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Written answers

Wednesday, 15 March 2006

  • International Development

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of pupils enrolled in unregistered private schools in Africa.

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assessment he has made of the extent to which drought in Africa is caused by climate change; (2) what assessment he has...

      Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his estimate is of the number of people in Africa affected by drought in each of the last five years.

      Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has received on aid for Sudanese refugees in Chad; and if he will make a statement.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is providing to displaced people in Colombia; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the running costs were of his Department's offices in (a) Pretoria, (b) Brasilia, (c) Bangkok, (d) Montserrat, (e) Paris and (f)...

      Dominican Republic (HIV/AIDS)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the availability of anti-retrovirals and other treatment for those with HIV/AIDS in the Dominican...

      Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how his Department is working with local communities in Latin America on the (a) aims, (b) design, (c) implementation and (d)...

      Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how his Department sets development strategies to target (a) poverty and (b) inequality in Latin America.

      Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assessment he has made of the role of microfinance in the development of poor Latin American communities; and if he will...

      Microfinance Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what process microfinance organisations must complete in order to be eligible for support from his Department.

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what resources were allocated to Malawi to combat HIV/AIDS amongst (a) children and (b) adults in each of the last five years.

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the total amount of UK aid to Malawi was in each of the last 10 years in real terms.

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the date was of the last official visit by him or his predecessor to Malawi.

      Mauritania

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will increase UK aid to Mauritania.

      Mauritania

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid was given to Mauritania in (a) 1980 and (b) 2004.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the implications of the Palestinian elections on international aid for Palestinian development.

      Private Office

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

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress his Department has made towards achieving Target 4 of the Public Service Agreement Objectives and Targets for 2003 to 2006.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in (a) Darfur and (b) Southern Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the recent outbreak of cholera in Sudan; and what steps his Department is taking to prevent the disease...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Overseas Voters

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission pursuant to his Oral Answer of 6 March 2006, Official Report, column 605, on overseas voters,...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the merits of conducting an employability and capability assessment immediately an initial claim for employment...

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many hours a week Sir David Henshaw will spend as the chair of the Child Support Agency Operational Improvement Plan.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2006, Official Report, column 233W, on child support, how many times the Child Support Agency has used...

      Fuel Costs (Pensioners)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to reduce the effect on pensioners of increases in the cost of gas and electricity.

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's work of the decision by the Legal Services Commission to withdraw funding...

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what impact the introduction of work focused interviews has had on the numbers of lone parents entering employment.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women who paid a full stamp and additional class 3 voluntary contributions for a period when they were unable to work are now...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Government have commissioned research since 1998 into the effect of the new deal on job search activity among 18 to 24-year-olds.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Oxford, East constituency receive pension credit; and how many have received it in each year since its inception.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many new mobile lending library services have been opened in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many mobile public lending...

    • Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many new public lending libraries have been opened in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many public lending libraries have...

      Sports Fields/Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport for what length of time local authority-owned sports grounds must remain unused before they can be disposed of without (a) the...

      Sports Fields/Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many local authorities have publicly available lists of sports fields; and how many local authorities have published a playing...

      Sports Fields/Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria a playing field must meet before it can be considered for disposal under the statutory consultation process.

      Sports Fields/Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether playing fields under 1 hectare are subject to compulsory consultation guidelines before being considered for disposal.

      Ticket Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government is taking to combat the illegal selling of concert tickets on internet auction sites.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Provisional IRA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether it is his policy that the Provisional IRA must disband before Sinn Fein can join a restored Northern Ireland Executive.

    • Serious Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the involvement of paramilitary groups in serious organised crime; and if he will make a statement.

      Post-primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the future of post-primary education in Northern Ireland.

      Post-primary Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what educational research the proposed framework entitlement for post-primary pupils in Northern Ireland is based.

      Ballyrobert Primary School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Department of Education will announce a new school build for Ballyrobert primary school.

      Bathing Water Quality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the quality of bathing water at each of Northern Ireland's designated beaches.

      CCTV (South Antrim)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) when new CCTV projects will be provided in the Antrim borough council area; (2) when funding will be made available for new CCTV projects...

      Curriculum and Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) whether it is compulsory for secondary schools in Northern Ireland to teach pupils at Key Stage 3 from the NICCEA curriculum; (2) whether...

      Drug-related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many successful prosecutions there have been for drug trafficking in each (a) county and (b) constituency in Northern Ireland in each of the...

      Early Invoice Discounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what mechanisms are in place to ensure that early invoice payment discounts are secured by each Department in Northern Ireland.

      Education Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent per (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupil in real terms at today's prices in each local education authority in Northern...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to make a range of energy options available to all rural areas in Northern Ireland.

      Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many foreign nationals are employed in each local authority area in Northern Ireland.

      Foyle River System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) salmon and (b) sea trout returned to each river of the Foyle system in each month of each year since 2000.

      Gender Pay Gap

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the difference is in average pay between men and women in Northern Ireland; and what measures are being taken to reduce the difference.

      Gender Pay Gap

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the pay gap between men and women in Northern Ireland.

      Homelessness Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the reasons are for the time taken to publish the final strategy following the November 2004 release of the consultation document Promoting...

      Illegal Dumping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were prosecuted for illegal dumping in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Independent International Monitoring Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland why the ninth report of the Independent International Monitoring Commission (HC 969) was not made available to hon. Members until 14:30 on 8 March.

      Invest NI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) if he will list the (a) meetings, (b) discussions and (c) correspondence between representatives of Invest NI and the Kingdom of Saudi...

      Invest NI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many inward investment visits Invest NI expects to be made to East Londonderry constituency during 2006.

      Invest NI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many trade missions have been undertaken by Invest NI accompanied by South Antrim business personnel.

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to ensure that landfill tax changes are revenue neutral to businesses in Northern Ireland.

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many hazardous waste landfill sites are available for use in Northern Ireland.

      Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many manufacturing jobs have been (a) created and (b) lost in the last 12 months in each of the 18 Northern Ireland constituencies.

      Message in a Bottle Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps his Department is taking to monitor the effectiveness of the Message in a Bottle Scheme.

      MOT Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average waiting time was at MOT centres in each of the testing centres in Northern Ireland during January.

      MOT Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to bring MOT testing in Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the UK.

      MOT Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will allow vehicle testing centres to carry out minor repairs on site.

      Non-Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland are serving on three or more non-departmental public bodies.

      New Earnings Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the latest Northern Ireland New Earning Survey was carried out; and when the next one is scheduled.

      New Earnings Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what cross-referencing was carried out to the most recent Northern Ireland New Earnings Survey to ensure its accuracy.

      Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has for the role of the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education in the future governance of education in Northern Ireland.

      Planning Appeals Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of planning application refusals have been overturned by the Planning Appeals Commission in each local authority area in...

      Public Administration Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the organisations and individuals who supported the Seven Councils option during the recent Review of Public Administration...

      Public Service Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) criteria were adopted and (b) procedures used in the appointment of the membership of the new Public Service Commission in Northern Ireland.

      Public Service Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the extent to which the proposed Public Service Commission is representative of the community in Northern Ireland...

      Rates (Non-payment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been convicted of non-payment of (a) domestic and (b) commercial rates in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Roe Valley Country Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the estimated cost is of the refurbishment works at the Roe Valley country park; and when they are expected to be complete.

      School Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much public funding has been spent on (a) maintenance and (b) repair of school property in each of the 18 Northern Ireland constituencies in...

      School Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were convicted in connection with vandalism to schools in Northern Ireland in 2005.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of deaths in Northern Ireland which were directly related to smoking in each of the last five years.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Department of Education is taking to tackle smoking on buses transporting children to and from school.

      Untaxed Spirits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total value of untaxed spirits intercepted in Northern Ireland was in each of the last 10 years.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Canals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to upgrade the British canal network to enable the transport of more freight on a regular basis; and if...

    • Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish her Department's response to the consultation by the Natural Environment Research Council on the proposed...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to undertake a new review of local authority work on energy efficiency; and if she will make a statement

      Flood Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the tidal gauge opposite Orford Quay will be repaired.

      Flood Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will instruct the Environment Agency to ensure that accurate local tidal data is available to inform reviews of flood...

      Global Warming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research she has commissioned into the possible relationship between global warming and drastic weather events, with...

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the (a) financial viability, (b) overall environmental impact and (c) past performance of...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to encourage local authorities to recycle plastic.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the performance against recycling targets of each local authority has been in each of the last 10 years; and if she will...

      Reservoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans she has to build new reservoirs in England and Wales over the next 10 years; and in which areas reservoirs...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to allow recipients of the Warm Front Scheme to pool resources from the Scheme to fund community-based...

      Waste Incineration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made towards meeting the Government's targets for the incineration of waste; and if she will make a...

      Water Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government are taking to ensure that planned large scale housing development will be co-ordinated with water...

      Water Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the availability of water supplies in the North West of England in 2006.

      Water Supplies

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

  • Transport

    • Bioethanol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to ensure that E85 bioethanol is available as an alternative vehicle fuel in all areas.

    • Driving (Sleep Problems)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Answer of 2 December 2005, Official Report, column 811W, on driving (sleep problems), if he will make a statement on the reasons for...

      IT Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date the Highway's Agency projection of costs associated with moving from Oracle to SAP was made.

      IT Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the implications of the cost of moving from Oracle to SAP for the viability of the Shared Services Programme business...

      London and Continental Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list (a) the advisers and (b) their parent companies who worked on the restructuring of London and Continental Railways in 1998.

      Road Improvements (Denton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with the Highways Agency on improving capacity and traffic flows at the M60, M67 and A57...

      Road Improvements (Denton)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to improve the junction capacity at the M60, M67, A57 interchange at Denton.

      South Hampshire Rapid Transit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the documents which formed the basis of the recent decision not to proceed with the South Hampshire Rapid...

      Transport Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) notifiable and (b) non-notifiable offences were reported to the British Transport Police in 2004–05, broken down by (i)...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Civil Service (Workforce Reductions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much is expected to be saved as a result of meeting civil service work force reductions targets in (a) the Office of Fair Trading and (b)...

    • Dialling Codes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on Ofcom's plans to create regional dialling codes; and on what administrative government boundaries the codes...

      Disabled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the pay gap between able bodied and disabled workers in (a) West Lancashire and (b) the UK in each year from 1997...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which regional development agencies have funded (a) rail services and (b) road building, construction or road improvement works in the last...

      Businesses (North-West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many small businesses were created in the North-West region in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005; and how many are expected to be created in...

      Businesses (North-West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures are being put in place following the 2005 Northwest Regional Economic Strategy review to improve access to public and private...

      Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the value of timber imported into the UK in (a) 1980 and (b) 2003.

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his policy is on devolving the UK Trade and Investment budget to regional development agencies and regional assemblies.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the military capability and sophistication of (a) the Taliban and (b) al-Qaeda forces operating in South...

    • British Beef

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will encourage British military bases in Europe to serve British beef.

      Continuous Attitudes Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place copies of the latest Continuous Attitudes Surveys for each of the Services in the Library.

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his NATO counterparts regarding the provision of further assistance by NATO to the African Union mission in...

      Departmental Files

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many files in his Department are believed to have been contaminated by asbestos dust during storage; what plans he has to decontaminate them; and if...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department last assessed the military state of readiness of UK forces on the Falkland Islands.

      Future Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he will take to ensure that the agreement reached with France on a common aircraft carrier design does not delay the coming into service of...

      Harrier Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Harrier jets have been in Afghanistan during their deployment by the RAF; and on how many occasions in each six-month period they have engaged...

      Harrier Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the role has been of the RAF Harrier Jet deployment in Afghanistan; and by whom it will be carried out after their withdrawal; (2) on what...

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his Answer of 6th February 2006, Official Report, column 825W, on helicopters, what was the average number of hours flown on operations for a...

      International Security Assistance Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funding levels each (a) NATO and (b) International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) coalition member has devoted to ISAF in the 2005–06...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made towards the recovery of Royal Marine patrol boats seized by Iran.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the capture of a suspected insurgent by RAF Regiment soldiers near Basra airbase; and what the (a) age and (b) nationality...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 6 March 2006, Official Report, column 1189W, on Iraq and the Ministry of Defence press release of 28 September 2005, entitled...

      Non-service Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel applied to take up appointments with private military companies in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005, broken down by rank; and how...

      Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his Department's work with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe over the last 12 months.

      Private Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in what circumstances (a) UK and (b) foreign aircraft which are privately owned may land at UK military airfields.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the independent assessment of the sale of equity in QinetiQ in 2002.

      RAF Spadeadam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for RAF Spadeadam; and if he will make a statement.

      Uganda/Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what military (a) equipment has been exported and (b) training has been provided by his Department to (i) Uganda and (ii) Colombia in each year since 2000.

      Voluntary Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Army (a) officers and (b) other ranks (i) were granted and (ii) applied for premature voluntary retirement or release in each quarter since...

  • Home Department

    • Anti-Bullying Strategies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes have been made to improve the anti-bullying strategies at (a) HM Young Offender Institution Stoke Heath and (b) HM Young...

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what penalties have been imposed, broken down by type, in each incident that has come to court of an antisocial behaviour order being...

      Care in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of the Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork programme in each prison where it is applied;...

      Care in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list the prisons that operate the Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork programme; (2) which prisons have converted to...

      Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the regulations on making gating orders under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 will come into force; and if he will...

      Computer Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many computer games have been banned from import in each year since 1997; and what the reason was in each case; (2) what steps he...

      Criminal Justice Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the likely effect on custody plus orders in the Criminal Justice Act 2003 on sentences (a) given by the courts...

      Driving Offences (Mobile Phones)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices have been issued for offences involving using hand-held mobile telephones when driving a motor vehicle in the...

      Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 1 March 2006, Official Report, column 813W, on the Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund, whether faith...

      Gun Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) pursuant to the answer to Question 54474 of 7 March 2006, on gun crime, how many gun crimes were recorded in each London borough in...

      HMP Norwich

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he has taken to improve the performance of HMP Norwich since the last report by HM inspector of prisons; and if he will make a...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants are in prison.

      Peak District National Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure that the police give greater priority to tackling crimes against wildlife in the Peak District national park.

      Peterborough City Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of additional police (a) officers, (b) support staff and (c) stations that will be required as a...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the starting salary was for newly qualified police officers in Oxford for each of the last 10 years.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables have been recruited in (a) West Lancashire, (b) Lancashire and (c) England and Wales since the beginning of the...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what average number of hours per week was worked by a special constable in (a) West Lancashire, (b) Lancashire and (c) England and Wales in...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers have been introduced in Suffolk since the scheme began.

      Police National Computer

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which prisons have access to the Police National Computer (PNC); what action he is taking to increase access for prisons to the PNC; when he...

      Police Pensions

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

      Prison Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many current prison governors have previously been employed in (a) the National Offender Management Service and (b) the offices of...

      Prison Visits (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide crèche facilities for visitors to prisons.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the proportion of prison inmates registered with a general practitioner prior to being sent to prison; and if he...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has issued to the police on the transporting of handcuffed individuals in police cars with regard to the use of seatbelts.

      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...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on prisoners' use of electronic mail facilities while in detention.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which prison establishments yoga is being taught; at what cost; what assessment he has made of its impact on prisoners; how many...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training (a) prison officers and (b) prison nurses undertake to enable them to deal with the mental welfare of prisoners.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners released from foreign prisons were held by British police on their return for (a) one hour, (b) two hours, (c) three...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the role of the police in investigating the finding of drugs within the prison estate on (a) inmates, (b)...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether future market testing of public prisons will be evaluated on (a) cost and (b) delivery against the existing performance of public...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2006, Official Report, column 1318W, on prisoners, what crimes prisoners have been convicted of who have...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many letters of complaint he has received concerning the Probation Service in (a) England, (b) Essex and (c) Southend in each of the last...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received on the future of the probation service from the United States corrections industry.

      Security Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in ensuring all employees in the security industry receive new Security Industry Authority identity cards prior...

      Security Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will suspend the operational date of 20 March for the new licensing regime for security staff to take account of the backlog of...

      Security Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will revise the Security Industry Authority licensing procedure to make it more user-friendly to applicants; and if he will make a...

      Security Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when shopping centres were notified by the Security Industry Authority that the new licensing regime applied to them; and if he will make a...

      Security Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements are in place to enable previous residents of Somalia to satisfy the Security Industry Authority of their lack of a criminal...

      Security Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for door supervisor licences were submitted to the Security Industry Authority in each month since January 2005; and if...

      Self-Harm (Prisons)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of serial self-harmers in the prison estate; and if he will make a statement.

      World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to introduce new legislative measures to combat potential hooliganism from English fans at this year's football World Cup.

      Young Offender Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether new guidelines will be developed for young offender institutions following the guidance from the National Institute for Health and...

  • Health

    • Agenda for Change Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effects of the Agenda for Change programme on each grade of NHS staff in the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire...

    • Art Acquisitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on works of art by NHS organisations in Suffolk in each of the past five years.

      Body Mass Index

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the most recent estimate of the average body mass index in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each strategic health authority.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of people in (a) Staffordshire and (b) the Tamworth constituency who are (a) paid and (b) unpaid carers for relatives.

      Chlamydia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) people and (b) men were tested for Chlamydia by each local National Chlamydia Screening programme area in (i) 2004–05 and (ii)...

      Colon Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 15 February 2006, Official Report, column 2110W, on colon cancer, when the bowel screening programme as described in paragraph...

      Coronary Heart Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her strategy is for (a) implementing and (b) monitoring chapter eight of the National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease; and if she will...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average remuneration per full-time equivalent NHS general dental practitioner in York and Selby was in (a) cash and (b) real terms (i) in each of...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on NHS general dental services in York and Selby in (a) cash and (b) real terms in each of the last five years.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent NHS general dental practitioners there are in York; and how many there were in each of the previous five years.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists, excluding principals, assistants and trainees, worked for the Bournemouth primary care trust in each year since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average salary of an NHS dentist was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many representations she has received on the proposed changes to the NHS dental contract.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations she has received on the new NHS dentistry contract; and if she will make a statement.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists have signed up to the new NHS dentistry contract in North Yorkshire.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there have been in Haltemprice and Howden constituency in each of the last 10 years.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been diagnosed with diabetes (a) in the area served by Shropshire County primary care trust and (b) in each constituency in...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diabetic nurses are employed by Milton Keynes primary care trust.

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the waiting lists for fitting of new digital hearing aids at the audiology department of Peterborough and Stamford...

      Drug Rehabilitation (Cambridgeshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residential drug rehabilitation places were available in Cambridgeshire in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Electroconvulsive Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what legislation covers the administration of electroconvulsive therapy in hospitals in England and Wales; and if she will make a statement; (2) if...

      Health Services (Shropshire/Staffordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many successful clinical negligence claims were made against hospitals trusts under the Shropshire and Staffordshire strategic health authority area...

      Health Services (Shropshire/Staffordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the clinical negligence payments made by hospitals trusts under the Shropshire and Staffordshire strategic health authority area in...

      Hip Replacement (Peterborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for a hip replacement was in the Greater Peterborough primary care partnership area in each of the last five years.

      Independent Complaints and Advocacy Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate her Department has made of the start-up costs of a new provider of the independent complaints and advocacy service in the West Midlands...

      Kidney Transplants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in each (a) primary care trust area and (b) acute trust area are waiting for a kidney transplant.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 23 November 2005, Official Report, column 2115W, what estimate she has made of the proportion of those who attended the...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2006 to the hon. Member for North-West Leicestershire (David Taylor), Official Report, column 590W, on the Mental...

      Methylphenidate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions for methylphenidate were written in each of the last five years, broken down by type of methylphenidate.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when she last met with the Health Ministers in (a) the Welsh Assembly Government and (b) the Scottish Executive; (2) how many times she has met the...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what factors she took into account on 9 March when deciding to take her official car from her Department in Richmond Terrace to Number 10 Downing street.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will provide additional funding to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital to tackle MRSA.

      Neuroblastoma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will reply to questions 47415 and 47427, on neuroblastoma, tabled by the hon. Member for North-East Milton Keynes on 30 January 2006.

      NHS (Violence)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training NHS staff are given to enable them to deal with potentially violent patients and visitors.

      Organ Donor Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of people carrying organ donor cards in each year between 1995 and 2005.

      Orthodontics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what factors were taken into account when deciding to place orthodontists' remuneration on the same basis as that of dentists under the NHS contract changes.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the commitment contained within the Labour party 2005 election manifesto that investment in palliative care services will...

      Professional Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health care professionals who have had complaints of (a) sexual misconduct and (b) inappropriate behaviour upheld by their professional body are...

      Recombinant Factor VIII

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the files and information the Department holds on the supply for use in the UK of Factor VIII and blood and plasma products, including...

      Salary Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average starting salary was for a newly qualified (a) nurse, (b) GP, (c) hospital doctor and (d) laboratory technician in Oxford in each of the...

      St. Bartholomew's Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the costs incurred in the private finance initiative project to redevelop St. Bartholomew's and the London NHS Trust as a...

      Stroke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assistance her Department offers for the setting up of centres to help the survivors of strokes; and if she will make a statement.

      Trade in Organs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action her Department takes against those who undertake illicit trade in organs; and what advice she offers to NHS operatives on this issue.

      Transplant Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were on waiting lists for transplant surgery for (a) heart, (b) liver and (c) kidney in each year between 1995 and 2005, broken down by region.

      Type-2 Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were diagnosed as suffering from type-2 diabetes in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

  • Education and Skills

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the level of funding for adult education was in each London borough in each of the last five years; and what funding is estimated to be...

    • Assistive Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what transfer of resources she proposes to make in respect of the transfer from April 2006 of responsibility from her Department to local...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what steps her Department is taking to promote the publication Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Good Practice Guidance; (2) how many...

      Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department is taking to provide counselling services to young people.

      Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent on counselling services in schools in each of the last 10 years.

      Departmental Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people from science and technology backgrounds have been seconded into the civil service in her Department in each of the last...

      Education Provision (Hendon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on levels of school (a) attendance and (b) exclusions in Hendon.

      Educational Psychologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many educational psychologists were employed in each local education authority in each of the last five years.

      Examination Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what were the (a) A-level and (b) GCSE results for each school in Wansdyke constituency in 1995 and each subsequent year for which data are...

      Foundation Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many foundation schools have partnership arrangements with (a) public and (b) private sector organisations.

      Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total further education budget for 19 plus education was in (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06; and how much was allocated in...

      GEMS Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what meetings has (a) she and (b) her officials have had with GEMS Education; and what the purpose was of those meetings.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made towards the target of (a) fair access to higher education and (b) reducing rates of non-completion to higher...

      Learning and Skills Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the percentage change was in (a) 16 to 18 years and (b) 19 years plus budgets for learning and skills councils' sub-regions between...

      Media Coverage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what analysis of national media coverage of education issues has been commissioned by her Department in the past 12 months.

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she expects the Learning and Skills Council to announce the award of contracts for the provision of education in prisons; what factors...

      School Admissions Code

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether under the Education and Inspection Bill secondary schools will be able to seek reports from primary schools on (a) a child's (i)...

      School Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the cost of implementing the standards of the School Food Trust for food other than lunch in schools.

      Schools (Brighton and Hove)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much capital funding was allocated to schools in Brighton and Hove in each year since 1996–97.

      Schools (Brighton and Hove)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were in classes of 31 or more in (a) infant schools and (b) infant classes in primary schools in Brighton and Hove in each...

      Schools (Brighton and Hove)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the budget was for the Brighton and Hove local education authority in each year since 1996–97.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what requirements there are for special educational needs co-ordinators to undergo training in (a) special education needs and (b)...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were educated in special schools in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many education supervision orders have been carried out for children with a special educational need in England in each of the past five...

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of truancy levels in schools in (a) West Lancashire, (b) Lancashire and (c) England.

  • Treasury

    • Civil Service Pension Schemes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the rates of withdrawal have been from (a) the NHS, (b) teachers and (c) principal civil service pension schemes, broken down by age, sex and...

    • Inheritance Tax (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many estates in Northern Ireland inheritance tax was payable in (a) 1994 and (b) 2004.

      International Monetary Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the recent comments by the Governor of the Bank of England on reform of the International Monetary Fund.

      International Monetary Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on reform of the International Monetary Fund.

      Parents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the average age of the mother when a child is born to a lone parent was in the last period for which figures are available, broken down by...

      Parents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what proportion of (a) male and (b) female lone parents are in (i) part-time and (ii) full-time employment; (2) what proportion of (a) male and (b)...

      Private Schools (Charitable Status)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 6 March 2006, Official Report, column 1008W, on independent schools, if he will commission research to determine the extent of the...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance he has issued to local councils on whether they will be obliged to set up accessible homes registers for disabled people looking for affordable...

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the effect on carbon emissions of (a) the extension of new standards for conservatories set out in Part L of building regulations,...

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the impact of Part M of the Building Regulations on the design of new housing.

      Carriers Use Class Order

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what changes he has made to the Use Class Order for Carriers; and if he will make a statement.

      Dowry Arrangements

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions his Department has had with the Department of Health on the Greater Manchester primary care trust's decision to end the 'in perpetuity' dowry...

      Empty Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the projected running costs are of the Empty Homes Agency's EMPRO website in the financial year 2006–07.

      Empty Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which local authorities have subscribed to the Empty Homes Agency's EMPRO website; and what total fees have been collected.

      Empty Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the operation of the Empty Homes Agency's EMPRO website since November 2004; and if he will make a statement.

      Empty Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he expects the empty property scheme to be implemented by (a) Swale borough council and (b) Kent county council.

      Environmentally Sustainable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to encourage developers of new housing to build in an environmentally sustainable way.

      Firefighter Salaries

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the starting salary was for newly qualified firefighters in Oxford in each of the last 10 years.

      Fires

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) accidental dwelling fires started by cigarette lighters by (i) children under the age of nine years, (ii) youths aged 10 to 17 years, (iii) adults of...

      Home Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to encourage consideration of efficiency in the use of (a) energy and (b) water in the construction of (i) new housing and (ii) commercial...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many households were accepted as eligible for assistance for homelessness in Newcastle upon Tyne in each quarter from 1 January 2000 to 31 December 2005; and...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2005, Official Report, columns 681–2W, on housing, whether the figures were (a) submitted by each local authority and...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much the Government has made available for housing in Coventry South in the last three years.

      Housing Repair Bills

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what was the (a) total and (b) average repair bill for non-decent (i) private-rented, (ii) owner-occupied, (iii) housing association and (iv) council housing in...

      Inter-council Partnerships

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans to take steps to develop inter-council partnerships among smaller unitary authorities.

      Landfill sites

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment his Department has made of the suitability of former landfill sites pre-dating the Control of Pollution Act 1974 for built development, with...

      Newcastle/Gateshead Pathfinder

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library the agreed Strategic Commission for the Newcastle/Gateshead Pathfinder project; what the allocated programme of expenditure was...

      Planning Appeals

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) instructions, (b) advice and (c) guidance his Department has issued to the Planning Inspectorate in the last 12 months with regard to speeding up...

      Regeneration

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to encourage the regeneration of small town centres in the North East.

      Regional Spatial Strategies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what mechanisms the Government has established to ensure that cross-border issues are taken into account by regional assemblies when considering regional spatial...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what definition his Department uses of sleeping rough.

      Town and Country Planning Act

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the operation of section 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

      Women's Refuges

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what initiatives his Department (a) has implemented and (b) plans to implement to assist local authorities to make progress towards a target of one women's refuge...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's position is on (a) granting residents of Ascension Island permanent right of abode, (b) granting residents...

    • Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who was consulted on the terms of reference for the 2005 economic study of Ascension Island.

      Ascension Island

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what business case was made by the Overseas Territories Department when requesting authority to commission an economic study of...

      British Beef

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will encourage British embassies and diplomatic missions in Europe to serve British beef.

      Extradition Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the United States Administration in relation to the implementation of revised extradition...

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the appropriateness of the methods used by the US authorities to end the recent hunger strike in...

      Israel (Borders)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is Government policy to regard the Green Line as the border of Israel.

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many cases of cancer there have been on St. Helena over the last 30 years.

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the estimated cost of building the airport and associated facilities on St. Helena.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Government of Sudan to persuade it to co-operate more fully with the AMIS mission.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how the UK Government are responding to the cholera outbreak in Yei, Southern Sudan; and what support is being provided to the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contingency plans are in place if the proposed travel ban and freezing of assets of Sudanese Government, militia and rebel...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is Government policy to seek to indict those responsible for human rights abuses in Sudan for referral to the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government in (a) Khartoum and (b) Juba about the fulfilment of the International Criminal...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What support they offer to farmers and the wider farming industry for the dissemination of information on innovative farming techniques.

    • Agriculture: Pesticides

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the statement of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides in its commentary on the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution report Crop spraying and the...

      Agriculture: Pesticides

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the Advisory Committee on Pesticides' commentary on the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution report Crop Spraying and the Health...

      Agriculture: Pesticides

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider holding a public consultation on the introduction of a health surveillance system by the Health Protection Agency as advocated by the...

      Agriculture: Pesticides

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will open the consultation of the Pesticides Safety Directorate on the annual levy imposed on pesticide manufacturers to the public and all...

      Agriculture: Pesticides

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will review health surveillance of the chronic effects of pesticide exposure in the United Kingdom, in light of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides'...

      Agriculture: Sheep

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What alternative they propose for the effective treatment of sheep scab and sheep ticks now that approval has been withdrawn for Cypermethrin.

      Agriculture: Wales

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 2 March (WA 86) stating that the Welsh Assembly Government had been consulted with regard to their evidence and...

      Architecture

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which schools of architecture in the United Kingdom, supported by public funds, teach classical and traditional architecture as part of their courses.

      Avian Flu

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether under Regulation 4(4)(e) of the Avian Influenza (Preventive Measures) Regulations 2005 (S.I. 2005/2989) tap water will be treated to render any virus it...

      Badgers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In light of recent legislation, what practical advice they give to persons whose domestic poultry are regularly killed by a rogue badger.

      Benefits: Age-related Personal Allowances

      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...

      Channel Tunnel Rail Link

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which individual employees of Eurotunnel are currently required to be in attendance in order for the company to comply with its safety case for operating trains...

      Child Trust Fund

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the latest year for which figures are available, what assessment they have made of the cost to the Exchequer of the take-up of vouchers under the child trust...

      Community Service: Litter Collection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether litter collection is a suitable task for those sentenced to community service.

      Defra: Research Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the budgets of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and its agencies has been allocated to research in the social sciences and...

      Extradition: Mr Manzarpour

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the governments of the United States and Poland about the case of Mr Ali Manzarpour, a British citizen, concerning the...

      Immigration: Independent Monitor for Entry Clearance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make copies of the report by the previous Independent Monitor for Entry Clearance, Ms Fiona Lindsley, available via the Printed Paper Office in...

      Immigration: Kurdish Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many asylum seekers from Iraq, including those of Kurdish origin, have been voluntarily or forcibly returned to Iraq in the past 18 months; and how many are...

      Immigration: Kurdish Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Turkish asylum seekers of Kurdish origin have been returned to Turkey in the past 18 months; and which areas of Turkey are regarded as safe for their return.

      Ira

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 8 February (WA 102), whether they are reliant solely upon the Independent Monitoring Commission in their...

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps the quartet has taken to ensure that workers from Gaza have access to the Eretz Industrial Park; and how many workers have such access; and Whether the...

      Planning: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to take steps to simplify and facilitate faster decision-making by the Planning Service in Northern Ireland.

      Pork

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity, Mr Jim Knight, on 11 January (Official Report,...

      Public Expenditure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the latest figures for identifiable public spending per head in (a) England; (b) Scotland; (c) Wales; (d) Northern Ireland; and (e) the United Kingdom.

      Railways: Bicycles

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What obligation there is on London and Continental Railways to provide secure and convenient cycle storage facilities at (a) St Pancras domestic and international...

      Railways: Network Rail

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances and for what purposes Network Rail is permitted to increase its regulatory asset base.

      Revenue and Customs: Average Salaries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the latest year for which figures are available, what is the average salary of a full-time employee of HM Revenue and Customs.

      Roads: Improvement Schemes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 14 February (WA 157–64), what action they are taking to reduce the percentage increase in cost...

      Royal Travel: Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of the street violence in Dublin on Saturday 25 February, whether they will be changing their advice to the Royal Family on the safety of any proposed...

      Sexual Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many persons have been (a) cautioned; (b) prosecuted; or (c) convicted in England and Wales in each relevant year since 1985 under (i) Section 36 of the Sexual...

      Shipping: P&O Takeover

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the possible impact on British ports and seaport terminals of the takeover of P&O by Dubai Ports World; and, if so,...

      Sport: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current status of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure's Soccer Strategy; and what steps they have taken to distribute the £8 million which...

      Tax Credits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McKenzie of Luton on 9 February (WA 122), why child maintenance payments received are excluded from the assessment of...

      Tax Law Rewrite Project

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the latest year for which figures are available, what is the annual cost of the Tax Law Rewrite Project; and For the latest year for which figures are...

      Taxation: Capital Gains Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to capital gains tax for each year from 1995 to 1998, what assessment they have made of the cost of providing an indexation allowance; and In relation...

      Taxation: Corporation Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McKenzie of Luton on 15 February (WA 183), for the latest year for which figures are available, what assessment they have...

      Taxation: Corporation Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McKenzie of Luton on 15 February (WA 183), for the latest year for which figures are available, what is the cost to the...

      Taxation: Corporation Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider a reduction in corporation tax in Northern Ireland to the current level in the Republic of Ireland.

      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 increasing the inheritance tax threshold to (a) £500,000;...

      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 relief against inheritance tax for agricultural...

      Taxation: Inheritance Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the latest year for which figures are available, what assessment they have made of the number of estates subject to inheritance tax which are worth (a) less...

      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 relief for inheritance tax purposes on gifts for the...

      Taxation: Inheritance Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the latest year for which figures are available, what assessment they have made of the size of bequests on death made to individuals, including charities, with...

      Turkey

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What internal changes they consider Turkey must make before they will support that country's accession to the European Union.

      Universities: Applications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the downward trend in university applications for 2006–07 breaks down by region; social class; age; ethnicity; and gender.

      Waste Management

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 2 March (WA 103–04), what steps they are taking to increase public awareness of the maximum penalty of...

      Waste Management

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 2 March (WA 103) concerning the disposal of household plastic waste, which authority will be responsible for...

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