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Written answers

Monday, 20 March 2006

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Quality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2006, Official Report, column 258W, on air quality, what progress has been made towards...

    • Air Quality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2006, Official Report, columns 258–9W, on air quality, what recent assessment has...

      Anti-social Behaviour Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions powers introduced in the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 have been used to deal with environmental crime.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken to protect bird populations in zoos and aviaries from avian influenza; and if she will make a...

      Badger Cull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate has been made of the annual cost of (a) purchase of equipment, (b) transport, (c) staff training, (d)...

      Badger Cull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the effects of culling badgers on reducing bovine tuberculosis in cattle; and if she...

      Badger Cull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost of culling badgers in each of the (a) last five years and (b) next three years; and if...

      Badger Cull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to charge farmers for culling badgers on their property; and if she will make a statement.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice her Department offers to farmers on protecting their herds from bovine tuberculosis; and if she will make a statement.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the European Union directives on controlling bovine tuberculosis in cattle; how Question number missing in...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the occasions when she has raised bovine tuberculosis in cattle with the European Union in each year since...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department has undertaken on the incidence of bovine tuberculosis on individual farms; and if she will make...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment her Department has made of the link between badgers and bovine tuberculosis in cattle; and if she will...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what work she has commissioned on the impact of hedgerows in reducing the level of bovine tuberculosis.

      Footpaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to enable farmers to move footpaths which are adversely affecting farming.

      National Farmers Union Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what basis she stated at the recent National Farmers Union conference that the Prime Minister is the Minister for Biosecurity.

      Noise Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which local authorities have not adopted the terms of the Noise Act 1996 in relation to night-time noise.

      Travelling Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2006, Official Report, column 1018W, on travelling circuses, whether any of the research...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to increase water provision in East Sussex in the next 10 years; and if she will make a statement.

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries (Women and Girls)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of progress towards improving the status of women and girls in developing countries; and what steps...

    • Government Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, columns 786–7W, on government accountability, how much his Department...

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the agreed efficiency target for his Department set out in the 2004 Spending Review is to be cashable; and under what...

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the target level of employment expressed as full-time equivalents is in his Department by April 2008, in order to meet his...

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what total efficiency savings were achieved by his Department in 2004–05; and whether these count towards the agreed efficiency...

  • Transport

    • Dart Harbour and Navigation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the commitments set out in the letter of the Minister of State of 8 February 2006 (Ref SL/001336/06) in relation to the Dart Harbour and...

    • Great Western Franchise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) rail routes will be cut and (b) stations will be closed as a consequence of the Government's detailed specification for the Great Western...

      M62

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason roadworks are taking place on the M62 on the westbound carriageway east of junction 37; why such work was not carried out when this...

      Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will provide assistance to West Lancashire council to pilot partnership approaches to improve security at and around stations; (2) what...

      Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to increase the number of (a) waiting rooms, (b) toilet facilities and (c) commercial business activities at railway stations; and if...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Conservation Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what resources have been made available to local authorities for conservation officers; and what percentage of local authorities now...

    • Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the Public Service Broadcast requirement for additional capacity on digital terrestrial for high...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what methods she will use to assess the proposed regional casino pilot scheme.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the timetable will be for the assessment of the casinos pilot scheme under the Gambling Act 2005.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications for new casinos have been submitted under the Gambling Act 1968 (a) since 1997 and (b) between (i) May 2005 and...

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many pieces of artwork have gone missing from the Government art collection in each of the last seven years.

      Government Art Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many pieces of artwork are in the Government art collection; and how many are recorded as missing.

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much charities have paid for entertainment licenses for fund-raising events since the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003.

      School Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much lottery funding hasbeen provided for school sport in each year since 2000.

      Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to her answer of 26 February 2006, Official Report, columns 2296–97W, on sports programmes, what progress has been made...

      Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how local authorities are assessed on their provision of sports facilities.

      Television Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people in Tamworth have been prosecuted for not having a television licence in each of the last five years.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces (MRSA)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces have contracted MRSA in each of the last three years; where the infection is believed to have been contracted in...

    • Armed Forces Pay Review Body

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if (1) he will place in the Library a transcript of his oral evidence to the Armed Forces Pay Review Body in the course of the preparation of its 35th...

      Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to ratify the protocol to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) before the CCW review conference in November 2006.

      Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what meetings have been held in 2006 between the Defence Export Services Organisation and (a) members of the armed forces and (b) defence ministry...

      Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what meetings have taken place between the Defence Export Services Organisations and the organisers of Pakistan's International Defence Exhibition and...

      Departmental Telephone Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the (a) 0800, (b) 0845 and (c) 0870 telephone numbers for the public administered by (i) his department and (ii) agencies which report to him.

      Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers were deployed in Stockwell on 22 July 2005; and if he will make a statement.

      Service Accommodation (Falkland Islands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Service Family Accommodation properties in the Falkland Islands are of Grade (a) one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four standard.

      Health Specialisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) establishment and (b) staff numbers in post are of each specialisation of allied health professionals in each of the services.

      Insurgents/Terrorists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's definition is of (a) insurgents and (b) terrorists; and whether these definitions could simultaneously apply to the same individuals.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether a D Notice was issued to restrict reporting of complaints from family of service personnel killed in Iraq that army vehicles had not been fixed...

      Prisoners of War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) prisoners of war or surviving spouses and (b) civilian internees or surviving spouses are (i) eligible for payment, (ii) have been paid and...

      Sustainable Building

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

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Territorial Army (TA) personnel (a) are serving in Iraq and (b) have served in Iraq since the start of the conflict, broken down by TA (i)...

  • Prime Minister

    • No. 10 Downing Street

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list hon. Members who have security clearance for access to No. 10 Downing Street.

    • Dorneywood

      To ask the Prime Minister for what reasons he has re-allocated Dorneywood to the Deputy Prime Minister.

      Lord Levy

      To ask the Prime Minister what is the role of Lord Levy in Her Majesty's Government.

      Ministerial Code

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will amend the Ministerial Code to include guidance on the content of speeches given by spouses of Ministers where the speech may be construed as being relevant to...

      Transparency and Accountability

      To ask the Prime Minister what steps he has taken to improve transparency and accountability in Government.

  • Treasury

    • Labour-intensive Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will apply for permission to the EU to reduce the rate of VAT levied on labour-intensive services in respect of bicycle repairs; (2) pursuant...

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will revise the statutory definition of biofuels to include biofuels which have not been made using the transesterification process.

      Birth Statistics (Lancashire)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many births there were to women resident in Lancashire health authority (a) in maternity hospitals, (b) in midwife-led units, (c) at home and (d) at...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases of breast cancer have been diagnosed in the last five years, broken down by age band.

      Child Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to permit families entitled to Child Tax Credits to have them paid directly into Credit Union accounts.

      Council Tax Rebate (Pensioners)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has for the council tax rebate for people of pensionable age.

      Data-mining Techniques

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what use (a) the Valuation Office Agency and (b) HM Revenue and Customs makes of data-mining techniques; and for what purposes.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many jobs were created within Government in each year between 1997 and 2005.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what public satisfaction surveys he has carried out on the performance of the Financial Services Authority.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to reform the regulatory regime for financial services; and if he will make a statement.

      Insurance Premium Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on the recharging of insurance premium tax; and if he will make a statement.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proportion of those (a) earning the minimum wage and (b) earning less than £6.50 per hour who are employed in (i) the...

      Pension Liabilities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the net present value of accrued pension liabilities in respect of (a) present and (b) former employees of his Department.

      Public Sector Jobs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many public sector jobs have been created since May 1997; and at what estimated cost.

      Suicide

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many suicides there were in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland in each of the past five years, broken down by (i) sex and...

      Suicide

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) suicides and (b) male suicides there were in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what technical problems were experienced with the tax credit computer system in (a) November and December 2005 and (b) January 2006; how many claims were...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether there is a limit on the number of tax credit claims from 2003–04 that can be reassessed by staff in light of new information.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government are taking to reduce tax credit fraud; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit has been in each year since their introduction; and what percentage of these costs was...

      Tax Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from insurance companies under investigation for alleged tax fraud; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax-free Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the estimated total cost to public funds would be if the tax-free income threshold were raised to £12,000; (2) what the estimated total...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency holds aerial photography produced (a) externally and (b) in-house.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Valuation Office Agency has held a contract with Getmapping in the last five years.

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Minister in his Department has responsibility for issues relating to world heritage sites.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Competitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action his Department is taking to tackle the misuse of competitions where letters are sent requesting payment in advance of receiving a...

    • Directorial Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support his Department makes available for the training of non-executive directors on (a) the development of proper systems of company...

      Gas/Electricity Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking to investigate the reasons for the increases in (a) gas and (b) electricity prices in the UK; and if he...

      Global Nuclear Energy Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the United Kingdom joined the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership; what resources have been committed to date in support of the...

      Labelling (Fabrics)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures he has taken to ensure the labelling of fabrics that have been treated with tri-n-butyl tin.

      North West Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the consultants employed by the North West regional development agency in each of the last five years; and how much was paid...

      State Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Tradeand Industry what UK state aids have been authorised by the European Commission over the past 12 months.

      Tour Operators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether his Department regulates tour operators providing services to UK residents travelling overseas; and if he will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Bioscience and Technology Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the remit is of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment inquiry into the Bioscience and Technology Institute.

    • Caravan Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the (a) static and (b) touring caravan sector has contributed to the economy of Northern Ireland in each of the past 10 years.

      Citybus/Metro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the last occasion was that a person was convicted for non-payment of the proper fare on the Citybus system.

      Coastal Erosion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which Department of the Northern Ireland Office is responsible for (a) the prevention of coastal erosion and (b) its effect on tourism in...

      Cross-border Bodies (Bullying/Mismanagement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints have been lodged by Northern Ireland civil servants for alleged (a) bullying and (b) mismanagement in each of the cross...

      Demographics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the extent to which the demographic balance between communities in each city and county of Northern Ireland has...

      Demographics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people over the age of 65 years there are in Northern Ireland.

      Deprivation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has for additional schemes to tackle deprivation in (a) (i) the Erskin and (ii) the Grange estates in Ballyclane, (b) housing...

      Firefighters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many part-time firefighters applied to become full-time firefighters in each Northern Ireland Fire Service station in each of the last five...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what educational provision is made in Northern Ireland for young people with profound learning disabilities aged over 19 years; and in what...

      Murals (Loyalist Areas)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans the Community Relations Council in Northern Ireland has to offer support and financial assistance for the development of cultural and...

      Policing Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the members chosen for the Policing Board for Northern Ireland; and when he expects to announce the final composition.

      School Lands and Properties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the estimated value is of school lands and properties used by the (a) maintained, (b) controlled, (c) integrated and (d) Irish language...

      Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new social housing units have been built in Lagan Valley constituency in each year since 2001.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average number of persons on the waiting list for social housing in Lagan Valley constituency has been in each year since 2001.

      Women's Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure's budget has been allocated to projects specifically aimed at women in each of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent assessment he has made of equality of pay between male and female civil servants.

    • Get Safe Online Campaign

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what further measures he plans to take to promote the Get Safe Online campaign.

      Local Authorities (Contingency Plans)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which local authorities have undertaken practical tests of their contingency plans; and what assessment he has made of the outcomes.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Accessible Housing Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many local authorities maintain an accessible housing register.

    • Airfields

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance he has issued on residential development on airfields.

      Brownfield Development (Hampshire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effect on wildlife habitat of brownfield development in local authority areas in Hampshire which include special protection...

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will bring forward proposals to strengthen Part E of the Building Regulations (England and Wales) as they relate to resistance to the transmission of sound...

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance he has given local authorities to ensure the consistent application of Part M of the Building Regulations by building control officers.

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many cases there have been of enforcement action against builders for breaches of Part M of the Building Regulations in the last three years; and what the...

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the impact on staffing levels in (a) public sector and (b) private sector building control bodies of the technical requirements of...

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the likely effect on carbon dioxide emissions of domestic conservatory extensions being subject to planning permission and the...

      Circulars

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many circulars his Department issued to local authorities in each year since 1997, broken down by topic.

      Civil Servants (Foreign Trips)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many foreign trips paid for by public funds his Department's civil servants have undertaken in each year since 1997.

      Concessionary Travel (Lancashire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much funding for the concessionary travel scheme has been allocated to Lancashire county council; what this represents as a percentage of the council's total...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will reply to the letter of 20 December 2005 from the hon. Member for Aylesbury about the case of Mr. D. W. of Stokenchurch, Bucks.

      Electoral Cycles

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department has had discussions on changing the electoral cycles of the metropolitan districts in England.

      Empty Properties

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with (a) Ministerial colleagues and (b) others on empty publicly-owned residential properties.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what financial support his Department has made available to councils to improve energy efficiency within their properties.

      Government Office for London

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the running costs of the Government office for London were in each of the past four years.

      Government Office for London

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff were employed in the Government office for London in (a) 2001–02 and (b) 2004–05.

      Graffiti/Fly-posting

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what financial contributions the local authority in Swindon has sought under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to tackle graffiti and fly-posting.

      High Hedges Act

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many remedial notices have been issued under the High Hedges Act 2001 since it came into force; and if he will make a statement.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether (a) home information packs and (b) home condition reports will be required for new-build residential properties on the market for the first time.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of home information packs which will be produced in each year once the scheme is fully operational.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether home information packs will be required to contain information on whether the property is in an area of high flood risk.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the Answer of 16 February 2006, Official Report, column 2226W, on homelessness, if he will list the local authorities which will receive this support.

      House Building (Staffordshire)

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

      Households (Statistics)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 16 February 2006, Official Report, column 2228W, what the average population is of each tier.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many empty homes there were in Suffolk in each year since 1997.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 16 February 2006, Official Report, column 2234W, to the hon. Member for Brent East, on housing, what weighting is given in the (a)...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many council houses have been sold under the right-to-buy scheme in Milton Keynes each year since 1998.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many empty homes there were in (a) the Milton Keynes unitary authority area and (b) South East England in each of the last 10 years.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is on alternatives to housing stock transfer as a method for strategic investment in council housing.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) council houses and (b) flats are owned by each local authority.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many council houses in (a) Sunderland city council and (b) Houghton and Washington, East constituency (i) have been brought up to the decent homes standard...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much grant was used by housing associations to buy land for key worker housing in each of the last five years.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what data he collects on the size of new homes.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of new homes to be built in Wellingborough constituency over the next 15 years.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what projection he has made of the proportion of the budgeted social housing grant which will be spent in 2005–06; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether unspent local authority funds for social housing may be transferred to shared ownership programmes.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of new social housing is (a) built to and (b) easily adapted to the high wheelchair standard.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what research he has undertaken on the views of registered social landlords on the removal of housing benefit from tenants who engage in antisocial behaviour.

      Housing Corporation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the Government's plans to merge the Housing Corporation with English Partnerships.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will make public the results of his Department's discussions with the Local Government Association on additional financial assistance for local...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 16 February 2006, Official Report, column 2239W to the hon. Member for Brent, East (Sarah Teather) on local government finance, how much...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 16 February 2006, Official Report, column 2239W, to the hon. Member for Brent, East, on local government finance, what the local...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received on the 2006–07 local government settlement for the London Borough of Bexley.

      Mayors

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans to review the legislation which introduced directly elected mayors.

      Milton Keynes Partnerships

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 16 February 2006, Official Report, column 2241W, on Milton Keynes Partnership, what the levels of remuneration are for each member of...

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when district councils were informed of the annual roll-out indicative plans of mobile telephone operators for mast erection in each of the last five years; and...

      Parish Councils

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average length of time taken by his Department to process a parish council application from submission to final approval was in 2004–05.

      Parish Councils

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reasons a final decision has yet to be reached on the parish council application from the South Lathom Residents Association.

      Parish Councils

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance his Department follows on the length of time during which consultation on electoral arrangements for parish council applications should be conducted.

      Parish Councils

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on what date the application for a parish council from the South Lathom Residents Association was submitted to his Department.

      Pathfinder

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total estimated expenditure is on the Pathfinder programme.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many planning applications for isolated houses in the countryside under the provisions of paragraph 11 of planning policy statement 7 have been referred to...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many appeals have been submitted to the planning inspectorate against the decision of a local planning authority to refuse planning permission for isolated...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the revision of planning policy guidance has changed the situation with regard to gaining permission for the building of domestic units on former airfields.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what planning (a) guidance and (b) regulations apply to (i) building new schools and (ii) expanding existing schools.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many hectares of previously developed land in the Thames Gateway are (a) available for building on and (b) expected to become available in the future.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he took the decision to postpone his Department's plans to consult on a code for sustainable buildings; and for what reasons.

      Residential Accommodation (Peterborough)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has for tackling overcrowding in residential accommodation in Peterborough; and if he will make a statement.

      Residential House Boats

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he proposes to make a statement on the status of residential house boats following his recent public consultation on the options.

      Right to Buy (Peterborough)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many right-to-buy completions there were in Peterborough in each year since 1996–97.

      Shared Home Ownership

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans to introduce a shared home ownership scheme for key workers outside the South East of England.

      Sustainable Buildings

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he expects the Code for Sustainable Buildings to be progressively incorporated into building regulations.

      Sustainable Buildings

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to facilitate the greater use of new materials, techniques and designs in new house building.

      Telecommunications (Cambridgeshire)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) telecommunication base stations and (b) mobile phone masts have been located in (i) the parliamentary constituency of Peterborough and (ii) the...

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what data the Government collects on the proportion of types of new homes being built in the Thames Gateway.

      Town and Country Planning Act

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will make a statement on the operation of the Town and Country Planning (Major Infrastructure Project Inquiries Procedure) (England) Rules 2002; (2)...

      Town and Country Planning Act

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the operation of (a) section 100 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, (b) Article 20(5) of the Town and Country Planning...

      Town and Country Planning Act

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the study commissioned by his Department, A Review of the Publicity Requirements for Planning Applications.

      Town and Country Planning Act

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the operation of the Town and Country Planning (Determination of Appeals by Appointed Persons) (Prescribed Classes) Regulations 1997.

      Town and Country Planning Act

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the operation of Schedule 6 paragraph 3 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

      Town and Country Planning Act

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the operation of the Town and Country Planning (Inquiries Procedure) (England) Rules 2000.

      Unitary Development Plan

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many local planning authorities do not have in place an (a) adopted and (b) revised replacement unitary development plan.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2005, Official Report, column 587W, (1) on the Valuation Office Agency, how many claims for compensation the Agency has...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much the Valuation Office Agency spent on foreign visits in each year in the last five years; and if he will list the location and purpose of each foreign visit.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) of 20 January 2006, Official Report, column 1699W, on the Valuation Office Agency, from what...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance he issues to local planning authorities on the siting of wind farms on or near (a) national parks and (b) areas of outstanding natural beauty.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Dangerous/Careless Driving

      To ask the Solicitor-General what criteria are used by the Crown Prosecution Service in distinguishing between a case of (a) dangerous and (b) careless driving where someone is killed.

    • Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Solicitor-General when he will review the operation of magistrates courts with regard to delays in cases being heard by magistrates, with particular reference to Peterborough...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Criminal Cases (Competitive Tendering)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 14 December 2005, Official Report, column 2045W, when she will publish the research into the impact...

    • Criminal Court (Salaried Defenders)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2006, Official Report, column 1005W, if she will place in the Library a copy of the PKF...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2006, Official Report, column 1007W, if she will place in the Library a summary of the...

      Parental Access

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many parents have court-ordered access arrangements that allow main contact with their children only (a) at weekends and...

      Polling Stations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many polling stations for local government elections in 2006 will be accessible for disabled people; and how many will be...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Africa (Good Governance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of (a) Mozambique, (b) Kenya, (c) Nigeria and (d) Angola regarding...

    • Africa (Good Governance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of (a) Equatorial Guinea, (b) Sao Tome", (c) Congo-Brazzaville, (d) Gabon...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Bangladesh Government on levels of politically-inspired violence; and if he will...

      Chechnya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of reports of mass poisonings at schools in the Shelkovsk district of Chechnya.

      Chechnya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the appointment of Ramzan Kadyrov as prime minister of Chechnya; and what assessment he has made...

      Child Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of India regarding tackling (a) child trafficking and (b) the child sex...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect on the security situation in Democratic Republic of Congo of militia activity...

      Ecuadorian Airspace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) members and (b) representatives of the governments of (i) Ecuador and (ii) Colombia...

      EU Flag

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs under what (a) circumstances and (b) rules the EU flag is flown from official UK diplomatic premises in (i) EU member states and...

      Forced Sterilisations (India)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has held with the Government of India on forced sterilisations in that country; and if he will make a...

      G8

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of the case for expanding the G8 to include India.

      Guatemala

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of reports that death squads are operating in Guatemala.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the use of Osh as a transit hub for human traffickers in Central Asia; and if he will...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has taken recent action to urge the Government of Indonesia (a) not to execute and (b) to release (i) Fabianus Tibo,...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken by his Department to engage with the democratic opposition in Iran.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Saudi Government concerning the security situation in Iran.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of reports that paramilitary troops are carrying out torture and executions in Iraq with the consent...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what checks were made to ensure that the export of 20,878 semi-automatic pistols to Iraq referred to in the Second...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department's investigations into the meeting held in Baghdad in January 2003 between the hon. Member for Norwich, North...

      Jericho Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he made the decision to put into effect the threat contained in the letter from the UK and US Consuls General to withdraw...

      Jericho Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the US Secretary of State since December 2005 regarding the possibility of withdrawing US and...

      Jericho Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date the Ramallah Agreement concerning the ending of the siege of the Palestinian presidential compound and the...

      Jericho Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he received in the three weeks leading up to 14 March of Israeli military preparations in connection with the...

      Jericho Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether a deadline was given to President Abbas to respond to the letter of 8 March 2006 from the UK and UK consuls general.

      Kenya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Kenya regarding (a) press freedom, (b) the intimidation of...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Libya regarding (a) the position of women within society, (b) gender...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Pakistan regarding (a) repeal of the Hudood law and (b) the treatment...

      Ramallah Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the Ramallah Agreement in English.

      Ramallah Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the responsibilities under the Ramallah Agreement of (a) Israel and (b) the Palestinian Authority.

      Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his written statement of 20 January 2006, Official Report, column38WS, whether the UK requires the US to seek...

      Royal Nepalese Army Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the (a) conditions under which detainees are held inside Royal Nepalese Army barracks...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) members and (b) representatives of the government of Sri Lanka concerning their talks with...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the actions of Colonel Karuna in eastern Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the UN to introduce sanctions against those suspected of committing crimes against humanity in Darfur.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of statements by Jan Pronk regarding the deployment of troops from NATO countries to Darfur, with...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Governments of (a) China, (b) Russia and (c) India regarding (i) human rights and conflict...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Russia regarding the (a) sale of arms to Sudan and (b) implications of such...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the forced closure of the Sudan Social Development Organisation (SUDO) in Zallingei and Geneina,...

      Torture (China/Tibet)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the preliminary report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture on his visit to China and Tibet.

      Torture (China/Tibet)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will table a resolution on torture and inhumane treatment of prisoners and detainees in Tibet and China at the forthcoming...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the charges used to convict Mutabar Tojibayeva in Tashkent; what discussions he has...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of recent arrests and detentions of opposition and human rights activists in Uzbekistan;...

      Visas (Pakistan/India/Bangladesh)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs what the average processing times were for (a) non-settlement and (b) settlement visa applications at each office in (i)Pakistan,...

      Visas (Pakistan/India/Bangladesh)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visa applications were (a) made and (b) processed in (i)Pakistan, (ii) India and (iii) Bangladesh in each year since 2002.

      Visas (Pakistan/India/Bangladesh)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what periods since 2002each visa office in (a) Pakistan, (b) India and (c) Bangladesh was not able to accept visa...

      Western Shoshone People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to (a) members and (b) representatives of the US Administration concerning the treatment of (i)...

  • Education and Skills

    • School Funding (North Yorkshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on funding for schools in North Yorkshire for 2006–07.

    • A-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the compulsory requirements are for a student undertaking an A-level course of study.

      Care Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support services relating to the financial and practical aspects of independent living are available to young people leaving care in Essex.

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer to question 47462 on school bus drivers, how many bus drivers are included on List 99; whether bus drivers have been...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her Department's policy is on employing persons on (a) the Register of Sex Offenders and (b) List 99 in jobs involving working with...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she takes to ensure that individuals on List 99 are informed of their inclusion on the list; what estimate she has made of the...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the review of the criteria for inclusion on List 99.

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people have been taken off List 99 in each of the last 10 years.

      Education Maintenace Allowance (West Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in West Lancashire constituency have received the education maintenance allowance.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made towards ensuring that by 2008 80 per cent. of children under 16 years who have been looked after for two and a...

      Classrooms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many classrooms in schools have been built under private finance initiative schemes; what the size is of each new classroom; what...

      Education White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether a race equality impact assessment has been carried out on the proposals contained in the education White Paper Higher Standards,...

      European Diploma Supplement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the progress of the European Diploma Supplement.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what definition her Department uses of a full-time course in further education.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many 16 to 18-year-olds in Devon colleges were funded in part by virement from other further education funding in (a)...

      GCSE Grades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of secondary school students in Tamworth constituency achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C in (a) 2005 and (b) 1997;...

      Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the use of mentoring for head teachers by Plymouth City Council; and whether there are circumstances under...

      Homophobic Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the outcome was of the meeting of Ministers on 23 March 2004 to consider measures to tackle homophobic bullying in schools; and if she...

      Information and Communication Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will make a statement on the trial of the National Curriculum Online Test of Capability in Information and Communication...

      Learning and Study Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what materials she will provide to deprived parents to use at home to support their child's learning and study skills as referred to on page...

      Level 2 Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made towards increasing by three percentage points the proportion of 19 year olds who achieve at least level 2 by 2006.

      Lifelong Learning/Higher Education Directorates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the pay levels of senior non-civil servant staff attached to the (a) Lifelong Learning Directorate and (b) Higher Education Directorate...

      Mature Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which 10 higher education institutions have the (a) largest and (b) smallest percentage of mature students.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made towards reducing the rise in obesity among children under 11 years by 2010.

      Part-time Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what provision her Department has made for parents who wish their children to go to school part-time and be home-schooled part-time;...

      Physical Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether she has made progress in introducing the concept of physical literacy as part of the national curriculum in primary schools.

      Private Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost of her privateoffice was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Professional Institutes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which learned institutes are recognised by her Department as professional bodies.

      Racist Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many racist incidents among pupils were recorded in (a) primary schools, (b) secondary schools and (c) further education institutions in...

      School Finance (Swindon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding per pupil was provided to schools in Swindon in (a) 1997 and (b) the last year for which figures are available.

      School Sport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much her Department has spent on school sport in each year since 2000.

      School Staffing Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what funding has been provided for schools in Gloucestershire to implement (a) the Schools Staffing Structure Review and (b) Planning...

      Schools (Sales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what Government policy is on the use by local authorities of the proceeds from the sale of schools.

      School Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average funding per pupil is for 2005–06 in Coventry, South.

      Selection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria schools will be able to use to select pupils for secondary education under the terms of the Education and Inspections Bill.

      Single-sex Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the number of single sex Muslim schools likely to be established over the next decade as a consequence of the...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps, in addition to research, the Government are taking to address the over-representation of some minority ethnic groups among...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of children with a special educational need who had been excluded from school were readmitted in the last period for which...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many cases of exclusions for children with a special educational need have been referred to the Special Educational Need and Disability...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of children with a special educational need have been given an individual education plan.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in England have a special educational needs co-ordinating officer.

      Staff Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what staff (a) vetting procedures and (b) mandatory criminal investigation checks are in place to safeguard children who attend (i) after...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent on (a) Sure Start and Children's Fund regional teams and (b) the Sure Start task force in each year since 1999; and...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many under-fives have participated in the Sure Start programme in (a) the constituency of Ruislip-Northwood, (b) the London...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what projects in Aylesbury constituency have received Sure Start funding; how much each received; and over what period of time the funding...

      Training Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many schools in the (a) primary and (b) secondary sector are training schools; (2) how many schools in the (a) primary and (b)...

      Trust Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which features of proposed new trust schools will help raise standards at Clayton Hall Business and Language College in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

  • Leader of the House

    • Visit (Bexley)

      To ask the Leader of the House what the itinerary was for his recent visit to Bexley borough.

  • Home Department

    • Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to reduce the backlog of cases at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate.

    • Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum claims have been processed under each of the late and opportunistic and non-suspensive appeal segments of the New Asylum...

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum claimants awaiting a decision were wearing an electronic tag on 31 December 2005.

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the removal of failed asylum seekers.

      Data-mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on Government policy on the practice of data-mining.

      Equality/Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to promote equality and diversity within his Department.

      Abdel Karim Taqhouti

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons the determination of 14 September by the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal in respect of Abdel Karim Taqhouti, appeal number...

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 928W, on child abuse, what powers the police have (a) to issue a risk of...

      Child Immigrants (Detention)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children were detained with their families for immigration purposes in (a) 2005 and (b) November 2005.

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2006, Official Report, column 1090W on child protection, what assessment he has made of the reasons for...

      Compensation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many compensation orders were imposed upon offenders in Weston-super-Mare in each of the last five years; and how many of these were not...

      Crime (Uxbridge)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) support services and (b) training are available to help children of school age who have been convicted of a crime in (i) Uxbridge...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's headquarters head count was at (a) 1 May 2004, (b) 1 May 2005 and (c) 1 November 2005; and if he will make a statement.

      Drug Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for extending drug testing on arrest.

      European Anti-crime Measures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases have been referred from the UK to (a) Europol and (b) Eurojust in each of the last five calendar years.

      Football Banning Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of football banning orders; and if he will make a statement.

      Forensic Practitioners (Complaints)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedure is to be followed by an individual who has a complaint regarding the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners.

      Home Detention Curfew Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of those released under the Home Detention Curfew Scheme have reoffended, broken down by (a) crime committed on release and (b)...

      Home Detention Curfew Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost per week per prisoner of the home detention curfew scheme.

      Intensive Supervision and Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of young offenders who took part in the Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme re-offended within two years in each...

      Leave to Remain

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measure of (a) length of academic year and (b) hours per academic year the Department used in calculating the 15 hours minimum time that...

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate he has made of the number of children who are trafficked into the United Kingdom illegally in a year; and if he will...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of people with a learning disability in prisons; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Prison Service spent on (a) television sets and (b) Sony playstations for the use of prisoners in each of the last three...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the changes in skills required for the staff working in prison management over the last 20 years; and if he...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list prisons which have a mother and baby unit; what the capacity of each is; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many incidents of self harm there have been at each prison in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement; (2) how...

      Same Sex Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the extent to which same sex civil partnerships undertaken abroad are recognised in the United Kingdom.

      Silverland, Chertsey (Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost, and average monthly cost, to date has been to the Government for (a) building works and (b) security provisions at...

      Stolen Property (Recovery Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money was raised in each of the last three years by police forces charging victims of car theft for the return of their vehicles.

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were issued to individuals working in sport in each of the last five years; and in which (a) sports and (b) area of...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance is available to people seeking (a) work permits and (b) visas to come to the UK to take up employment in sport.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what cost benefit analysis he has conducted of the Access to Work scheme; and if he will make a statement.

    • Benefits (Coventry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Coventry, South received (a) widow's benefit, (b) housing benefit, (c) council tax credit and (d) income support in each...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to achieve savings in procurement processes within (a) his Department and (b) the agencies for which he has...

      Household Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what statistics his Government have produced on the persistence of poverty at levels belowthe 50 per cent. and 40 per cent. median income lines.

      Household Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what statistics the Government collects that are broken down by £10 bands of equivalised weekly household income.

      Household Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Workand Pensions (1) what statistics the Government collects on sources of income broken down by level of income; (2) what statistics the Government collates...

      Household Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of people had an income below 40 per cent. of median income in each year since 1997 (a) before and (b) after housing costs.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress he has made with his plans to reform incapacity benefit; and if he will make a statement.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of new incapacity benefit claimants aged (a) over 50 years and (b) under 50 years ended their claim within six months (i) in...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's targets are for reducing incapacity benefit claimants for (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009, (d) 2010 and (e) 2011.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of job entrants from the new deal in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005 was back on benefit within 13 weeks.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of new deal for young people leavers took up (a) unsubsidised and (b) subsidised employment in (i) the private sector, (ii)the...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what percentage of participants in the (a) new deal 25 plus and (b) new deal for young people programmes who started the programmes (i)...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) people and (b) over 25s in Beverley and Holderness who left the New Deal have found a sustained job in each year since its inception.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people in Chester have participated in the New Deal.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many work-focused interviews have been carried out by his Department under the new deal for lone parents (a) in each year since the...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average waiting time was for a work-focused interview under the new deal for lone parents in the latest period for which figures are...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what future role he envisages for the private and voluntary sectors in the provision of pathways to work services.

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the evidential basis is for the change in the Government's definition of poverty from 50 to 60 per cent. of average income.

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost of increasing either benefit or tax credit payments to levels which will bring all families with children below...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of children in families with (a) a lone parent, (b) married parents or step-parents and (c) cohabiting parents or step-parents...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of single people of working age who are living in poverty; what target he has set for reducing this...

      Single Parents (Benefits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the relative level of (a) in-work and (b) out-of-work benefits paid to single parents; and if he will make a...

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with which voluntary organisations the Department has a formal national compact agreement.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2006, Official Report, columns 449–50W, how many people attended A&E walk-in centres in (a) 2003–04...

    • Advertising and Marketing Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by her Department in 2005–06 on advising the NHS on advertising and marketing by individual hospitals.

      Advertising and Marketing Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much has been spent by the NHS in 2005–06 on advice and preparation for advertising and marketing campaigns for individual hospitals; (2)...

      Advertising and Marketing Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2006, Official Report, columns 454–55W, on departmental advertising campaigns, if she will list the amounts...

      Advertising and Marketing Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS has spent on radio advertising in each of the past five years for which figures are available.

      Advertising and Marketing Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 976W, on hospitals, when she expects to issue guidelines for advertising by hospitals.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will assess the performance of Tees, East and North Yorkshire ambulance service in meeting national standards for answering emergency calls in...

      Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to reduce audiology waiting lists.

      Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2006, Official Report, column 1064W, to the hon. Member for Worthing, West (Peter Bottomley) on hearing services, how...

      Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information is collected from NHS trusts on waiting times for pure tone audiometry.

      Blind/Partially Sighted People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what factors she took into account when deciding not to establish minimum entitlements to care for blind and partially sighted people; and if she...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist cancer nurses are working in the NHS.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will commission a public awareness campaign on (a) cancer risk factors and lifestyle choices and (b) the signs and symptoms of cancer.

      Care Closer to Home

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether a representative from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain was invited to sit on the care closer to home demonstration group.

      Care Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the difference between a minor injuries unit and an urgent care centre.

      Care Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many attendances there were at (a) minor injuries units and (b) NHS walk in centres in the quarter ending December 2005.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions she has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on sharing good practice in the implementation of the Carers Equal Opportunities...

      Cerebral Palsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost has been to the national health service oftreatment for cerebral palsy in each of the last 20 years.

      Choose and Book

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of patients using the Choose and Book System have chosen not to use their local provider; (2) how many patients have been booked...

      Citizens Advice Bureaux

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria were used to assess the performance of the Citizens Advice Bureau in its delivery of the Independent Complaints Advocacy Service; and...

      Citizens Advice Bureaux

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice she received in connection with the decision to (a) end the Citizens Advice Bureau's contract in the North West to provide the Independent...

      Citizens Advice Bureaux

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the decision was taken to end the contract to Citizens Advice Bureau in the North West for the provision of the Independent Complaints Advocacy Service.

      Common Assessment Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to introduce a common assessment framework as described at paragraph 5.26 of the White Paper 'Our Health, Our Care, Our Say'; and what...

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the likely change in the workload of Kingston Hospital if Surbiton Community Hospital is closed.

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate she has made of the numberof beds available in community hospitals in (a) Kingston and Surbiton, (b) South West London and (c) London.

      Continuing Care (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what procedures she has put in place to ensure that (a) community care nurses, (b) social workers and (c) review panels observe her directive of 3...

      Deaf-blind People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to review the operation of the statutory guidance for the social care of deafblind children and adults in England and Wales; and if she...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are (a) registered and (b) not registered with an NHS dentist in the Easington primary care trust area.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists from each EU accession country are practising in England; and what estimate she has made of how many have returned to their country of...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time NHS dentists there were in (i) Essex and (ii) England in each of the last five years; and how many dentists there...

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cars are (a) owned and (b) leased by her Department; what models the cars are; what type of petrol each model requires; and what the fuel...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been diagnosed with diabetes in each constituency in Lancashire in each of the last five years.

      Domiciliary Oxygen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual cost was of providing a domiciliary oxygen service through the community pharmacy network in each of the past four years.

      Domiciliary Oxygen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of requests for home oxygen supplies were emergency requests in (a) England and (b) the North West in the last period for which figures...

      Hospital Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State forHealth what provision is made for transport from home to hospital of (a) severely disabled people and (b) severely disabled people where the carer is unable to drive.

      Hospital Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial penalties can be applied to home oxygen providers who do not meet the terms of their contracts.

      Hospital Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the regional suppliers for the home oxygen service.

      Hospital Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the new arrangements for the domiciliary supply of oxygen products to patients.

      Hospital Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received from the medical profession since the introduction of new arrangements for the domiciliary supply of oxygen products...

      Elderly Care Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the level of mental stimulation provided for elderly people who are cared for (a) by relatives and (b) in residential...

      Elderly Care Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the cost of providing free long-term care for elderly people.

      Expert Patient Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS has paid (a) Kate Lorig and (b) Stanford university for the use of the Expert Patient Programme for the Chronically Ill.

      Failing Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health under the health reform in England proposals, whether the (a) geographical distance and (b) quality of transport links to alternative effective hospitals...

      Food Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been admitted to hospital due to allergic reactions to (a) nuts and (b) milk in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether foundation hospital trusts have a veto over who may be (a) nominated and (b) proposed by a local authority for appointment to such trusts.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average take-home pay was for general practitioners in (a) England and (b) West Lancashire in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 3.22 of Our health, Our care, Our say", how many and what percentage of general practitioner practice lists are open but full; and...

      Greater Manchester PCTs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment her Department has made of the Greater Manchester primary care trusts' decision to end the 'in perpetuity' dowry agreements with...

      Health Professionals (Training Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the cost to the public purse of training (a) doctors and (b) dentists in the last year for which figures are available.

      Health Reform in England; Update and Next Steps"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in respect of the proposed NHS reforms outlined in 'Health Reform in England; update and next steps', whether the (a) general practitioner (b) primary...

      Health Service Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) chairmen, (b) chief executive officers, (c) financial directors and (d) medical and health directors have (i) been sacked and (ii) resigned...

      Health Service Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) NHS trusts and (b) health authorities (i) are operating and (ii) have operated in the last three financial years with acting or seconded...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people diagnosed with diabetes there were in Hyndburn in (a) 1997 and (b) the last year for which figures are available.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were treated for sexually transmitted infections in Hyndburn in (a) 1997 and (b) the last year for which figures are available.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding the Department has provided to (a) Wakefield West Primary Care Trust and (b) the NHS for dental services in each year from 1997 to 2005.

      Health Trainers

      To ask the Secretary of State forHealth (1) how many health trainers are employed inthe NHS; what minimum qualifications are required for the post; and at what rate of salary they are employed;...

      Health White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons her Department needs to manage the procurement of primary care medical services on behalf of primary care trusts as described in...

      Health White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which six primary care trusts her Department is assisting in the procurement of primary care medical services as described in paragraph 3.37, of the White...

      Herceptin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will issue guidance to primary care trusts that social factors should not be used to decide whether women with HER-2 positive early stage breast...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information is being provided to diabetic patients dependent on animal insulins from health care professionals on the availability of pork and beef...

      Learning Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the effect of the Valuing People initiative on the services provided to people with learning difficulties; and if...

      Learning Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will bring forward proposals to make the provision of respite care for people with learning disabilities a statutory duty of local authorities.

      Long-range Capacity Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice she has issued to strategic health authorities on long-range capacity planning.

      Malawi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) consultants, (b) doctors, (c) nurses and (d) dentists from Malawi were working in the NHS in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make...

      Matrons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) full-time equivalent and (b) headcount community matrons have been employed in the NHS in each month since June 2004.

      Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the outcomes of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) consultation MLX 322 on fees published on 6 March 2006, when...

      Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency uses to ensure that deadlines for granting marketing authorisations for medicines...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many young people are receiving treatment in secure units for mental illness resulting from cannabis abuse.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people suffered from (a) schizophrenia and (b) catatonia in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) males and (b) females have suffered from (i) severe depressive illness, (ii) catatonia and (iii) a prolonged or severe manic episode in each...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long it took on average for a child to receive an initial assessment by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in the last period for which...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations she has received regarding the mental health problems of children; and if she will make a statement.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have been prescribed drugs for mental health problems in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

      Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research has been commissioned by her Department on the treatment and diagnosis of mesothelioma.

      Mini-motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been treated in accident and emergency departments for injuries resulting from accidents involving unregistered mini-motorcycles in...

      National Programme for Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire (Mr Lansley) of 13 February 2006, Official Report, column 1779W, on the National...

      National Programme for Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what programmes are running as part of the National Programme for IT; and how responsibility for each programme is divided between her Department,...

      National Programme for Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department has spent directly on the NHS IT programme; how much has been paid to consultants in relation to the project; and how much...

      National Programme for Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2006, Official Report, column 469W, on the NHS IT programme, how the contracts with (a) iSoft and (b) System C...

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) nurses and (b) consultants, broken down by specialism, were recruited from abroad in each (i)strategic health authority, (ii)...

      NHS Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent per head of the population in (a) England, (b) London and (c) Hertfordshire in 2004–05.

      NHS Tariff Uplift

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2006, Official Report, column 1322W, on the NHS Tariff Uplift, for what reasons the tariff uplift of 4 per cent....

      NICE Appraisals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's technology appraisal on drug misuse will take into account the potential impact on the...

      NICE Appraisals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who authorised the signing of the contract between the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) and Southampton Technology Assessment Centre...

      Nurses (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses per 100 beds there have been in each hospital in Lancashire in each year since 1997.

      Nursing Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases have been brought against the national health service for failure to provide free nursing services in the last five years; and what the...

      Orthodontics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to improve orthodontic treatment provision in Shropshire.

      Osteomalacia/Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the incidence of (a) osteomalacia and (b) osteoporosis was in the UK in each of the last five years; and what the annual expenditure on the treatment...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will answer question number 38287 tabled on 13 December by the hon. Member for Romsey.

      PCT Finances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her policy is on the practice of primary care trusts (PCTs) in financial deficit borrowing money from other PCTs in financial surplus with a...

      Physiotherapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many trainee physiotherapists are expected to qualify in 2006; (2) how many new vacancies have been created for physiotherapists in the last 12...

      Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps her Department is taking to enable each pregnant woman to be cared for by one midwife throughout pregnancy; (2) what steps her...

      Preventative Technologies Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health over which two years the Preventative Technologies Grant described at paragraph 5.38 of the White Paper 'Our Health, Our Care, Our Say' will be allocated;...

      Rehabilitation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timetable is for her Department's scoping review of rehabilitation services in health and social care; and what types of rehabilitation services...

      Residential Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in West Lancashire receiving residential care have the cost of the care paid for them by the NHS.

      Rochdale Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) NHS clerical, administrative and management staff, (b) NHS hospital doctors and GPs and (c) NHS nurses and midwives there were in Rochdale...

      Section 64

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timetable is for the distribution of Section 64 scheme grants; and if she will make a statement.

      Sexual Offences Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been of care workers under sections 38 to 41 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, broken down by...

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much she estimates will be top sliced from strategic health authority budgets in the year 2006–07; (2) if she will reverse the decision...

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what date the interim chief executive posts for the new strategic health authorities are planned (a) to become operational and (b) to end; (2)...

      Syringes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure that syringes required to administer medicines to babies orally will be available on prescription; and if she will make a...

      Tourette's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what help and support is available for (a) parents, (b) professionals and (c) individuals dealing with Tourette's syndrome; (2) what steps her...

      Training Abroad (Cumbria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff from health trusts in Cumbria have been abroad on training courses in the last five years; and at what cost in each case.

      Turnaround Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what she expects the total cost of turnaround directors to be; and whether the costs will be borne by (a) primary care trusts, (b) strategic health...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to publish the results of her Department's diagnostics waiting time data collection.

      Work Force Development Confederation Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total spending on workforce development confederation budgets was in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05; and what the reasons are for the...

      Silverlands Mansion, Surrey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made with the sale by her Department of the Silverlands mansion in Chertsey, Surrey.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are aware of any measures that can be taken by the United Kingdom military and other personnel in Afghanistan, alongside other coalition and NATO...

    • Airports: Access

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have commissioned any research into (a) where the journeys of people who drive to Heathrow and Stansted and park long term begin; and (b) how many of...

      Airports: Access

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of car journeys to and from Heathrow and Stansted are made by (a) staff; (b) those dropping off and picking up air travellers; (c) taxis; (d) those...

      Armed Forces: Voter Registration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the results of the Ministry of Defence survey into voter registration and voting in the Armed Forces at the 2005 general election; how many survey forms...

      Arms Control

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress is being made through the transfer control initiative, or by other means, in preventing small arms and light weapons reaching oppressive regimes or...

      Aviation: Lost Luggage

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made any representations to the Spanish authorities concerning the repeated incidents of luggage in transit between Iberia flights at Madrid...

      Business Improvement Districts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures are being undertaken to assess the role of property owners' statutory inclusion in funding and voting upon business improvement districts; and What...

      Child Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who serves on the Secretary of State for the Home Department's Task Force on Child Protection on the internet; and which organisations or government departments...

      Child Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When and where the first meeting to be hosted by the Secretary of State for the Home Department will take place as part of the new taskforce on child protection...

      Crime: Knives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many arrests and successful prosecutions there have been in the past five years for crimes involving the possession or use of knives.

      Crime: Weapons

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What additional measures they are considering to reduce the level of violent crimes committed by persons carrying knives and guns.

      CyberStorm

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions have taken place with the United States Government about the CyberStorm exercise led by the Department of Homeland Security earlier this year; and...

      Data Protection Act 1998

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to update the penalties under the Data Protection Act 1998 so as to recognise the seriousness of the offences of those who obtain and sell...

      Drugs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What military action they have authorised against the drugs trade in Central America and the Caribbean; what units were involved; and what were their rules of...

      Falkland Islands: Fishing Vessels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose any action to prevent harassment of Falkland Islands fishing vessels by Argentinian naval ships.

      Falkland Islands: Sovereignty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they will take to assert sovereignty over Falkland waters.

      Government Departments: Telephone Numbers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why government departments are using special rate telephone lines which result in the public having to pay extra for phone calls.

      Home Office Acts: Power to Amend

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many sections enabling Ministers to amend primary legislation by means of secondary legislation have been included in each Home Office Act passed from May 1997...

      Human Rights Act 1998

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intended, when introducing the Human Rights Bill to Parliament in 1997, that it should be capable of being amended by delegated legislation.

      Immigration: Kurdish Asylum Seekers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which areas of Iraqi Kurdistan are now regarded as safe for the return and reception of Iraqi asylum seekers of Kurdish origin; on what recent evidence this...

      Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Clause 1 of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill will enable them by means of delegated legislation to (a) create a new offence of incitement to...

      Local Authorities: Asset Management

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McKenzie of Luton on 23 January (WA 147), what kind of assets were disposed of by local authorities to raise the outturn...

      Railways: Franchises

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a decision by the rail franchising director to award a train operator a franchise for additional services is dependent, for its implementation, on the...

      Sexual Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress is being made towards consolidating the whole of the law concerning sexual offences.

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