Written answers

Wednesday, 19 April 2006

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effect of council tax increases on pensioners.

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the change has been in the average Band D council tax since 1997–98.

      Community Schools

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his plans for community councils.

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will introduce a national quality control system under Part L of the building regulations; (2) what steps he is taking to ensure compliance with Part...

      Building Targets

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the building targets set for each local authority under the (a) Regional Planning Guidance and (b) Spatial Strategy for each...

      Coastal Erosion (Essex)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent assessment he has made of coastal erosion around (a) the Southend West constituency and (b) Essex; and if he will make a statement.

      Contracts (Voluntary Sector)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many contracts are let by his Department to voluntary sector organisations; how many of those are let on an annual basis; and how many of those had received...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what help will be given to estate agents to implement home information packs.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what trials have been carried out in the last three years to see how home information packs will be implemented.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what meetings his Department has had with (a) estate agents, (b) mortgage lenders, (c) the Law Society and (d) other stakeholders concerning home information packs.

      Local Authority Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much rental income was received by each local authority from their council house stock in each year since 1997; how much of this rental income each year was...

      Local Government Pensions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the earliest retirement age possible under the Local Government Pension Scheme is for a worker in good health; and what the average retirement age of a...

      Mortgage Repossessions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many mortgage repossessions there were in each year between 2003 and 2006.

      National Affordable Housing Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what funding will be allocated in housing units built or procured in each Government office region through the National Affordable Housing Scheme in...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of change of use planning applications made in each of the last five years (a) in total and (b) for premises that were...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2006, Official Report, column 1956W, on planning (schools), how many planning appeals the Planning Inspectorate considered in...

      Response Times (Fire Engines)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the average response time is for fire engines to get to an emergency call-out in (a) England and (b) Taunton constituency.

      Wellingborough (Development)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will visit Wellingborough to discuss local housing development and infrastructure.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Capita Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much business her Department has placed with (a) Capita Group plc and (b) its subsidiaries in each of the last five...

    • Capita Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value of contracts held by her Department with (a) Capita plc and (b) its subsidiaries was in the last three...

      Capita Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tenders (a) Capita plc and (b) its subsidiaries have submitted to her Department in each of the last three years;...

      Capita Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many contracts her Department holds with (a) Capita plc and (b) its subsidiaries which still have a potential duration of...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what factors led her to conclude that the announcement on 28 March 2006 on the UK Climate Change Programme 2006 was best made...

      Farming Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was of (a) production and (b) distribution of the latest edition of her Department's Farming Link publication;...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the Government will take steps to provide insurance to householders and businesses which are repeatedly flooded where...

      Government Offices (Energy Consumption)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice her Department has issued to other Government Departments on the reduction of energy consumption in offices; and...

      Government Offices (Energy Consumption)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has adopted an ambient room temperature for its offices.

      Oilseed Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many acres were given over to the growing of oilseed rape in England in the last five years.

      Pesticides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to carry out further research into the possible link between cancer and pesticides use.

      World Cup (Complimentary Tickets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complimentary tickets her Department has received for games taking place at the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany.

  • Education and Skills

    • Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many foreign students have travelled to England for university education in each of the last 10 years.

    • Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people in Coventry, South went on to higher education in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005; and what proportion went to university.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of people in Beverley and Holderness went on to higher education in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005; what proportion went to...

      Ministerial Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) public speeches and (b) official visits she has made since 5 May 2005; and how many letters she sent in this period.

      Overseas Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many English students have travelled outside the UK for university education in each of the last 10 years.

      Rawtenstall Campus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will investigate the sale of the Rawtenstall campus site by Accrington and Rossendale college; and whether she is satisfied the...

      Student Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many recorded incidents of antisocial behaviour took place in universities in (a) Havering, (b) Greater London and (c) England in each...

      Sure Start/Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what services are provided by children's centres; and if she will make a statement.

      Sure Start/Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total expenditure on (a) Sure Start and (b) Children's Centres was in each year since 2001–02; what expenditure is planned in...

      Sure Start/Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what monitoring of the effectiveness of Sure Start is being undertaken; and if she will make a statement.

      Training Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in the (a) primary and (b) secondary sector will lose their designation as training schools in 2007.

      University Lecturers (Industrial Action)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the effect of university lecturers' industrial action on (a) university graduations and (b) university...

      University Lecturers (Industrial Action)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what representations the Department has received from (a) individual students and (b) student bodies relating to the industrial action taken...

  • International Development

    • Coercive Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the Answer of 27 March 2006, Official Report, column 622W, on coercive abortion, when he next proposes to raise the issue...

    • Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has made to the Ethiopian Government on the need to release prisoners currently held without charge.

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial aid has been given to Ethiopia in each of the last three years; and what funding is proposed for 2006–07.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the progress of the UK's support for the Peace and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka strategy.

      World Food Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the World Food Programme on aid for those in (a) eastern Chad and (b) Sudan.

  • Wales

    • Craig Goch Reservoir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has (a) made to and (b) received from the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the proposed expansion of...

    • Departmental Televisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 Department; and...

      Energy Efficiency

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

      Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what his Department's employer contribution rates to the Principal Civil Service pension scheme are; what assumed rate of return underlies those...

      World Cup (Complimentary Tickets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many complimentary tickets his Department has received for games taking place at the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany.

  • Defence

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what his estimate is of the number of (a) Shia, (b) Kurdish and (c) Sunni non-state militia in Iraq; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

    • Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the number of British service personnel requiring medical treatment following active service in Iraq who have been...

      Military Intelligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which units in the (a) Royal Navy, (b) Royal Air Force, (c) Army and (d) Department are involved primarily in activities related to military...

      Submarines (Astute Class)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of converting Astute class submarines to accommodate Trident II D5 (A) missiles.

  • Trade and Industry

    • 2G Switch Off

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with Ofcom on 2G switch off in the telecommunications market.

    • Business Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what penalties there are for contractors breaking the statutory requirements of the Business Links service.

      Gas Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to his statement during the debate on 14 March 2006, Official Report, column 1303, on gas supply and demand, what the source was of...

      Gas Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to his statements during the debate on 14 March 2006, Official Report, column 1303, on 16 February 2006, Official Report, column 1551...

      National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) annual running costs and (b) total costs to date have been incurred by the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship.

      Photovoltaic Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to support the UK based photovoltaic industry to compete in the international photovoltaics...

      Telephone Preference Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether change in legislation is being considered regarding the number of unsolicited nuisance telephone calls made to members of the public...

      Telephone Preference Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what process was used to grant the contract to manage the telephone preference service registers to the Direct Marketing Association (DMA);...

      Women Entrepreneurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of women entrepreneurs in the North East.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which services that the BBC proposes to offer will be subject to (a) a market impact assessment and (b) the public value test.

    • British Sub-Aqua Club

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will meet the elected officials of the British Sub-Aqua Club.

      Freeview

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps are being taken to increase the number of households able to receive Freeview television in (a) South Swindon and (b) England.

      Joint Nautical Archaeology Policy Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what dates she met the Joint Nautical Archaeology Policy Committee; who represented the committee; and whether they were (a) elected...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Capita Group

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

    • Capita Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the value of contracts held by his Department with (a) Capita plc and (b) its subsidiaries was in the last three financial...

      Ministerial Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy when placing material in the Library in response to a parliamentary question to supply a copy of...

      Political Memoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his evidence to the Public Administration Committee of 29 March 2006, HC 689-v, on publication of political memoirs,...

      Self-Determination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is his Department's policy that the principle of self-determination can be (a) limited and (b) constrained by treaty.

  • Home Department

    • Child Immigrants (Detention)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the longest length of time is that a child who is being detained for immigration purposes has been held.

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to answer the letter of 23 February from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, about Mrs. Eva Wilson.

      Home Detention Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were released on the Home Detention Curfew scheme in 2004–05 for (a) less than one month, (b) one to two months, (c)...

      Identity Cards Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date the Identity Cards Register will commence operation.

      Security Industry Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many licence applications had been processed by the Security Industry Authority by 1 March.

      World Cup (Complimentary Tickets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complimentary tickets his Department has received for games taking place at the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany.

  • Treasury

    • Bank Accounts

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

    • Bank Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the take-up of basic bank accounts.

      Birth Rate (UK/EU)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the birth rate per 1,000 women in (a) the UK and (b) other EU member states; and what forecast he has made for each of the...

      Birth Rate (UK/EU)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the European Union about falling birth rates; and if he will make a statement.

      Cancer Treatment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many cases of (a) upper gastro-intestinal, (b) urological, (c) head and neck, (d) breast, (e) lung, (f) prostate, (g) stomach, (h) colon and (i)...

      Census Records

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many applications were received by the Registrar General for a search of the closed decennial census records for (a) 1901 and (b) 1911 in each year from...

      Child Benefit (Administration)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the annual administration costs of child benefit.

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the annual administration costs of the Child Trust Fund since it was introduced.

      Clinical Outcomes (Cancer)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the clinical outcomes were for (a) upper gastro-intestinal, (b) urological, (c) head and neck, (d) breast, (e) lung, (f) prostate, (g) stomach,...

      Contracts (Voluntary Sector)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many contracts are let by his Department to voluntary sector organisations; how many of those are let on an annual basis; and how many of those had...

      Earnings (Southend, West)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average earnings of (a) full-time and (b) part-time employees in Southend, West constituency were in April in each year since 1997.

      Financial Advice (Mortgages)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to ensure that borrowers are told by (a) an estate agent and (b) a financial adviser how many lenders are on the panel from which a...

      Education Spending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the UK's gross domestic product has been spent on education in each year since 2004.

      Identity Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2006, Official Report, column 705W, on identity fraud, what steps are taken to ensure that staff in his Department are...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the number of people who would cease to pay tax if the starting rate were raised to (a) £1,000, (b) £2,000,...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the potential impact on Government income of a starting point for the basic rate of income tax band of (a) £2,200, (b)...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of (a) the extent to and (b) methods by which higher income earners (i) legally and (ii) illegally avoid paying the top rate of...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimates his Department has made of income to the Inland Revenue of an increase in the upper rate of income tax from 40p in the pound to (a) 45p, (b)...

      London and Continental Railways

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will list the meetings which have taken place between potential bidders for London and Continental Railways and officials and ministers at the...

      Ministerial Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy when placing material in the Library in response to a parliamentary question to supply a copy of the material to the hon....

      New Employees (Wirral, West)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the extra people in work since the 2005 budget are residents of Wirral, West.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total annual contributions would be to the (a) NHS, (b) teachers, (c) civil service, (d) armed forces, (e) police, (f) firefighters, (g) judiciary...

      Supervisory and Regulatory Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff were employed in institutions with statutory duties for the (a) supervision and (b) regulation of (i) banks, (ii) insurance companies, (iii)...

      Tax Credits (Overpayments)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) level of overpayments and (b) cost to the Exchequer was of (i) interest foregone on overpayments and (ii) written-off overpayments of child tax...

      World Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his proposal for a $20 billion target at the World Bank for investment into alternative sources of energy, energy efficiency...

      World Cup (Complimentary Tickets)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complimentary tickets his Department has received for games taking place at the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when she will reply to the letters dated (a) 27 October 2005, (b) 30 January 2006 and (c) 9 February 2006 from the hon. Member...

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many and what proportion of (a) staff and (b) new staff employed in (i) her Department and (ii) each of the agencies for...

      Electoral Registration (West Lancashire)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what percentage of young people in West Lancashire were not on the electoral register in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2005; and...

      FIFA World Cup

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many complimentary tickets her Department has received for games taking place at the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discussions she has had with the Legal Services Commission on recovering payments from legal aid solicitors.

      Statutory Measures (EU)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many and what percentage of statutory measures passed between (a) 1998 and 2004 and (b) 1 May 2004 and 1 May 2006 had their...

  • Transport

    • Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents involving buses were recorded in England in each year since 1997, broken down by region.

    • Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many bus services operated in Taunton constituency for each year since 1997.

      Car Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) financial and (b) other measures he is taking to promote car sharing; and if he will make a statement.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what input his Department had into the preparation of Cm 6764, "Climate Change: The UK Programme 2006" in respect of (a) aircraft passenger travel, (b)...

      Council Workers Strike

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has estimated the cost to the transport industry of the council workers strike of 28 March 2006 as a consequence of closures and reduced...

      EU Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans his Department has made to inform UK lorry drivers of their obligation to work on Co-ordinated Universal Time when the new EU digital...

      Fuel Duty Exemption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of extending the existing fuel duty exemption for buses to coaches.

      Government Car Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Lewes of 13 March 2006, Official Report, column 1886W, on the Government Car Service, what make and model...

      Heathrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what provision he has made for a public consultation on the revised assumptions to be used in the Stage Two air quality modelling assessments for Heathrow.

      Heathrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been allocated to his Department's project for the Sustainable Development of Heathrow, including associated staffing costs and the use of...

      High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has undertaken into the effectiveness of existing high occupancy vehicle lanes in (a) the UK and (b) other developed...

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many plants and shrubs have been planted by the Highways Agency in each year since 1997; and at what cost.

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans costing over £5 million there have been for improving rail infrastructure in the East Dorset area, including Bournemouth, over the last...

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans costing over £5 million there are for improving road infrastructure in East Dorset, including the Bournemouth area, over the next four...

      London and Continental Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the Ministers and officials involved in discussions on the possible takeover of London and Continental Railways between the date that...

      Penalty Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to increase penalty fares on public transport.

      Pensioner Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the arrangement for free bus travel for pensioners from 2008 will include arrangements for pensioners in border areas to travel into Scotland.

      Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on proposals for a new container port in the United Kingdom; and what estimate he has made of the likely cost.

      Priority Bus Lanes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many miles of priority bus lanes have been created in each year since 1997 (a) in total and (b) broken down by local authority area.

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what measures the Department takes to ensure that (a) bus companies and (b) train companies provide important public transport services on routes...

      Rail Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the (a) cost and (b) practicality of implementation of extending security screening arrangements to mainline railway...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to open new commuter services on railway lines that are solely used for freight.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many stations have been (a) opened and (b) closed on the rail network in each year since 1997; and what the reason was in each case.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the percentage of total capacity on the motorways that is used.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the cost to the (a) environment and (b) economy of (i) North East Hampshire Constituency and (ii) South East England of...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money the Government granted each local authority for the maintenance of local roads in each year since 1997.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been awarded in compensation to people who have suffered blight from road noise in each year since 1997.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his projections are for traffic growth on (a) motorways, (b) trunk roads and (c) detrunked roads for the next (i) five, (ii) 10, (iii) 20 and (iv)...

      Road Rage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether he has made an assessment of the impact of road rage on drivers; (2) what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to...

      Seat Belts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2006, Official Report, column 632W on seat belts, if he will list those cars sold in the United Kingdom which are...

      Seat Belts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) males and (b) females who do not regularly wear a seat belt; and if he will make a statement.

      SPECS Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many SPECS cameras are in place; and how many orders have been placed by (a) the Highways Agency and (b) Safety Camera Partnerships for additional...

      Station Closures (Newcastle to Carlisle)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many stations on the Newcastle to Carlisle railway are to be closed; for what reason a decision was taken to close Wetheral station; what economic...

      Strategic Road Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many tunnels (a) under and (b) over the strategic road network have been built for the use of (i) animals and (ii) pedestrians, cyclists and horse...

      Traffic Lights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the total energy consumption per hour of traffic lights in (a) London and (b) England.

      Train Operating Companies (Pension Fund Deficits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which train operating companies have pension fund deficits; what the deficit is in each case; and what recent discussions he has held on the matter...

      Train Timetable (West Country)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria the Department used in deciding to specify in the Greater Western Franchise that the first train from London to Totnes should not arrive...

      Train Timetable (West Country)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria the Department used in deciding to specify in the Greater Western Franchise that trains between London and the West Country must call at...

      Transport Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what scoring of projects has been undertaken by the Government Office of the South West in relation to (a) the building of the new Gloucester Parkway...

      Transport Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent on subsidies for (a) rail, (b) air and (c) bus travel in England in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Transport Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 13 March 2006, Official Report, column 1891W, on West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority, how much of that bus subsidy is...

      Transport Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much subsidy for public transport was allocated by (a) Hampshire county council, (b) Portsmouth city council and (c) Southampton city council in...

      Travel to School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his Answer of 10 March 2006, Official Report, column 1788W, on travel to school, what percentage of (a) primary and (b) secondary school...

      Travel to School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of (a) primary and (b) secondary school children in (i) Southend, (ii) Essex, (iii) the Metropolitan police area of London and (iv)...

      World Cup (Complimentary Tickets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complimentary tickets his Department has received for games taking place at the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany.

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which Minister in his Department has responsibility for issues relating to World Heritage sites.

  • Work and Pensions

    • 16 Hour Rule

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent representations he has received on the 16 hour rule; (2) whether he plans to reform the 16 hour rule.

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Easington constituency in receipt of benefits have access to a bank account.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients of retirement pension in Edinburgh West constituency use Post Office card accounts.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Edinburgh West constituency in receipt of benefits have access to a bank account.

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many parents with care who have (a) received and (b) applied for a Child Support Agency assessment are (i) not receiving maintenance and...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his target is of the proportion of resident parents who should be receiving maintenance after applying to the Child Support Agency.

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of maladministration the Parliamentary Ombudsman found in respect of the Child Support Agency in each year of the last five...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what proportion of cases assessed on the new system of child support maintenance which had previously been assessed under a default...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he will publish Sir David Henshaw's report on the redesign of the Child Support Agency before the summer 2006 recess; and if he will...

      National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions in the last 12 months his Department checked the immigration status of applicants for national insurance numbers; and how...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of pathways to work participants who would benefit from the condition management programme.

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of talking therapists that will need to be recruited for a national roll-out of Pathways to Work,...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) for what reason he did not seek to negotiate (a) the contract with the Post Office on the card account and (b) a replacement product; (2)...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact on those living in isolated villages in the Vale of York of the withdrawal of the Post Office card...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people used a Post Office card account to access (a) pension credit and (b) child benefit in each of the three years.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures his Department employed at the time of the launch of the Post Office card account to alert (a) customers and (b) sub-postmasters...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the real expenditure on the Social Fund was for each year from 1995–96; how much has been allocated for 2006–07 at...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Arts Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what groups have been funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in each of the Belfast parliamentary constituencies in each of the last...

    • Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what percentage of (a) male and (b) female defendants charged with summary only matters received police bail in the latest year for which...

      Child Sex Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his answer of 23 March 2006, Official Report, column 535W, on child sex abuse, how the Police Service of Northern Ireland will...

      Dissident Republican Paramilitaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2006, Official Report, column 2591W, on dissident republican paramilitaries, what additional information the...

      Electoral Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals have been (a) charged and (b) convicted of electoral fraud arising out of the (i) 2005 local government elections, broken...

      Parades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many of the parades held in Northern Ireland on 17 March took place after the Parades Commission had indicated that discussions between...

      Police Service (Disciplinary Actions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Police Service of Northern Ireland officers have been disciplined as a result of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland's report...

      Police Service (Disciplinary Actions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with senior Police Service of Northern Ireland officers on ensuring that attacks similar to the one on members of...

      Postal and Proxy Votes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the percentage change was in the number of (a) postal and (b) proxy votes issued for the 2005 (i) local government and (ii) Westminster...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) children and (b) adults were living in poverty in each (i) Westminster constituency and (ii) district council area in the Province...

      Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the current employer contribution rates to the Principal Civil Service pension scheme are; what assumed rate of return underlies those...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money has been allocated for the development of curriculum materials for (a) Irish medium schools and (b) integrated schools by the...

      Sentencing (Averages)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average sentence passed for those convicted of offences connected with (a) extortion, (b) intellectual property crimes, (c) money...

      Smart Passes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many senior citizen smart passes have been issued in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.

      St. Patrick's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the estimated total costs are of (a) travel, (b) accommodation and (c) other associated activity of those public representatives and...

      Television Stand-by Switches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what research has been undertaken on provision in televisions of automatic time controlled stand-by switches which revert to off.

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which Minister in his Department has responsibility for issues relating to World Heritage sites.

  • Health

    • "Every Child Matters"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance she has issued to primary care trusts about their responsibilities and priorities in implementing the Government's Every Child Matters...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women seeking an abortion in England gave (a) Northern Ireland and (b) Republic of Ireland addresses in each year since 1980.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions have been performed in (a) Great Britain and (b) Essex under the Abortion Act 1967 as amended by section 37 of the Human Fertilisation...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is her policy to promote (a) abortion and (b) the morning-after pill as a way to reduce the rate of teenage pregnancies; and if she will make a...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made of the impact of the morning-after pill on the overall abortion rate in England; and if she will make a statement.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which organisations in the field of reproductive health are funded by her Department; how much her Department plans to give to each organisation in the...

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the operation of statutory instruments (a) 1976/15 and (b) 1980/1724.

      Administration Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what average percentage of budget acute trusts spent on administration in 2004–05.

      Animal Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken to ensure the availability of animal insulin in light of the announcement by Novo Nordisk that they intend to discontinue supply.

      Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) the three-month vacancy rate and (b) the three-month vacancy number was for audiologists (i) in England and (ii) in each hospital trust in March...

      Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many qualified audiologists were employed (a) in England and (b) in each hospital trust in September 2005; and if she will make a statement.

      Cancer Treatment (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the EU Clinical Trials Directive, and implementing UK legislation, on the development of...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to introduce regulations obliging (a) general practitioners and (b) other health workers commissioned by a primary care trust who also...

      Chronic Hepatitis B

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been made available for research into the hepatitis B virus.

      Clinical Standards for Food, Fluid and Nutritional Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will publish NHS draft clinical standards for food, fluid and nutritional care for public consultation.

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) males and (b) females took part in clinical trials in each year since 1996, broken down by health authority.

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what legislation governs clinical trials in hospitals in England and Wales; and if she will make a statement.

      Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the hospitals in England in which clinical trials take place; and if she will make a statement.

      Colonoscopy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's target waiting time is for an urgent colonoscopy.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) adults and (b) children were registered with an NHS dentist in West Chelmsford constituency in 1997.

      Departmental Policies

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

      Electricity Pylons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the possible health risks to (a) children, (b) the elderly and (c) those who have suffered cancer of residing...

      Health Care (Patient Control)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department has commissioned on the relationship between the amount of control the individual patient has over his or her healthcare and...

      Health Services (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the proposed reductions in health services in Gloucestershire.

      Hospitals (Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to help hospitals failing to meet the Government's targets for (a) cancer, (b) MRSA infections and (c) waiting times.

      Malignant Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the contribution of (a) environmental factors and (b) longevity to the incidence of malignant disease; and if she will...

      Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) budget of the Medical Research Council and (b) the NHS research and development budget has been in each year since 1997–98 in (i) real...

      Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what average time it has taken for an application for (a) a new and (b) a variation of a medicine to be approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products...

      Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the methods used by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to approve new medicines.

      NHS Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level of pre-existing debt is within the NHS; what her Department's plans are for reducing it; and if she will make a statement.

      NHS Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS has spent per head of the population in (a) Lancashire and (b) Ribble Valley in each year since 1997.

      NHS Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expected (a) turnover, (b) fixed capital costs as a proportion of turnover, (c) fixed costs and (d) financial out-turn is for each NHS hospital...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the national health service of weight loss surgery was in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

      Public Interest Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) at what point and by whom it is determined in relation to any NHS body that a public interest report needs to be (a) compiled, (b) issued and (c)...

      St. Richard's Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the reasons for the deficit at St. Richard's hospital, Chichester; and if she will make a statement.

      Turnaround Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the estimated cost is in the financial year ended 31 March (a) 2006 and (b) 2007 of the employment of turnaround teams and external accountancy...

  • House of Lords

    • Africa

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the recommendations made in The Other Side of the Coin: The United Kingdom and Corruption in Africa, the report of the Africa All-Party...

    • Armed Forces: Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why increases in Armed Forces pensions are made by regulations laid under the Pensions (Increase) Act 1971 and increases in disablement and death service pensions...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Drayson on 9 March (WA 151–52), why young recruits have their period of reckonable service taken from their 18th...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Drayson on 9 March (WA 152), what guidance on conscientious objection is given to young people joining the Armed Forces.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Drayson on 9 March (WA 152), who is considered in loco parentis for minors leaving care homes in the selection process...

      Bethlehem: Rachel's Tomb

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have held with international bodies such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation concerning the activities...

      Blasphemy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will initiate a public consultation on the reform of blasphemy law, having regard to the recommendations of the Law Commission for England and Wales...

      Child Protection: Bichard Inquiry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the technical evaluation of the cross-regional information project, outlined in the Home Office progress report of November 2005 on meeting the Bichard...

      Consultants: DCMS

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

      Consultants: Defra

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

      Consultants: Department for Constitutional Affairs

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

      Consultants: Department for International Development

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

      Consultants: Ministry of Defence

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

      Courts: Vulnerable Defendants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to bring forward legislation with provisions relating to vulnerable defendants.

      Deepcut Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Drayson on 9 January (WA 3), whether, following the report of the Deepcut review, they will review the policy of...

      Deepcut Review

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether and, if so, when they will establish a commissioner of military complaints (the Armed Forces ombudsman), as recommended by the Deepcut review.

      Digital Television

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether digital television will be available in London and the south-east region prior to the official opening of the Olympic Games in 2012.

      Driving Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why national driving licences will be retained until 2032 when new European Union-wide licences will be available in six years' time.

      Extraordinary Rendition Flights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will alert police and Customs officers if they have reasonable suspicion of the likelihood or possibility that aircraft owned or chartered by the...

      Firearms: Airguns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the average cost to those small businesses selling airguns which will have to apply to become registered firearms dealers...

      Firearms: Airguns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What research has been carried out on the effect of the recent changes in airgun legislation in the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003; and what evidence there is to...

      Firearms: Airguns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What studies and research have been conducted by the Home Office into the best means of tackling the misuse of airguns; and Whether they have made an assessment of...

      Firearms: Airguns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many offences involving airguns they anticipate will be prevented by the proposal within the Violent Crime Reduction Bill to restrict the sale of airguns to...

      Firearms: Airguns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What evidence is available to show that raising the age limit for ownership of an airgun from 17 to 18 will have any effect on firearms misuse.

      Firearms: Blank-firing Pistols

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether exceptions will be made under the Violent Crime Reduction Bill to ensure that blank-firing pistols, used in the training of gundogs, can continue to be used.

      Firearms: Consultation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have brought forward further firearms legislation under the Violent Crime Reduction Bill before publishing the response to the Home Office 2004...

      Firearms: Training Shotguns

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether exceptions will be made under the provisions in the Violent Crime Reduction Bill to ensure that training shotguns with snap caps can continue to be used in...

      Fluoridation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What professional guidance they have issued regarding the safety for human consumption of (a) hexafluorosilicic acid; and (b) disodium fluoro-silicate.

      Fluoridation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many letters the Department of Health has received from members of the public in each year since 2000 requesting that a scheme for the artificial fluoridation...

      Fluoridation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which strategic health authorities have discussed the policy of artificial fluoridation of water supplies at board meetings to which the public have been invited...

      Fluoridation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which research studies on total human exposure to fluoride from all sources have been commissioned by the Department of Health and the National Health Service in...

      Food

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the reply by the Lord Warner on 8 March (HL Deb, col. 750), which existing powers would be used in new legislation to regulate the promotion of foods...

      Freedom of Information

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, they will designate regional assemblies in England as public authorities.

      Gulf War Syndrome

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will set out in the Official Report their replies to the questions asked in the debate on Gulf War illnesses on 2 February (HL Deb, cols....

      Gulf War Syndrome

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Drayson on 9 January (WA 13) on Gulf War syndrome, why they indicated that they were unaware of a statement by a...

      Immigration: Detention Centres

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 15 February (HL Deb, col. 1151), what urgent steps they have taken or are taking to review chaplaincy...

      Income: Cumbria

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consider a national allocation from European funds to meet the exception case of Cumbria where income is declining.

      Iraq and Afghanistan: Military Casualties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What advice or guidance on the media handling of the deaths or injuries of British service personnel serving in (a) Iraq, and (b) Afghanistan has been drawn up...

      Iraq: Police

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When Sir Ronnie Flanagan submitted his report on the United Kingdom's policing programme in Iraq; and what was the total cost of the review.

      Iraq: Police

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the paramilitary division of the Iraqi police, known as the Public Order Forces, operates within the Iraqi provinces for which United Kingdom forces have...

      Iraq: UK Military Casualties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each six-month period since the start of military operations in Iraq in 2003, what has been the total number of (a) United Kingdom military deaths; and (b)...

      Ministry of Defence: Property Holdings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will launch a new Ministry of Defence programme of divestment of land and property holdings which are surplus to requirements.

      National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre: Exercises

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 20 March (HL4529), what were the exercises undertaken by the National Infrastructure Security...

      Official Feed and Food Controls (England) Regulations 2006

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to Regulation 4 of the Official Feed and Food Controls (England) Regulations 2006, whether there is any commercial confidentiality restriction on the...

      Official Feed and Food Controls (England) Regulations 2006

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is a "control body" under the terms of Regulation 5 of the Official Feed and Food Controls (England) Regulations 2006.

      Pensions: Pension Credit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the percentage of all pensioner households which will, on present policies, be eligible to claim pension credit in (a) 2010; (b) 2015;...

      Police: North Wales

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Secretary of State for the Home Department intends to reply to the letter of 20 December 2005 from the North Wales Police Authority.

      Police: Reorganisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received regarding the merger of police forces in Wales; and whether they will place copies of all relevant correspondence and...

      Police: Reorganisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many representations, including those from the public, they have received to date in favour of the abolition of the Essex police force as a stand-alone force.

      Ports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the appointment into the pilot service for the port of Clyde of a United Kingdom marine pilot with no seagoing qualifications or experience complies with...

      Railways: East Coast Main Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 20 March (WA 21–22), whether, before awarding the franchise for the east coast main line, the...

      Schools: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether examination results in grammar schools in Northern Ireland show a higher percentage of success than in similar schools in the rest of the United Kingdom.

      Shareholder Executive

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a date has been determined for Mr Richard Gillingwater, chief executive of the Shareholder Executive, to leave his current position; and, if so, when.

      Smoking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much in grants they have given to (a) Action on Smoking and Health, and (b) other anti-smoking organisations in each year from 2000 to 2004 inclusive.

      Territorial Army

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current establishment of Territorial Army medical staff by specialisations; and what the establishment will be after implementation of the rebalancing...

      Territorial Army

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many reservists were deployed on operations on 1 January; and what are the planned figures for 1 July 2006 and 1 January 2007.

      Transport: Bus Lanes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take sanctions against officials for the delays in implementing the scheme for camera enforcement of bus lanes outside London, which is now...

      Water: Iraq, Turkey and Syria

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 3 November 2004 (WA 34–35), whether they have received any information from United...

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