Written answers

Friday, 17 March 2006

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on whether poultry kept in a control area as pets or for a hobby and which have been vaccinated against...

    • Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the wild mammal species where mycobacterium bovis has been found in each of the last 10 years; and if she...

      Cetacean By-catch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of (a) cetacean strandings and (b) cetacean by-catch (i) inside and (ii) outside the 12...

      Dangerous Dogs Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to review the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991; and if she will make a statement.

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will estimate the total amount in tonnes of illegal meat imports that have entered the EU from countries with...

      Landfill (Hazardous Waste)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many hazardous waste landfill sites are available for use in each region of England.

      Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps have been taken since 1997 to promote the use of reusable nappies amost new parents.

      Rats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the rat population in England in each year since 1997.

      Recycling (Herefordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether Herefordshire council has achieved its target of reducing the amount of waste produced per person, per year to...

  • Transport

    • A47 Multi-modal Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was of completing the A47 Norwich to Peterborough multi-modal study.

    • A47/A11

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from the (a) East of England Regional Assembly and (b) East of England Regional Development Agency on improvements...

      Aicraft Landings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions since 1 January 2001 registered aircraft (a) N2189M, (b) N8183J, (c) N970SJ, (d) N129QS, (e) N368CE and (f) N85VM have landedat...

      Greater Manchester (Roads)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with (i) Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority and (ii) Greater Manchester Passenger...

      Mersey Gateway Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether it is his policy to fund the Mersey Gateway project.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what subsidy was given to (a) all train operating companies and (b) train operating companies running to and from Staffordshire in each of the last...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the levels of passenger satisfaction for each train operating company; how this information informs decisions on (a) the...

      Railways

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

      Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) for what reasons the Government target for Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation in 2010 is 0.75 per cent. below the target in the EU biofuels...

      Severn Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures he plans to take to mitigate the impact of rises in sea level and dramatic weather events on the Severn Tunnel.

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what checks are undertaken by his Department to ensure that displayed speed limit signs conform with actual speed limits.

  • Defence

    • Air Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact on UK military aviation of the European Commission's proposals to harmonise air traffic control charges.

    • Armed Forces Pay Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the manning shortfall is at each of the operational pinch points identified by the Armed Forces Pay Review Body in their report of February 2006, Cm...

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the failure rate of cluster munition BL755; and if he will end its use by UK forces.

      Fleet Apache Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) total cost and (b) cost per aircraft was of the Fleet Apache helicopters.

      Fort Halstead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the disposal value was of Fort Halstead near Sevenoaks, Kent when it was sold to QinetiQ; what priceQinetiQ obtained for Fort Halstead; and what...

      Meat Sourcing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much of the (a) beef, (b) pork and (c) lamb consumed by the armed forces in the last period for which figures are available was (i) British and...

      Merlin Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defencewhat the (a) total cost and (b) cost per aircraft was of the Royal Navy's fleet of Merlin Mark 1 helicopters.

      Mine Clearance (Falkland Islands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the UK plans to seek an extension of the deadline under the Ottawa Convention in relation to clearing mines from the Falklands Islands.

  • Treasury

    • Call Centres

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2006, Official Report, columns 1801–02W, on call centres, how many and what proportion of calls to his Department...

    • Continental Shelf Receipts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Government paid to (a) the Isle of Man and (b) Northern Ireland in respect of UK Continental Shelf receipts in each year since 1976.

      Obstacles to Mobility Study

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans his Department has to implement the recommendations of the Obstacles to Mobility Study commissioned by the North-South Ministerial Council.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average amount of working tax credit entitlement is, broken down by age of claimant.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to encourage support for the implementation of the Global Plan to Stop Tuberculosis 2006 to 2015.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether a commitment was made at the meeting of G8 Finance Ministers in February on funding for the Global Plan to Stop Tuberculosis 2006 to 2015.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • English Institute of Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what independent assessment of the performance of the English Institute of Sport has been undertaken; and if she will publish the findings.

    • Financial Irregularity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many cases of financial irregularities have been recorded in her Department in each of the last five financial years; and if she...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research her Department has conducted into the impact of the introduction of regional casinos.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received on cultural and sporting sanctions against Iran.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she has taken to improve the UK's cultural links with the Iranian people.

      Public Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure that her Department is kept fully informed of proposed public library closures and the reasons for them.

      Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) assessed on the financial contribution made by sport to the UK economy.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefits (Fife)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Fife and (b) Glenrothes are in receipt of (i) income support and (ii) disability benefit.

    • Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) benefits and (b) other assistance is offered by the Government to those who act as carers for ill or disabled relatives; what measures...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were receiving carers allowance in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many (a) adult dependants and (b)...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost has been of lowering the qualifying age limit for the mobility component of disability living allowance from five to three years...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Wales who live in special accommodation receive (a) disability living allowance care component at the (i) lower rate,...

      Health-related Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the (a) 18 to 24, (b) 25 to 39, (c) 40 to 54 and (d) 55 to 65 years age band were in receipt of (i) disability allowance,...

      Hearing Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Government are taking to ensure that people with hearing disabilities are not discriminated against when trying to find...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost of disregarding for all benefits earned income up to the value of £80.80 from therapeutic work activity...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Mid Sussex parliamentary constituency were claiming incapacity benefit in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants in Putney constituency have been in receipt of the benefit for (a) less than six months, (b) between six...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the most common medical conditions for which incapacity benefit claimants in Stroud constituency receive the benefit.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of job losses in Jobcentre Plus offices in Dewsbury constituency which may result from his Department's...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) claimants and (b) volunteers participated in each phase of each Pathways to Work pilot in the most recent year for which figures...

      State Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice he received from the Government Actuary on the reduction of national insurance contributions for those contracted out of the state...

      State Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether UK citizens who have paid the necessary national insurance and taxes in the UK and are resident in Spain are entitled to receive a full...

      Welfare Reform Green Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what effect he expects the new employment and support allowance proposed in the Green Paper A New Deal for Welfare: Empowering People to Work"...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the environmental impact of oil exploration and extraction in Africa.

    • Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of oil exploration and extraction in (a) Tanzania, (b) Uganda, (c) Cameroon and (d)...

      Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of (a) Tanzania, (b) Uganda, (c) Cameroon and (d) Chad regarding (i)good...

      Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the impact of oil exploration and extraction in (a) Equatorial Guinea, (b) Sao Tome", (c)...

      Alcoholic Beverages (Government Stock)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the estimated value is of central Government's stock of alcoholic beverages; and how many bottles of (a) wine, (b) beer,...

      Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to help defend democracy in Chad.

      Chad-Cameroon Pipeline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received regarding the Chad-Cameroon pipeline; what assessment he has made of its operation;...

      Departmental Security Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of his Department's security staff will be licensed before the Security Industry Authority's licensing deadline...

      Eritrea/Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what part the UK is playing in the peace talks between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the deuterium-labelled compounds that are supplied by the UK to Iran under the humanitarian exemptions to UK...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received on the provision by the BBC of a 24-hour satellite television service broadcasting to Iran...

      Jericho Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the decision to withdraw the UK monitors from Jericho prison was made after notice had been given to the House on 13...

      Jericho Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any representative of the Government made contact with the Israeli (a) Government and (b) other agencies in the period...

      Jericho Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) developments and (b) intelligence prompted the final decision to withdraw UK monitors from the Jericho Monitoring...

      Jericho Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what indications of the timing of the withdrawal of the UK monitors at Jericho prison were given to the (a) Israeli authorities...

      Jericho Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he made of the possible alternative measures to safeguard the lives and welfare of the prisoners detained at...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received regarding sectarian violence in Nigeria.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Government of Sudan on the expulsion of Samaritans Purse from the Beja area; and what...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the African Union regarding support for a UN protection force for Darfur.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he supports UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's request for extra troops to be sent under NATO or UN command to Darfur.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to try to prevent the problems being experienced in Darfur from crossing over into Chad.

      World Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the World Bank regarding the tackling of corruption.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the Government has had with the Government of (a) Mozambique, (b) Botswana, (c) South Africa and (d) Zambia on...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Corporate Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps are being taken by his Department to ensure that British companies comply with international guidelines on corporate and social...

    • Corporate Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations he has received on corporate and social responsibility.

      Default Retirement Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the possible effect of the European Court of Justice ruling in Werner Mangold v. Rudiger Helm (Case...

      Domestic Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking to encourage households to generate their own electricity.

      Energy Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average annual energy bill was per household in (a) Wales, (b) England and (c) Scotland in each of the last three years; and if he...

      Energy Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what was the (a) cost in real terms and (b) percentage increase on the previous year of (i) gas and (ii) electricity prices in each year since...

      Energy Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade andIndustry how many times (a) his Department and (b) Ofgas has (i) approved and (ii) not approved increases in gas and energy prices since privatisation.

      Exports/Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he plans to make of the UK's inward investment and export promotion policy in comparison with those of the UK's major...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department has taken to reduce the number of domestic energy consumers living in fuel poverty.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the additional measures and resources needed to meet fuel poverty targets to take into account increases in...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what estimate his Department has made of the potential effect on the (a) number and (b) proportion of pensioners in Wales that will be...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many people in Wales are living in fuel poverty; and if he will make a statement; (2) what estimate his Department has made of the...

      ICI (Child Labour)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions he has had with ICI regarding (a) child labour and (b) its fulfilment of its corporate and social responsibility.

      Imported Manufactured Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the (a) name and (b) composition is of the EU committee which sets the tariff rates for imported manufactured goods.

      Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many coal health claims for vibration white finger from residents of (a) Lancashire and (b) West Lancashire have been processed; and how...

      Industrial Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Tradeand Industry how many coal health claims for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease from residents of (a) Lancashire and (b) West Lancashire constituency...

      Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he last met the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to discuss the monitoring of the internet.

      Job Relocation (Wales)

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

      Low Carbons Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Low Carbon Buildings Programme will start.

      Low Carbons Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the budget is for household grants under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in 2006–07.

      Low Carbons Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects EU State Aid clearance for the Low Carbon Buildings Programme.

      North West Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many new jobs have been created by the work of the North West regional development agency in the last five years, broken down by county.

      North West Regional Development Agency

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

      North West Regional Development Agency

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

      North West Regional Development Agency

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

      Nuclear Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the decommissioning costs of each nuclear power plant in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to increase the supply of UK-trained personnel in the field of nuclear power generation.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of availability of trained personnel in the field of nuclear power generation.

      Pandemic Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he will be taking to ensure continuity of satisfactory fuel supplies in the event of an outbreak of pandemic influenza; and if he...

      Professional Institutes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which learned institutes are recognised by his Department as professional bodies.

      Renewable Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Government's target is forrenewable electricity generation in each region by 2020; what steps he expects to be taken to achieve this;...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many households installed wind turbines in each year between 2000 and 2005.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much grant funding was directed towards household micro-renewable energy projects in 2005 under the Clearskies and Solar Photovoltaics...

      Scottish Illegal Money Lending Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans the Government have to extend funding of the Scottish Illegal Money Lending Unit after 31 March 2007.

      South West Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been invested in the (a) Objective 1 area and (b) Objective 2 area by the South West Regional Development Agency since it was set up.

      Sustainable Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of the Department's building programme budget was allocated to (a) energy self-generation and (b) water recycling measures in...

      Vanity Publishing Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to regulate the vanity publishing industry.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the processes are by which his Department will assess local opinion on the wind farm proposals in Northumberland which are to be...

  • Health

    • Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the formula for allocating funds to individual audiology service providers in England for the delivery of the Modernising Hearing Aid Service...

    • BRCA1 Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the time women wait for diagnostic test results following BRCA1 testing.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for radiotherapy following breast cancer was in each NHS trust in the last period for which figures are available.

      Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were referred to hospital by generalpractitioners in the Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth Primary Care Trust in each year since the...

      Children's Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will visit Little Havens children's hospice in Castle Point to discuss funding.

      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, how many people have been screened under the pilot for bowel...

      Colorectal Cancers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in implementing (a) the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance Improving Outcomes in Colorectal...

      Coronary Heart Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to implement the new chapter eight of the Coronary Heart Disease National Service Framework.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many units of dental activity she estimates were provided by dentists operating (a) personal dental services contracts and (b) general dental services...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental practices had recourse to the NHS arbitration process in each of the last five years.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bridgend (Mrs. Moon) of 2 February 2006, Official Report, column 715W, on dentistry, if she will make a...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect on the number of NHS dentists of the new contracts.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on NHS dentistry services in North Yorkshire.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of people who will be registered with NHS dentists in each of the primary care trusts in Gloucestershire in each...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures she is taking to increase availability of NHS dentists in Haltemprice and Howden constituency.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received from dentists on the implementation of the new dental contract in Staffordshire.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the availability of free dental care for children within Peterborough constituency.

      Electroconvulsive Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS staff have been investigated for allegedly administering electroconvulsive therapy (a) without obtaining the consent of the individual and...

      Geneticists (Waiting Times)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the waiting time for an appointment with a geneticist; and if she will make a statement.

      Haemodynamic Fluid Optimisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the (a) cost to the NHS and (b) clinical effects of the use of haemodynamic fluid optimisation; (2) what assessment...

      Haemodynamic Fluid Optimisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will assess the use of haemodynamic optimisation for patients (a) before, (b) during and (c) after operations; and if she will make a...

      Health Care (Tamworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what grants have been provided to help patients accessing sexual health services in Tamworth.

      Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment the Government has made of the effectiveness of educating the public on health issues through media campaigns (a) on television, (b) in...

      Herceptin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she has instructed primary care trusts that they should have regard to the UK Clinical Guidelines on the use of Adjuvant Trastuzumab (Herceptin)...

      Hospital Admissions (Alcohol-related)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many admissions to hospital with an alcohol-related diagnosis via accident and emergency departments there were in the (a) Norfolk, Suffolk and...

      Infertility Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the availability of (a) infertility treatment and (b) IVF treatment on the NHS in South Staffordshire.

      Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost to the NHS was in 2004–05 of treating individuals with age-related macular degeneration; and if she will make a statement on...

      Mal de Debarquement Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhat representations she has received on Mal de Debarquement Syndrome; what research she has commissioned on the syndrome; and if she will make a statement.

      National Radiotherapy Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects the national radiotherapy advisory group to report.

      PCT Finances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much will be taken from next year's budgets of primary care trusts (PCTs) in Birmingham and the black country to cover deficits in other PCTs in the...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the research budget for prostate cancer is for 2006–07; and when she next expects to review funding for such research; (2) what...

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to promote research to find a new diagnostic test for prostate cancer.

      Reconstructive Breast Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the number of patients offered reconstructive breast surgery after a mastectomy; and if she will make a statement.

      Section 64 Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many voluntary organisations were waiting for a decision on the continuation of Section 64 funding on the last date for which figures are available;...

      Surgical Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in the NHS have received oesophageal Doppler probe haemodynamic optimisation during and post surgery in each of the last five years.

      Surgical Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to encourage the adoption of haemodynamic optimisation for surgical procedures.

      West Lancashire Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients were registered with NHS general dental practitioners in the West Lancashire Primary Care Trust area in each year since 1997.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the impact of Taliban attacks upon the education system in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken by his Department to improve the education system in Afghanistan.

      Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the progress of reconstruction in the regions affected by the tsunami.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to Article 5 of the EU common position on Burma, what form decentralised co-operation with local civilian administrations...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the annual EU aid budget for Burma was in each of the last five years; how much of that budget was contributed by the UK in each...

      Departmental Energy Costs

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

      Disaster Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with international partners and the United Nations regarding the UN's role in the co-ordination of disaster...

      Fairtrade Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effect of the sale of Fairtrade products on the economies of developing countries; and if he will...

      Global Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in achieving the...

      Green Minister

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what work his Department's Green Minister has undertaken in that capacity in recent months.

      Growth and Poverty Reduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what research of the impact of varietal genetic use restriction technologies on ecology, socio-economic factors and culture was...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken by his Department to assist women and childrenwho have been victims of sexual exploitation in India.

      Iraq/Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many international humanitarian organisations are operating in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan; and how many personnel are employed by...

      Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken by his Department to promote and support good governance in Latin America.

      Madagascar

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what arrangements were made for the continuation of bilateral development assistance to Madagascar when the decision was taken to...

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) mechanisms and (b) funding are in place to develop twinning and civic co-operation between the UK and Malawi.

      Maldive Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what support his Department has offered to assist post-tsunami reconstruction work in the Maldives; how much has been spent; what...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will cease to engage with state institutions in Nepal and seek other means of delivering assistance to the people of Nepal.

      Population Control Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the Government of India regarding population control policies.

      South Asian Earthquake

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on his Department's work in relief and reconstruction following the South Asian earthquake.

      South Asian Earthquake

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has for continued assistance for the people of the areas of Pakistan and Kashmir affected by the South Asian earthquake.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Hannington Radio Station

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for what reason the Cabinet Office retains a transmission mast at Hannington Radio Station, Hampshire; to what purpose each of the out-buildings on...

    • Mobile Phones

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what guidance is given to Ministers about the use of mobile telephones for transacting Government business.

  • Prime Minister

    • Alistair Campbell

      To ask the Prime Minister whether Mr. Alistair Campbell retains security clearance for 10Downing street.

    • Anniversary

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he plans to commemorate his anniversary of 10 years as Prime Minister.

      Cabinet Discussions

      To ask the Prime Minister which Ministersare prevented from participating in Cabinet discussions because of a declared interest; and on what subjects.

      Downing Street (Events)

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list official events held in 2005 at 10 Downing street to which individuals other than hon. Members and officials were invited where the total numbers present...

      Lord Levy

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the activities he has asked Lord Levy to carry out for him since 1 May 2005.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Adapted Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will provide additional funding to local authorities for the provision of adapted housing for sufferers of motor neurone disease.

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will introduce building regulations to control standards and safety during the installation of oil-fired appliances and oil storage equipment.

      Consultants and Advisers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his answer of 14 March 2006, Official Report, column 2142W what estimate he has made of the cost of providing the information in each of the three...

      Council House Sales

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what was the total income in capital receipts from the sale of council housing under the right-to-buy scheme in each Government Office Region in 2004–05.

      Council House Sales

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will require each local authority to submit a report to his Department setting out the capital programmes it funds using the 25 per cent. of retained...

      Development Land Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent assessment his Department has made of the proposed development land tax; and if he will undertake a review to evaluate the potential impact of such a...

      Environmentally Sustainable Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to encourage the use of microgeneration in new build housing.

      Home Buyers Packs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate his Department has made of (a) the cost excluding VAT of a home condition report for larger, detached properties and (b) the minimum and maximum...

      Home Buyers Packs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate his Department has made of (a) the cost excluding VAT of a home information pack for larger, detached properties and (b) the minimum and maximum...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the contribution of the National Rent Deposit Forum to developing best practice in the reduction and prevention of homelessness;...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effect of the house building moratorium in Stockport on (a) the amount of new housing available and (b) the prices of homes in...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many new homes he expects to be built in West Lancashire in (a) 2006–07 and (b) each of the following three years.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much the Government have made available for housing in West Lancashire in the last three years.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what money is available for housing associations to build houses in West Lancashire in each of the next three financial years.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps his Department is taking to encourage the building of more social rented housing in Manchester, Withington.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the likely effects on potential housing developments on airfields in East Anglia of the proposed change in the definition of...

      Land Disposal

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance is given to local authorities on the disposal of land and other assets at less than market value.

      Landfill sites

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what regulations are in place governing development and planning control procedures in respect of planning applications on former landfill sites which pre-date...

      Park Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when his Department will consult on the reform of the commission payment mechanism for Park homes; and if he will make a statement.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many building applications have been refused by local authorities in (a) the South West, (b) the South East, (c) the Midlands, (d) the North West and (e) the...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the applications for the development of (a) supermarkets and (b) large stores that (i) he and (ii) his inspector has granted on appeal in each of...

      Religious Iconography

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) churches, (b) synagogues and (c) mosques have applied for planning permission to erect or display religious iconography deemed to be advertising...

      Security Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of his Department's security staff will be licensed before the Security Industry Authority's licensing deadline of 20 March 2006.

      Stock Transfers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the Government plans to take steps to ensure that local authorities which set up arm's length management organisations to manage their housing stock...

      Store Size

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many stores with a floor area of (a) more than 3,000 square feet and (b) less than 3,000 square feet operate in (i) England and Wales and (ii) Scotland.

      Tenure Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Ministerwhat plans the Government has for tenure reform.

      Urban Community Initiative

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much money has been allocated to Dorset from the Urban Community Initiative.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Department of Education is taking to tackle bullying on school buses.

    • Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress is being made in the development of anti-bullying campaigns in primary schools in Northern Ireland.

      Children and Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Children and Young People's funding package he announced recently will be made available; what the criteria are for gaining access to...

      Civil Partnership Ceremonies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many civil partnership ceremonies have taken place in each district council area since they became legal in Northern Ireland.

      Dissident Republican Paramilitaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2006, Official Report, column 364W, on dissident republican paramilitaries, what new information came into...

      Filling Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to introduce a licensing system in Northern Ireland for the ownership of filling stations.

      Key Stage 3 Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) employers and (b) parents were consulted by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment in respect of the Key Stage...

      Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to reduce the amount of packaging being used for commercial products in Northern Ireland.

      Planning Appeal Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Planning Appeal Commission hearings took place in Northern Ireland during 2005; and how many involved a commissioner from outside...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what further steps he is taking to increase the number of Catholics in the Police Service of Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Population Statistics (Lagan Valley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the numerical and percentage increase in the total population in Lagan Valley constituency has been in each year since 2001.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of pupils in post-primary level schools in each of the education and library board areas in Northern Ireland received free...

      Schools (Extended Hours)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many schools in each Northern Ireland parliamentary constituency offer extended hours from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

      Serious Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the involvement of paramilitary groups in serious organised crime.

      Speeding Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much revenue was generated by speeding fines in Northern Ireland for the 12-month period ended 31 December (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.

      Statistics and Research Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether students working in the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency are paid for bank holidays.

      Statistics and Research Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2006, Official Report, column 990W, on the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, for what...

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol-related Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices were issued for (a) consumption of alcohol by and (b) selling alcohol to under age people in (i) Sunderland...

    • Alcohol-related Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices were issued in Swindon for alcohol-related offences between 12 November and 24 December (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.

      Animals in Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individual animals were used in regulated procedures under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in (a) England, (b)...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers had been receiving National Asylum Support Service support on 31 December 2005 for more than (a) three months, (b)...

      Bashkim Bushati

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when Bashkim Bushati, reference B1022306, in HMP Bellingdon will be deported from the United Kingdom.

      Cell Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners have been doubled-up in cells meant for one inmate at each prison for each of the last 36 months; and if he will make a...

      Drug Treatment Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the outcomes of drug treatment programmes in prisonsin England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which private companies are contracted by the Home Office to provide electronic monitoring of offenders; and what the value of the contracts...

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for theHome Department how many times each of the companies contracted to provide electronic monitoring of offenders has failed to meet the criteria specified by his...

      Home Detention Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to improve the consistency of initial assessments by prison governors for home detention curfew arrangements; and if...

      Immigration Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of those held in immigration detention centres on 31 January were held under the Fastrack scheme.

      Immigration Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of (a) suicide, (b) attempted suicide and (c) self-harm there have been in immigration detention centres for each of the last...

      Indefinite Leave to Remain

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were granted indefinite leave to remain under family applications in 2005.

      Indefinite Leave to Remain

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many holders of student visas applied (a) successfully and (b) unsuccessfully for the right to remain in the UK in a different category...

      National Asylum Support Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were covered by family applications for National Asylum Support Services support in 2005.

      Prison Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the (a) agenda and (b) minutes of the Ministerial Round Table discussions on suicides in prisons; and if he will make a...

      Prison Visits (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funds were provided by the prison service for facilities for children visiting prisons in the last year for which figures are available.

      Prisoner Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact of relative pay rates for inmates on participation in education provision within the prison estate;...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of (a) suicide, (b) murder, (c) violent attack and (d) self harm were recorded in (i) men's prisons, (ii) women's prisons...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for theHome Department if he will make a statement on changes in prison management systems over the last 10 years.

      Race Relations (Amendment) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of compliance by Government Departments with their duties under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000; and if...

      Safer Cells Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the safer cells programme.

      Security Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications have been submitted for (a) those employed in Cash and Valuables in Transit, (b) door supervisors, (c) vehicle...

      UK Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines the Government have issued on the holding of newly arrived visitors to the UK at airports; if he will place a copy of the...

      Under-age Drinking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of retail outlets in Coventry South have been successfully prosecuted for selling alcohol to minors in each year since 2004.

      War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assurances were given by (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department to Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni during her visit last...

      War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on the operation of the War Crimes Act 1991; (2) how many (a) males and (b) females have been prosecuted...

      Witness Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State, in what circumstances public access to criminal courts may be restricted to protect witnesses; and if she will make a statement.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of people detained in young offenders institutions have received (a) rehabilitative treatment and (b) educational training on...

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