Written answers

Tuesday, 28 March 2006

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Desalination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the (a) cost and (b) carbon dioxide output per cubic metre of desalination.

    • Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with Treasury colleagues on the overall sum available to her Department for flood defence...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the (a) Environment Agency and (b) other operating authorities allocated to flood risk prevention measures for the...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list flood protection projects (a) undertaken, (b) under way and (c) proposed for the Suffolk coast in each year...

      Freshwater Biological Association Library/ Kritsch Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with (a) the National Environment Research Council, (b) the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and...

      Household Appliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government plan to introduce rules to regulate the amount of energy that can be used by electrical household...

      Kyoto Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government is taking to meet its commitments on carbon reductions under the Kyoto Protocol; and if she will...

      Operating and Financial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she was first informed by HM Treasury of the decision to abandon the Operating and Financial Review.

      Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the change has been in the level of (a) carbon dioxide emissions and (b) carbon dioxide emissions from (i) aviation and...

      Sustainable Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the Department's building programme budget was allocated to (a) energy self-generation and (b) water...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans the Government have to ensure adequate supplies of water to houses proposed under the Sustainable...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's policy is on making water meters compulsory for new build domestic properties.

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment the Government have made of the demographics of households who have volunteered for water meters; (2)...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to review the licence fees and charges incurred under the Water Framework Directive by homeowners who...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department has carried out into the feasibility of creating a national grid of water pipes.

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information her Department collects on the charges levied on (a) domestic and (b) commercial consumers of (i) metered...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the relevant water companies on ensuring water supply to homes in London and the South East...

  • Scotland

    • Labour Statistics Employment/Unemployment Trends

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the most recent Scottish employment rate.

    • Labour Statistics Employment/Unemployment Trends

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the most recent Labour Market statistics for Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

      Labour Statistics Employment/Unemployment Trends

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent assessment he has made of trends in employment and unemployment in Scotland.

      BCCI

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what representations he has received from local authorities that lost money in the Bank of Credit and Commerce International collapse of 1991.

      Small Firms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what definition the Department uses of a small firm.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Souvenir Shop (Fairtrade Products)

      To ask the hon. Member for NorthDevon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many products sold in the souvenir shop are Fairtrade products.

    • Westminster Hall

      To ask the hon. Member for NorthDevon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether Westminster Hall is on scheduleto be reopened on time; and if he will make a statement.

      Bottled Water

      To ask the hon. Member for NorthDevon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the Commission will arrange for jugs of water to be provided in committee and meeting rooms as a replacement...

  • Leader of the House

    • Parliamentary Calendar

      To ask the Leader of the House what plans he has to review the parliamentary calendar.

    • Capita Group

      To ask the Leader of the House how much business his office has placed with (a) Capita Group plc and (b) its subsidiaries in each of the last five years; what the total value is of outstanding...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Efficiency Targets

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much is expected to be saved as a result of meeting the Civil Service workforce reductions targets for his Office set out in the 2004 Spending Review; and whether...

    • Efficiency Targets

      To ask the Solicitor-General what total efficiency savings were achieved by the Law Officers' Departments in 2004–05; and whether these count towards the agreed efficiency target for the...

      Sexual Harassment

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases of sexual harassment were brought in which the defendant was subsequently acquitted of all charges in the last year for which figures are available.

  • Transport

    • A1073

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if officials from his Department will meet officers of Lincolnshire county council and Peterborough city council to resolve issues regarding the...

    • A3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the cost implications of the time scale for making a decision on the A3 Hindhead Improvement Scheme.

      A588

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic (a) accidents and (b) fatalities there have been on the A588 in Lancaster and Wyre since 2000.

      Airport Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there are EU restrictions on UK companies owning airports in other member states; and if he will make a statement.

      British Airports Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the ownership of airports operated by the British Airports Authority.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect of road congestion on the reliability of bus services outside London.

      Cyclists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of cyclists who use the railway network daily in each region; what action he is taking to encourage more...

      Harbours Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the merits of the provisions contained in the Harbours Bill.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Article 14 directions relating to planning permissions have been issued by the Highways Agency in Northamptonshire since 1997.

      Homeland Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what rehearsals have taken place to prepare for a terrorist attack on (a) the Merseyrail in Liverpool and (b) the Tyne and Wear Metro in Newcastle.

      Local Transport Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in what circumstances Government funding may be (a) withheld and (b) reduced when a local authority has failed to consult properly on the introduction...

      Local Transport Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultation a local authority is required to carry out before introducing a local transport plan.

      Office of the Rail Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what mechanisms are in place to ensure the independence of the Office of the Rail Regulator from (a) Government and (b) private companies.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many penalty fare schemes on trains have been suspended under Rule 13 of the Penalty Fares Rules; and what the reason was for each suspension.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list railway stations which do not have (a) waiting rooms, (b) toilets and (c) disabled access, broken down by train operating company.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on capacity on the East Coast Main Line.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with GNER on the East Coast main line franchise.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on the East Coast main line franchise.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the likelyimpact of EU Directive 2004/49/EC on heritage railways; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how regularly inspections are made by HM Railway Inspectorate of fencing along the Swansea Relief line in Morriston; and whether recent recommendations...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which rail operators are required under their franchise to pay a premium to Government on profits above a threshold; how many payments have been paid...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what terms and conditions apply to curtailment of the contract for the rail regulator.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much subsidy his Department has paid to (a) the St. Ives Bay Line, (b) the Tamar Valley Line, (c) the St. Albans Abbey Branch, (d) the...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent on marketing strategies by his Department to promote increased passenger volume on (a) the St. Ives Bay Line, (b) the Looe...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to reduce rail journey times between Polegate and Lewes and London.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what rules apply to the provision of air conditioning on new railway rolling stock.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to reduce electricity consumption of new railway rolling stock.

      Road Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list each motorway and trunk road building project undertaken since 1997; and what the (a) tender cost and (b) outturn cost was in each case.

      Road Congestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what mechanisms are in place to measure congestion on the road network; and if he will make a statement.

      Road Humps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research he has conducted on the impact on road casualties of the removal of road humps.

      Road Humps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will commission research into the cost of removing all road humps in England.

      Road Improvement Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Tom Brake) of 19 December 2005, Official Report, columns 2318–2319W, on...

      Transport (East Croydon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to improve network capacity around East Croydon.

      Transport Forecasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if his Department will take steps against planners and forecasters who consistently and foreseeably produce erroneous transport forecasts; and if he...

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Vehicle and Operator Services Agency test stations are owned by the Government; what the location of each station is; how many tests each...

  • Minister for Women

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what discussions she has had with the Home Secretary about improving the support and assistance given to the victims of trafficking who agree to help...

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what discussions she has had with the Home Secretary about the number of victims of trafficking who have been brought into the United Kingdom to be sold...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what Government policy is on the marking and traceability of small arms and light weapons.

    • Clearskies Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the reasons were for the decision to withdraw the Clearskies grant programme; and if he will make a statement on the low carbon building...

      Consumer Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much his Department allocated to Consumer Direct across all regions in each year from 2004–05 to 2006–07; and what estimate he...

      Energy Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much capital grant his Department spent on all micro renewables in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005.

      Energy Suppliers (Disputes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made towards the final establishment of an alternative disputes resolution body to enable consumers to pursue disputes...

      Heat and Power Field Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the November 2005 Carbon Trust preliminary report on the Trust's micro-combined heat and power field trials;...

      iTrips

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received on the use of iTrips and similar devices; and if he will make a statement.

      iTrips

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consideration he has given to the exemption of iTrips and similar devices from the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949; and if he will make a...

      Low Carbon Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Tradeand Industry how much low carbon buildings programme capital grant will be available in the first year of the programme.

      Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Tradeand Industry what assessment he has made of the systems compatibility of large base-load power generation plants with small-scale micro-generation power systems.

      Package Holidays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people have been refused insurance claim payments under regulation 15 of the Package Travel, Package Holidays, Package Tours...

      Pension Rights (Bankruptcy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in the case of (a) insolvency and (b) bankruptcy or liquidation, how workers' pensions rank in priority for payment against payments to...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people are using the Post Office card account to receive (a) pensions and (b) other benefits in (i) Lancaster and Wyre and (ii)...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much his Department has allocated to renewable energy in the last five years.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • EU Hazardous Substances Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on exempting (a) repair of organs and (b) construction...

    • Schools Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will ensure that one of the annual Schools Olympics is held in Wales.

      Tote

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) whether it is her intention to sell the Tote to a horse racing trust or similar horse racing body; (2) what steps she is taking...

  • International Development

    • Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of aid from the UK that has been lost to corruption in each of the last three...

    • Diamorphine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the availability of diamorphine for medicinal purposes in developing countries.

      EU Agricultural Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the impact of EU agricultural policies on people in developing countries; and if he will make a statement.

      Lesotho

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development why Lesotho was not included in the final round of countries to be considered for debt cancellation.

      Palestinian Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the role of private sector initiatives as a means of sustaining international aid to the Palestinian...

      Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of aid distribution to those areas affected by the December 2004 tsunami, with particular reference to...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what resources his Department has allocated to assisting the Government of Uganda to carry out a review of its armed forces; and if he...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Legal Aid (Support Services)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on the Legal Services Commission's decision to end legal aid funding to specialist support...

    • House of Lords Reform

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the timetable is for establishing the Joint Committee to consider reform of the House of Lords.

      Domestic Violence Courts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on the introduction of specialist domestic violence courts.

      Constituency Sizes (Equalisation)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on Government policy on the equalisation of the size of constituencies.

      New Court House (Colchester)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on progress with the proposed new court house at Colchester.

      Carter Review

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs on what evidence the Carter Review's findings that larger firms are more efficient than smaller firms was based.

      Carter Review

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the likely effect of Lord Carter's proposals on legal aid on (a) black and minority...

      Citizens Advice Bureau

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what funding has been provided to the Citizens Advice Bureau by (a) central and (b) local government in each of the last...

      Clinical Negligence (Legal Aid)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what sums are due to be reimbursed to the Legal Services Commission in respect of legally-aided clinical negligence litigation...

      Consultancy Fees

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which (a) companies and (b) individuals were in receipt of consultancy fees from her Department in the last financial year.

      Homeless People (Legal Services)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps she is taking to improve access to specialist legal services for homeless people.

      Kelly Inquiry

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much Lord Hutton received in payment for conducting the inquiry into the death of Dr. David Kelly.

      Kelly Inquiry

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what factors led to the decision to appoint Lord Hutton to head the inquiry into Dr. David Kelly's death; who took that...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much was paid in legal aid in the last 12 months for which figures are available in cases requiring family members as...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assistance is planned to be given to small firms to help them adapt to legal aid reforms.

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the minority impact assessment report commissioned by the Legal Services Commission will be published.

      Residence/Guardianship Orders

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many people have sought leave to apply for (a) a residence order and (b) a special guardianship order in the last three...

  • Education and Skills

    • 2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support for the London 2012 Olympic bid her Department provided; and what subsequent action her Department has taken to ensure the...

    • Adult Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of the Learning and Skills Council's total budget for adult learning was spent on first-step learning in the academic year...

      A-Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what percentage of (a) A-level candidates and (b) all 18-year-olds in England achieved two or more grades A to E at A-level in (i)...

      Child Maintenance Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether her Department has made an assessment of the feasibility of including child maintenance payments in the household income figure used...

      Classroom Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assistance her Department is giving to schools in the constituency of Ruislip-Northwood to promote good behaviour in the classroom.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will introduce the subject of climate change into the National Curriculum.

      Commercial Marketing (Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what safeguards are in place to ensure children are not exposed to commercial marketing, including brand awareness, through the provision of...

      Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria she uses to decide whether potential contractors are a bad financial risk.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will reply to the letter dated 8 February 2006 from the hon. Member for Tamworth about St. Leonard's primary school.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many publications her Department has sent to teachers in each year since 1997.

      Disabled Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many disabled children, as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, her Department expects to have attended children's...

      Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the practice by internet businesses of charging for essays which can be used by the purchaser for assistance...

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many 16 to 19-year-old students studied (a) A-levels and (b) vocational courses full-time at each (i) further education college and (ii)...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many meetings of the Learning and Skills Council's management group were attended by representatives of other organisations for the...

      Post-16 Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many employers in (a) the Wakefield District and (b) Normanton constituency are providing post-16 education; what the national average...

      Post-16 Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many 16 to 19 year olds were unfunded as a consequence of further education colleges exceeding their recruitment targets agreed with the...

      Religious Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2006, Official Report, column 428W, on religious services, what discussions have taken place in her...

      School Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether it is her intention that under the proposed provisions in the Education and Inspections Bill secondary schools will be allowed to...

      School Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether it is her intention that parents be permitted to represent their children in the appeal process regarding moves to secondary schools...

      School Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what investigative powers she proposes to give (a) the Schools Adjudicator and (b) other bodies to assess the admissions practices of...

      School Inspections (Leicester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in Leicester Ofsted has inspected in the last three years.

      School Performance (Exemptions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 21 March 2006, Official Report, column 217W, on the Education Act 2002, what plans she has to commence the...

      School Ratings (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools in Lancashire local education authority were rated (a) grade one, (b) grade two, (c) grade three and (d) grade four when last...

      School Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) whether a fast food company would be permitted to set up a school trust; (2) when she will answer question 35341, tabled on 1...

      Schools (Brighton and Hove)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many full-time equivalent teachers were working in maintained schools in Brighton and Hove in each year since 1996–97.

      Schools (Lewes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of pupils in Lewes constituency left school with fewer than five GCSEs at A*-C grade in each year since 1997.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent as a proportion of the total budget of the Lancashire local education authority on special needs education in each year...

      State Education Institutions (Private Donations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much private money was donated to state education institutions in the last year for which figures are available; and how much revenue...

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people failed to make repayments to their student loan accounts in each of the last five years; and how many of them the Student...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Capita Group

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have held with directors and senior executives of (i) Capita Group plc and (ii) its...

    • Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what additional costs were incurred in each month from September 2004 until the 2005 General Election in respect of extra (a) ministerial salaries...

      Civil Contingency College

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he last visited the Civil Contingency College at Hawkhills near Easingwold, Vale of York to discuss civil contingency planning.

      Superannuation Liability

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what total amount of employers' normal contributions accruing superannuation liability charge has been accounted for by his Office in each of the...

  • Defence

    • Advertising Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) national and (b) regional advertising campaigns his Department has carried out in each of the last three years; and what the cost was of (i) the...

    • Departmental Employees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what compensation he has made available to those of his Department's employees who are based in Shropshire who do not wish to move to work in Bristol.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to increase energy efficiency within his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      European Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the work programme of the European Defence Agency is; what the cost has been since it was established; what the UK's contribution has been; and if...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British soldiers are awaiting their Iraq campaign medals following active service tours of that country in 2004.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the United Kingdom used Norwegian Government radar equipment as part of the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

      Man Erf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has secured a requirement that vehicles made under the recent series of his Department's contracts with MAN of Germany will be received into...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the award of the contract to refit the nuclear submarine HMS Torbay to Babcock Naval Services in Scotland represents a change in policy in...

      Royal Medical Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average time gap has been between operational deployments in each of the last three years for those in the (a) Regular and (b) Territorial Royal...

      Seaford Drill Hall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to make progress in identifying a future use for the drill hall in Seaford.

      Special Investigations Branch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the staffing levels of the special investigations branch of the Royal Military Police.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the position of Project One Army Recruiting for the Territorial Army.

      Unidentified Flying Objects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department's unidentified flying objects project is extant; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many incidents of antisocial behaviour have been reported to South Wales Police H Division since January; and if he will make a...

    • Community Support Officers

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

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers have been introduced in the county of Durham since the scheme commenced.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter dated 16 January from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Ms Shantall Richardson.

      Criminal Records Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken by each police force was to respond to inquiries from the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) as part of routine CRB...

      Criminal Records Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by how much the cost of a Criminal Records Bureau check is expected to change over the next five years.

      Data-mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 20 March 2006, Official Report, column 114W, on data-mining, what checks and balances have been introduced since...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to increase the penalty for driving whilst disqualified.

      Drug Treatment Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has commissioned on the levels of participation in the Government drug treatment programmes in the 10 most deprived...

      Khalid Rashid

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any employee of the Government was (a) involved in and (b) present at therendition of Khalid Rashid following his arrest on 31...

      Operation Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2006, Official Report, column 957W, on Operation Trident, what the figures were for each London borough not...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002 has been used in each police force area since its introduction.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of members of the police officers' pension scheme joined the scheme (a) before the age of (i) 20, (ii) 25, (iii) 30, (iv) 35,...

      Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the merits of commissioning research into the potential effects of hardcore pornography.

      Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken (a) to restrict the availability and (b) to prevent the importation of violent pornography.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on the provision of food (a) in total and (b) per prisoner per day at each prison in each of the last 10 years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to improve the quality of catering in prisons.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average period of time per week available for physical exercise for inmates was at each prison in each of the last five years; what...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the work of the Prison Service's (a) catering and (b) physical education service.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inmates in (a) Coldingly, (b) Chelmsford, (c) Elmley, (d) Rochester, (e) Wormwood Scrubs, (f) Holloway and (g) Belmarsh prisons were...

      Security Industry Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will revise the Security Industry Authority application procedure so that those who have submitted supporting documentation for one...

      Security Industry Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for theHome Department how many Security Industry Authority (SIA) licences have been issued to personnel working in alarm control centres; and how many SIA licence...

      Summonses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many summonses were issued in Swindon as a result of test-purchase operations or visits for alcohol offences other than selling alcohol...

      Summonses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many summonses were issued in Swindon as a result of (a) test-purchase operations and (b) visits for selling alcohol to people already...

      Young Persons in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost to the police service of action in response to a report to the police of a young person missing from a...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the Afghan provinces where opium poppy cultivation has decreased since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the arrest of an Afghan citizen for converting to Christianity.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on human rights observance in Afghanistan, with particular reference to the freedom of religion.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the Afghan government following the conviction of Abdul Rahman for the crime of...

      Askariya Shrine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs what support and assistance the UK Government are providing for the reconstruction of the Askariya shrine in Samara; and if he...

      Capita Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many tenders (a) Capita plc and (b) its subsidiaries have submitted to his Department in each of the last three years; and...

      Capita Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many contracts his Department holds with (a) Capita plc and (b) its subsidiaries which have a potential duration of five...

      Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of reports that British citizens were tortured while in detention in Egypt.

      Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Eritrea about expulsion of United Nations negotiators from that country; and...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on human rights in Indonesia.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs how much the UK spent on promoting democracy in Iran in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with Iraqi (a) officials and (b) leaders on the establishment of the new government.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether station heads in Iraq have advised his Department that shipments of arms exported to Iraq from the United Kingdom may...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much trade and investment has been agreed with Libya since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of recent democratic reforms in the Maldives pursuant to the road maps announced by President...

      Mujahedin-e Khalq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last made representations to the European Union on the continued proscription of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organisation; and...

      Mujahedin-e Khalq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what security arrangements are in place for members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organisation at Camp Ashraf in Iraq; (2)...

      Mujahedin-e Khalq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Mujahedin-e Khalq since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

      Mujahedin-e Khalq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organisation that have been disarmed by coalition...

      National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'-"s of the United Kingdom concerning the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the government of Sudan to ensure that (a) Ms Amouna Mohamed Ahmed, (b) Ms Fayza Ismail...

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Venezuelan Government on political prisoners in Venezuela.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Bed Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the implications for tourist businesses of the Lyons Inquiry recommendation that people staying in hotels and bed-and-breakfast...

    • Business Growth Incentive Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the intended purpose is of the Local Authority Business Growth Incentive Scheme.

      Controlled Parking Zones

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much each London local authority spent on consultation on controlled parking zones (a) in eachyear since 1997 and (b) in each month since May 2003.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether billing authorities are able to levy backdated interest on (a) late council tax payments and (b) retrospective payments made as a result of a council tax...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to review the operation of student council tax exemption.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will take steps to reduce the council tax exemption threshold for people serving apprenticeships.

      Fire Precaution Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many prohibition notices were issued by the fire and rescue services in England in accordance with Regulation 12 of the Fire Precautions (Workplace)...

      Home Buyers Packs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans to bring forward secondary legislation to allow public sector bodies to have access to the new register of home condition reports.

      Iraqi/Afghan Communities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many meetings he has had with representatives of (a) Iraqi and (b) Afghan communities living in the UK in each of the last three years.

      Local Government Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of local government total assumed spending was made up of specific grants in each year since 1997–98; and what the estimated figure is for...

      Local Government Restructuring

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what meetings (a) he has and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with the Prime Minister concerning local government restructuring.

      Mobile Phone Masts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the planning process is for applications for new (a) pico cell, (b) micro cell and (c) macro cell mobile phone masts; (2) whether planning permission...

      Muslim Communities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many meetings he has had with representatives of (a) UK Muslim communities and (b) UK Muslim youth groups in each of the last three years.

      Pavement Maintenance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much each London local authority spent on maintaining pavements in each year since 1997.

      Pavement Maintenance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much each London local authority spent on compensation for injuries caused by damaged pavements in each year since 1997.

      Public Relations/Advertising

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much each London local authority spent on public relations and advertising (a) in each year since 1997 and (b) in each month since May 2003.

      Regional Bodies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of the staff of regional bodies are (a) male and (b) female.

      Voluntary and Community Sectors (Funding)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if his Department will increase the funding it makes available to the voluntary and community sectors.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Agri-environment Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding has been allocated for the agri-environment programme in 2006–07; and how much has been spent on the programme to date.

    • City of Derry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will place in the Library a copy of all the legal advice received by the Department of the Environment since 26 March 2003 regarding the...

      Cleaner Neighbourhoods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the cleaner neighbourhoods consultation to commence; what format he expects it to take; and if he will make a statement.

      Coastal Erosion

      To ask the Secretary of Statefor Northern Ireland (1) what recent assessment he has made of coastal erosion around Northern Ireland; (2) what assessment he has made of the incidence of coastal...

      Draft Planning Policy Statement 14

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment has been made of the impact of draft Planning Policy Statement 14 on small rural building contractors.

      Forkhill Site

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what consultation has taken place with the people of Forkhill, County Armagh regarding the future use of the former army and police base site.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average time taken to process planning applications in Northern Ireland was in January (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.

      Rateable Values (New Build)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many newly-built properties in Northern Ireland were waiting to have their rateable value calculated as at 1 March 2006.

      Rateable Values (New Build)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what average length of time was taken to calculate the rateable values of newly-built properties in Northern Ireland in each of the last five...

      Roads Maintenance Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment has been made of the effect on the construction and aggregates industry of changes in the roads maintenance budget.

      Vacant Commercial Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much additional revenue he expects to be raised in Northern Ireland in each year following the decision to cease exemption for rates on...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether it is the Government's intention that eventually all distinctions should be abolished between the benefits paid to people who are...

    • Benefit Recipients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit recipients are in receipt of earned income.

      Benefit Recipients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit recipients are in receipt of incapacity benefit at (i) the short term lower rate, (ii)...

      Benefit Recipients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Torbay unitary authority and (b) Torbay parliamentary constituency received (i) housing benefit, (ii) income support and...

      Benefits (Transitional Relief)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on which occasions since 1990 transitional relief has been provided as part of a benefit rule change.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made using the Government's standard measure of the number of households paying council tax which are in poverty;...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Islington, South and Finsbury constituency, the effects on...

      Disabled Person Disregard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of raising the disabled person disregard for housing benefit and council tax benefit to £82.

      Disabled Person Disregard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of extending the disabled person disregard to all recipients of incapacity benefits.

      Household Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of household income came from (a) tax credits, (b) means-tested benefits, (c) other benefits, (d) earned income excluding tax...

      Income Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the real increase in the income of each income decile was in each year since 1978–79; and if he will make a statement.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what internet sites operated by Jobcentre Plus are available to jobseekers; and how their existence is publicised.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of those entering new deal in 2003 were in work at the end of December 2005.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the latest Government estimate is of the (a) gross and (b) net cost per youth job created by the new deal for young people.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of those who joined the new deal in 2005 was not doing so for the first time.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit claimants have been subject to sanctions for not attending a work-focused interview under the new deal for lone parents (a)...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many parliamentary questions tabled in the last 12 months for answer by him on a named day (a) were transferred and (b) received a...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pilot schemes for the migration of Post Office card account holders to banking facilities will be operating in the eastern region over...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of each payable benefit was transacted through (a) a Post Office card account and (b) another account at a post office in (i)...

      Private Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of people living in London who have a private pension; and if he will make a...

      Replacement Pension Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the gross annual cost of restoring pensions in full to all those covered by the Parliamentary Ombudsman's...

      Single Room Rent Restriction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Single Room Rent restriction on housing benefit was in each locality in each of the Local Housing Allowance Pathfinder areas in each...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions she has had with representatives of the medical profession about interpretation by them of section 1 of the Abortion Act 1967 (as...

    • Advertising Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Department spent on advertising in each of the last five years.

      Advertising Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on advertising by (a) her Department, (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency for which her Department is...

      Agenda for Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many trusts in England have implemented the pay aspects agenda for change; how many plan to do so; and when such trusts will backdate payments to.

      Agenda for Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the mechanism for paying ambulance trust personnel will change under Agenda for Change.

      Agenda for Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ambulance personnel she expects to receive (a) a lower basic rate of pay and (b) a lower gross rate of pay under Agenda for Change, broken down...

      Alcohol (Labelling)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations the Government have made (a) at the Council of Ministers, (b) to the European Commission and (c) to the European Parliament on the...

      Asperger's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that children diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome receive appropriate support and intervention from child and adolescent...

      Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Ambulance Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the financial situation of the merged Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Ambulance Trust; and what her assessment is of...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to extend the age range of bowel cancer screening following the implementation of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) planned into possible enhanced risks of cancer through genetic variations interacting with environmental...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the possible link between cancer and organochlorines in infants and young adults; and if she will make a statement.

      Chlamydia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of primary care trusts is participating in the chlamydia screening programme.

      Choose and Book System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons psychiatric patients are excluded from patient choice under the choose and book system.

      Chronic Hepatitis B

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance she has issued on the treatment of chronic hepatitis B; (2) what assessment she has made of the economic costs of chronic hepatitis B.

      Clinical Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the legally aided clinical negligence cases that were closed in the last 12 months with payment of compensation were settled for...

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will make a statement on the operation of the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004; (2) if she will make a statement...

      Communications Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's total expenditure on communications research has been in each month since July 2004; how much of this cost was accounted for by...

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's definition is of a community hospital in a rural area.

      Continuing Care (Restitution Process)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she took to ascertain that all strategic health authorities undertook advertising and publicity in order to raise awareness of the restitution...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the ratio of applicants to places on dentistry degree courses was in 2004–05; and if she will make a statement.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) adults and (b) children on average were registered with an NHS dentist in West Chelmsford constituency in (i) 2000 and (ii) the latest year...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in West Chelmsford constituency on average were registered to carry out NHS work in (a) 2000 and (b) the latest year for which figures...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on NHS general dental services in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area in (a) cash and (b) real terms in (i) 2000 and (ii) the latest year...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated average annual cost to the NHS is expected to be of a dentist operating under the new contract; whether an equivalent sum will be...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average waiting time is for people to receive a digital hearing aid from the national health service in (a) England and (b) Beverley and...

      Drug and Alcohol Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many civil servants at what grades are employed in her Department (a) to deal with treatment for people who are misusing drugs and (b) on the alcohol...

      Education/Training Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much she has budgeted for (a) non-medical education and training and (b) multi-professional education and training in each year since 1999.

      Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to improve awareness of endometriosis.

      Environmental Health Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many food providers failed environmental health inspections in the last 12 months in each London borough; and if she will make a statement.

      Frimley Park Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what income was received by Frimley Park hospital in each quarter of the most recent three years for which figures are available; and what estimate has...

      General Medical Services Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the rationale for the recent inclusion of new clinical indicators in the revised Quality and Outcomes Framework on the General Medical Services...

      General Medical Services Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the second phase of the review of the General Medical Services contract will take place.

      Genetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the total planned investment on genetics of £50 million referred to on page 5 of her Department's White Paper Our Inheritance: Our Future",...

      Health Professionals (Treatment Options)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to ensure that health professionals understand the (a) symptoms, (b) effects and (c) treatment options.

      Hillingdon Primacy Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses employed in the Hillingdon primary care trust area are on (a) permanent and (b) temporary contracts.

      Independent Sector Treatment Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make it her policy to provide financial assistance to hospitals which lose income as a result of the establishment of an Independent Sector...

      Local Improvement Finance Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what target is in place for development of local improvement finance trust schemes.

      Local Improvement Finance Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the percentage split between the public and private sector is for each local improvement finance trust.

      Malignant Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the possible risk of hormone-dependent malignancies from (a) synthetic pesticides and (b) organochlorines; and if she will...

      Medicines Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the operation of the Medicines Act 1968.

      Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency / Pharmaceutical Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether discussions have been held between the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and (a) the General Medical Council and (b) other...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets she has set for the mental health of (a) young people, (b) people of working age and (c) people older than working age; and if she will make...

      Methadone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice her Department offers to patients who are prescribed methadone on where the medicine should be administered.

      NHS Audits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of expenditure by NHS organisations on audits of local consultations in the most recent year for which figures are available;...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answers of 8 February 2006, Official Report, column 1322W, on NHS tariff uplift and 27 February 2006, Official Report, column 450W, on the...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the figure of £41 million which was referred to by the Minister of State, Lord Warner in the debate on the NHS Redress Bill, [Official Report,...

      NHS Litigation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to improve the information available to the public (a) on medical negligence matters via the NHS litigation authority website and...

      NHS Litigation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many claims were made against the NHS Litigation Authority on behalf of severely disabled children in each year from 2001 to 2005.

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of NHS Professionals has been since its inception.

      Operations (Waiting Times)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 8 March 2006, Official Report, column 813, what the evidential basis is for the Prime Minister's...

      Quality and Outcomes Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2005, Official Report, column 1819W, on the Quality and Outcomes Framework, when she expects the University of...

      Sexual and Reproductive Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what definition her Department uses of (a) sexual and (b) reproductive health; and if she will make a statement.

      Sexual and Reproductive Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the priority her Department gives to improving access to sexual health services.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure that local authorities have sufficient resources from 2006–07 in order to enforce effectively the proposed ban on...

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost of (a) replacing health authorities with primary care trusts and (b) replacing NHS regional offices with strategic health authorities...

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written answer of 9 January 2006, Official Report, column 170W, on strategic health authorities, if she will publish the six-month...

      Terence Higgins Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding her Department provides to the Terence Higgins trust.

      Torbay Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to make a decision on the proposals for rebuilding Torbay hospital.

      Trans Fats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether she has assessed the merits of placing a legalmaximum on the level of trans fats in food in England; (2) whether her Department (a) has...

      United Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the primary care trusts in which United Health are (a) providing and (b) due to provide primary care services; and what the nature of the...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was between general practitioner referral and hospital treatment in each London borough in the North West London strategic...

  • Treasury

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the potential change in carbon emissions arising from the changes to vehicle excise duty announced in the Budget.

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the potential change in carbon emissions arising from the decision announced in the Budget to freeze air passenger duty.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the potential change in carbon emissions arising from the decision announced in the Budget to increase duty on liquid petroleum...

      Economic Protectionism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what response he made to the proposal from the Italian Finance Minister that he support a statement condemning economic nationalism and protectionism.

      Industrial Wages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average industrial wage was in (a) England and (b) Northern Ireland in (i) 1995 and (ii) 2005.

      Lisbon Agenda

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on progress against the objectives of the Lisbon Agenda.

      Personal Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the levels of personal debt were in each of the last two years for which figures are available.

      PFI Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the estimated payments under private finance initiative contracts contained in Table C19 of the Budget of March 2006 are included in...

      Public Sector Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he expects his long-term estimate of the cost to public sector pension schemes published in the long-term public finance report to be revised.

      Public Sector Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2006, Official Report, column 388, on public sector pensions, and the technical note placed in the Library, if he will...

      Superannuation Liability

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what total amount of employers' normal contributions accruing superannuation liability charge has accounted for by his Department in each of the last five...

      Tax Credits

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

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he will take to ensure that there is an adequate supply of tax credit application forms in West Dorset; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many tax credit awards which had been terminated mid-year due to the return of an incomplete renewals form were subsequently found to be due to...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households have moved from having a tax credit award to no form of tax credit award mid-year; and what the reasons are for this occurring.

      Tote

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list (a) financial institutions and (b) private equityhouses with which he has discussed the sale of the Tote.

      Wildlife Souvenirs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many wildlife souvenirs have been seized by HM Revenue and Customs each year since 2000; what the item was and from which species the item was derived...

  • House of Lords

    • Anti-social Behaviour

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in each year since their introduction; and How many individual support orders have been issued in each year...

    • BBC: Licence Fee

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they agree with the European Union ruling as outlined in paragraph 10.5.4 of the BBC White Paper that the licence fee is state aid; and whether they intend...

      Blasphemy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the call by the Foreign Minister of Turkey for the European Union to alter blasphemy laws to protect Islam as well as Christianity; and...

      Civil Service: Religious Societies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 20 January (WA 133) and 9 March (WA 155), whether an invitation to the reception hosted by Sir Gus...

      Crossrail

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated final construction cost of Crossrail in today's prices.

      NHS: Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will take a decision on whether to continue to take out a bulk subscription to ensure that National Health Service professionals receive the Drug and...

      Official Visits: Prime Minister

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which overseas countries the Prime Minister has visited each month since June 2001.

      Older People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What have been the activities of the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Older People.

      Prisoners: Deportation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prisoners who have been recommended for deportation by the courts have been deported in each of the past five years.

      Royal Navy: Sonar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What actions they have taken as a result of the post mortem conducted by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria into the death of four Cuvier's beaked whales...

      Royal Navy: Sonar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any evidence that use of sonar during naval exercises poses a threat to whales.

      Royal Navy: Sonar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidance they have issued to the Armed Forces regarding the risks to animal life associated with the use of sonar.

      Royal Navy: Sonar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether environmental impact assessments have been conducted to measure the effects of naval military exercises; and, if so, what were the results.

      Royal Navy: Sonar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What strategies the Royal Navy are employing to minimise the damage caused to wildlife by military exercises; and whether they include (a) avoiding marine mammal...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Serious Organised Crime Agency will take on (a) all the staff of; (b) all the resources of; and (c) all the functions of the National Hi-Tech Crime...

      Sport: Anti-doping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 8 March (WA 144), which laboratories in the United Kingdom are accredited to carry out UK Sport's...

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