Written answers

Wednesday, 29 March 2006

  • International Development

    • Leprosy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what bilateral aid his Department is giving to tackle leprosy; and if he will make a statement.

    • Mongolia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development How much his Department has given in aid to Mongolia in each of the last three years.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development What recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Gaza and the West Bank.

      World Relief Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made in establishing a world fund to provide rapid aid and relief at times of major disasters.

      Sub-Saharan Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of agricultural productivity in sub-Saharan Africa; and if he will make a statement.

      Horn of Africa (Famine)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development If he will make a statement on donor response to the famine in the Horn of Africa.

      World Water Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what activity his Department participated in to mark this year's World Water Day.

      Bangladesh/Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many official holidays staff at the Department's offices in (a) Bangladesh and (b) Pakistan receive per annum.

      Capita Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have held with directors and senior executives of (i) Capita Group plc and...

      Child Soldiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department is providing for programmes to reduce the number of child soldiers.

      Commission for Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the future programme of the Commission for Africa.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many and what proportion of (a) staff and (b) new staff employed in (i) his Department and (ii) each of the agencies for which he...

      Lesotho

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effect of the Government of Lesotho's achievement of international debt repayment on funding of...

      Lesotho

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will take steps to cancel the debt owed to the UK by the Government of Lesotho.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much (a) bilateral and (b) multilateral aid and assistance the UK Government have provided for the current drought and famine in...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development for which multilateral institutions working in Somalia the Government provides funding.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the political and security situation in Somalia for the purposes of taking decisions on aid.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his assessment is of the extent to which political instability in Somalia has contributed to the current humanitarian situation.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Efficiency Targets

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much of the agreed efficiency target for the Law Officers' Departments set out in the 2004 Spending Review is to be cashable; and under what budget headings these...

  • Transport

    • Aircraft Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department plans to introduce limits on maximum allowable peak aircraft noise levels.

    • Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of local authorities that will be providing funding for the bus fare concessionary...

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the (a) technical, (b) logistical and (c) economic implications in areas where the concessionary travel scheme has been...

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which local authorities in North West England have entered into reciprocal agreements to allow pensioners free travel across district and county borders.

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which local authorities in Lancashire have not entered into reciprocal agreements to allow pensioners free travel across Lancashire.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been paid by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to Jodie Kidd for the recent advertising campaign on paying road tax via the internet.

      Highways Agency Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many kilometres of lanes have been added to the Highways Agency network in each year since 1997; and what the cost per kilometre was in (a) cash...

      M18

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the subsidence between junctions 6 and7 of the M18 will be eliminated from the road surface.

      M4

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the timetable is for the draw down of funding for planned improvements to the M4 motorway in Reading West constituency.

      M62

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the likely cost of policing and enforcing the proposed car-share lane on the M62.

      Oil Spill Contingency Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many UK ports have an oil spill contingency plan; and how many of those plans were updated in the last five years.

      Programme Improvement Schemes (Cost Study)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on work being conducted by EC Harris for the Highways Agency to study inflation costs and predict future figures and costs...

      Red Diesel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much red diesel has been used at airports in each of the last five years (a) in total and (b) broken down by airport.

      Road Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many motorway and trunk road building projects there were between 1988 and 1997; and what the total cost was in (a) cash and (b) real terms.

      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...

      Roads (Hard Shoulders)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what factors are preventing hard shoulder running being introduced on the M42 before March 2007.

      South East England Regional Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the South East England Regional Assembly's recommendations on regional transport priorities.

      Taxis/Taxi-Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to promote the use of taxi-buses.

      Taxis/Taxi-Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many (a) hackney carriage and (b) private hire drivers have been (i) stopped and (ii) suspended in each year since 1997 (A) in total and (B)...

      Traffic Lights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Government's policy is on the use of part-time traffic light signals.

      Transport Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average (a) number and (b) distance of trips as calculated by the National Travel Survey was by (i) car driver, (ii) car passenger, (iii) bus,...

      Unregistered Mini-Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to take steps (a) to ban unregistered mini-motorcycles from public roads and (b) to provide safe areas for their off-road use.

      Visual Flight Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to publish the regulatory impact assessment on the introduction of mode S transponders for visual flight rules operations.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Bacup Shoe Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action his Department is taking through its Paris office to facilitate the release of the consignment of shoes for the Bacup Shoe Company...

    • EU Hazardous Substances Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with the EU Commission on exempting electronically motored pipe organs from the EU Directives on restrictions on...

      EU Hazardous Substances Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what representations the UK Government made regarding pipe organs in relation to the EU Directive on Restrictions on Hazardous...

      EU Hazardous Substances Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the (a) repair and (b) building of new lead organ pipes is included as a prohibited activity under the Directive 2002/95/EC due to be...

      EU Hazardous Substances Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to seek exemption for lead organ pipes from the proposed EU directive which would prevent their use.

      EU Hazardous Substances Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many EU member states have exempted organ pipes under EU Directives 2002 95/EC and 2002 96/EC; (2) what exemptions are being...

      EU Hazardous Substances Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Church Commissioners and (b) organ pipe manufacturers on EU Directives 2002 95/EC and...

      EU Hazardous Substances Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people are employed in the manufacture, installation and maintenance of organ pipes in the UK.

      EU Hazardous Substances Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what estimate he has made of the number of organs in (a) chapels, (b) churches, (c) cathedrals, (d) cinemas, (e) town halls and (f)...

      G8 Meeting (Moscow)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what matters in respect of nuclear reprocessing are on the agenda for the meeting of G8 energy ministers in Moscow on 16 March; and if he will...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) Ministers, (b) regional development agencies and (c) trade delegations fromthe UK have visited India in each of the last three years.

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the budget will be for domestic installations under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in (a) 2006–07, (b) 2007–08 and (c)...

      Natural Environment Research Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the original Natural Environment Research Council capital budget was for the Environment Centre built at Lancaster university; and...

      Office for Civil Nuclear Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many of the current complement of staff at the Office for Civil Nuclear Security (OCNS) have a first degree or further qualification in...

      Operating and Financial Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions his Department held with other departments regarding the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 28 November 2005...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices and sub post offices there were in Haltemprice and Howden constituency in each year between 1997 and 2006.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will publish the accounts of the Crown Post Office in Marvina Drive, Ellesmere Port for the last five years.

      Postal Market Liberalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the timetable for full liberalisation of the postal market.

      Postal Market Liberalisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry with which other European Union member states he has discussed the liberalisation of postal markets across the European Union; and if he will...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Direct Consultancy Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria will be used to assess the suitability of local authority applications for direct consultancy support in the...

    • Direct Consultancy Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many local authorities have applied for direct consultancy support in (a) 2006–07 and (b) 2007–08; and what...

      Fungaflor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when she expects the product Fungaflor to be approved for sale in the United Kingdom; (2) what discussions she has had...

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's latest estimate is of the total amount of landfill capacity available in England.

      Mobile Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of used mobile telephones were recycled in the last year for which figures are available.

      Organ Pipes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many organpipes have been disposed of on landfill sites since 2002.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what total amount of waste was recycled in England in 2005; and what percentage this was of the total waste generated during...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many recycling points there are per 1,000 population in (a) the constituency of Lancaster and Wyre, (b) Lancashire and...

      River Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures she is taking to prevent endocrine disrupting chemicals from entering the river system.

      River Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what studies her Department has commissioned into the effects on fish of endocrine disrupting chemicals.

  • Defence

    • Apache Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 2 March 2006, Official Report, columns 868–9W, on Apache helicopters, what were the reasons for the four-year delay in...

    • Armed Forces Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of members of the armed forces pension scheme joined the scheme (a) before the age of (i) 20, (ii) 25, (iii) 30, (iv) 35, (v) 40 and (vi)...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel from the 2003 invasion of Iraq on Operation Telic have since developed symptoms similar to those experienced by personnel from...

      Nuclear Deterrent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green (Lynne Featherstone) of 2 March 2006, Official Report, column 873W, on the nuclear...

      Privatised Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to ensure that those functions of his Department and its associated public bodies which he plans to privatise are not undertaken...

      SA80 Rifle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will issue the SA80 assault rifle to C130 crews for self-defence purposes; and if he will make a statement.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what are the terms of the holiday time and pay of Territorial Army personnel on (a) a three month operational deployment and (b) a six month...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the new terms and conditions of service for the Territorial Army.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) Territorial Army recruits have been enlisted and (b) Territorial Army personnel have qualified to become deployable in each of the...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many residents of Northern Ireland are serving in the Territorial Army.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the Territorial Army barracks in Chorley.

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 20 March 2006 to question 59698, on veterans, if he will place in the Library the minutes of the (a) Veterans' Executive...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • 2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 21 March 2006, Official Report, column 201W, on the 2012 Olympics, what analysis has been undertaken of (a)...

    • 2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the decontamination process to contaminated land on the London 2012 Olympic Site will (a) delay building work and (b) increase...

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of the applications for casino licences under the Gambling Act 1968 in the last 10 years were made under a D2 leisure planning...

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for East Devon (Mr. Swire) on 20 March 2006, Official Report, columns 14–15W, on...

      Dance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what action her Department is taking to promote and invest in dance; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what proportion of (a) staff and (b) new staff employed in (i) her Department and (ii) each of the agencies for which she...

      Diana Memorial Fountain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions her Department had with (a) the Health and Safety Executive and (b) the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents...

      Diana Memorial Fountain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department made of the safety rules at the Diana, Princess of WalesMemorial Fountain prior to its opening in July 2004.

      Diana Memorial Fountain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate her Department made of the likely visitor numbers to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain prior to its opening...

      Digitisation Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to implement the Dynamic Action Plan for the EU Coordination of Digitisation of Cultural and Scientific Content.

      Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of members of the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme in her Department joined the scheme before the age of (a) 20,...

      Superannuation Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what total amount of employers' normal contributions accruing superannuation liability charge has been accounted for by her Department...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of assessing entitlement to support under the Access to Work scheme in each of the last three years for which figures are...

    • Benefit Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what circumstances a relative may claim benefits on behalf of an elderly dependent member of the family who does not live locally.

      Benefits (Administration Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the administration costs were for (a) incapacity benefit, (b) disability living allowance, (c) industrial injuries disablement benefits...

      Benefits (Medical Assessments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many medical assessments took place to assess entitlement for (a) incapacity benefit, (b) disability living allowance and (c) industrial...

      Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have received cold weather payments so far in 2006 (a) in total and (b) broken down by parliamentary constituency.

      Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the locations of weather stations from which information is collected to assess entitlement to cold weather payments.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State will reply to the letter of 31 January from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time is for the Child Support Agency cases to spend in (a) the pre-application stage, (b) the application stage, (c) the...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the (a) annual running costs of the Child Support Agency and (b) annual saving in benefits as a consequence of Child...

      Working Futures Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will increase funding for the working futures programme.

      Debt Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's Debt Management administration budget was for each quarter since Q2 2001, broken down by main area of expenditure.

      Winter Fuel Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what mechanisms are in place to reclaim overpayments of winter fuel allowance to households where more than one payment of £200 was issued.

      Pensioner Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) average and (b) total income of the poorest 10 per cent. of pensioners has been in each of the last 30 years at today's prices.

      Post Office Card Accounts

      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, (b) another account at a post office and (c) a...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bangladesh and Pakistan (Official Holidays)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many official holidays staff at the Department's offices in (a) Bangladesh and (b) Pakistan receive per annum.

    • Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the situation in Belarus following the elections.

      Child Soldiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken to prevent the sale of arms to countries using child soldiers.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Chinese Government about the imprisonment and treatment of house leader Xu Shuangfu.

      China-Russia Relationship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the relationship between China and Russia.

      Eta

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the ceasefire declared by ETA; and if he will make a statement.

      European Union Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been paid by the UK in fines for non-compliance with European Union regulations for each year since 1997; and if he...

      Gambia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the political situation in Gambia; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of the recent agreement between China and Iran on drilling rights in Yardavaran...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the treatment of members of the Baha'i faith in Iran; and what representations he has made...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the planned outcomes were of the Minister of State's recent visit to Iraq; who he met during the visit; what was discussed...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the statement from the UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief on the...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what he assesses to be the British national interest in the Middle East.

      Ministerial Committee on EU Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date the Ministerial Committee on EU Strategy was established.

      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 given protected person...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the number of Maoist insurgents in Nepal.

      Palestine (H5N1)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what multilateral action he is participating in to ensure that political conflict in Palestine will not hinder effective...

      Russia (Energy Supplies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the International Energy Agency on Russian energy supplies.

      Russia (Energy Supplies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received concerning Russian oil and gas supplies to the EU.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Service Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what proportion of members of thePrincipal Civil Service Pension Scheme joined thescheme (a) before the age of (i) 20, (ii) 25, (iii) 30, (iv) 35,...

    • Civil Service Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the employer contribution rate to the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme are; what assumed rate of return underlies this contribution...

      Council Tax (Official Residences)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will place in the Library a copy of the revised guidance from the Cabinet Secretary to Ministers on payment of council tax on official residences.

      Departmental Furniture

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much has been spent by the Cabinet Office on acquiring furniture in each year since 1997.

      Ministerial Role

      To ask the Minister without Portfolio what proportion of his car costs are met by the Labour Party.

      Ministerial Role

      To ask the Minister without Portfolio what role he plays as an interface between the Government and the Labour Party in respect of party funding issues.

      Ministerial Role

      To ask the Minister without Portfolio what office space is made available to him; where it is located; and what support he is provided with in terms of officials allocated to him.

      Ministerial Role

      To ask the Minister without Portfolio pursuant to his answer of 14 March 2006, Official Report, column 2106W, on his official car, for what reason he has not quantified the mileage covered by his...

  • Home Department

    • Andre Massamba

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his Department's handling of Andre Massamba's application for asylum.

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders were issued by (a) South Wales Police, (b) Dyfed Powys Police, (c) Gwent Police and (d) North Wales...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions of employers under section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 have taken place in each of...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2006, Official Report, column 1960W, on asylum/immigration, what estimate was made of the cost of...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood of 11 January...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will ask the Director General of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate to report to him on when she plans to reply to the letter...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister for Immigration will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, dated 6 December 2005...

      Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the oral answer of 13 February 2006, Official Report, column 1134, on crime prevention, if he will amend the guidance issued on...

      Dispersal Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dispersal orders were issued by Peterborough youth court in the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Metropolitan Police Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the responsibilities are of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner with regards to terrorism.

      Motoring Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many motoring offences were recorded in each year between 1999 and 2004 (a) in total and (b) broken down by sex.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure that the existing North Wales police force area will not have fewer resources following the establishment of...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the extent to which the burden of administration affecting police activity has been minimised; whether he (a)...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library the business case documents submitted to him by the Thames Valley police authority in response to his request...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he will ensure that the resources in a merged Welsh police force will be distributed fairly throughout Wales.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to meet the Welsh police authorities to discuss the proposed restructuring of Welsh police authorities; and if he will make...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Wales since the four Welsh police authorities did not meet the consultation...

      Prison Service (Retirement)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to change the Prison Service retirement age; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of tuberculosis have occurred at each prison in each of the last five years; what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps he is taking to reduce the number of suicides among remand inmates; (2) what action he (a) has taken and (b) is taking to...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 March 2006, Official Report, column 2227W, on prison education, what assessment he has made of the capital...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of inmates at each prison have been enrolled in formal education activities in each year since 1997.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with providers of education in prison on increasing the (a) quality and (b) quantity of education.

      Shingaradazo Mudgyima

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to deport Shingaradazo Mudgyima, alias Sheena Daniels.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are being put in place to ensure that the number of international students coming to the UK will not be reduced by the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Ambulance Service (Ards Peninsula)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) ambulances and (b) emergency ambulances cover the Ards Peninsula (i) on weekdays, (ii) at weekends, (A) during the day and (B)...

    • Ambulance Service (Ards Peninsula)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average response time for (a) ambulances and (b) emergency ambulances to calls along the Ards Peninsula was in the last period for...

      Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many (a) men, (b) women, (c) Catholics and (d) Protestants are employed by the Northern Ireland civil service at (i) grade 7, (ii)...

      East-West Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made on improving East-West relations between the peoples of the United Kingdom, Irish Republic, Channel Islands and Isle...

      Education (Statementing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children were statemented in each Education and Library Board area in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.

      GP Provision (Millisle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the general practice provision is in Millisle.

      Hip Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average length of time a person requiring a hip replacement waited (a) from referral by GP for an initial consultation and (b) from...

      Hip Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which hospitals are undertaking hip replacement procedures in Northern Ireland.

      Hip Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State forNorthern Ireland how many hip replacement operations were completed in each of the last five years in each (a) hospital and (b) health board in Northern Ireland.

      Hip Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients are waiting for hip replacements in Northern Ireland in each (a) health board and (b) hospital in Northern Ireland, broken...

      Hip Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) average and (b) longest waiting time for (i) initial orthopaedic outpatient assessment and (ii) hip replacement was in each health...

      NIPPA (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding each health trust in Northern Ireland is providing for NIPPA early years pre-school groups in 2005–06.

      Post-Primary Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will commission the National Foundation for Educational Research to evaluate the papers produced by Dr. Hugh Morrison on alternative...

      Post-Primary Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the contract awarded to the National Foundation for Educational Research to evaluate the proposed new post-primary curriculum and...

      Post-Primary Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of whether (a) the draft Education (Northern Ireland) Order and (b) the proposed new post-primary curriculum...

      Post-Primary Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he took to consult parents on the proposed post-primary curriculum for Northern Ireland.

      University Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many students normally resident in Northern Ireland are estimated to have gone to full-time university education in Great Britain in each of...

      Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are awaiting an initial out-patient assessment with a consultant following a referral by their general practitioner in Northern...

  • Wales

    • Capita Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much business his Department has placed with (a) Capita Group plc and (b) its subsidiaries in each of the last five years; what the total value is of...

    • Capita Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many tenders (a) Capita plc and (b) its subsidiaries has submitted to his Department in each of the last three years; and how many tenders were successful.

      Capita Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many contracts his Department holds with (a) Capita plc and (b) its subsidiaries which have a potential duration of five years or more; (2) what...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions about the performance of the Child Support Agency in Wales.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to his answer of 9 March 2006, Official Report, column 1640W, on council tax, how many cameras the Valuation Office Agency purchased for use in...

      Energy and Transport Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what procedures he has put in place to ensure those aspects of energy and transport policy not devolved to the Welsh Assembly are delivered in a way...

      Energy/Water Efficiency

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

      Flood Defences (Welsh Coast)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what funding has been allocated in flood defence works by each local authority along the South Wales coast between Newport and Llanelli in each year...

      Small Firms

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

      Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what funds he plans to make available in Wales (a) to offer young people evening sports and (b) to tackle antisocial behaviour.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the extent to which funding provided through the revenue support grant to Stockport metropolitan borough council to provide free...

    • Cost of Fire Sub-group

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he intends to reconvene the cost of fire sub-group to re-examine the cost of fire in England.

      English Cities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish an errata slip for the publication English Cities to acknowledge the existence of the boroughs of Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley and Sandwell.

      Fire and Rescue Authorities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many contacts have been received since 1997 by the fire and rescue authorities in England from employers in compliance with their duties under Regulation...

      Fire and Rescue Authorities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many enforcement notices have been issued by the fire and rescue services in England in accordance with Regulation 13 of the Fire Precautions (Workplace)...

      Fire and Rescue Authorities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance his Department has offered to the business community and their associations on the move to integrated risk management plans by fire and rescue...

      Fire and Rescue Authorities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what information is required to be supplied to his Department by the Fire and Rescue Authorities in England under the Fire Precautions Act 1971 (as amended) and...

      Fire Losses

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Association of British Insurers (ABI), (b) the business community, (c) fire and rescue authorities and (d)...

      Firefighters (Pensions)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of the members of the Firefighters' Pension Scheme joined the scheme (a) before the age of (i) 20, (ii) 25, (iii) 30, (iv) 35, (v) 40 and (vi) 45...

      Local Government (Pensions)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of members of the local government pension scheme joined the scheme (a) before the age of (i) 20, (ii) 25, (iii) 30, (iv) 35, (v) 40 and (vi) 45...

      Local Government Restructuring

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans to abolish multi-member wards in local government.

      Mini-Motorcycles

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what powers local authorities have to prohibit the use of unregistered mini-motorcycles in designated areas.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, (1) if she will list those stakeholders who were consulted about the changes made to the new abortion notification form; if she will place in the...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the Government's progress in reducing the number of abortions.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will amend the abortion notification form to provide for the inclusion of the method of abortion known as partial-birth abortion; and if she will...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of performing an abortion was in NHS hospitals in (a) 1979, (b) 1983, (c) 1987, (d) 1992 and (e) each year since 1993.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will make a statement on her Department's medical abortion pilot; (2) how much her Department has spent on the medical abortion pilot; where...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what are the categories of accident and emergency (A&E) departments; and what the criteria are for determining into which category an A&E...

      Alcohol Dependency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each primary care trust in England will receive to treat alcohol dependency in 2007–08.

      Asperger's Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research she has commissioned on whether there are links between drug and alcohol dependency and Asperger's Syndrome; and what advice she is...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the trend in the incidence of (a) non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, (b) breast cancer and (c) multiple myeloma in (i) men and (ii)...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has (a) to ensure that cancer patients are made aware of benefits to which they may be entitled at each stage of the patient journey and...

      Chronic Hepatitis B

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England have been diagnosed with chronic hepatitis B.

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what instructions on community hospitals her Department has given (a) strategic health authorities and (b) primary care trusts since the publication...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time between initial general practitioner referral and final fitting of digital hearing aids was in each hospital trust in the...

      Digital Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was spent by primary care trusts on the public private partnership established for the provision of digital hearing aids in (a)...

      Drug Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are working on abuse of illegal drugs whose responsibility it is to carry out drug assessments.

      Fluoridation Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what public consultation process will be undertaken by strategic health authorities proposing new or extended water fluoridation schemes; and if she will...

      Fluoridation Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the strategic health authorities that have commenced consultation with (a) the public, (b) other stakeholders and (c) water companies on...

      Fluoridation Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library a copy of the guidance issued to water companies on the legal situation should a strategic health authority request a...

      Food Standards Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will assess the merits of introducing proposals for a statutory traffic light of food labelling should the Food Standards Authority be unable to...

      Foster Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she received the report of Andrew Foster's review of non-medical professional regulation; and if she will make a statement.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors participated in (a) the general practitioners' returners scheme and (b) the flexible careers scheme in each year since they were...

      Health Service Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on plans to extend services provided by (a) community hospitals and (b) health centres in England.

      Hospital Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expenditure on (a) community hospitals and (b) acute hospitals was in each year since 2001, broken down by NHS trust.

      Hospital-acquired Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding was allocated for the education of health workers on hospital acquired diseases in 2005–06.

      Influenza Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps will be taken by her Department to maximise the take-up rate of influenza vaccinations by those eligible during autumn 2006 and winter...

      Irlen Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to promote a co-ordinated approach to the identification and treatment of Irlen syndrome.

      Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Type II variations to marketing authorisations targeted for approval within 90 days in the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will publish her new mental health proposals.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate she has made of the cost of the work undertaken on the Mental Health Bill since the publication of its second draft in 2004; (2) what...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the basis was for her Department's recent decision on the draft Mental Health Bill; what discussions were held on the decision; and when the decision...

      MMR Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect on take up of the incentives offered to GPs to administer the MMR vaccine.

      NHS Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists were available to NHS patients in Coventry South on 1 April 2005.

      Nurses (Retention Rates)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent representations she has received on attrition rates amongst student nurses; and what data set her Department uses to calculate attrition...

      Paediatric Continence Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans she has to undertake an audit of the quality of care in paediatric continence services; (2) what discussions she has had with the...

      Patient Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many health trusts are meeting the 48 hour target for access to primary care practitioners; (2) what her Department's waiting time target is...

      Pre-registration Nursing Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what is the target attrition rate for students on pre-registration nursing courses; (2) how many and what percentage of student nurses in England...

      Primary Care Trusts (Budgets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure that the budgets of primary care trusts and hospitals not in deficit are not reduced in subsequent funding allocation...

      Radiographers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many posts for radiographers in the NHS are unfilled.

      Sexual Assault Referral Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress her Department is making on developing sexual assault referral centres.

  • Prime Minister

    • Capita

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the meetings his adviser on Government relations has had with (a) Capita, (b) organisations acting on behalf of Capita and (c) Mr. Rod Aldridge in the...

    • Dr. Chai Patel

      To ask the Prime Minister in what capacity Dr. Chai Patel has worked with the Government since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Automated Cash Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last met UK banks to discuss free access to ATMs.

    • Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Budget statement, whether his announcement of free off-peak national bus travel in every area of the country for every pensioner and...

      Construction Industry Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of initial applications to HM Revenue and Customs for renewal of Construction Industry Scheme Certificates since 6 April 2005 have been...

      Inland Revenue Guidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether a regulatory impact assessment was completed by HM Revenue and Customs on the excluding of appendix 4 of the May 2001 version of IR40 from the...

      Judicial Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times in the last five years his Department has agreed to pay the legal costs of a claimant in judicial review proceedings brought against it; and...

      Regional Economic Trends

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he made of the proportion of gross value added assigned to the Extra-Regio in economic trends 627 of February 2006 on gas and oil industrial...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Community Legal Aid and Advice Centres

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will take steps to protect law centres' funding as community legal and advice centres are rolled out.

  • Education and Skills

    • After-school Science Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills where the 250 after-school science clubs announced in the Budget will be located.

    • Bishop Wulstan Catholic School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to her Answer of 21 March 2006, Official Report, column 214W, on Bishop Wulstan Catholic School, when she expects to be in a...

      Business/School Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the effect on businesses of engaging in co-operative working with schools.

      Care Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people leaving care in the Tamworth constituency in 2004–05 received a leaving care grant of (a) less than £500,...

      Cared-for Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent supporting (a) family members, as defined by section 105 of the Children Act 1989, raising children who cannot live...

      Cared-for Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children who do not live with their parents live with family members as defined by section 105 of the Children Act 1989; how many...

      Child Abuse (Witchcraft)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on what date she expects to publish the study into child abuse in England linked to belief in witchcraft.

      Construction Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many construction apprentices there are in England, broken down by trade.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the reasons were for the delay until 23 February in responding to the letter from the hon. Member for Manchester Central sent on 31...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many jobs from her Department have been relocated to Wales since 2001.

      Education (Peterborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in the Peterborough local education authority area are in families in receipt of (a) income support, (b) jobseeker's...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

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

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students have claimed education maintenance allowance in West Lancashire in each year that it has been available; and how many she...

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people in Hammersmith and Fulham have been granted an education maintenance allowance in each of the last three years.

      Gcse

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

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools and colleges in (a) Wakefield district and (b) Normanton constituency take (i) students and (ii) students and parents for...

      Language Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what her policy is on teaching in languages other than English in state education institutions; and if she will make a statement.

      Modern Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many heavy vehicle fitting apprenticeships were available in England in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005.

      Nursery Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools providing nursery education have been put into special measures in each year for which figures are available.

      PE Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will make a statement on the changes in targets for training physical education teachers since 2004–05; (2) how many...

      Publication Pulping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the publications identified as pulped in quantity on page 62 of her Department's resource accounts; how many of each...

      School Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the Answer of 15 February to Question [ 49418 ], if she will make a written statement on when she plans to place figures on...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school children in each London constituency (a) receive free school meals and (b) pay for school meals, broken down by school.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when (a) the London borough of Hounslow education authority and (b) schools in Hounslow will receive extra funding to improve school meals.

      Secondary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many households have (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) five or more secondary schools within (i) two, (ii) three and (iii)...

      Small Firms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what definition her Department uses of a small firm.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what guidance her Department issues to schools and local education authorities on the staffing levels needed to teach children with...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of children in England (a) given a fixed-term exclusion from school and (b) permanently excluded from school in the last...

      Sustainable Building

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

      Teaching Posts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of (a) assistant teacher and (b) head teacher posts are potentially not open to teachers who have no religious beliefs on...

      Train to Gain Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many extra places the Train to Gain programme is forecast to create over the next three years in (a) West Yorkshire, (b) Wakefield...

      University E-courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total cost has been of online university e-courses; and how many students have graduated through such courses.

      Vending Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the revenue to secondary schools in England from vending machines in 2004–05.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Chaplains

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many (a) Muslims; (b) Hindus; (c) Sikhs; and (d) Buddhists are members of the Armed Forces; how many hours a week respectively the corresponding chaplains are...

    • Armed Forces: Reserves

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to bring treatment of members of the Reserve Forces into line with the principles set out in the House of Lords decision in Matthews and...

      Armed Forces: Royal Irish Regiment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total value of potential land sales arising from the disbandment of the Home Service Battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment.

      Armed Forces: US Bases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many United States bases there are in the United Kingdom; and how many incidents have been reported to United Kingdom police officers concerning United Kingdom...

      Arms Trade

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received from the Government of Russia regarding the content of an arms trade treaty.

      Beaches

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many beaches in England and Wales are designated as clean and fly the European Union blue flag.

      Israel: Bethlehem

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are making representations to the Government of Israel concerning (a) the Bethlehem families soon to be cut off from their schools and medical...

      Changes of Address

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which members of the European Economic Area require their citizens to notify central government of changes of address; and which members have no such requirement.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any of the centres devoted to the treatment of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) under the Department of Health's...

      Civil Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service or any Northern Ireland permanent secretary last discussed joint procurements with senior civil servants in...

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What specific United Kingdom measures are planned to offset any predicted adverse effects on the United Kingdom arising from climate change.

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there are any plans to strengthen United Kingdom flood defences to safeguard farm land against the effects of climate change.

      Dry Stone Walls

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What grants, if any, are available to those engaged in the restoration of dry stone walls.

      EU: Mercury

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the proposal by the European Commission for a directive to ban the use of mercury in temperature and weather gauges is consistent with the principle of...

      Families: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 1 March (WA 62), whether the £500,000 to be made available by April 2007 from the children and young...

      Freedom of Information

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what basis government agencies in Northern Ireland charge fees to provide information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Genital Warts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: (a) How many cases of genital warts there have been in England in each year since 1995; and (b) how much the treatment of genital warts has cost the National...

      Government Departments: Telephone Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether callers to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister 0845 or 0870 telephone numbers are required...

      Honours

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether loans to a political party are capable of coming within the scope of the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925.

      House of Lords: Writing Room

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Further to his Written Answer on 16 March (WA 253), whether the proposed new Writing Room will provide the same amount of space, comparable facilities and be as...

      Immigration: Independent Monitor for Entry Clearance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 13 March (WA 118), to what extent during the past three years there have been departures in...

      Israel and Palestine: Divided Families

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment the Quartet has made of the number of Palestinian families who have been dispossessed or divided by the wall and barrier, or who cannot live...

      Israel and Palestine: Road Map

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, after the election in Israel, they will propose new initiatives for the Austrian presidency to inject into the European Union portion of the Middle East...

      Maldives: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ask the Commonwealth Secretary-General to intercede with the Government of the Maldives for the release of Mohamed Nasheed and Jennifer Latheef,...

      Mental Health: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made any estimates of the need for specific psychological services in Northern Ireland, beyond the general mental health services currently...

      Northern Ireland: Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 7 March (WA 122) concerning nationalist festivals in Northern Ireland, whether the Department of Culture, Arts...

      Northern Ireland: Peace Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what basis, by whom and when the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland was selected to be a grant offering body for Peace II funds.

      Northern Ireland: Peace Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What security vetting, if any, is applied to those in Northern Ireland responsible for the allocation of Peace II funding; if there is vetting, by whom it is...

      Parliamentary Counsel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statements by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Mr Jim Knight, on 14 February...

      Parliamentary Ombudsman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 21 March (WA 40), why they do not record centrally the occasions and circumstances in which they...

      Parliamentary Ombudsman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 21 March (WA 40), whether they will take steps to hold recommendations by the Parliamentary...

      Pensions: Women

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What impact paying the state pension to women who care for children or dependants will have with regard to the potentially discriminatory effect upon women of the...

      Pensions: Women

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether maintaining a contributory state pension scheme, rather than introducing the Lord Turner of Ecchinswell's proposal equally for men and women, will have a...

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether their decision to change the composition of the Northern Ireland Policing Board, so that it no longer reflects the recommendations of the Patten report,...

      Political Parties: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the differences in the legal regimes governing (a) gifts, and (b) loans to political parties.

      Population

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the maximum population they believe the United Kingdom can sustain; and what research into housing needs, water supply, transport infrastructure,...

      Railways: Accidents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What agencies, apart from the train operating company involved, have investigated the recent train accidents at Elsenham and Huntingdon.

      Railways: Franchises

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 9 March (WA 171), what are the practical objections to the trains operated by the South West Trains...

      Railways: Franchises

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether First Great Western is permitted, under the terms of its agreement with the Department for Transport for the Greater Western Franchise, to operate more...

      Regulation: Small Businesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many government departments have issued a simplification plan for minimising the effects of regulations on small businesses.

      Royal Navy: Sonar

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the threat to wildlife posed by man-made ocean noise.

      Somalia: Pirates

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, following the attempted hijacking of a vessel contracted to deliver aid to Somalia on 13 March and the International Maritime Bureau's warning that piracy...

      Sport: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 8 March (WA 144), what public notification has been made by each of the signatories to the Central...

      Trade: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 7 March (WA 125) concerning Invest Northern Ireland trade missions, what benefits to Northern Ireland resulted...

      Universities: Science Research Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much of the Science Research Investment Fund has been allocated to Queen's University Belfast and the University of Ulster.

      Waste Management: Belfast Hills

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will develop a comprehensive strategy to protect the environment of the Belfast Hills from illegal waste dumping and especially fly-tipping.

      Zoos

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many registered zoos there are in England and Wales; and where they are situated.

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