Written answers

Thursday, 30 March 2006

  • Church Commissioners

    • Pipe Organs

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many pipe organs there are in the Church of England.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many staff in the Law Officers' Departments are paid on a performance-related basis.

    • Michael McCartney

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the cost to the Crown Prosecution Service was of the trial of Mike McCartney.

      Michael McCartney

      To ask the Solicitor-General what discussions he has had with the Director of Public Prosecutions on the trial of Michael McCartney.

      Michael McCartney

      To ask the Solicitor-General what assessment he has made of the cost to the Crown Prosecution Service of the trial of Michael McCartney.

      Michael McCartney

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will instruct the Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate to investigate the conduct of the Crown Prosecution Service in the trial of...

      Price Fixing

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the cost is of the Serious Fraud Office investigation into price fixing among drug companies supplying the NHS.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Electoral Fraud

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps (a) the Government and (b) local authorities take to prevent electoral fraud relating to votes by (i) post, (ii)...

    • Party Political Funding

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the merits of the public funding of political parties.

      Pension Liabilities

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will estimate the net present value of accrued pension liabilities in respect of (a) present and (b) former employees of...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Advisory Committee on Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the compatibility of the Department's role as the sponsoring Department for the Advisory...

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in preparing for the introduction of the enhanced capital allowance for biofuels in early 2007.

      Capita Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what meetings (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have held with directors and senior executives of (i) Capita Group...

      Cattle Movement Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle movements were tracked by the British Cattle Movement Service in the last five years for which figures are...

      Chicken Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what change there has been in the level of imports of chicken in the last three months.

      Coastal and Market Towns Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total budget is for the Coastal and Market Towns Initiative (a) to final report stage and (b) for the implementation...

      Coastal and Market Towns Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list towns in Devon engaged in the Coastal and Market Towns Initiative; and which have completed the process and...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases of financial irregularities have been recorded in her Department in each of the last five financial years; and...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Islington South and Finsbury...

      Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) public speeches and (b) official visits she has made on departmental business since 5 May 2005; and how many...

      EU Habitats Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how UK authorities exercise their responsibilities under the EU Habitats Directive with regard to (a) the assessment of plans...

      EU Habitats Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the UK authorities exercise their responsibilities under the EU Habitats Directive relating to (a) the assessment of a...

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will provide rural development funding to English farmers to develop farm health plans.

      Flood Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list research funded by her Department which is (a) completed, (b) under way and (c) proposed on the development...

      Fowl Cull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what support her Department has provided to the north-east in preparation for a potential culling of fowl.

      IBM Guildford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answers of 2 February 2006, Official Report, column 630W, on IBM Guildford, if she will place in the Library...

      Merlin Biosciences Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has met (a) Sir Christopher Evans and (b) representatives of Merlin Biosciences Ltd. in the past 12 months; and...

      Milk Co-operatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made of the impact of competition laws in the UK on the development of large scale milk co-operatives.

      National Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to implement the recommendations of the Wooller report into the funding of national parks.

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers have received their single farm payments to date.

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the effect of delays in single farm payments on non-farming businesses in rural...

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of farmers have (a) received their single farm payment entitlement statement and (b) had their statement...

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received on the administration of the single farm payments scheme in Lancashire.

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will consider making interest payments in cases where single farm payments are delayed by failure to validate the...

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many single farm payments were made in February; how many payments have been made in March; how many letters of...

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of delays in the single farm payment on the supply chain within the farming...

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what percentage of single farm payments have been made; how many payments have not been made because of invalid...

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of claims made for the inaugural single farm payment have had letters of entitlements from her Department...

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions her Department has had with contractors providing digital maps for single farm payments in the past six months.

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many single farm payment cases are delayed due to digital mapping errors; and if she will make a statement.

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many applications for single farm payments have been received to date (a) in total and (b) from the county of Devon; and...

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many single farm payments were made to farmers in (a) England and (b) Somerset in the week ending (i) 24 February, (ii) 3...

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with Ministers in the Welsh Assembly Government and the Scottish Parliament on the average...

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many single payment scheme applications have been received from Bath constituency; and how many of those applications...

      State Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the Spanish agricultural organisations of national importance as referred to in state aid approval notice N...

      State of the Countryside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many households in England were in the sparsely populated area analysed by the Countryside Commission in its recent...

      Thames Basin Heaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what consultation with local planning authorities in the affected areas took place prior to the implementation of the...

      Thames Basin Heaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions her Department has had with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister about the implications of the...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average level of water (a) leakage and (b) use per household in litres was in each water company area in each year...

  • Scotland

    • Energy Efficiency

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

    • Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the (a) Scottish Executive and (b) the Cabinet Office on the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill.

      Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has made an assessment of the likely impact of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill on Scotland.

      Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his Department's employer contribution rates to the principal civil service pension scheme are; what assumed rate of return underlies those...

      Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what total amount of employers' normal contributions accruing superannuation liability charge has been accounted for by his Office in each of the last...

  • Treasury

    • Carbon Capture

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what financial support he plans to give to the development of carbon capture and storage technology.

    • Science Funding

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on the economy of Government funding for science; and if he will make a statement.

      Council Tax (Pensioners)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria he used in making the decision not to include a rebate on council tax for pensioners in the Budget.

      British Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with operators in the energy market on the proposed disposal of the Government's stake in British Energy.

      Business Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to promote investment in business in the UK.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was at current prices of child benefit in each year since 1996–97; and what percentage of the costs was accounted for by administration...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter dated 13 February from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr. M. K. Ghafood.

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of tax levels on economic growth.

      Employer-supported Child Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the tax and national insurance incentives for employer-supported child care since April 2005; and if he...

      Energy Companies (Windfall Tax)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the merits of a windfall tax on energy companies.

      Financial Exclusion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Wirral, West did not have access to a bank account on 31 December (a) 2005 and (b) 1997.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Written Answer of 23 March 2006, Official Report, column 505W, on HM Revenue and Customs, what the reasons were for HM Revenue and Customs'...

      Lymphoma

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have been diagnosed with lymphoma in (a) Beverley and Holderness and (b) England in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what penalty fee was levied for late registration for national insurance contributions in each year since 2001.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many temporary national insurance numbers have been issued by HM Revenue and Customs in each year since 1997; and what proportion of these have been for...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many bills were issued in the last year for which information is available for national insurance contributions which had remained unpaid for more than...

      Public Sector Bodies' Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the level of transparency of the classification of public sector bodies' debt.

      Tax Bulletin 79

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date HM Revenue and Customs published Tax Bulletin 79; and what changes the bulletin made to eligibility for tax relief under section 336 of the...

      Tax Bulletin 79

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date HM Revenue and Customs published the guidance in the Employment Income Manual section EIM32760 which was superseded by Tax Bulletin 79.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the median (a) working tax credit and (b) working families tax credit payment received by (i) lone parent households and (ii) non-lone parent...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of tax credit claimants received manual payments due to computer system failure in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c)...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit claimants in Lewes constituency are receiving regular manual payments each month due to computer error; and what steps are being taken...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his latest estimate is of the costs of organised fraud of the tax credits system in each quarter from Q1 2003 to Q1 2006; and if he will make a...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will answer question 48439, tabled by the right hon. Member for Birkenhead on 31 January 2006, on child tax credit.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Exchequer how many penalty payments have been agreed between HM Revenue and Customs and recipients of tax credits following overpayments (a) in total and (b) in each compliance office...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to re-open the tax credits e-portal; and if he will make a statement.

      Tonnage Tax Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value was of financial concessions to the UK shipping industry through the tonnage tax scheme in 2004–05.

      Trade Targets (China/India)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent targets he has set for trade with (a) China and (b) India.

      Tyler-CLT User Conference

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether representatives from (a) the Valuation Office Agency, (b) HM Treasury and (c) the Valuation Tribunal Service will attend the 2006 Tyler-CLT User...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Valuation Office Agency has spent on foreign travel, including subsistence, for staff in each year since 1997–98.

      VAT Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is permitted under EU VAT rules to extend the zero rates applied to the services of providing, extending or adapting a bathroom or washroom and...

      Women Entrepreneurs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Department for Trade and Industry on developing micro-finance programmes tailored to the needs of women entrepreneurs.

      Youth Volunteering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the funding he has allocated for youth volunteering.

  • Transport

    • Cargo Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the status is of the draft regulations covering ship-to-ship transfer of oil and other chemicals in UK territorial seas; and when he expects to...

    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in each of the last five years on (a) television, (b) poster, (c) radio, (d)...

      Flight Paths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many flight paths to major UK airports which serve international carriers take aeroplanes over built-up areas.

      Greater Manchester PTE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive on congestion charging in Greater Manchester.

      Level Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many incidents have been reported at level crossings in each of the last eight years in each police force area; (2) how many (a)...

      Local Transport Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent changes have been made to the formula for local transport plans; and if he will make a statement.

      M6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) vehicles and (b) heavy goods vehicles travel between junctions 11A and 20 on the M6 on average each day in the last period for which...

      M6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated delivery date was of the widening reported by the Midlands to Manchester multi-modal study.

      Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of members of the principal civil service pension scheme in his Department joined the scheme before the age of (a) 20, (b) 25, (c) 30,...

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures have been taken and how much has been allocated since 1997 to improve the safety of public transport in (a) England, (b) the Tees Valley...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) fatalities and (b) injuries took place on railways in the North East in each of the last 10 years.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress is being made in improving and renewing (a) track, (b) signalling, (c) station facilities and (d) other railway infrastructure in the...

      Railways

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

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many penalty fares have been issued on trains in each of the last eight years, broken down by penalty fare scheme; (2) how much money has...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which train operating companies lease trains from (a) Angel Trains Ltd. and (b) HSBC Rail UK Ltd.; and what the costs of such leasing were in 2004–05.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what public consultation the Department undertook in designing the timetable to and from the West Country set out in the Greater Western Franchise.

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) casualties and (b) fatalities on the roads were attributed to driving under the influence of (i) alcohol and (ii) drugs in each of the...

      Road Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of people killed in road accidents on roads maintained by local authorities in the last year for which figures...

      Roads (Romford/Havering)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent on repairing roads in (a) Romford and (b) Havering in each of the last 10 years.

      School Run

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has held with local education authorities on the staggering of school opening times to ease traffic congestion arising from...

      Smartcard Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has for the roll-out of smartcard technology for travel on (a) buses, (b) trams and (c) metro systems outside London.

      Superannuation Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what total amount of employers' normal contributions accruing superannuation liability charge have been accounted for by his Department in each of the...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was made available to (a) prevent and (b) deal with terrorist attacks on UK ports and harbours in 2005–06.

      Traffic Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from police forces proposing the introduction of a power to seize vehicles showing multiple traffic offences.

      Transport Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the passengers in excess of capacity figures were for each route on (a) rail and (b) metro services in each passenger transport authority area in...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the British Government has honoured agreements reached with farmers in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, regarding the payment of...

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has received from the Iraqi Government on UK aid.

      Medicinal Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on medicinal aid to developing countries since 1997.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if he will make a statement on the G8 aid pledged to the Palestinians in the light of the recent Palestinian elections; (2) what...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to help the Palestinian Authority establish rule of law in the Palestinian Territories.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what monitoring is being put in place to ensure that development funding for the Palestinians does not go to Hamas.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the merits of using non-governmental organisation funding as a means of sustaining international aid to...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to his answer of 27 March 2006, Official Report, column 626W, on Nepal, whether a company has been appointed as management...

      Oil Pipelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what criteria his Department uses in deciding whether to fund oil pipeline projects in developing countries.

      Peru

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of (a) poverty and (b) income levels in Peru.

      Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of members of the Principal Civil Service pension scheme in his Department joined the scheme before the age of (a) 20,...

      Superannuation Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what total amount of employers' normal contributions accruing superannuation liability charge has been accounted for by his Department...

      Uruguay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to assist Uruguay to diversify its trade.

  • Minister for Women

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many and what proportion of (a) staff and (b) new staff employed in her office in each of the last three years for which data are available were...

    • Pay Discrepancies

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what recent representations she has received on discrepancies in pay received by men and women.

      Prostitutes (Tolerance Zones)

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what discussions she has had with the Home Secretary on the merits of introducing tolerance zones for prostitutes.

      Women (Trafficking)

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what discussions she has had with the Home Secretary on (a) the number of women brought into the United Kingdom to be sold into the vice trade and (b)...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Belvedere Incinerator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to announce his decision on the proposed Belvedere waste to energy incinerator; and if he will make a statement.

    • Carbon Energy Reserves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what reserves of (a) natural gas, (b) oil and (c) coal the UK has.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs will reply to the letter from the hon. Member...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Leominster (Bill Wiggin), of 3 February 2006 on behalf of Mr. Beach, a constituent...

      Cyber Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the action to be taken by the Serious Organised Crime...

      Easter Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he plans to implement the principal provision of the Easter Act 1928; and why the Government has not implemented the provision since 1997.

      Energy Efficiency

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

      Equal Opportunities Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what reasons he has reduced the budget of the Equal Opportunities Commission.

      Equal Opportunities Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the budget is for the Equal Opportunities Commission for (a) 2005–06 and (b) 2006–07.

      Euro

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans his Department has in place for the introduction of the euro.

      Financial Irregularities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many cases of financial irregularities have been recorded in his Department in each of the last five financial years; and if he will make...

      Global Nuclear Energy Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects his Department to announce its response to the strategy set out in the United States Global Nuclear Energy Partnership proposals.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the level of UK trade with India.

      Lead Organ Pipes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to ensure that on (a) the restriction of hazardous substances (2002 95/EC) and (b) waste electrical and electronic...

      Lead Organ Pipes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the EU Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment on pipe organ (a) building...

      Lead Organ Pipes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received on the impact of EU legislation on lead pipe organs; and if he will make a statement.

      Low Carbon Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date householders will be able to submit grant applications to his Department's Low Carbon Buildings Programme.

      Low Carbon Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the amount of capital grant support which will be spent on solar photovoltaics in the first year of the Low...

      Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to promote the manufacturing industry in the North East.

      Micro Renewables

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the impact on jobs and investment in the UK's micro renewables sector of his Department's decision to end...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the occasions on which the Minister of State for Energy has met (a) the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management and (b)...

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the implications of the capping of natural gas prices in (a) Russia and (b) China.

      Non-fossil Fuel and Renewables Obligations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consideration his Department has given to extending the Renewables Obligation beyond 2027.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the future of (a) post office services in rural areas and (b) the rural network.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many sub-post offices have closed in the West Midlands since 1997.

      Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of members of the principal civil service pension scheme in his Department joined the scheme before the age of (a) 20, (b) 25,...

      Private Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost was of his private office and that of his predecessors as Secretary of State in each year since 1997.

      Queen's Awards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 13 February 2006, Official Report, column 1652–3W, on Queen's Awards, who the members were of the three panels...

      Queen's Birthday

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans his Department has to celebrate Her Majesty's 80th birthday; what advice he has issued to his Department's executive agencies on...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what financial assistance his Department is giving to research and development for industry in (a) Coventry, South and (b) the West Midlands...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether all outgoing post from his Department is sent using the Royal Mail; and what criteria his Department uses to determine postal arrangements.

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the level of UK trade with Russia.

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Trade and Industry how many cases of sexual harassment were brought in which the defendant was subsequently acquitted of all charges in England and...

      Single European Currency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the costs to his Department of the introduction of the euro.

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was allocated to tackling social exclusion by his Department in 2006–07; and from which budgets.

      Television Sets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many television sets are in operation in the Department (a) in total, (b) in Ministers' private offices and (c) in each building in the...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many wind farms there are in England; and how many are planned to be built in the next four years.

  • Wales

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman), of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 895W, on council tax, how many...

    • 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, whether the Valuation Office Agency took photographs of domestic...

      Police Restructuring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will place in the Library his letter to the Home Office on the proposed police reorganisation in Wales.

      Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of members of the principal civil service pension scheme in his Department joined the scheme before the age of (a) 20, (b) 25, (c) 30, (d)...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of illegally armed groups in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the source of Taliban (a) funding and (b) weaponry.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the procedural requirements are for the transfer of a prisoner detained by UK forces in Afghanistan to the Afghan authorities.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps are being taken by the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan to achieve a secure operating environment for non-governmental...

      C130 Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the circumstances were of each incident of C130 aircraft being hit by hostile fire in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

      Cadet Corps (Rifles)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what discussions he has had with cadet organisations concerning rifle (a) stocks and (b) replacements; and if he will make a statement; (2) what...

      Civil Contingency Reaction Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel from each of the 14 Territorial Army infantry regiments are signed up for Civil Contingency Reaction Force duties.

      Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria he uses to decide whether potential contractors are a bad financial risk.

      Deployments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British troops are deployed in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.

      Far East Prisoners of War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many claims for the Far East Prisoner of War ex gratia payment have been paid to claimants who were interned in Red Cross and Church Homes.

      First World War (Pardons)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2006, reference 60973, how many (a) letters, (b) emails and (c) petitions he has received in each year since 1992...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there was British (a) military and (b) civilian involvement in the initial incident involving two vehicles in Basra on 6 March 2006; and whether...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK reservists, and from which regiments, will be serving in Iraq in May in 2006.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what strategy is in place in Iraq to achieve the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration on non-state militia (a) nationally and (b) in...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of security contractors employed by private military companies in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost was of (a) deploying and (b) recovering troops and equipment to and from (i) Iraq and (ii) Kuwait between April 2003 and December...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the replacement costs of military equipment damaged and destroyed in Iraq since the start of the war (a) in total and (b)...

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what discussions have taken place between his Department and the United States Administration on the transfer of stealth technology in relation to...

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions have taken place with other European Union governments regarding the appointment of a single official to represent the European Union in...

      Missile Defence Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the (a) strategic, (b) cost and (c) legal implications of stationing US interceptor missiles in the UK; (2) what...

      Missile Defence Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with NATO allies on the basing of US interceptor missiles in European states.

      Nuclear Deterrent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what structures exist within Government to provide a framework for formulation of policy on the future of the UK's nuclear deterrent.

      RAF Aircrew

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what incentive schemes are used to retain aircrew in the RAF.

      Rafale Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer to the right hon. Member for Fylde (Mr. Jack), of 6 March 2006, Official Report, column 1192W, on Rafale aircraft, whether he has...

      Royal Ordnance Establishments (Chemical Licences)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether long-term contracts have been signed for the supply of (a) high explosives, (b) Boxer caps, (c) initiators and (d) other products made at (i)...

      Superannuation Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what total amount of employers' normal contributions accruing superannuation liability charge has been accounted for by his Department in each of the...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Diamond Jubilee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans are in place to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

    • Princess Diana Memorial Fountain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 15 February 2006, Official Report, column 2090W, on the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain, how much has been...

      Queen's Birthday

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what events are planned to celebrate the 80th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.

      Union Flag

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to enable the Union flag to be flown on public buildings owned by local authorities on any day of the year.

  • Leader of the House

    • Royal Assent

      To ask the Leader of the House to how many Acts of Parliament the Queen has given Royal Assent in each of the last eight years.

    • Television Sets

      To ask the Leader of the House how many television sets are in operation in his Office (a) in total, (b) in Ministers' private offices and (c) in each building used by his Office; and how many...

  • Prime Minister

    • Alistair Campbell/Peter Mandelson

      To ask the Prime Minister when he last invited (a) Mr. Alistair Campbell and (b) Mr. Peter Mandelson to visit 10 Downing Street in connection with his duties.

    • Security Material (Access)

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will extend the remit of the Intelligence and Security Committee to provide for access to the Defence Intelligence staff and material produced by it on the same...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the latest Quarterly Bulletin of Statistics, if he will break down by nationality the 16,870 applicants granted indefinite leave...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers have received Section 4 hard cases support for a period of over (a) one month, (b) three months, (c) six...

      Child Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of children smuggled into the UK in each of the last five years from (a) EU countries and (b) the...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood dated 11 January 2006 (acknowledgement ref. M1059/6) on...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Immigration and Nationality Directorate will reply to the letter of 17 January from the right hon. Member for Warley on behalf of...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners released on licence in each of the past five years were subsequently recalled to prison (a) before their Licence Expiry...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners refused parole and released on their non parole release date in each of the past five years were subsequently (a) recalled...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners released on licence subsequently breached (a) one and (b) more than one condition of their licence but were not recalled...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners released on licence were subsequently recalled to prison (a) before their non-parole release date (NPD) and (b) after...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners released on parole were subsequently recalled to prison after their licence expiry date but before their sentence expiry...

      Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners have been recalled to prison in each of the last five years before their sentence expiry date due to (a) firearms...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of expenditure on physical education in prisons was spent on (a) inmates and (b) staff in the last period for which figures...

      Reconviction Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the rates of reconviction were after (a) home detention curfew and (b) imprisonment in the latest period for which figures are...

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sex offenders recalled to prison prior to their sentence expiry date were (a) under and (b) not under additional supervision in each...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the co-operation between Islamic terrorist groupings and other terrorist organisations around the world.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the modalities are for hon. Members to submit evidence to Lord Carlisle for his review of the definition of terrorism; and if he will...

      Voice Verification

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the use of voice verification for the tracking of offenders.

      Women's Refuges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of refuge places available for women in South Wales in (a) each year from 1995 to 2005 and (b) the...

  • Cabinet Office

  • Education and Skills

    • Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what categories of information were included in the file on Paul Reeve read by the Minister in reaching his decision on the list 99...

    • Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether anyone listed on (a) the Register of Sex Offenders and (b) List 99 is employed by the Government or any Government agency in working...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what advice she has given to employers in regulated child care settings on criminal records bureau checks for their employees.

      Criminal Records Bureau Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether schools are to be required by her Department to undertake Criminal Records Bureau checks on all newly appointed (a) school governors...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Islington South and Finsbury constituency, the effects...

      Learn Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much Learn Direct has spent on sponsoring the Jeremy Kyle show.

      List 99

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to paragraph 27 of her document, Review of the List 99 decision making process and policy implications, published on 19 January, if...

      Overseas Trained Teacher Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the adequacy of background checks carried out on teachers placed under the Overseas Trained Teacher...

      Protection of Children Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what interaction takes place between (a) the Protection of Children Act List, (b) List 99 and (c) the Register of Sex Offenders.

  • Health

    • Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) fully equipped ambulances and (b) ambulance personnel there were in Lancashire in each year since 2004.

    • Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many responses were received to the consultation on the proposal to merge ambulance services in the West Midlands; how many of these responses were...

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when it was decided to advertise for the post of directors of the proposed new West Midlands Ambulance Trust; and why the post was advertised before the...

      Arthritis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps the Government are taking to increase arthritis awareness in the workplace; and if she will make a statement; (2) what representations...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made with the national bowel screening programme in primary care trusts in the county of Durham; and if she will make a statement.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the global trends in the incidence of cancer since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the predicted incidence of cancer in 2020 relative to current levels (a) in the UK and (b) internationally; and if she...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) why the NHS colorectal screening programme will not now start on 1 April; when she expects the programme to start; and if she will make a statement;...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will reply to the letter dated 1 February from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Ms C. Formby.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of visiting dental services that will be affected by the new dental contract in (a) England and (b) London.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists were available to NHS patients in North Yorkshire on 1 April 2005; and how many she expects to be available on the date on which the new...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were employed by (a) the Meat Hygiene Service, (b) the NHS Estates Agency, (c) the NHS Pensions Agency, (d) the National Heath Service...

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will consider the merits of labelling meat and dairy produce to promote the consumption of omega 3 fats which would distinguish between ruminant...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general medical practitioner whole-time equivalents there are in England; what methodology she used in calculating this number; and what the...

      King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken to ensure that the skills of the full-time equivalent staff at King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst can be redeployed in the...

      King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she has taken to ensure that standards of care are maintained for those NHS patients (a) being treated and (b) due to be treated at King Edward...

      King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that the local NHS has capacity to deal with the effects of the closure of King Edward VII hospital, Midhurst.

      King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the possible closure of King Edward VII hospital, Midhurst on waiting times for patients on the...

      King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions took place between representatives of local primary care trusts and officials from her Department on the future of King Edward VII...

      King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions were held between officials from her Department and Capio Healthcare UK on the future of King Edward VII hospital, Midhurst in the last...

      King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the funding deficits in the NHS in (a) the Surrey and Sussex and (b) Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Strategic Health Authorities resulted in a...

      Medicine Use Review (Hertfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to educate Hertfordshire GPs about the terms of the medicine use review; and if she will make a statement.

      Meningitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training requirements there are for doctors in respect of the treatment of meningitis.

      Myasthenia Gravis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will make a statement on Government support for those who are diagnosed with myasthenia gravis and their families; (2) what plans she has to...

      NHS Logistics Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what risk assessment she has undertaken of the outsourcing of the NHS Logistics Authority to DHL/Novation.

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many temporary NHS (a) staff, (b) doctors and (c) nurses, broken down by specialism, there were in each (i) strategic health authority, (ii)...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 1 December 2005, Official Report, column 726W, on obesity, if she will place in the Library a copy of her Department's...

      Opportunities for Volunteering Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many organisations receive grants through the opportunities for volunteering scheme; how many (a) clients and (b) volunteers they include; and when...

      Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of members of the principal civil service pension scheme in her Department joined the scheme before the age of (a) 20, (b) 25, (c) 30, (d)...

      Selenium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to promote the consumption of foods rich in the mineral selenium; and if she will commission research into raising the selenium...

      Strokes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when she expects to produce a stroke strategy; (2) whether the stroke strategy will include proposals to ensure that stroke patients are given a...

      Vaccines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the three largest suppliers in financial terms to the national health service of (a) influenza, (b) polio, (c) BCG and (d) hepatitis B...

      vCJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health to this date, how many people in England have contracted vCJD; and if she will make a statement.

      Working with Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether being placed on the sex offenders' register is a criterion for being placed on her Department's list of individuals who are considered unsuitable...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what financial assistance for alternative livelihoods to opium production was given to (a) Badakhshan and (b) Nangahar province...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether local community leaders in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, have made representations to the British embassy in...

      Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he and (b) members of his Department have had with (i) members and representatives of (A) the Government of...

      Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the Government are providing to help build democratic civil society in Belarus; and if he will make a statement.

      Capgemini

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2006, Official Report, columns 423–4W, when he expects to be able to disclose full...

      Hamas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on (a) dialogue with and (b) funding of the incoming Hamas-led government in the Palestinian...

      Madagascar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether ministerial visits to Madagascar are planned in the next 12 months.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on (a) the security situation, (b) promotion of democracy, (c) press freedom and (d)...

      Prism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2006, Official Report, column 575W, on PRISM IT systems, whether all the posts referred to in...

      Prism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2006, Official Report, column 574W, on PRISM, what share of the responsibility he considers...

      Rendition Allegations (Inquiries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his written statement of 20 January 2006, Official Report, column 38WS, on rendition allegations (inquiries), if he...

      Rendition Allegations (Inquiries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his written statement of 20 January 2006, Official Report, column 38WS, on rendition allegations (inquiries), if he...

      Reparations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much is owed to the UK in reparations following the second world war, broken down by debtor country.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the timetable is for the peace agreement in Sudan to be signed.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on the peace agreement in Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the UN on security in Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of levels of violence in southern Sudan.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Average Earnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the average gross weekly earning were in each council area in Northern Ireland in the latest period for which figures are available;...

    • Cancer Care (Belfast)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what nursing care is provided on weekdays between 6pm and 9am for cancer patients using the Belfast City Hospital Patient Hotel in Belfast.

      Capita Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

      Car Park (Coleraine)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the multi-storey car park at Abbey Street in Coleraine to be (a) completed and (b) open.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reasons his Department took more than seven months to reply to the hon. Member for North Down's letter dated 1 August 2005 (TOF/353/2005).

      Equality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the salary is of the Political Affairs Officer of the Equality Commission in Northern Ireland; on how many occasions since October 2004...

      Residents' Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Department of Regional Development's Roads Service has assessed the merits of establishing residents' parking schemes in residential...

      Rural Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the rural planning announcement made on 16 March 2006 was first discussed internally within the Department for Regional Development.

      Sexual Offences (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were convicted of offences involving sexual attacks on children in Northern Ireland in 2005.

      Sexual Offences (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people living in Northern Ireland in January (a) 2001 and (b) 2006 were on the sex offenders register.

      Victims' March (Dublin)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Republic of Ireland authorities have sought assistance from the police in Northern Ireland regarding the whereabouts of persons...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Agency Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff were employed by non-departmental public bodies and agencies for which he has responsibility in 2004–05 in (a) total and...

    • Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average waiting time was for an upgrade from the lower rate of attendance allowance to the higher rate in the latest period for which...

      Benefit Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many fraudulent benefit claims were (a) detected and (b) prosecuted in each year since 1997.

      Call Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 14 November 2005, Official Report, column 1006W, on call centres, if he will break down the figures by each...

      Call Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) average speed of response to calls and (b) proportion of failed calls was for each public call centre operated by or on behalf of...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his oral evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee on 15 February 2006, if he will list the identified IT defects in the Child...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received on the impact on child poverty of the failure to collect maintenance payments through the Child Support...

      Customer Performance Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which of his Department's customer performance targets are being missed on the basis of the latest available information; and if he will make a...

      Departmental Costs/Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) salary bill was and (b) administrative costs were for his Department in (i) each (A) nation and (B) region of the UK and (ii)...

      Departmental Costs/Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on involuntary and voluntary staff exit schemes in (a) the Department and (b) each agency of the Department in each year...

      Energy Efficiency

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

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the administrative costs of the Financial Assistance Scheme have been in each year since its creation, including the costs of consultants...

      Home Computing Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to the Department was of offering its staff participation in the Home Computing Initiative.

      Invalidity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of invalidity benefit had their benefit reduced in each of the last five years; for what reasons in each case; and if he...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will work with the voluntary sector to develop a common definition of learning disability to be used (a) by Jobcentre Plus and (b) for...

      Ministerial Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) public speeches and (b) official visits (i) he and (ii) his predecessor made on departmental business since 5 May 2005; and how...

      Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis are in receipt of disability living allowance (DLA); and how many such...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to make state pension accrual easier for those in part-time work.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the annual cost of extending the Pension Protection Fund compensation terms to all those who have lost their...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 3 November 2005, Official Report, column 1359W, to the hon. Member for Tamworth (Mr. Jenkins), on pensions, what...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what meetings the Secretary of State has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer since 30 November 2005 to discuss future policy in relation...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the annual cost of implementing the Ombudsman's recommendations set out in his report Trusting in the Pensions Promise.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what role the parliamentary ombudsman will play in negotiations on failed occupational pension schemes; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many events were organised by non-governmental organisations to complement events organised by his Department to mark Pensions Day on 18...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the basis was for his Department's calculation that the cost of making a pension or benefit payment into a Post Office card account is £1.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average cost is of a transaction through a Post Office card account; and if he will make a statement.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions why the contract for the Post Office card account between the Department and Post Office Ltd. prohibits the Post Office from (a) publicising...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice is provided to those interested in switching from the Post Office account card to direct payment into a bank account; and whether...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the (a) public documents, (b) web pages and (c) standard letters sent to hon. Members and constituents in which he has referred...

      Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of members of the principal civil service pension scheme in his Department joined the scheme before the age of (a) 20, (b) 25,...

      Unemployment (Wirral)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many unemployed people over 50 years of age have been assisted back to work in (a) Wirral West and (b) Wirral borough since 1997.

      Workers from EU Accession Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many workers from EU accession countries who have signed up with the Worker Registration Scheme are claiming in-work benefits; and if...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Affordable Housing (Birmingham)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the terms of reference are of his inquiry into affordable housing in Birmingham; and whether (a) officers and (b) members of Birmingham city council will be...

    • Civil Contingencies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to ensure that local authorities fulfil their duties under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004; and what guidance he has issued on such duties.

      Civil Contingencies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the cost of the additional duties placed on local authorities by the Civil Contingencies Act 2004; and what proportion of these costs...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many senior civil servants are employed in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the meetings that civil servants from his Department have had with local authority (a) staff and (b) representatives in the last 12 months; and...

      Councillors' Interests

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what definition he uses of a (a) prejudicial interest and (b) personal interest of an elected councillor.

      Empty Dwelling Management Orders

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the merits of including commercial properties within the scope of Empty Dwelling Management Orders; and if he will make a statement.

      Environmental Sustainability

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what environmentally sustainable features he requires to be installed in new public buildings.

      Greater Manchester

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans to introduce an (a) elected and (b) appointed structure of county-wide governance for Greater Manchester; and if he will make a statement.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the timetable is for laying the Home Information Pack Regulations 2006 before Parliament.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many new social homes have been (a) granted planning permission, (b) started and (c) completed in each year since 1997.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) council owned, (b) privately owned, (c) housing association owned and (d) arm's length management organisation managed properties in each London...

      Housing

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

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the relevant water companies on their capacity to supply all the projected new homes in London and the South East.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) reserves and (b) pre-tax financial position was of each housing association in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homes have been built for key workers under each of the (a) Intermediate Rent, (b) Homebuy New Build and (c) Mixed Funded for Sale programmes; how many...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much of the capital receipts from right-to-buy sales in debt-free local authorities will be centrally pooled in (a) 2005–06, (b) 2006–07 and (c)...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total debt on council housing was in (a) 1980, (b) 2000 and (c) 2005; and how much has been (i) paid and (ii) written off.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how the proceeds from the sale of council houses are allocated.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many units of shared equity housing have been made available in Merton in each year since 1980.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of total right to buy revenues was taken from councils in 2004–05; and how much in usable receipts was kept by them.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to introduce an investment allowance for council housing as proposed by his Department in 2002.

      Lancashire County Council (Planning Appeals)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful appeals have been made against planning decisions made by Lancashire county council in each year since 1997.

      Local Government Inspection

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what changes the Government is making to local government inspection.

      Local Government Restructuring

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 16 February 2006, Official Report, column 2240W, on local government restructuring, if he will list the councils with which members of...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the meetings that the Minister for communities and local government has had with local authority officials and representatives concerning local...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) unsuccessful and (b) successful planning appeals have been made against (i) Stockport metropolitan borough council and (ii) Tameside metropolitan...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what account is taken of existing residents' right to privacy in assessing planning applications for new developments.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will change the terms of C2 planning consent so that drug rehabilitation centres and secure mental institutions are not included in the same class of...

      Section 215 Notices

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many notices under section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 have been (a) approved and (b) served in each year since that section came into...

      Small Firms

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what definition the Department uses of a small firm.

      Sustainable Building

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of his Department's building programme budget was allocated to (a) energy self-generation and (b) water recycling measures in the 2004–05...

      Thames Basin Heaths

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) when his Department first made an assessment of the implications of the implementation of the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area for Government...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How United Kingdom Armed Forces deployed to Afghanistan as components of the international security assistance force will distinguish between insurgents, whom they...

    • Africa: Afriplanet Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What support they are providing for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation's Afriplanet programme; and whether they will be represented at the...

      Africa: Investment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to promote investment in infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa.

      Audit Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the last efficiency and effectiveness review of the Audit Commission was undertaken; and what was the outcome of the review.

      Audit Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the Audit Commission's procedures for handling complaints; how many complaints have been referred to the Audit Commission over the past...

      Aviation: Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements are in place to publicise the work of the inter-departmental Aviation Health Working Group and the Civil Aviation Authority's Aviation Health...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total amount of costs paid to the Union of Democratic Mineworkers and Vendside Ltd, in respect of (a) the British Coal respiratory disease litigation;...

      British Coal Compensation: Solicitors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take steps to raise the awareness of retired miners, their widows and families who pursued claims under the British Coal respiratory disease...

      British Coal Compensation: Solicitors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will instigate an independent judicial inquiry into the conduct of claimant solicitors, claims farmers and trades unions in connection with additional...

      British Coal Compensation: Solicitors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which 15 solicitors have handled most claims with regard to the British Coal respiratory disease litigation; and what is the total amount of costs paid to each...

      British Coal Compensation: Solicitors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which 15 solicitors have handled most claims with regard to the British Coal vibration white finger litigation; and what is the total amount of costs paid to each...

      British Coal Compensation: Solicitors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which 15 solicitors have handled most claims with regard to the British Coal industrial deafness claims; and what is the total amount of costs paid to each firm...

      British Coal Compensation: Solicitors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total amount of costs paid to Nabarro Nathanson, the solicitors representing the Department of Trade and Industry, in respect of (a) the British Coal...

      Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of how climate change may affect the availability of fuel supplies in the United Kingdom.

      Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Mr Jim Knight, on 13 March (HC Deb,...

      Consultants: Department for Transport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much was spent each year on external management consultants by the Department for Transport and its agencies from 2000 to 2005.

      Department for International Development: Publications

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the printing of copies of the Department for International Development's The Rough Guide to a Better World cost; and what royalties were paid to the...

      Energy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made any decision to cede greater control over energy policy to the European Union.

      Equal Opportunities Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the difference in real terms, and taking account of the effects of inflation, between the amount of funding allocated to the Equal Opportunities Commission...

      Equal Pay

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will reform the Equal Pay Act 1970 to eliminate sex discrimination between women and men.

      Equality Act 2006

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much they propose to allocate to the Equal Opportunities Commission to fund its duty under the Equality Act 2006 to promote gender equality across the public...

      Equality Commissions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What amounts of funding were allocated to (a) the Equal Opportunities Commission; (b) the Commission for Racial Equality; and (c) the Disability Rights Commission...

      Estate Agents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to regulate and control estate agencies and those who act as estate agents.

      EU: Anti-dumping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many anti-dumping investigations have been instituted by the European Union since the appointment of the present Commissioner for Trade.

      EU: Water Framework Directive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many hydrologists will be required in the administration of the European Union Water Framework Directive; and Whether they have made an assessment of the...

      Financial Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the impact on consumers of banking and financial services of the proposal by the European Union to make such services...

      Fish

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the percentage of wild-caught fish imported into the United Kingdom as pets which die before they are sold.

      Footwear

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the implications for the consumer and for trade and employment in the United Kingdom of the 20 per cent duty imposed by the European Union on footwear...

      Footwear

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of footwear sold in the United Kingdom is manufactured in Britain.

      Footwear

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people are employed in the footwear industry.

      Footwear

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many member states of the European Union voted to impose a 20 per cent tariff on footwear from China and Vietnam; how many voted against the tariff; how many...

      Gulf War Syndrome

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What legal advice they have taken on the actions of the Ministry of Defence since the Pension Appeal Tribunal's decision in the case of Gulf War veteran Mark...

      Hepatitis C: Contaminated Blood Products

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are content with the administration of the Skipton Fund for ex gratia payments for hepatitis C infection by contaminated National Health Service blood...

      Iraq: Military Casualties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Drayson on 13 March (WA 190), whether any internal guidance or any other form of briefing on the media handling of the...

      Iraq: Policing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the replies by the Lord Drayson on 8 December 2005 (HL Deb, col. 746), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the selected...

      Museums and Galleries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to put forward a new Museums and Galleries Acquisition Fund to match the support announced for the National Sports Foundation by the Chancellor...

      Railways: Overcrowding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether measures are in place to increase capacity so as to reduce passenger overcrowding on trains.

      Railways: Tickets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what legislation HM Revenue and Customs is permitted to require train passengers to display their train tickets and provide evidence of date and place of...

      Revenue and Customs: Legal Advice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McKenzie of Luton on 13 March (WA 203), what assessment they have made for the latest year for which information is...

      Schools: Independent Sector Fees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the cost of the Office of Fair Trading inquiry into fee fixing at independent schools.

      Schools: Sex Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will introduce measures to protect schools and their staff giving sex education to their pupils against the campaign by the UK Life League.

      Schools: Special and Mainstream Provision

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment of the relative benefits of special and mainstream schools is made before pupils are allocated to one or the other.

      Sea and Water

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much funding has been paid annually to Sea and Water since its formation; and how much is forecast to be paid to this organisation in future years.

      Small Businesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What lessons were learnt from the small to medium-sized enterprises procurement pilot projects led by the Office of Government Commerce in the West Midlands and...

      Sport: Anti-doping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 8 March (WA 144), how the funding for UK Sport's national anti-doping programme for 2004–05 was...

      Sport: Anti-doping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 8 March (WA 144), whether they will change their policy on confidentiality of results for athletes...

      Sport: Anti-doping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 8 March (WA 144), whether testing arrangements for anti-doping are in place to cover athletes in...

      Taxation: Corporation Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McKenzie of Luton on 15 March (WA 243–4), for the latest year for which figures are available, what would be the...

      Taxation: Corporation Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated loss of revenue to HM Exchequer if corporation tax rates were reduced in Northern Ireland from 30 per cent to 12.5 per cent.

      Taxation: Income Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McKenzie of Luton on 15 March (WA 229–30), for the latest year for which figures are available, what assessment...

      Taxation: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people in Northern Ireland are currently paying the higher tax rate; and how many were doing so in 1997.

      Taxation: VAT

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make an application to the European Commission by 31 March, in accordance with the agreement reached by the European Union Council of Ministers...

      World War I: Battle of Jutland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to commemorate the ninetieth anniversary of the Battle of Jutland (31 May to 1 June 1916).

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