Written answers

Tuesday, 14 March 2006

  • Prime Minister

    • Scotland Act

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he has made a determination under section 87(3) of the Scotland Act 1998.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress is being made in bringing to justice the perpetrators of human rights abuses in Darfur.

    • Darfur

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

      Joint Economic and Trade Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the current work programme of the Joint Economic and Trade Committee.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Iran's nuclear programme.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Iran's relations with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Ethiopian Government on disturbances in the country.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next expects to meet his EU counterparts to discuss EU sanctions against Zimbabwe.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Varanasi, India after the recent bombings.

      Iraq

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

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of women's participation and representation in the Transitional National Assembly of Iraq.

      Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been allocated by the Government to promote scientific research and study on Ascension Island in each of the last...

      Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Belarus regarding the arrest, imprisonment and intimidation of opposition...

      British Diplomatic Posts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many countries in Africa do not have a UK ambassador based in that country.

      Costa Rica

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what plans there are to host a visit from Oscar Aria, President-Elect of Costa Rica, in the UK; (2) if he will make a...

      Departmental Relocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many jobs in his Department have been relocated to Wales since 2001.

      Dominican Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if the Government will raise the human rights situation of Haitian migrant workers during the forthcoming visit of President...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) he and (b) his officials have received evidence of the use of dogs as part of interrogation techniques at Guantanamo...

      Hudood Ordinances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the implementation of the Hudood Ordinances in Pakistan; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of comments by the Iranian negotiator Hassan Rowhani on 4 March 2006 on Iran's nuclear programme.

      Lesotho

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the political implications of the recent attempt to assassinate Lesotho's Foreign Minister; and...

      Natural Disasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his answer of 24 January 2006, Official Report, columns 2007–08W, on natural disasters, whether the...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Nepalese Government on human rights.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Nepalese Government on the restoration of democratic government.

      North Korea

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

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will answer Question 42498 tabled by the hon. Member for Lancaster and Wyre on 11 January, on Qinetiq.

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what visits to St. Helena by Government Ministers are planned.

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the United States regarding the firing of missiles near St. Helena.

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) British and (b) foreign visitors to St. Helena there have been in each of the last seven years.

  • Transport

    • Brighton to Ashford Rail Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the publication of the Brighton Main Line Route Utilisation Strategy, what the most recent daily usage figures are for the direct Brighton...

    • Brownhills Transport Package

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from (a) Staffordshire county council and (b) Lichfield district council regarding the Brownhills Transport Package.

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many councils have made representations to his Department on the introduction of the national bus concessionary scheme.

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he expects a change in council tax to be necessary to meet funding for bus concessionary schemes.

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether councils are reducing the level of provision of service as a result of the introduction of a national standard bus concessionary scheme.

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which local authorities were operating a bus concessionary fare scheme on 31 December 2005.

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what concessionary travel schemes are operated by local authorities (a) within the local authority area and (b) across local authority areas in...

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate his Department has made of the additional costs of extending the concessionary travel scheme to allow cross-boundary travel; (2)...

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate his Department has made of the total amount private bus providers will spend on complying with the requirements of the...

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what issues are being considered by the Crossrail Equality Impact Assessment Project and Policy Assessment; what estimate has been made of its cost;...

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact Crossrail would have on the (a) capacity and (b) length of journeys from Paddington to Exeter.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how a Crossrail train will be taken out of action once it has entered the core tunnel between Stratford and Paddington.

      Crude Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assumptions of (a) prices and (b) range of prices for crude oil in (i) 2010, (ii) 2015, (iii) 2020, (iv) 2025, (v) 2030 and (vi) 2050 are being...

      Driving (Sleep Problems)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) undertaken into the link between obstructive sleep apnoea and road traffic accidents; and...

      Dvla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has a lost passport section; how many people on average have complained that their passports...

      Metrolink

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will break down by main budget heading the latest estimated cost of the Rochdale-Oldham Metrolink Extension.

      Nuclear Shipments (Carlisle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times shipments of (a) nuclear fuel and (b) nuclear waste have passed through Carlisle constituency by rail in the last five years.

      Pass Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what discussions he has had with insurance companies regarding reduced premiums for those that have (a) the Pass Plus and (b) other advanced...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the (a) reliability, (b) punctuality and (c) frequency of trains running to and from Gloucestershire; what plans he has...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with (a) GNER and (b) the Office of the Rail Regulator (ORR) held on the rejection by the ORR of GNER's rail...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment the British Transport police have made of (a) the incidence of vandalism and (b) levels of passenger security at Llansamlet railway station.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the contracts between the Government and Network Rail.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many open access rail licences have been granted since 1997; and for which routes.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what restrictions he has placed on increases in the number of trains run by operating companies; and which of these restrictions apply to trains...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of his Department's staff work on rail timetables.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what change there has been in the number of trains operating in excess of capacity for each franchise since 1996; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that train operating companies and British Transport police improve security at stations in...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when Platform 0 at Stockport railway station will become operational.

      Transport Infrastructure

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

      Transport Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the schemes for investment in the transport infrastructure which have been announced by his Department and for which (a) no date has...

      Transport Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list transport projects announced by the Government and subsequently cancelled since 1997.

      Transport Services (Greater Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of Greater Manchester's bus operators have been reported to the Transport Commissioner in each year since 2001; and how many bus operators...

      Transport Services (Greater Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with (a) Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive and (b) Network Rail on improving the passenger...

      Transport Services (Greater Manchester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive and Network Rail on improving the passenger rail services...

      Urban Congestion Target

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his ministerial statement of 7 February 2006, Official Report, columns 45–46WS, on the urban congestion target, what the nature is of...

  • International Development

    • African Drought

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much humanitarian assistance the Government has given to drought affected areas in Africa in each of the last five years.

    • Arms Trade Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to encourage (a) Governments and (b) other organisations to support the establishment of the...

      Commission for Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether reviews undertaken of his Department's African country assistance strategy paper will incorporate the recommendation by the...

      Death in Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of women who died in childbirth in developing countries in each of the last five years, broken...

      Death in Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) plans to undertake to reduce the number of women who die in childbirth in...

      Engagements

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

      Lesotho

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment has been made of the incidence of HIV/AIDS in Lesotho.

      Microfinance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he last discussed microfinance with his counterparts in the Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest; and if he will make a statement.

      Philippines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department has provided to the mudslide-affected region of the Philippines; and if he will make a statement.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Efficiency Targets

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

    • Efficiency Targets

      To ask the Solicitor-General what interim targets he has set for achieving (a) the agreed efficiency target for the Law Officers' Department and (b) the Civil Service work force reductions...

      Sentencing Comparison

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will take steps to make information available to allow comparison between judges of their sentencing for offences.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government has taken to improve animal welfare since 1997; and what assessment she has made of the...

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are being taken (a) to increase detection of and (b) to prevent the mistreatment of farm animals in the UK.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the use of vaccination against H5N1 avian influenza in Hong Kong in 2002–03.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what procedures would be followed in order to ban the import of poultry from a country which has cases of H5N1 avian influenza.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to monitor the import of poultry meat from countries in which avian influenza is present.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she has taken to ensure that the poultry industry cleans and disinfects all crates, containers and modules and...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what recent representations she has received about the protection from avian influenza of endangered species kept in...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proposals for (a) compensation and (b) aid are being considered by the Government should the slaughter of UK poultry be...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department is carrying out on products which may be able to destroy the H5N1 virus.

      Badger Culling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications of the experience of the previous badger culling operations in Thornbury,...

      Bag for Life Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the results of the Waste and Resources Action Programme's Bag for Life scheme to be published.

      Biosecurity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will set out her responsibilities for Government policy in respect of biosecurity matters.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what representations she has received about the veterinary costs involved with the pre-movement tuberculosis testing of...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the significant wildlife reservoirs for bovine tuberculosis.

      Brownfield Sites (Borehole Soakways)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's policy is on applications for the use of borehole soakways on brownfield sites with surface drainage...

      Carbon Dioxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the proportion of carbon dioxide globally which is generated by (a) human activity and (b)...

      Carbon Emissions (New Homes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect on carbon emissions of the development of new homes in the Office of the Deputy...

      Circus Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 3 March 2006 to Question 54633, on animals in circuses, if she will place in the Library the...

      Circus Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what response she has made to the submission from Animal Defenders International in the consultation on the welfare of...

      Coastal Erosion (Lincolnshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the rate of coastal erosion in (a) Boston and Skegness and (b) Lincolnshire.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Minister of State will reply to the letter of 30 January 2006, from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire.

      Departmental Wildlife Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who is the director of her Department's wildlife unit; what relevant specialist qualifications he or she holds; and what are...

      Draft Marine Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to publish the Draft Marine Bill; and if she will make a statement on its scope.

      Fair Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what activities her Department is (a) sponsoring and (b) supporting for fair trade fortnight.

      Fallen Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will permit farmers who do not wish to use the National Fallen Stock Scheme to choose their own contractors if they...

      Flood Defences (Lincolnshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much money has been allocated to Lincolnshire County Council for flood defences in each of the last five years; and how...

      Flood Risk Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations Ministers and officials in her Department have received in the last 12 months from the Association of...

      Flood Risk Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the (a) access to and (b) cost of home insurance for people living in areas designated...

      Fly-tipping

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

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether additional payment has been made to valuers in relation to the foot and mouth outbreak in Cumbria since 2001.

      Foot and Mouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether valuers have been paid at a rate in excess of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers formula in relation to...

      GM Terminator Seeds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what position the Government will take at (a) the EU and (b) the forthcoming UN Convention on Biodiversity on genetically...

      Goats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer of 1 November 2005, Official Report, column 884W, on goats, what evidence she has that the application...

      Groundwater Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to revise the Environment Agency's publication Policy and Practice for the Protection of Groundwater; and...

      Hatching Eggs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what controls (a) she and (b) the European Union have placed on (i) the import and (ii) the export of hatching eggs.

      Home Owners (Environmental Incentives)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what incentives the Government have offered to homeowners to make environmentally friendly improvements to their homes.

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to prevent illegal meat imports.

      Lisbon Agenda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what policies her Department has adopted to assist the United Kingdom's fulfilment of the Lisbon agenda criteria.

      Livestock Movements (Testing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely annual cost of Government funding of pre-movement testing of cattle.

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 9 January 2006, Official Report, column 11W, on pesticides, what the outcome was of her request to...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answers of 20 December 2005, Official Report, column 2670W, on pesticides, if she would consider changing...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 9 January 2006, Official Report, column 11W, on pesticides, if she will require the Advisory...

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 14 December 2005, Official Report, column 2015W, on pesticides, what meetings with (a) pesticide...

      Pesticides/Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons (a) chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis and (b) multiple chemical sensitivity are not...

      Pesticides/Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will extend the range of health issues dealt with by the Advisory Committee on Pesticides.

      Pesticides/Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will require the Advisory Committee on Pesticides to publish full statements of their deliberations.

      Pesticides/Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were employed in the Pesticides Safety Directorate in each of the last 12 months; and how many vacancies...

      Poultry Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what restrictions apply to the import from France of poultry (a) fed on poultry protein and (b) administered drugs banned in...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the rates for recycling were in each local authority in each of the past nine years, broken down by (a) metropolitan...

      Reservoirs (Oxfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with water companies on reservoir capacity in Oxfordshire.

      Sea Defences (Lincolnshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department has spent on sea defences in (a) Boston and Skegness and (b) Lincolnshire in each of the last five...

      Synthetic Pyrethroids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reasons her Department has taken the decision to authorise the removal of synthetic pyrethroids from the market; and...

      UK Zoonoses Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will list the members of the UK Zoonoses Group; what its terms of reference are; how many staff it employs;...

      UK Zoonoses Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the operation of (a) the Zoonoses Directive 2003/99 and (b) the Zoonoses Regulations 2160/2003.

      United Utilities Water Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the leakage rate was for the United Utilities Water Company in the latest period for which figures are available; and...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with stakeholders in the Stansted-Cambridge-Peterborough growth corridor on future waste...

      Water Leakage (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what action has been taken to reduce leakage rates from water pipes in the London area.

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the likelihood of standpipes being required in (a) Kent and (b) Sussex in the course of 2006.

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to increase water supplies in (a) South East England and (b) Kent; and if she will make...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Carbon Footprint

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what assessment has been made of the carbon footprint of the Palace of Westminster.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in eliminating age discrimination in employment.

    • Arms Exports (Iraq)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which Ministers have had responsibility for the approval of arms export licences to Iraq since the beginning of 2004.

      Farnborough Air Show

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which Ministers will be attending the Farnborough Air Show in July.

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2006, Official Report, column 2178W on nuclear waste, to the hon. Member for Cardiff Central, from which...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) names and (b) salaries are of the chief executives of regional development agencies.

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total cost of employing each director of the South West Regional Development Agency has been in each of the last five years.

      Waste Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what are the names of the staff in his Department working on the review of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the itinerary was for her recent visit to Bexley borough.

    • Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the Government have allocated for support for individuals on low incomes to purchase equipment in preparation for the switch to...

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure that all licence fee payers will be able to take advantage of digital switchover regardless of (a)...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the implementation of the new licensing regime for gaming machines in pubs and other alcohol licensed...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the local authorities who (a) have introduced and (b) are yet to introduce policies for the granting of permits for...

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of local authorities have issued new permits for gaming machines in pubs and other licensed premises since 24 November 2005.

      Ministerial Activities

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

      Newspaper and Magazine Distribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what discussions she has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and (b) the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) since...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the terms of reference are for the KPMG contract to scrutinise the 2012 Olympics; how much the project will cost; and whether...

      Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost of her private office was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Television Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions for television licence evasion there were in each of the last five years; and how many in...

      Temporary Events (Licensing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport under what circumstances temporary events notices can be used for licensing large scale temporary events.

  • Scotland

    • Engagements

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

    • Private Office

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

      Transport Schemes

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

  • Cabinet Office

    • Engagements

      To ask the Minister without Portfolio if he will list his official engagements for each day in February 2006.

    • Fast Stream Applicants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many applicants there were to the Civil Service fast stream competition from (a) Oxford and Cambridge universities, (b) the Russell Group of...

      Official Car

      To ask the Minister without Portfolio what car is made available to him at public expense; how many miles he covered in this car in February 2006; and for how many hours in that month a chauffeur...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers deported or removed from the UK in (a) 1995, (b) 2000, (c) 2001, (d) 2002 and (e) 2003 were aged (i) 15, (ii) 16,...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applicants in 2005 had previously unsuccessfully applied for a visa.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) cautioned and (b) prosecuted by Lancashire police for possession of cannabis in each of the last 10 years.

      Cash-in-transit Robberies (Hertfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cash-in-transit robberies have taken place in Hertfordshire in each year since 2000.

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether the IMPACT Nominal Index is fully operational in every child abuse investigations unit in England and Wales; (2) by what date...

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the additional (a) manpower and (b) resources required by police forces in England and Wales to extend the...

      C-Nomis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the implementation of the C-NOMIS information system.

      Crime (Essex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported incidents of (a) gun crime and (b) violent crime there were in Essex in each of the last five years; and what percentage in...

      Crime Victims (Property Recovery)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many incidents in each police force in the last full year for which records are available payment has been required from victims of...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the administrative costs were of each agency for which he has responsibility in the last year for which figures are available; what the...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been employed in the Home Secretary's private office in each year since 1997.

      Detainees (Religious Provision)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) prayer mats and (b) compasses are provided in North Wales police premises for the use of Muslim detainees.

      DNA Samples

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 February 2006, Official Report, column 1976W, on DNA samples, whether police personnel who have been included on...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision is available in the Stroud constituency to deal with domestic violence.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the country of origin of (i) cocaine, (ii) heroin and (iii) cannabis...

      Free Movement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what conditions a national of another EU state may be expelled from the UK under existing legislation; and under what conditions the...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of prisoners with (a) hepatitis B and (b) hepatitis C; and if he will make a statement.

      Home Detention Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to improve the processes within the part of the criminal justice system for which he is responsible for responding to...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were committed by illegal immigrants in each of the last five years.

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many immigration case files are stowed in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate's work-in-progress hold; and if he will make...

      Immigration Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those held at immigration detention centres in 2005 were held at more than one centre during their period of detention.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether Italian prosecutors have contacted UK law enforcement agencies in relation to an investigation of Italian arms exported to Iraq.

      Liverpool Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what actions he has taken to address the culture of bullying at HMP Liverpool identified by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons; and if he will...

      Mini-motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unregistered mini-motorcycles have been confiscated by the police in (a) Greater Manchester, (b) the North West and (c) England in...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the questions tabled by the hon. Member for Woking, reference (a) 44140–43, (b) 44642–48, (c) 44118, (d)...

      Passport Information Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) plans, (b) regulations, (c) guidance and (d) facilities there are for the sharing of (i) biometric and (ii) other details to be...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to increase the (a) number and (b) percentage of black and ethnic minority employees in the police service.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) role and (b) purpose of the basic command units is; and what changes are proposed under the Government's reforms.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice was given to police forces that had delayed investing in IT systems because they expected a national intelligence system to be in...

      Prison Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the mechanisms available for the spread of best practice in effective prison management.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the rates of psychotic illness amongst (a) remand prisoners and (b) convicted prisoners; and if he will make a...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many suicide attempts in (a) men's prisons, (b) women's prisons and (c) young offender institutions were recorded in (i) England, (ii)...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are on suicide watch in (a) men's prisons, (b) women's prisons and (c) young offenders' institutions in (i) England, (ii)...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to reduce the levels of (a) suicides and attempted suicides, (b) violent attacks and (c) self harm in prisons.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are taken to prevent those convicted of and imprisoned for hate crimes seeking to indoctrinate other prisoners.

      Probation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many posts there are in the probation service establishment in (a) the Thames Valley Criminal Justice Board area and (b) each local...

      Probation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library the responses received by his Department to the consultation paper, Restructuring Probation to Reduce...

      Public Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many of the protesters outside the Danish Embassy on 4 February have been identified by the police; (2) how many arrests have been...

      Public Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people normally resident in the Peterborough City Council area were taken to court for breach of antisocial behaviour orders in the...

      Respect Action Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision the Government has made to ensure local authorities have the funding needed to implement a truancy officer to be assigned to...

      Security Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received on an extension of the deadline for employees in the security industry seeking possession of the new...

      Security Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures the Government proposes to take against those firms in the security industry who have been unable to ensure that all their...

      Security Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been employed by the Security Industry Authority in each year since its establishment; and if he will make a statement.

      Security Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the extent to which a black market for door supervisors has led to a disparity between the number of qualified...

      Security Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of unlicensed door supervisors employed at licensed premises; and if he will make a statement.

      Security Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what agreements were reached between the Security Industry Authority and the private security industry about the number of applications for...

      Security Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent offences committed in connection with licensed premises were carried out by (a) licensed door supervisors and (b) unlicensed...

      Under-age Drinking (Swindon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of outlets in Swindon were found to be selling alcohol to minors between 12 November and 24 December (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.

      Vandalism

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

      Visa Holders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the results were of the tracking exercises to monitor compliance by visa holders.

      Young Adult Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on developing a strategy for the management of young adult offenders in custody.

  • Treasury

    • Average Earnings (Ribble Valley)

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

    • Bank Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in West Lancashire did not have access to a bank account on (a) 31 December 2005 and (b) 31 December 1997.

      Bank Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Government plan to take steps to promote the use of basic bank accounts.

      Child Benefit (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are in receipt of child benefit in each Northern Ireland parliamentary constituency.

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what further steps he plans to take to encourage parents to invest their child trust fund vouchers.

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the merits of introducing tax incentives to encourage poorer parents to invest in trust funds for siblings who are not...

      Civil Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward legislation to give effect to the proposals in the Civil Registration White Paper.

      Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent by his Department and its agencies on (a) consultancy and (b) external secondments in each year since 2000–01.

      Departmental Staff

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

      Domestic Building Work (VAT)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent discussions he and his officials have had with (a) other EU countries and (b) heritage, amenities and conservation groups on the proposal...

      Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what aspects of the Financial Ombudsman Service are covered in the two-year review process under the Financial Services and Market Act 2000 started in...

      Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints have been received by the Financial Ombudsman Service in each of the past three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Financial Ombudsman Service is taking to accelerate its decision-making processes; and if he will make a statement.

      Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures are in place to ensure the independence of the Financial Ombudsman Service from its private financial sector funders; and if he will make a...

      Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what procedures are in place to handle complaints about the performance of the Financial Ombudsman Service; and if he will make a statement.

      Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the mechanism is for lodging an appeal against a decision made by the Financial Ombudsman Service.

      Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of whether staffing levels at the Financial Ombudsman Service are adequate to meet demand; and if he will make a statement.

      GDP

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what gross domestic product per capita was in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Scotland and (e) Northern Ireland in (i) 1979, (ii) 1997 and (iii) 2005.

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Office of Government Commerce spent on consultants in relation to the conduct of the Gershon Review of public sector efficiency.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether HM Revenue and Customs is entitled to refuse to give a receipt when requested to do so by a taxpayer submitting a tax return.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether HM Revenue and Customs is entitled to refuse receipt of a tax return when submitted by an agent acting on behalf of a client.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many higher rate income tax payers there were in Northern Ireland in (a) 1994 and (b) 2004.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much potential income from inheritance tax has been foregone on account of bequests to charities in each of the last five years.

      Lisbon Agenda

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Government Department has oversight of initiatives undertaken at national level as part of the Lisbon Agenda.

      Part-time Work

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide fiscal incentives for businesses to encourage them to make well-paid jobs available for part-time workers.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the cost of administration for PAYE has been in each of the last five years; (2) what the cost of collecting overdue PAYE contributions has been...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 11 November 2005, Official Report, column 775W, to the hon. Member for Wimbledon (Stephen Hammond), on pensions, what allowances...

      Single-parent Households (Wales)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children in Wales were living in single-parent households in (a) 1979, (b) 1997 and (c) 2005.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Office of Government Commerce has taken to promote public procurement from small businesses.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many calls were categorised as (a) received, (b) handled by and (c) engaged or busy for the tax credits helpline in (i) August and (ii) September;...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what data is transferred between the tax credits systems and the PAYE system; and what controls there are over the transfer of data between systems to...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what management information can be extracted from the tax credit system about (a) the number of bank accounts used for the receipt of tax credit payments...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made towards reopening the tax credits e-portal; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of households with at least one member in paid employment qualify for a tax credit; and what the equivalent figures were in each of the last...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in each financial year since its inception how many people the tax credits computer system has recorded as deceased who were still living.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on each element of the (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit in each (i) country and (ii) region in each of the last five years.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claims for tax credits were received over the internet in each month from April 2003 to December 2005; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxes (Migrants)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate how long on average a migrant into the UK has to be resident before they pay back in taxes the amount they have received in welfare.

      VAT (Housing)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to reduce the rate of VAT for (a) supply, (b) construction, (c) renovation and (d) alteration of housing to meet the needs of...

      VAT (Housing)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to harmonise the rate of VAT for new build and refurbished properties.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many occupants of social housing are (a) asylum seekers and (b) failed asylum seekers.

    • Demographics in the Local Government Pensions Schemes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which local government pensions schemes (LGPs) were used as the basis for the Hymans Robertson study in the report Demographics in the LGPS published in September...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 13 February 2006 to the hon. Member for Monmouth, Official Report, column 1616W, on departmental assets, to which sections within his...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether any (a) employee of his Department, (b) person engaged by his Department as a consultant and (c) paid adviser to his Department is a member of the House...

      Directly Elected Cabinets

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what research the Government have commissioned into directly elected cabinets.

      Eurozone

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what work (a) was undertaken by his Department between May 1997 and June 2003 and (b) has been undertaken since June 2003 in preparation for UK membership of the...

      Fires

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps the Government is taking to reduce the number of accidental dwelling fires started by cigarette lighters by children under the age of nine years.

      Inspection Regimes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost to West Sussex County Council was of inspection regimes instigated by his Department in each of the last five years.

      Lancashire Fire Authority

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) full-time and (b) retained fire-fighters have been (i) employed and (ii) taken early retirement in Lancashire Fire Authority in each year since...

      Local Government Pension Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the organisations and individuals who responded to the consultation on the draft regulations concerning the local government pension scheme; and...

      National Land and Property Gazetteer

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what information the National Land and Property Gazetteer holds on domestic properties; (2) how the National Land and Property Gazetteer (a) was compiled...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent representations he has received on planning applications for telecommunications equipment.

      School Playing Fields

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many school playing fields are owned by his Department.

  • Defence

    • Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of (a) single living and (b) family accommodation in (i) the UK and (ii) overseas is at (A) standard 1, (B) standard 2, (C) standard 3...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the British armed forces have been (a) injured and (b) killed in Afghanistan since the start of the conflict.

      Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with his Argentine counterpart regarding that country's recent naval and air incursions into British airspace and territorial...

      Boards of Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Mr. Salmond) of 1 February 2006, Official Report, column 506W, on boards of inquiry,...

      Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the defence budget has been allocated to the (a) Army, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Royal Navy in each of the last seven years.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the letter from the right hon. Member the Minister of State for Defence (Mr. Ingram) to the right hon. and learned Member for North-East Fife...

      Counter-insurgency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence by what means lessons learned in counter-insurgency techniques during past deployments in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan are being collated and...

      Death Squads (Basra)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of assassinations conducted by death squads in Basra since the beginning of 2006.

      Defence Export Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 13 February 2006, Official Report, column 1579W, on Defence Export Services, when he expects to begin the process of finding a...

      Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the relocation of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether it remains his policy that no timetable for the withdrawal of British forces from Iraq should be indicated in advance of the completion of their...

      Job Relocation (Wales)

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

      Lancastria Bombing (1940)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether his Department has considered designation of the resting place of the vessel Lancastria sunk on 17 June 1940 as a maritime war grave; and...

      Land Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much income was derived per hectare from the rent of military land on Salisbury Plain in each of the past three years; and what assessment he has...

      Overseas Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) regular and (b) reserve medical personnel are deployed on overseas duty.

      Private Offices

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

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many contracts were given to QinetiQ by his Department (a) with and (b) without competitive tendering in (i) 2002–03, (ii) 2003–04 and...

      Research and Technology Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been allocated to the research and technology budget by his Department in each year since 1997.

      SA80 2 Rifle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the SA80 2 assault rifle in comparison with the AK47.

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for changing the size of the United Kingdom's military presence in St. Helena and the surrounding islands.

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many foreign military (a) ships and (b) aircraft have visited St. Helena in each of the last seven years.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason one Type 23 frigate has been selected not to receive Sonar 2087.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Citybus/Metro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many passenger journeys have been made on Citybus/Metro in the last five years.

    • Concessionary Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the review of the Concessionary Fares Scheme to commence; what format he expects the review to take; and if he will make a statement.

      Decommissioning Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the annual cost has been of the Independent International Commission for Decommissioning since it was set up.

      Foster Green Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what respite services are currently provided at the neurology unit at Foster Green Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the future of...

      Independent Monitoring Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what definition the Independent Monitoring Commission uses of criminal activity at an organisational level.

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what meetings (a) the Minister for Social Development and (b) officials from the Department for Social Development have had on liquor licensing...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the removal of the surrender requirement in respect of liquor licensing on (a) the...

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2006, Official Report, column 378W, on osteoporosis, how much has been spent on osteoporosis in Northern...

      Police Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Police Ombudsman investigates complaints of (a) criminal and (b) disciplinary wrongdoing by MI5 officers in Northern Ireland.

      Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been allocated through the Local Community Fund to encourage regeneration in pockets of deprivation in Northern Ireland for...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what total length of each grade of road the Department for Regional Development (DRD) Road Service is responsible, broken down by district...

      Temozolomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients in each health board area in Northern Ireland are receiving the drug temozolomide via (a) the NHS and (b) private treatment.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress has been made towards recruiting additional specialist asylum judges to adjudicate the backlog of appeals by...

    • Crown Courts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many Crown court sentences have been mitigated on appeal in each calendar year between 2000 and 2005.

      Departmental Procedures

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if her Department will take steps to ensure that a photocopy of marked registers is kept locally for each constituency before...

      Electoral Reform

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the potential impact on (a) voter turnout and (b) the incidence of postal voting of voters...

      Electoral Reform

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans her Department have to enable voters with disabilities or other access problems to apply to the Returning Officer...

      Judicial Appointments (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the judicial appointments made in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.

      London Allowance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans her Department have to change the London allowance of its staff; and if she will make a statement.

      Parliamentary Constituencies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate she has made of the adult population to registered electorate ratio for the proposed new parliamentary...

      Postal Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the minimum number of days is before polling day that returning officers are obliged to send postal votes to electors who...

      Postal Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps her Department is taking to publicise (a) the rules governing and (b) the deadlines applying to the use of postal...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact of Pathways to Work pilots on demand for support from the Access to Work scheme in those areas; and...

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people receive pensions and benefits through (a) Post Office card accounts and (b) basic bank accounts in the South West Bedfordshire...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the Green Paper A new deal for welfare: Empowering people to work", what assessment he has made of the merits of proposing that the...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department's 2005 target for the direct payment of benefits was met.

      Child Support Agency (Private Debt Collectors)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many private debt collectors have been used by the Child Support Agency in each year since 1996–97; how much they collected in...

      Correspondence

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

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many letters were received by (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c) 2005–06...

      Departmental IT Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on IT systems in each year since 1997; what the purpose of each system is; what the outturn against planned...

      Employment (Over 50s)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unemployed people aged over 50 years have been assisted back to work in (a) Denton and Reddish constituency, (b) Stockport...

      European Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the level of European Social Fund (ESF) funding for post-education skills is for (a) 2005–06, (b) 2006–07 and (c)...

      European Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the level of European Social Fund (ESF) funding is for his Department's programmes in (a) 2005–06, (b) 2006–07 and (c)...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time Customer Compliance Officers there will be in 2006–07 to tackle low level fraud that...

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of employing full-time fraud investigators in each of the last three years.

      Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what is the estimated cost of employing customer compliance officers in each of the next three years.

      Free Movement of Persons Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what regulations the Government plans to bring forward to ensure that Directive 2004/38/EC, on the free movement of persons, does not...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how he is contributing to the Government's commitment to eradicate fuel poverty.

      Households Below Average Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the next set of Households Below Average Income data will be published.

      Housing Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) housing benefit and (b) local housing allowance claimants there are in each Pathfinder area; and how many in each category have...

      Housing Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many housing benefit claimants there were in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in the latest period for which...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Jobcentre Plus training budgets were allocated for in (a) 2005–06 and (b) 2006–07 in (i) England, (ii) Wales and (iii)...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff were employed in Jobcentre Plus in the UK at the end of each of the last 18 months for which figures are available.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the pay scales are for staff employed by Jobcentre Plus; and how many staff were paid at each level in the latest period for which figures...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the amount of jobseeker's allowance claimed by the self-employed; and if he will make a statement.

      Lone Parents (Work)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made in helping lone parents back to work.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress his Department has made in the introduction of the National Insurance Number Operating Business Model.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many prosecutions there have been in each of the last five years for illegally obtaining a national insurance number; and in how many cases...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of 18 to 24-year-old new deal leavers have been back on jobseeker's allowance within six months.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether employer surveys have been conducted since 1998 to estimate the proportion of employment vacancies that would have existed without the...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of those on a new deal option at 31 December 2005 was on the subsidised employment option.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of new deal subsidised employees as at 1 April 2005 were still employed at the end of December 2005.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of those receiving full-time education and training in 2004 under the new deal left for unsubsidised employment.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of those on the new deal who chose the option of full-time education and training have completed their course.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of those on the new deal in 2005 chose the option of full-time education and training.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the change in youth employment as a result of the new deal was in each year since its launch.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to extend the new deal for musicians to theatre artists.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average age of new deal for young people leavers who left the programme to commence (a) employment, (b) a combination of employment...

      Pay Disregard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will increase the lower limit pay disregard.

      Personal Capability Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the centres at which Personal Capability Assessments were conducted; and how many such assessments were carried out at each...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what reports he has received of Post Office counter staff committing fraud in paying pensions and winter fuel payments using the Post Office...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each London borough collected their (a) pensions and (b) benefit payments through the use of a Post Office Card Account in...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Post Office card accounts have been opened since they were established; and if he will make a statement.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received regarding the future of Post Office card accounts; and if he will make a statement.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Stroud constituency used a Post Office card account to access (a) state pensions or pension credits, (b) child benefit and...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 15 February 2006, Official Report, columns 2187–88W, on Post Office card accounts, what was the outcome of the...

      State Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the state earnings-related pension scheme/state second pension entitlement would be at current prices for someone working until 2010 after...

      Unemployment Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the change in the number of people claiming unemployment benefits has been since May 2004.

  • Health

    • Alcohol Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations she has received on the Welling Alcohol Service Provision project.

    • Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received on access to drugs for Alzheimer's disease; and if she will make a statement.

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what response her Department has received from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to questions on the procedure for assessing drugs...

      Beef Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much beef was procured last year through framework agreements established by the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency, broken down by country of origin.

      Benzene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of (a) nutrient levels in organic baby foods and (b) the incidence of benzene in drinks marketed for children.

      Benzodiazepine Addiction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to register benzodiazepine dependence as a long-term condition under the National Service Framework.

      Biobank Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what Government support has been committed to the Biobank project; what progress has been made with the project; and if she will make a statement.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when her Department's repeat analysis of variations in the use of cancer drugs approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence will...

      Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what clinical negligence payments were made by hospitals trusts within the Cheshire and Merseyside strategic health authority in 2004–05.

      Chlamydia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in transferring responsibility for the National Chlamydia Screening Programme from her Department to the Health Protection Agency.

      Contraception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much North Devon primary care trust has spent on training pharmacists in the use of the morning-after pill in each of the last five years for which...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what dates (a) she has and (b) her officials have met the (i) British Dental Association, (ii) the Dental Practitioners Association and (iii) dentists...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the capacity of Wockhardt to meet demand from diabetes patients for natural animal insulins when it becomes the only...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the cost-effectiveness of the new long-acting insulin, placed on the market after the initial National Institute for...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the initial National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on the use of long-acting insulin analogues published in November 2002...

      E.coli 0157

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many outbreaks of E.coli 0157 occurred in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005.

      Elective Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether an estimate was made by her Department of the cost to the NHS of locally provided independent sector elective treatment as part of its analysis of...

      Eye Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to encourage take-up of free eye tests amongst (a) groups with an increased genetic risk of developing glaucoma and (b) people...

      Foster Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Government expect to publish the outcome of the Foster Review of non-medical healthcare regulation.

      General Practitioners' Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of general practitioners' premises in each primary care trust area in London were above minimum standards on the last date for which...

      Health Services (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been redirected from Gloucestershire to Avon and Wiltshire in each year since the creation of the strategic health authority; and if...

      Health Services (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the (a) reasons for and (b) plans to address the budget deficits in (i) two of Gloucestershire's primary care trusts and...

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written answer of 24 November 2005, Official Report, column 2279W, on hepatitis C, in what settings other than genito-urinary medicine...

      Homeopathic Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of statutory regulated homeopathic doctors who practise independently who may (a) deregister and (b) close...

      Hospital Cleaning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the cleaning of equipment in hospitals which is provided by suppliers of in-hospital patient entertainment services.

      Hospital-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have contracted infections in hospitals in Gloucestershire in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if she will...

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will publish her response to the consultation on the review of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990; and when she expects legislation...

      Immunisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish the figures referred to on page 104 of Our health, our care, our say" reference five, on the number of general practices opted out of...

      Life Expectancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has commissioned on the main health factors affecting differences in life expectancy in different regions.

      London Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) cash terms and (b) percentage change in funding to the London Ambulance Service was in each year since 1995.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the percentage of (a) the general population and (b) health workers who are carriers of MRSA.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to introduce the use of colloidal silver as the standard treatment for MRSA infections.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many MRSA cases there were in (a) Royal Surrey and (b) Frimley Park hospital in Surrey in each of the last three years.

      NHS Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts paid 95 per cent. of undisputed invoices within contract terms on (a) 60 days, (b) 90 days and (c) 120 days where no terms have been...

      NHS Trusts (Oxfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what dates she expects each of the trusts serving Oxfordshire to have (a) determined and (b) published its budget for 2006–07.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent nursing vacancies there are in the North West London strategic health authority area.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much has been spent by her Department on campaigns to raise awareness of the health effects of obesity in the last three years; (2) how much...

      PCT Efficiency Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by whom and on what basis certain primary care trusts have been instructed to bank their target of efficiency savings in the next financial year with the...

      PFI Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria are used when deciding whether the NHS should indemnify a liability in the negotiation of private finance initiative contracts; and if she...

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans her Department have to introduce specific funding to raise sexual health awareness in areas where rates of diagnosis for sexually transmitted...

      Soft Drinks (Benzene)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with the Food Standards Agency regarding levels of benzene in soft drinks; whether she plans to introduce a maximum...

      Temozolomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in England have been prescribed the brain tumour drug temozolomide on the NHS.

      Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when Ministers last met stakeholders to discuss costs associated with the implementation of the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive; and...

      Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what level of fees the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency plans to set in relation to the submission of dossiers for Traditional Herbal...

      Vaccination/Immunisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the last occasion was on which her Department rejected recommendations from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

  • Education and Skills

    • Aiming High Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the expenditure to date has been on the Aiming High programme; and what assessment she has made of its impact.

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people were on (a) modern apprenticeships and (b) other apprenticeship courses in each local authority area in each of the last 20...

      Asbestos (Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment her Department has made of the prevalence of the practice of inserting drawing pins and staples into asbestos insulating...

      Asylum-seeking Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many asylum-seeking children were enrolled in secondary schools in England in (a) 1995, (b) 2000, (c) 2004 and (d) 2005; and if she will...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made towards implementing the recommendations of the second joint chief inspectors' report on arrangements to...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent advice she has given to further education colleges on criminal record checks (a) on staff employed at the colleges and (b) in...

      Childcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made towards (a) introducing an effective light-touch child care approval scheme, (b) increasing the take-up of...

      Children In Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children have been taken into care in each year since 1976; how many forced adoptions have occurred in each year; how many children...

      Cognitive Ability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of children achieved cognitive ability testing scores at (a) the standard level, (b) above the standard level and (c) below...

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what role the Connexions Agency plays in admitting students into (a) the workplace, (b) universities and (c) modern apprenticeships; and if...

      Deaf Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department is taking to raise the educational attainment of deaf children.

      Delegated Budgetary Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) secondary and (b) primary schools in England had their delegated budgetary powers removed by local education authorities in...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 14 February 2006, Official Report, column 1921W, on departmental assets, how many of the laptops replaced in the...

      Early Years Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her policy is on allocation of Early Years Programme funds between voluntary and statutory bodies in relation to children under five...

      East Riding (Education Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of pupils being educated in the East Riding of Yorkshire live outside the county's local education authority...

      Eastern European Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department is taking to assist the integration of students from Eastern Europe into English schools.

      Education (Peterborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding is planned to be made available to schools in Peterborough for anti-bullying campaigns in each of the next five years.

      Education Provision (Hendon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools in Hendon provide extended school hours; and if she will make a statement.

      Education Provision (Hendon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in Hendon were inspected by Ofsted in the last 12 months; what the outcome of each inspection was; and if she will make a...

      Education to Employment Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what evaluation she has undertaken of the Education to Employment Programme.

      Education White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will place in the Library all analyses commissioned by her Department in relation to the Government's White Paper on Education before...

      Educational Attainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of (a) children in receipt of free school meals, (b) pupils with special educational needs and (c) all children aged 11...

      Employer Training Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 9 November 2005, Official Report, column 601W, on the National Employer Training Programme, how many of the...

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of faith schools are (a) comprehensive, (b) secondary modern and (c) grammar schools.

      Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new foreign students have started school in England in each of the past 10 years, broken down by country of origin.

      Foundation Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what financial obligations will lie with (a) the local education authority and (b) the foundation school in the event of a school within a...

      Further and Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in (a) Denton and Reddish constituency, (b) Stockport metropolitan borough and (c) Tameside metropolitan borough continued...

      Further and Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she has taken to increase (a) the quality of education provision and (b) examination success rates in the further education...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made towards ensuring that (a) by 2008 60 per cent. of those aged 16 years achieve the equivalent of five GCSEs at...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of pupils achieved (a) five GCSEs A*-C and (b) GCSEs A*-C including English and mathematics in grammar schools...

      Grades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made towards ensuring that at least 50 per cent. of pupils achieve level 5 or above in English, mathematics and...

      Grades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made towards ensuring that by 2007 (a) 85 per cent. of 14-year-olds achieve Level 5 or above in English, mathematics...

      Grades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made towards ensuring that by 2008 the proportion of schools in which fewer than 65 per cent. of pupils achieve level...

      Grades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made towards 85 per cent. of 11-year-olds achieving Level 4 in English and mathematics by 2006.

      Housing Expansion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of additional (a) secondary and (b) primary schools that will be required in Peterborough to meet...

      IT Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much her Department allocated for school IT systems in (a) Lancashire and (b) West Lancashire in each year since 1997.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what additional responsibilities local Learning and Skills Council offices will assume in rural areas as part of the proposed re-structuring.

      Modern Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of the total numbers undertaking (a) engineering, (b) construction, (c) motor industry, (d) plumbing and (e)...

      Modern Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many women applied for scientific and technical positions in (a) Advanced and (b) Foundation Modern Apprenticeships in the latest period...

      Modern Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many men undertook Modern Apprenticeship courses in (a) early years care and (b) education in the latest period for which figures are...

      Modern Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many modern apprenticeships were taken in each (a) West Lancashire constituency and (b) Lancashire in the last year for which figures...

      Modern Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school leavers in Tamworth constituency took up a modern apprenticeship after the completion of their GCSEs in each year since 1997.

      National Curriculum

      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 Lancashire Local Education Authority area have disapplied...

      National Schools Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what methods the proposed National Schools Commissioner will use to match schools and new partners, as described on page 8 of the White...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action she is taking to improve standards of education service delivery within the prison estate; and if she will make a statement.

      Pupil Performance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what change there has been since 2003 in the performance of black and minority ethnic pupils in (a) English and (b) mathematics at each key...

      Pupil Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average expenditure on education per pupil was in the (a) primary and (b) secondary sector in (i) Tameside and (ii) Stockport local...

      Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidelines local education authorities are given in relation to tackling racism in schools.

      Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures her Department has in place to ensure that a child whose parent moves into a refuge outside the local education authority...

      Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how far from the school ordinarily attended by a child of someone who has moved into a refuge the refuge is required to be for temporary...

      Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what average length of time a child whose parent moved into a refuge was absent from school in the last 12 months.

      School Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what regulations she will introduce to ensure that private bus operators who provide school bus services under the Education and Inspections...

      School Capital Funding

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

      School Expansions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many decisions on school expansion schools organisation committees have made in each of the last five years; and how many of these...

      School Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how much was allocated by her Department in Bath and North East Somerset for (a) capital projects and (b) revenue funding in each of...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school children in each school in the constituency of Ruislip-Northwood (a) receive school meals and (b) pay for school meals.

      Schooling (Ruislip-Northwood)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of children attending schools in (a) the constituency of Ruislip-Northwood and (b) the London borough of Hillingdon come...

      Schools (Extended Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in England have involved the (a) private, (b) voluntary and (c) independent sectors in providing extended services in each...

      Sporting Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the proposals in the White Paper would permit pupils to continue to be selected on sporting prowess in those schools recognised as...

      Student Exchanges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support is provided for schools to participate in student exchange visits.

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of lessons in (a) secondary schools and (b) primary schools were taken by supply teachers in (i) 2003–04 and (ii)...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many under-fives she expects to participate in the Sure Start programme in (a) the constituency of Ruislip-Northwood, (b) the London...

      Sure Start (Oxford)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what allocation has been made for Sure Start programmes in Oxford City for each year since its inception.

      Teenage Conception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made towards reducing the under-18 conception rate by 50 per cent. by 2010.

      Teenage Conception

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

      Undergraduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what proportion of first year university undergraduates were from (a) comprehensives, (b) secondary moderns, (c) grammar schools and...

      Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will introduce level 6 tests for Key Stage 2 mathematics and English.

      University Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people aged 18 to 24 resident in the Peterborough constituency were registered students at UK universities in each year since 1997.

  • House of Lords

    • Airports: Public Transport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What estimates they have made of the impact that the Airtrack project will have on encouraging car travellers to Heathrow to switch to public transport, broken...

    • Armed Forces: Royal Irish Regiment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What provision will be established with regard to Ulster Defence Regiment and Royal Irish Regiment widows and disabled soldiers currently provided for by the...

      Cancer: Bowel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the first patient will be invited to come for bowel cancer screening under the proposed national bowel cancer screening programme; and in which area of the...

      Civil Service: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which Northern Ireland Civil Service grades had rates of pay at or below the minimum wage before the latest pay increase; by how many scale points they were below...

      Coalfields: Regeneration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many coalfield regeneration programmes have been established in England since 1997; at what sites; what is the estimated total investment involved; what has...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assistance they are providing to newly arrived refugees and displaced persons fleeing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and what representations...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information they have received on the estimated daily mortality rate in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their current assessment of the humanitarian crisis in the south-eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, especially with regard to the numbers...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What programmes they are supporting to address the condition of street children throughout the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Government Computer Systems: Northern Ireland Office

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

      Housing: Tenancy Deposit Scheme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they have taken to prepare for the introduction of a tenancy deposit scheme to protect those renting accommodation in the private rented sector.

      Insolvency: Practitioners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why it has proved necessary to double the annual fee per member for authorisation as insolvency practitioners, as proposed in the Insolvency Practitioners and...

      Israel and Palestine: Road Map

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations for the prompt resumption of the Middle East peace process road map negotiations following the Israeli elections at the end...

      Land Registry for Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the performance of the office of the Land Registry for Northern Ireland, with particular regard to the amount of time taken to...

      Land Registry for Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Land Registry for Northern Ireland provides value for money to both its customers and the taxpayer.

      Mozambique

      asked Her Majesty's Government: [The first Answer is a revised version of one which originally appeared on 9 March 2006.] What are the Department for International Development's current projects...

      NHS: Barts and the Royal London National Health Service Trust

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When a decision will be made on the private finance initiative project for the Barts and the Royal London National Health Service Trust.

      Northern Ireland: Government Advertising

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the result of the review of government advertising in Northern Ireland will be announced.

      Northern Ireland: Government Advertising

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether government advertising in newspapers will be restricted to newspapers registered with the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC); and whether this will create...

      Northern Ireland: Peace Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the allocation of spending under Peace I and Peace II in both cash and percentage terms in each of Northern Ireland's parliamentary constituencies; and...

      Official Gifts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which gifts received by the Prime Minister while overseas and which were over the normal travellers' allowance, have been declared to HM Revenue and Customs since...

      Roads: A5, Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there any plans for dualling any sections of the A5 road between Ballygawley and Londonderry; and, if so, what those plans are.

      Roads: Reading

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have agreed to bear the whole cost of the proposal by Reading Borough Council to convert the two-way dual carriageway inner distribution road to a...

      Shareholder Executive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Prime Minister last met Mr Richard Gillingwater, Chief Executive of the Shareholder Executive; and whether a minute was taken of the meeting; and Which...

      Sudan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have raised the question of refugees from the Sudan with the Government of Egypt; and, if not, whether they intend to do so.

      Sudan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are consulting the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and others about the prospects for the return home from Khartoum and other northern...

      Sudan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are discussing with the Government of Sudan the plight of the many homeless displaced families in Khartoum.

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ask the international agencies and non-governmental organisations working in Darfur and Chad to give priority for anti-retroviral treatment to...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they classify the events in Darfur as genocide; and, if not, how they classify them.

      Taxation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the cost to the Exchequer of permitting the personal allowance for income tax purposes to be transferable between husband and wife.

      Taxation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McKenzie of Luton on 15 February (WA 181-82), for the latest year for which figures are available, what assessment they...

      Taxation: Income Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McKenzie of Luton on 15 February (WA 181–82), for the latest year for which figures are available, what assessment...

      Taxation: Income Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McKenzie of Luton on 9 February (WA 123), how much is paid in income tax by those individuals who for tax purposes are...

      Taxation: Inheritance Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the latest year for which figures are available, what assessment they have made of the cost of providing gift relief for inheritance tax purposes on gifts made...

      Taxation: IR35

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McKenzie of Luton on 14 February (WA 168), whether they collect data on (a) the revenue collected as a result of the...

      Taxation: Rent-a-Room Relief

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the latest year for which figures are available, what analysis (a) by age, and (b) by income level they have made of the individuals who benefit from...

      Vehicles: Taxi Regulation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many infringements of taxi regulations have been discovered by the Department of the Environment's taxi enforcement branch in each of the past three years.

      World Heritage Sites

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which government departments fund World Heritage Sites in the United Kingdom; what funding is available for World Heritage Sites in private ownership in the United...

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