met the German Interior Minister to discuss measures designed to prevent hooliganism by English fans at this year's World...

      World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has visited stadia to be used for this year's football World Cup in Germany to discuss security and combating hooliganism.

      World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he proposes to take to prevent known English football hooligans from travelling to Germany for this year's football World Cup.

      World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the steps which might be taken as a result of the experience of English football hooliganism during Euro 2000.

  • Treasury

    • Al Qaeda and Taliban Order

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what total amount of assets has been frozen under the al-Qaeda and Taliban Order (2002); and what amounts have since been returned to individuals and entities.

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the basis is of his Department's statutory definition for biofuels which qualify for the duty concession of 20p per litre.

      Bowel Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the five-year survival rate is for bowel cancer in (a) England and (b) Wales.

      Business Competitiveness (Coventry, South)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the principal factors affecting the competitiveness of business in Coventry, South.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of people are in receipt of child benefit in Crosby constituency.

      Earnings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average earnings of full-time employees in Denton and Reddish constituency were in April in each year since 1997.

      Earnings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average earnings of full-time employees in Stroud constituency were in April of each year since 1997.

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people employed in the (a) cultural industry and (b) sporting industry in the UK.

      EU Accession States

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of citizens of EU accession states who are living in each district and unitary council area.

      HM Revenue and Customs (Isle of Wight)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made by HM Revenue and Customs of the likely impact of the removal of processing and compliance work from the Newport, Isle of...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to change the rules on inheritance tax.

      Microgeneration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) fiscal and (b) legal measures his Department is supporting to promote microgeneration in domestic energy efficiency programmes.

      Mortality Rates (Hyndburn)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) mortality rate for (i) chronic lung disease, (ii) coronary heart disease and (iii) all forms of cancer, (b) neo-natal mortality rate and (c)...

      Northern Ireland Nationals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people living in (a) Scotland, (b) England and (c) Wales in 2001 were born in Northern Ireland, broken down by age band.

      Population Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the population of (a) Gloucestershire and (b) Stroud constituency; and what assessment he has made of the likely population growth...

      Population Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the population was of (a) each borough in Hampshire, (b) Southampton and (c) Portsmouth in each year since 1997.

      Private Buildings (VAT)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will apply to the European Commission to exercise an option to introduce a reduced rate of VAT on the labour input of renovation and repair work to...

      Securities Transactions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the European Commission on the implications for UK tax revenues of cross-border clearance and settlement of securities...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit claimants are receiving regular manual payments as a result of computer error.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what alterations are being made to his Department's computer system for the change to the tax credit disregard level in April 2006.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many referrals members of staff at the tax credit office made to their IT support system in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c) 2005–06...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 7 March 2006 to questions 50599 and 50642, on tax credits, for what reason claimants are receiving regular manual payments instead...

      VAT Relief (Antiques)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether an item imported to the United Kingdom over 100 years after its production is eligible for antique value added tax relief; and if he will make a...

      Volunteer-run Post Offices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will introduce a zero tax band for volunteer-run post offices.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Clinical Negligence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 January 2006, Official Report, column 1211W, on clinical negligence, what proportion of the...

    • Coroners (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many coroner's cases in Northern Ireland have yet to be concluded; what the average time taken for the completion of a...

      Electoral Reform

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what representations she has received from the Association of Electoral Administrators concerning electoral modernisation.

      Legal Aid (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many people have been granted legal aid in each Northern Ireland parliamentary constituency during the last 12 months.

      Personal Injury Claims

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what assessment has been made of the effect of increasing the small claims limit for personal injury claims to...

      Specialist Advice

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

      Specialist Advice

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

  • Trade and Industry

    • Citibank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when (a) he and (b) officials from his Department last met officials from Citibank International plc.

    • Citizen's Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the planned funding is for the national organisation of Citizen's Advice in 2006–07; and how much funding was provided in each of...

      Citizen's Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding the Department have made available to Citizens Advice Bureaux in 2005–06; and whether the Department attaches conditions on...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he intends to answer the letter dated 12 December 2005 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr. Paul Miller...

      Counterfeit Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will seek to legislate against the use of counterfeit packaging.

      Departmental Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) laptops and (b) mobile phones his Department bought in each year since 1997; and what the cost of each category of equipment was...

      Economic Competitiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which international economic competitiveness data are taken into account by his Department when ranking the position of the UK against other...

      Emergency Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the prevalence of hotels and other businesses barring direct calls to the emergency services; if he will...

      Energy Statistics (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) potential and (b) actual energy output from each power station in Scotland was in each year since 1997.

      Farnborough Air Show

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support his Department is giving to the organisers of the Farnborough Air Show; and whether his Department is providing assistance to...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the recent energy price increase on the number of people in fuel poverty; and if he...

      Gas and Electricity Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average price of (a) gas and (b) electricity was in each year since 1997.

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what administrative savings, including reductions in administrative staff, have been made by the Natural Environment Research Council as part...

      National Transmission System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the impact on the wholesale gas market of the increased information available on flows of gas into the National...

      New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of businesses in (a) Hertfordshire and (b) South-East England were start-up businesses in each year since 1997; and if he will...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many Post Office branches have closed in Scotland in each year since 1992.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he has taken to ensure that companies awarded contracts to run main post offices employ properly trained and suitably skilled staff.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many main post offices have been franchised to the private sector; and what steps he is taking to monitor (a) the quality of...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices in (a) Tameside metropolitan borough and (b) Stockport metropolitan borough are franchised to the private sector; and...

      Power Generators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Government's policy is on promoting demand side management by power generators.

      Research Station Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the statutory bodies that have made submissions to the consultation on the proposed closure of four research stations run by...

      Research Station Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent developments there have been in the proposed closure of research stations run by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of small businesses in the United Kingdom failed within their first year of operation in 2005.

      South West Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the UK companies in each county in the South West Region which have received assistance from the South West Regional...

      South West Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the companies from overseas which have been brought to the South West by the regional development agency since it was set up;...

      South West Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the consultants employed by the South West Regional Development Agency in each of the last five years; and how much was paid...

      South West Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many complaints have been received from companies by the South West Regional Development Agency in the last five years; and what action...

      South West Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many flagship sites the South West Regional Development Agency controls; and what estimate he has made of the capital cost of each.

      South West Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost of capital assistance provided by the South West Regional Development Agency has been in the last five years, broken down by county.

      South West Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many new jobs have been created by the work of the South West Regional Development Agency in the last five years, broken down by county.

      Statutory Adoption Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will increase statutory adoption pay to the same level as statutory maternity pay.

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the cost-benefit analysis of the impact of de-regulation of Sunday trading will assess (a) ancillary costs to the public sector of an...

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the (a) reports and (b) academic papers being considered by the consultants preparing the economic cost-benefit analysis of...

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many companies that operate stores with a floor area of (a) less than and (b) more than 3,000 square feet have been invited to make...

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reasons submissions to the consultation on extended Sunday trading hours were not invited from (a) police authorities and (b) local...

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the cost-benefit analysis of extended Sunday trading hours will take into consideration the provisions of the Christmas Day (Trading)...

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will next meet officials of the Office of Fair Trading to discuss the operation of the Supermarket Code of Practice; and if he will...

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Office of Fair Trading takes to ensure local suppliers are able to provide evidence on possible breaches of the Supermarket...

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will ask the Office of Fair Trading to include small stores owned by the supermarkets in their assessment of the local market share held...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made of the effects of the European working time directive on the permitted working hours of wardens in...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Properties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what properties were held by his Department on 1 May 1997; and what the (a) square footage of each property and (b) purpose to which each property...

    • Departmental Properties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what income was received in respect of each property held by the Cabinet Office in the last year for which figures are available.

      Departmental Properties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much has been spent by the Cabinet Office on the acquisition of properties since 1 May 1997; what the (a) address, (b) cost and (c) date of...

      Departmental Properties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on what date an energy audit was last carried out in respect of each property held by the Cabinet Office.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many jobs in his Department have been relocated to Wales since 2001.

      Qinetiq (Contracts)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many contracts were awarded to Qinetiq by his Department (a) with and (b) without competitive tendering in (i) 2002–03, (ii)...

  • Health

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information she collects on survival rates for bowel cancer in other developed countries.

    • Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to strengthen the commissioning role of cancer networks.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to help carers; and if she will make a statement.

      Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many successful clinical negligence claims were made against hospitals trusts in the Cheshire and Merseyside strategic health authority in 2004–05.

      Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the financial position is of each hospital in the Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority.

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many intermediate beds there have been in community hospitals in England in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.

      Complaints and Advocacy Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements her Department has made to ensure that (a) patients in West Lancashire will have access to an independent complaints and advocacy...

      Critical Care Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average NHS expenditure per patient per day in critical care was in each of the last three years.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken by her Department to improve access to free dental care for children.

      Departmental Energy Costs

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

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many properties for which her Department is paying rent are empty in (a) the constituency of Ruislip-Northwood, (b) the London borough of Hillingdon,...

      Departmental Information Leaflets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many information leaflets produced by her Department are published on the internet.

      Departmental Information Leaflets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what methods are used by her Department to promote information it makes available on the internet; and how much this cost in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Performance Support Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 8 February 2006, Official Report, column 1308W, on the Departmental Performance Support Team, what expenditure on the...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff in her Department are paid on a performance-related basis.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) her Department and (b) her Department's associated public bodies have (i) delayed and (ii) withheld payment of (A) pay as you earn and (B)...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether any (a) employee of her Department, (b) person engaged by her Department as a consultant and (c) paid adviser to her Department is a member of the...

      Early Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of her Department's employees have taken early retirement due to ill health in each of the past five years for which figures are available.

      Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when her Department will publish (a) productivity estimates for the NHS as referred to in Section 3.4.2 of the departmental Efficiency Technical...

      Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what existing processes and measures are used to assess service levels as referred to in Section 3.5 of the departmental Efficiency Technical Note dated...

      Health Service Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much will be paid into the pension funds of chief executives who are taking redundancy in (a) health authorities, (b) acute trusts and (c) primary...

      Health White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence of (a) cost and (b) clinical effectiveness was used to support the proposals for an NHS Life Check, as described in the White Paper, Our...

      Herceptin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the annual cost of providing Herceptin on the NHS to women whose consultants recommend it; and if she will make a statement.

      Hospices (Peterborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what public funding has been provided to hospices in the Greater Peterborough area in each year since 1997; (2) what the total funding for...

      Hospital Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals in England closed in (a) 2001, (b) 2003 and (c) 2005.

      Hospital Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients who attended hospitals in the Liverpool area in 2004–05 visited the hospital for treatment more than three times in that year.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she has taken a decision on stockpiling (a) gloves and (b) face masks for use in the event of an influenza pandemic.

      Local Authority Social Services Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had in the past six months with the Deputy Prime Minister on (a) the financial position of local authority social services...

      Media Training

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

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her policy is on the future role for the independent sector in the provision of mental health facilities.

      Mhra

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the performance of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

      Mr. John Jesky

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will investigate (a) the appointment by the north-west strategic health authority (SHA) of Mr. John Jesky as interim chairman of the Pennine Acute...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many MRSA cases there were in each hospital in Cumbria in each of the last three years.

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the percentage increase in the NHS budget has been in each year since 1997, (a) in cash terms, (b) taking into account UK inflation, (c) taking into...

      Organ Donation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to question 54257, on organ donation, what steps are being taken to improve rates of cadaveric organ donation; and if she will make...

      Out-of-hours Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the primary care trusts which received supplementary out-of-hours funding following the introduction of the new GP contract.

      Over-the-counter Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made on the Better Regulation of Over-the-Counter Medicines Initiative; and what its terms of reference are.

      Paediatric Continence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the likely impact of boundary changes to primary care trusts on the availability of integrated paediatric continence services.

      Patient Registration (York/Selby)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) adult and (b) child patients are registered with a general practice in York and Selby; and how many were registered at each six month...

      Personal Expenses (Residential and Nursing Accommodation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what factors she takes into account when determining the level of personal expenses allowance (PEA) provided to those in (a) residential and (b) nursing...

      Primary Care Trusts (North Yorkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the financial situation of the primary care trusts in North Yorkshire.

      Private Offices

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

      Rheumatoid Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which primary care trusts have not yet made available to those with a clinical need treatment approved by the National Institute for Health and...

      Section 64 Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's Section 64 budget was for (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06; what the average amount of section 64 funding paid to each...

      Section 64 Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether a review of the Section 64 grant is being conducted.

      Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether further ward closures are planned at Southport and Ormskirk hospital trust sites in the next 12 months.

      Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average percentage level of bed utilisation was in (a) Southport and Ormskirk hospital trust and (b) all acute hospitals in the Cheshire and...

      Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to address the financial deficit of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust.

      Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the likely number of posts to be (a) made redundant and (b) restructured in (i) the Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust...

      Specialist Baby Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many babies were moved between hospitals for admittance to a special care baby unit in the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire health authority area...

      Stoma Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much funding was allocated to stoma services in (a) England and (b) West Lancashire between 1997 and 2005; (2) how much and what percentage of...

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made since 31 December 2005 of whether any patient will have to wait more than six months for in-patient treatment in 2006;...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Aggravated Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been prosecuted for aggravated burglary in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

    • Belfast Docks (Taxis)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the extent of the co-operation between the Department of the Environment tax enforcement branch and the Belfast...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which schools in Northern Ireland do not have broadband internet access.

      Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what provision for child care is available through Department of Employment and Learning jobs and benefits offices for women returning to work;...

      Child Care Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) university students and (b) nursing students in Northern Ireland were receiving child care support in the latest period for which...

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children were living in poverty in each (a) ward, (b) constituency and (c) county in Northern Ireland in each of the last 30 years.

      College Amalgamations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to ensure that (a) Limavady and (b) other small further and higher education colleges in Northern Ireland retain their...

      Cruelty to Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were convicted of offences involving cruelty to animals in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Curriculum and Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his letter of 8 February 2006, (COR47/2006) to the hon. Member for North Down, on the revised curriculum and associated assessment...

      Drug-related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many drug-related crimes were committed in each ward in Northern Ireland in 2004–05.

      Equality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many meetings the Political Affairs Officer of the Equality Commission of Northern Ireland has had with each of the Northern Ireland...

      Equality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the extent to which the population in Northern Ireland is aware of the (a) existence, (b) role and (c) remit of...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been prosecuted for illegal (a) selling and (b) use of fireworks in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Belfast East (Mr. Robinson) of 1 December 2005, Official Report, column 2240W, on free school...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken by the Western Education and Library Board to encourage eligible pupils to take up their entitlement to free school meals.

      Heroin Addicts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of heroin addicts in Northern Ireland.

      Hillsborough Castle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many days per year Hillsborough castle is open to the public; and whether there are plans to increase this number in 2006.

      ICT Course

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what will be included in the new functional information and communications technology course to be taught in schools in Northern Ireland.

      Intelligent Design

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what redress is available to parents of a child removed from a class in Northern Ireland for expressing a belief in intelligent design.

      Liquor Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the proposed reforms of liquor licensing on independent licensed premises in the North Down...

      Liquor Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) whether substantive feedback will be provided to (a) respondents and (b) other stakeholders in the consultation on liquor licensing; (2)...

      Liquor Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what assessment he has made of the potential for increased alcohol-related domestic violence if the proposals for an increase in the...

      Lisanelly Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to maximise the potential social and economic opportunities for the community presented by the release of the Lisanelly...

      Long-term Unemployment Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people are long-term unemployed in each of the 18 Northern Ireland constituencies

      Message in a Bottle Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding has been allocated to community safety partnerships to enable the extension of the Message in a Bottle scheme throughout Northern...

      Nurse Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the attrition rates were for nurse training courses in Northern Ireland in each year since 2001.

      PGCE Students (Financial Assistance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to reduce the difference in the levels of financial assistance available to Postgraduate Certificate in Education students...

      Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding has been made available to the Police Service of Northern Ireland unit established to tackle the targeting of elderly people by...

      Policing Accountability Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost was of the Policing, Accountability and the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Community Report published by the Police Ombudsman for...

      Primary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pupils were enrolled in Northern Ireland at (a) controlled, (b) maintained and (c) integrated primary schools as at December 2005.

      Recycling (Domestic Waste)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of domestic waste each council in Northern Ireland recycled in each of the last three years, listed in descending order.

      Recycling (Domestic Waste)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what targets have been set for recycling domestic waste in each council area in Northern Ireland by 2010.

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when all payments under the single farm payment scheme will be concluded in Northern Ireland.

      Temozolomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to make the drug temozolomide available on the NHS in Northern Ireland for the treatment of serious brain conditions.

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each of the past three years, how many appeals to the Independent Appeals System for agriculture subsidy schemes have been (a) rejected; and (b) upheld or...

    • Armed Forces: Accommodation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they are taking to meet their undertaking to improve service accommodation in the light of the Secretary of State for Defence's evidence to the Armed...

      Armed Forces: Future Aircraft Carriers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the design of the future aircraft carriers will enable the V22 Osprey airborne early warning aircraft to fly from them.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment Age

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Drayson on 9 January (WA 3), what assessment is made of the best interests of the child when recruiting individuals under...

      Armed Forces: Rest and Recuperation Leave

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the rest and recuperation leave entitlement for members of the Army serving on six-month and nine-month deployments in operations such as those in Iraq and...

      Armed Forces: Sea King

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Royal Navy Sea King Mk2 airborne early warning helicopters are likely to be decommissioned.

      Aviation Health: Contaminated Air

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of mandatory occurrence reports submitted to the Civil Aviation Authority relating to contaminated air are investigated by the Air Accident...

      Banking: Currency Exchange

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will hold early discussions with United Kingdom-based clearing banks regarding charges to bank customers in exchange transactions between sterling and...

      Belarus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take, in conjunction with the Austrian presidency of the European Union, to persuade Belarus to comply with the official European Union...

      Bethlehem

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to respond to the Mayor of Bethlehem following his appeal to world leaders on the need to protect the rights of the town.

      British Coal Compensation: Solicitors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will oblige solicitors who double-charged miners and their widows in the British Coal compensation litigation to make repayment; and whether they will...

      British Coal Compensation: Solicitors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will review the regulatory role of the Law Society, in view of the fact that it has been unable to take effective action against solicitors and claims...

      British Coal Compensation: Solicitors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the withdrawal of one of the founder members of the solicitors' co-ordinating group in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation.

      Building Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to publish the finalised approved documents for Part F (Ventilation) and Part L (Conservation of Energy and Power) of the building regulations.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the total amount of common agricultural policy expenditure in the United Kingdom is returned to the Government as tax receipts derived from...

      Drivers: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many drivers in Northern Ireland are aged (a) 76 to 80; (b) 81 to 85; (c) 86 to 90; (d) 91 to 95; (e) 96 to 100; and (f) 101 or over; and how many drivers in...

      Easter Rising: 90th Anniversary

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they will be represented at the 90th anniversary celebrations in Dublin of the Easter Rising of 1916 against United Kingdom rule in Ireland.

      Energy: Comparative Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 27 February (WA 11), what are the comparative costs per unit of power with respect to tidal...

      Energy: Wind Turbines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether their decision to refuse consent for the erection of 27 wind turbines at Whinash, Cumbria, reflects a change in their general policy; and, if so, whether...

      EU: Energy Supply

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether progress within the European Union to create a single market in energy supplies is satisfactory; and what further measures they will propose to the Council...

      Firearms: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the average length of time has been for an individual to wait for a firearm certificate to be issued since the introduction of the Firearms (Northern Ireland)...

      Firearms: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many firearm certificates were issued by the Firearms and Explosives Branch of the Police Service of Northern Ireland in 2004 and 2005.

      Gulf War Syndrome

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what dates they were informed of the Pensions Appeal Tribunal decisions in the cases of Gulf War veterans Daniel Martin, Mark McGreevy and Richard Hilling that...

      Immigration: Independent Monitor for Entry Clearance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date the former Independent Monitor for Entry Clearance, Ms Fiona Lindsley, submitted her final report; on what date it was placed before Ministers; and...

      Immigration: Refusal of Entry Clearance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures are in place to ensure that appeals by applicants from outside the United Kingdom against the refusal of entry clearance to the United Kingdom are...

      Iraq: Air Trooping Flights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the month of February, how many Royal Air Force air trooping flights leaving either Iraq or Kuwait were delayed by (a) between six and 12 hours; and (b) more...

      Iraq: Military Casualties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance or advice was drawn up by the Ministry of Defence regarding the media handling of the death of the 100th British soldier in Iraq; and whether they...

      Iraq: Military Funerals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of the United States on the case for coalition heads of government attending military funerals in the...

      Iraq: UK Armed Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are able to monitor and assess the changes and trends in recent polls of Iraqi public opinion in favour of full early withdrawal of United Kingdom...

      Maldives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library a copy of the report by the Commonwealth mission to the Maldives; and what steps they are taking to ensure that the...

      Medicines: Animal Testing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have considered including a statement on prescription pads or labelling to indicate that the prescribed medicine has been tested on animals; if so,...

      National Offender Management Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 1 March (WA 77), who are the members of the National Offender Management Service stakeholder forum.

      Nepal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, given the current situation in Nepal, they plan to hold in the near future a follow-up to the 2002 London meeting sponsored by the Foreign and...

      NHS: Coronary Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With reference to the Department of Health's press release (2003/0363) announcing new investment in heart treatment facilities (a) how many new or replacement...

      NHS: Coronary Care

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many National Health Service patients are on a waiting list for a coronary angiography procedure in each strategic health authority area in England.

      NHS: Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will continue to ensure that National Health Service professionals receive the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin.

      Northern Ireland National Stadium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will fund a national stadium for Northern Ireland on any site agreed by the appropriate sporting bodies.

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why United Kingdom passports are swiped at some, but not all, points of entry into the United Kingdom.

      Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to issue exemption forms for enhanced protection and primary protection for pension funds.

      Post Office Card Account

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received from the Commission for Rural Communities in response to the announcement by the Department for Work and Pensions that they...

      Prisoners: Women

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many women prisoners there were in England and Wales on 31 December of each year from 2001 to 2005; and How many women prisoners in England and Wales there...

      Railways: Bicester, Bletchley and Aylesbury

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any reinstatement of the rail tracks between Bicester, Bletchley and Aylesbury would require an application under the Transport and Works Act 1992.

      Railways: Driver-only Trains

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would be the cost of introducing driver-only train operation on the South West Trains franchise in terms of (a) station installation; and (b) equipment in...

      Royal Navy: Vessels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Royal Navy vessels are at present preserved; and at which ports or places they are moored or stored.

      Schools: Belfast

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total number of primary schools in the Belfast area; and how many of these are located in Northern Ireland housing executive development areas.

      Schools: Belfast

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many children living in Belfast and attending voluntary grammar schools received free school meals in (a) 1995; (b) 1999; (c) 2003; and (d) the most recent...

      Sport: Gambling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many memorandums of understanding (MOUs) have been signed by sports authorities with United Kingdom betting exchanges; which sports authorities have agreed...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the statement by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in February concerning asylum seekers and internally displaced people...

      Taxation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McKenzie of Luton on 9 February (WA 123), what information they hold on the cost of external advice received in...

      Terrorism: Definition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have agreed a standard definition of a terrorist; and, if so, what is that definition.

      Transport: Road Haulage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What studies they have undertaken to establish the effectiveness and value for money of the Road Haulage Modernisation Fund; and what evidence they have that the...

      Travel Passes: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of senior citizens in each parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland has taken up Translink smart cards since their introduction in May 2002.

      Vehicles: Biodiesel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the current production cost of a litre of conventional diesel fuel suitable for use in motor vehicles consists of excise duty; and what is the...

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