Written answers

Monday, 24 April 2006

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Asda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date meetings have taken place between her Department andrepresentatives of Asda, including Asda's parent company,...

    • Biological Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the conclusions of the eighth Conference of Parties on Biological Diversity.

      Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the levels of (a) carbon dioxide emissions and (b) greenhouse gas emissions were in the UK in each year since 1990; what...

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the total number of farms in (a) England, (b) the South West, (c) Somerset and (d) Taunton...

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the banking industry on the provision of financial support to farmers who do not receive...

      Traveller-related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Home Office on Traveller-related crime in rural areas.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether he plans to provide Crown prosecutors with electronic equipment to enable them to update the case management system at court as recommended in the National...

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps he plans to take to improve the way in which the Crown Prosecution Service prepares and brings cases to court in order to achieve better value for money...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps he plans to take to improve the Crown Prosecution Service's performance in ensuring that trials and hearings in magistrates courts go ahead at the time...

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will make a statement on the report by the National Audit Office (HC 798 2005–06) that £24 million of losses occasioned in the magistrates courts in...

      Public Prosecution Service (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many people are employed by the Public Prosecution Service in Northern Ireland; and how many are expected to be employed by the end of 2006.

      Public Prosecution Service (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps are being taken to ensure that there will be a reasonable cross-section of the community at large in each of the regional offices of the Public Prosecution...

  • Wales

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how the proposals to deliver Government strategies to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change as set out in the United Kingdom Climate Change...

    • Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list (a) the websites operated by his Department and (b) the reports placed on the internet in March 2006, indicating in each case whether paper...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Business Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how his targets on diversity and equality apply to contractors to the Business Links scheme.

    • Business Incorporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the forms required to start a business in (a) 1990 and (b) 2005.

      Computer Access (Disadvantaged Groups)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to bring forward schemes to assist disadvantaged groups to gain access to computers; and what involvement he anticipates the...

      Conditional Fee Agreement Regulations 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Tradeand Industry whether reference has been made to the Serious Fraud Office about breaches of section 4(2)c of the Conditional Fee Agreement Regulations 2000.

      Contracts (Voluntary Sector)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many contracts are let by his Department to voluntary sector organisations; of those how many are let on an annual basis; and of those how...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Maldon and East Chelmsford of 20 December 2005 on behalf of Ms Michelle...

      Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of the staff of the Defence Export Services Organisation are engaged in facilitating sales to (a) Israel and (b) Saudi Arabia;...

      Departmental Staff

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

      Astronomy Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the cost to (a) the UK and (b) each participating country of the (i) EU Extremely Large Telescope project and (ii) design study for...

      Entrepreneurs (South-West)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will break down by city in the south west the figures produced for the percentage of would-be entrepreneurs aged 16 to 24 years and 16...

      EU Social Chapter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) if he will list the occasions on which the UK has voted against the adoption of measures under the social chapter of the treaty on...

      Consumer Protection (Holidays)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he has taken to ensure that British holidaymakers are able to seek some form of financial redress in appropriate instances where...

      Consumer Protection (Holidays)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent by consumers on (a) package holidays and (b) non-package holidays in each of the last 20 years.

      Home Computing Initiative Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many small businesses enrolled in the Home Computing Initiative Scheme in each year since 1999, broken down by region.

      Icstis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many fines were imposed by ICSTIS in each of the last five years; what the maximum fine imposed during each of the last five years was;...

      Invoicing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the practice of naming individual company directors of small and medium sized businesses on invoices for the...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) England, (b) the South West, (c) Somerset and (d) Taunton constituency who are...

      Noise-induced Hearing Loss (Mining)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total value is of cost payments that have been refused for noise-induced hearing loss claims to his Department due to breaches of...

      Noise-induced Hearing Loss (Mining)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Tradeand Industry what (a) average and (b) range of costs have been paid for miners' noise-induced hearing loss claims by his Department in each year since 1999.

      Noise-induced Hearing Loss (Mining)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in how many claims to his Department by solicitors for miners' hearing loss an amount has been paid in costs for (a) work done by Melex Ltd.,...

      Noise-induced Hearing Loss (Mining)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in how many claims to his Department by solicitors for miners' hearing loss an amount has been paid in costs for a referral fee to Beresfords...

      Noise-induced Hearing Loss (Mining)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average (a) settlement and (b) costs paid for miners' noise-induced hearing loss cases has been in each year since 1999.

      Noise-induced Hearing Loss (Mining)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in what percentage of noise-induced hearing loss cases disputed due to breaches of rule 4(2)c of the Conditional Fee Agreement Regulations...

      Noise-induced Hearing Loss (Mining)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many costs payments are being negotiated for noise-induced hearing loss claims to his Department due to breach of section 4(2)c of the...

      Noise-induced Hearing Loss (Mining)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many individual claimants have been informed by his Department that their case is being delayed due to negotiations over costs payments...

      Noise-induced Hearing Loss (Mining)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many costs payments have been refused to solicitors for noise-induced hearing loss claims to his Department due to breach of section 4(2)c...

      Noise-induced Hearing Loss (Mining)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many costs payments have been refused to (a) Beresfords solicitors, (b) Bakewell solicitors, (c) Heptonstall solicitors, (d) Brown and Co....

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much post was (a) undelivered and (b) lost in each of the last five calendar years.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make it his policy to link increases in postal charges to the performance of Royal Mail; and if he will make a statement.

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the export licences granted for the supply of (a) communication and (b) technical components to the United States for...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the export licences for components for use in Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicles granted to Radstone Technology plc. since 2000.

      Regional Selective Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether it is his policy that (a) the use of best available techniques and (b) compliance with the integrated pollution prevention and control...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much and what types of (a) additional hazardous waste and (b) spent nuclear fuel was discovered at Sellafield recently; and if he will...

      Sunday Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations he has received from trades unions on the level of pay to shop workers working on Sundays.

      Sunday Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the extent to which those who work on Sundays are paid extra; what trends in the level of payment his...

      Tidal Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate the Department has made of the price per kilowatt hour of electricity produced from (a) tidal lagoon and (b) multi-pooled tidal...

  • Transport

    • A3 Hindhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what cost-benefit analysis he has made of (a) delays to date and (b) possible future delays in implementing the A3 Hindhead improvement scheme;...

    • A3 Hindhead

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received in support of making progress with the A3 Hindhead improvement scheme as soon as possible from constituents of...

      Biodiesel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is (a) taking and (b) plans to take to promote the use of biodiesel; and if he will make a statement.

      Drink Driving (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many drink driving accidents there were in (a) Ribble Valley and (b) Lancashire in each year since 1997.

      Drivers (Smoking Ban)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will introduce legislation to ban smoking while driving.

      Driving Instructors (Sexual Assault)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what provisions exist for the (a) suspension and (b) banning of driving instructors (i) accused and (ii) convicted of sexual assault.

      Mini Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will introduce a system for regulating the driving of mini motorcycles by young people.

      National Parking Adjudication Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the National Parking Adjudication Service will have in place the appeals process relating to bus lane and tramway enforcement in England outside...

      Railways (Lancashire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money was spent on repairing railways in (a) Ribble Valley and (b) Lancashire in each year since 1997.

      Road Fatalities (Richmond)

      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 Richmond upon Thames Local Authority from 1998 to the...

      Search and Rescue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) location and (b) composition is of each search and rescue team in the UK.

      Search and Rescue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many search and rescue operations were carried out in each of the last five years (a) in the UK and (b) by each search and rescue base.

      Seatbelts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to increase the seatbelt wearing rate to 97 per cent. over the next five years; and if he will make a...

      Seatbelts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what support he has (a) given and (b) plans to give to seatbelt sheriff campaigns; if he will make it his policy to support such campaigns; and if he...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness in (a) Southend-on-Sea and (b) Essex of (i) fixed speed cameras and (ii) mobile speed cameras; what...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance he has issued on the minimum number of persons that must have been killed or seriously injured at a given site before (a) a fixed speed...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has undertaken into the effects of speed cameras on drink driving levels; and if he will make a statement.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance he has issued on the speed at which a speed camera is triggered; and if he will make a statement.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much and what percentage of fines in (a) Southend-on-Sea and (b) Essex for a contravention of Section 89 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984,...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact on road safety of speed cameras in (a) Southend-on-Sea and (b) Essex between 1994 and 2006; what (i)...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of speed cameras on roads in (a) Southend, (b) Essex and (c) England; and if he will make a statement.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the road accident statistics which are used to decide on the positioning of mobile speed cameras in Warwickshire were last updated.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what percentage of fixed speed cameras located on roads in (a) Southend-on-Sea and (b) Essex had a (i) 30 mph and (ii) 40 mph speed limit...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was of installing a speed camera in Southend-on-Sea in the last period for which figures are available; and what the figures were in each...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many applications in (a) Southend-on-Sea and (b) Essex for speed camera sites have been made on which a final decision on whether installation will...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many proposals for speed cameras in (a) Southend-on-Sea and (b) Essex have been (i)approved and (ii) rejected by his Department in each year since...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with Essex police about changing the number of (a) fixed and (b) mobile speed cameras in (i) Southend and (ii)...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the types of (a) fixed and (b) mobile speed cameras used in (i) Southend, (ii) the Metropolitan police area and (iii)Essex.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department is undertaking into accidents around speed camera sites in (a) Southend, (b) Essex and (c) England; and if he will make a...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he (a) has made and (b) plans to make of the potential for temporary blinding of drivers driving at night by (i) forward facing...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether further speed cameras are planned for each side of the (a) A127 and (b) A13 between the M25 and Southend; and if he will make a statement.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether mobile speed cameras are planned for each side of the (a) A127 and (b) A13 between the M25 and Southend; and if he will make a statement.

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on the installation of speed cameras in Essex.

      Speed Humps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received from the emergency services about the removal of (a) speed humps and (b) pinch points on the road network...

      Transport Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 23 March 2006, Official Report, column 496W, how much of the total bus subsidy in London is from his Department in addition...

      Vehicle Excise and Registration Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the operation of section (a) 22A and (b) 27A of the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994.

  • Minister for Women

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality when she expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Maldon and East Chelmsford of 20 December 2005 on behalf of Ms Michelle Langton of...

  • Defence

    • A400M Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with his counterparts in other countries on the merits of fitting a fuel tank inerting system to the A400M aircraft.

    • Air and Sea Rescue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of air and sea rescue operations capability.

      Air Incident (Ballykelly)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has implemented additional safety precautions as a result of the landing at Ballykelly Army Base of a scheduled aircraft bound for...

      Cadet Corps (Rifles)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what minimum number of rifles (a) in total and (b) per 100 cadets is required by army cadet organisations to maintain training standards.

      Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the annual budget has been for the Defence Export Services Organisation in each of the last 10 years.

      Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the ramifications for military stability in the middle east region of increased arms sales to Israel and Saudi Arabia...

      Defence Intelligence and Security Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in which countries short-term training teams were deployed by the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre in 2004–05.

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will publish the findings of the Depleted Uranium Oversight Board.

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the effect of depleted uranium shells on soldiers; and if he will make a statement.

      Combined Services Detailed Interrogation Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when each of the prisons run by the Combined Services Detailed Interrogation Centre ceased to operate; and what took the place of each; (2) which...

      Far East Prisoners of War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the camps in which civilians and military personnel must have been interned to be eligible for the Far East Prisoner Of War ex-gratia...

      Information Requests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many requests for Internal Reviews of Requests for Information he has received in each of the last three years; and how many were completed within 40...

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Joint Strike Fighter project is subject to the US Arms Export Control Act; and if he will make a statement.

      Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many qualified pilots in the Royal Air Force are posted to (a) a flying post on a squadron and (b) a non-flying post.

      Private Tesoni Vakacakaudrove

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date the Board of Inquiry into the death of Private Tesoni Vakacakaudrove at Leconfield barracks on 6 October 2002 (a) opened and (b) closed; for...

      Queen's Flight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost was of overnight accommodation for the crew of a BAe146 of The Queen's Flight at Sharm el Sheikh in December 2004; for how many crew and...

      Royal Irish Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the projected numbers of the bands of the Royal Irish Regiment are over the next five years; and if he will make a statement on the future of...

      Royal Ordnance Chorley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what role the Minister of State for Defence (a) has played and (b) is playing in deciding the future of Royal Ordnance Chorley; (2) what role each...

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times Royal Navy submarines have docked at Southampton in each of the last five years.

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of upgrading and extending the life-cycle of Vanguard class submarines to accommodate Trident II D5 (A) missiles.

      Trident Replacement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his strategy is for ensuring the fullest possible debate on the replacement for Trident; and if he will make a statement.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Delivery Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on what Government (a) top delivery and reform priorities and (b) targets the Delivery Unit is focusing.

  • Home Department

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has made to the military government of Burma on behalf of political prisoners (a) U Saw Naing Naing and (b) U Soe...

    • Community Service Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders who have been handed community service orders by the court have subsequently failed the conditions of their order in each...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter of 2 December 2005 from the hon. Member for Brent, East regarding Dr. Mohammed Salah Nabi.

      DNA Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government are taking to assess the deterrent effect of the DNA database on crime; and if he will make a statement.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his statement of 18 January 2006, Official Report, column 833, what the evidential basis was for the assertion that the London...

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many employers in West Lancashire constituency have been prosecuted for employing illegal immigrants in each year since 1997.

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff of the immigration and nationality directorate are based in (a) Scotland, (b) each of the English regions, (c) Wales, (d)...

      Indefinite Leave to Remain

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases have been affected by the suspension of casework for indefinite leave to remain applications made under the provisions of the...

      Indefinite Leave to Remain

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether compensation will be available to businesses and individuals who have been adversely affected by the suspension of casework for...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which (a) probation offices, (b) prisons and (c) drug rehabilitation centres officials in his Department have visited since 1997; and for...

      Police (Ethnic Minorities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to increase the number of recruits from ethnic minorities into the police; whether a target has been set for the...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action was taken in each year since 1997 to address each complaint about (a) Essex and (b) Southend probation service.

      Public Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to tackle antisocial behaviour in Southend West; and if he will make a statement.

      UK Immigration Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) detained and (b) questioned by immigration officials at Heathrow airport in the last year for which figures are...

      Vehicles (Crime) Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the operation of section 38 of the Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001.

      World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how his Department is working with the German Government to prevent hooliganism by British fans at the 2006 World Cup.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Arms Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which Government agency is responsible for monitoring the end-use of UK arms exports; and if he will make a statement.

    • Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation in Chad; and what discussions he has had with representatives of the rebel...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the government of China since 2002 about the implementation of the Population and...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of China since 1997 about trends in its population; what response he has...

      Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of South Sudan on the presence of Lord's Resistance Army militia in Cuba.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made regarding the recent arrest of Bria Mackosso and Christian Mounzeo in the Republic of Congo;...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make an assessment of the human rights situations pertaining in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with particular...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the decision of President Yoweri Museveni to send Ugandan troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Departmental Leave (Stress)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people have been on sick leave suffering from stress in his Department in each of the last three years; and what...

      Foreign Policy Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role his Department has in appointments to the advisory council of the Foreign Policy Centre.

      Guantanamo Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the conditions under which detainees are being held at Guantanamo Bay.

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the government of Indonesia regarding the impending executions of (a) Fabianus Tibo,...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will intercede in the case of (a) Fabianus Tibo, (b) Domingus da Silva and (c) Marianus Riwu in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to the King of Nepal on the current instability in Nepal.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the actions of Maoist insurgents in Nepal; and what assessment he has made of the implications of...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assurances the King of Nepal has given to (a) the UK Government and (b) the European Union that the elections to be held in...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he plans to take towards ensuring that the elections to be held in Nepal in 2007 are free and fair.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is prepared to take if the elections to be held in Nepal in 2007 are not conducted on a free and fair basis.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which international observers he expects to take part in the elections in Nepal in 2007 to ensure that they are free and fair;...

      Peace Talks (Abuja)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the peace talks in Abuja.

      Proliferation Security Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many exercises are planned to support the Proliferation Security Initiative in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.

      Rendition Flights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many times he was notified by the US Administration that flights ordered by the Central Intelligence Agency would be landing...

      Student Visas (Iran)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visas have been issued to students from Iran in each year since 1997; and which subjects for (a) study and (b) research...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contingency plans the UK Government have for the absence of a peace agreement for Darfur.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action the UK Government (a) is taking and (b) is prepared to take to uphold the United Nations mandate in Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs what support the Government is giving to establish (a) legal systems and (b) an independent judiciary in the Sudan.

      Sylvarius Baye

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to make contact with the entry clearance officers who dealt with the case of Sylvarius Baye (UK Visa Reference...

      United Nations (Votes)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the occasions on which (a) the UK has voted against and the US has voted for and (b) the UK has voted for and...

  • Treasury

    • Baby Deaths (Overlaying)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many babies died as a result of overlaying while co-sleeping with their parents in each of the past 10 years.

    • Budget 2006 (Leaflets)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Budget 2006 summary leaflets were printed; and at what cost.

      Budget 2006 (Leaflets)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Budget 2006 summary leaflets were distributed to (a) doctors' surgeries, (b) hospitals and (c) other health service-related locations; and what the...

      Public Sector Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the budget surplus or deficit was, excluding expenditure on investment, for each financial year from 1997–98 to 2005–06 as a percentage of...

      Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) diagnosis and (b) mortality rate was for cancer in each of the last five years in the West Lancashire constituency.

      Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) standard mortality rate and (b) number of deaths was for (i) women dying from breast cancer and (ii) (A) women and (B) men dying from all...

      Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) diagnosis and (b) mortality rate was for cancer in each of the last five years in Ribble Valley constituency.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Parliamentary Business Unit of the Tax Credit Office will respond to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's letters of (a) 20 December 2005 and (b)...

      EU Sixth VAT Directive

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations the Treasury has received on the EU Sixth VAT Directive; and if he will make a statement.

      Family Hardship

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) essential living expenses and (b) estimated weekly costs are taken into account in the calculation of family hardship when considering the recovery...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he has put in place to ensure value for money from the operation of the Financial Services Authority.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what role the Financial Services Authority has in improving consumer understanding of financial matters.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what public participation in its operation the Financial Services Authority provides for.

      Fiscal Golden Rule

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of whether his fiscal golden rule would have been complied with had the assessment of the economic cycle not been altered in (a)...

      GDP

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the gross domestic product per capita was in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Scotland and (e) Northern Ireland in each year since 1976.

      Lower Emission Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason Government incentives for lower emission vehicles are limited to those vehicles registered since 2001.

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer why statutory maternity pay is not treated as an equivalent benefit for low-earning parents when assessing the additional payment for the child trust fund...

      National Minimum Wage (West Lancashire)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies in West Lancashire have been (a) fined and (b) forced to cease trading for non-compliance with the national minimum wage since it was...

      Personal Bankruptcies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many personal bankruptcies there have been in each quarter since 1989–90; and if he will make a statement.

      Population Forecasts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the population is aged (a) 65 years and over and (b) 18 to 64 years; and what the forecast ratio is for (i) 2007, (ii) 2009, (iii) 2010,...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was overpaid to tax credit recipients in West Lancashire constituency in 2004–05.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of families received tax credits in (a) the UK, (b) the South West and (c) Taunton constituency in each year since their introduction.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what tax credits are available to full-time carers.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what changes in the level of unemployment there have been in West Lancashire constituency in each year since 2003; (2) what the level of youth...

      VAT (Car Allowances)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much VAT on the road fuel element of car allowances was reclaimed in each year since 1997 up to the last period for which figures are available; and if...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to West Lancashire constituency the effects in West Lancashire of changes to...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Altnagelvin Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) additional resources have been allocated to and (b) measures have been put in place by Altnagelvin Hospital Trust to meet increased...

    • Carers Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people receive carers allowance in each (a) parliamentary constituency and(b) council district in Northern Ireland; and how many...

      Carers Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland have applied for carers allowance in the last 12 months; how many of those applicants are awaiting a...

      CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the consultation process on the installation of CCTV in West Belfast will be completed; what the reasons are for the time taken for the...

      Craigavon Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether there are plans to provide additional signage indicating vehicle height restrictions for Craigavon bridge in Derry.

      Historical Enquiries Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many unsolved murders from each year since 1969 will be reviewed by the Historical Enquiries Team.

      InterTradeIreland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the religious composition is of the senior management in InterTradeIreland.

      InterTradeIreland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff members in InterTradeIreland are from (a) Northern Ireland, (b) the Irish Republic and (c) neither Northern Ireland nor the Irish...

      InterTradeIreland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the value for money provided by InterTradeIreland.

      InterTradeIreland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the community background is of the workforce of InterTradeIreland.

      InterTradeIreland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the community background is of the senior management team of InterTradeIreland.

      InterTradeIreland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many employees of InterTradeIreland are citizens of the Republic of Ireland.

      InterTradeIreland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the value of contracts awarded by InterTradeIreland to PriceWaterhouseCoopers has been since the establishment of the body.

      InterTradeIreland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in how many years InterTradeIreland has spent less than its budgetary allocation from the Exchequer.

      InterTradeIreland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the ratio between overheads expenditure and project spending was in InterTradeIreland in the last financial year for which figures are...

      InterTradeIreland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the rate of usage by businesses of InterTradeIreland's Information Resource Centre.

      InterTradeIreland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total expenditure of InterTradeIreland on events was in each of the last five years.

      Metro Bus Service (Belfast)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints were received during the first month of operation of the Metro bus service in Belfast.

      Nursing Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many students (a) entered nursing training and (b) successfully completed nursing training in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years;...

      PEACE Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the number of jobs likely to be affected by the end of PEACE funding; and what steps each Department is taking to ensure...

      Pupil Injuries (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been paid in Northern Ireland in compensation claims for injuries received by (a) pupils, (i) on school field trips and (ii) while...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of (a) primary and (b) secondary school pupils in Northern Ireland (i) have special educational needs and (ii) are eligible for...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • 1911 Census

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 9 February 2006 to Question 49704 how, and in what form, the assurances to which she refers in her...

    • Hague Convention 1996

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which countries have (a) signed and ratified and (b) only signed the Hague Convention of 1996 on the International Protection...

  • International Development

    • Action for Southern Africa Sanitary Appeal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding has been allocated to the Action for Southern Africa Sanitary Appeal.

    • Action for Southern Africa Sanitary Appeal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of a lack of female sanitary products on growth in developing countries via effects on...

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of (a) food shortages and (b) the number of internally displaced persons in the Central African Republic;...

      Contracts (Voluntary Sector)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many contracts are let by his Department to voluntary sector organisations; how many of those are let on an annual basis; and how...

      East Africa Drought

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of drought in the (a) Somali region and (b) Borena zone of Oromiya region of Ethiopia; and if he will make...

      Fledgling Democracies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of UK development aid was provided (a) bilaterally and (b) multilaterally to ensure better and more transparent...

      International Planned Parenthood Federation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what monitoring his Department has carried out on how the International Planned Parenthood Federation spent the funds provided by his...

      World Conference on Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action his Department has taken in response to the Report of the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women; and if he will...

  • Church Commissioners

    • Places of Worship (Listed Buildings)

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what estimate the Commissioners have made of the amount required to maintain and repair listed places of worship in...

    • Investments

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what steps the Commissioners take to ensure they obtain the best possible return on the investment portfolios which...

      Octavia Hill Estate

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what sale price was agreed for the Octavia Hill Estate in South London.

      Pipe Organs

      To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what representations the Commissioners have made to the Department of Trade and Industry on the potential impact of...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Websites

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will list (a) the websites operated by his Office and (b) the reports placed on the internet in March 2006, indicating in each case whether paper copies were...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Independent Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps the Government are taking to ensure a continued public service commitment in the independent broadcasting sector.

    • Tote

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her plans to privatise the Tote.

      Peepul Centre (Leicester)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on support by the Millennium Commission for the Peepul Centre in Leicester.

      Visitor Attractions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what support her Department is giving to visitor attractions in the UK.

      Sport Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to increase participation in sport.

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to be in a position to bring forward a Bill providing for the proposed increase in the BBC's licence fee and the length...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to publish the analysis by consultants Pannell Kerr Forster of the BBC's licence fee; and if she will ensure that the...

      Contracts (Voluntary Sector)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many contracts are let by her Department to voluntary sector organisations; how many of those are let on an annual basis; and how...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will reply to the letter of 30 January from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire about Stanbrook Abbey (Reference 34865).

      Departmental Televisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many television sets are in operation in the Department (a) in total, (b) in Minister's private offices and (c) in each office...

      Digital Television (Dundee)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects digital television to be available to every household in Dundee.

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact on problem gambling of new casinos established under the Gambling Act 2005.

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many new licences have been granted in (a) Richmond upon-Thames and (b) Kingston-upon-Thames under the Licensing Act 2003; and what...

      Millennium Dome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost has been of the Millennium Dome to public funds in each year since its inception.

      Music Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what definition her Department uses of the music industry; under what legislation the music industry is regulated; and if she will make...

      Queen's Birthday

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking abroad to encourage foreign tourism for the Queen's 80th birthday celebration.

      Royal Ballet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what direct funding the Royal Ballet received from (a) central Government and (b) Government agencies in 2005–06; and how much...

      Royal Ballet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding the Royal Ballet has received from (a) central Government and (b) Government agencies to take the company abroad on tour in...

      Television Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many times (a) ITV and (b) Channel 4 have exceeded agreed limits for the quantity and length of advertisement breaks on television...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on her Department's policy on the ownership of the warships which were previously in the ownership of the...

      Water Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the outcomes were of the recent meeting of the Water Safety Forum, with particular reference to adult to children supervision...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will set out with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to west Lancashire constituency the effects in west...

      Wilberforce 2007 (Hull)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what central Government support there will be for the Wilberforce 2007 commemoration in Hull.

  • Work and Pensions

    • A New Deal for Welfare"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the consultation deadline for the Green Paper A New Deal for Welfare" is being extended to take account of the fact that it was not...

    • Adult Disadvantages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the letter of 19 July 2004 from the hon. Member for Croydon, North to the hon. Member for Arundel and South Downs, if he will...

      Benefit Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was in current prices of (a) income support, (b) incapacity benefit, (c) disability living allowance, (d) attendance allowance,...

      Capita Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many parents have avoided paying the correct amount of child support in (a) West Lancashire, (b) Lancashire and (c) the UK in each year...

      Council Tax Rebate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was provided in rebate to properties entitled to 50 per cent. council tax discount in (a) Guildford, (b) Waverley and (c) Surrey in...

      Council Tax Rebate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when the council tax rebate savings limit was last (a) assessed and (b) increased; (2) what representations he has received on...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will set out with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to west Lancashire constituency the effects in west Lancashire of...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for disability living allowance were received in the latest year for which figures are available; how many of these were...

      Full-time/Part-time Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time workers there were in the UK in each of the last 30 years.

      Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much his Department spent on providing jobcentre services in (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06 in the London borough of...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what is the current time taken to process claims for jobseeker's allowance; and if he will make a statement.

      Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in west Lancashire constituency have been paid the lone parent work search premium.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he was first shown the final draft of the parliamentary ombudsman's report Trusting in the Pensions Promise"; and when the Government's...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions why those contracted out of (a) SERPS and (b) the Second State Pension do not receive the national insurance rebate in the year prior to retirement.

      Poverty Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households with at least one full-time employee in (a) Wirral, West, (b) Wirral borough and (c) England are living in poverty.

      Work Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to reduce disincentives for unemployed people to return to work resulting from higher effective marginal deduction...

  • Prime Minister

    • Engagements

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the official engagements undertaken overseas by his wife since May 2005.

    • Government Priorities

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the issues which have been identified as top priority for the Government.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 23 March 2006, Official Report, column539W, on ministerial travel, if he will list the dates since 1 October 2005 when he has deemed it...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister which (a) probation offices and (b) prisons he has visited since 1997; and for what purposes in each case.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister which drug rehabilitation centres he has visited since 1997; and for what purposes in each case.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) which schools he has visited in each year since 1997; and for what purpose in each case; (2) which hospitals he has visited since 1997; and for what purposes in...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister whether it is his practice personally to approve replies to written parliamentary answers in his name.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister how many and what percentage of written parliamentary questions in 2006 to date he has answered (a) by referring the questioner to an earlier answer and (b) by using the...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will undertake research to compare the amount of information provided by him in response to written parliamentary questions with that provided by his predecessor.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 18 April 2006, Official Report, column400W, if he will provide details of steps he takes to ensure that his answering practices are consistent...

      Political Operations Section

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer to question 63151, on the political operations section of his office, what the present complement is of staff working there; and what it was in...

      United Nations

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will list the occasions when he has addressed a meeting of the United Nations in each year since 1997; if he will place in the Library the text of the speech...

      Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the occasions on which he has visited Australia in an official capacity since 1997; what the purpose of the visit was in each case; what the (a) date,...

      Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the (a) grade and (b) duties of each official accompanying him on overseas visits since May 1997; and what the costs associated with such staff were in...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Anglian Water

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions his Department's growth areas directorate has had with Anglian Water on the effective implementation of water efficiency measures in new houses.

    • Anhydrite Mines

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many local authorities in England have applied to English Partnerships for funding to investigate the stability of anhydrite mines.

      Article 4 Directions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when his Department's consultation on proposed improvements to the procedure for making Article 4 Directions is expected to take place.

      Biodiversity (Mid-Sussex)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the impact on local biodiversity of increased house building in Mid- Sussex.

      Brixham Council

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 16 January 2006, Official Report, column 959W, on the Brixham council proposal, what steps he has taken to ensure that a Brixham town...

      Council Property (Disabled Facilities)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance has been issued to local authorities on means testing for disabled facilities in council properties that are recommended and approved by a social...

      Council Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was paid in rent into each council housing revenue account in (a) 2002–03, (b) 2003–04 and (c) 2005–06; how much in each year was spent...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the percentage increase in band D council tax has been in each local authority in England between 2003–04 to 2006–07.

      Departmental Circulars

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the circulars his Department issued to local authorities in each year since his Department was established.

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Islington, South and Finsbury constituency, the effects on Islington, South...

      E-enabling

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the target for 100 per cent. of local government services to be e-enabled by 31 December 2005 was achieved.

      E-enabling

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how his Department assesses the cost-effectiveness of e-enabling local government services.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the expected performance against the target to deliver a 40 per cent. increase in the energy efficiency of new homes on 2002...

      Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the operation of the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997.

      House Building

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of the cost of building a home was paid for on average by public money in the most recent year for which figures are available where the house was...

      House Building

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the impact on local biodiversity of increased house building in East Cheshire.

      House Building

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to ensure timely development of infrastructure to keep pace with housing construction in (a) the borough of Macclesfield and (b) Cheshire.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate his Department has made of housing growth in (a) the county of Greater Manchester, (b) Stockport Metropolitan Borough and (c) Tameside Metropolitan...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people in temporary accommodation therehave been in each of the last 10 years in Milton Keynes.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what funding is available for temporary to permanent housing initiatives in the 2006 to 2008 National Affordable Housing Programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Authorities (Chief Executive Emoluments)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) salary and (b) pension benefits relating to electoral duties were paid to the chief executive of each local authority in each of the last five years.

      Local Authority Publicity

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity applies to regional assemblies and their officers.

      Local Government Pensions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the 85 year rule was introduced in the Local Government Pension Scheme.

      Pathfinder Programme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what changes in average house prices have occurred in pathfinder areas since the start of each programme.

      Pathfinder Programme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been awarded to each pathfinder programme to date.

      Pathfinder Programme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made since December 2005 by the nine pathfinder schemes towards meeting the recommendations made by the Audit Commission in its strategic...

      Relative Need

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what reasons the system was changed from formula spending share to relative need factors.

      Relative Need

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the formula is for converting relative need factors into monetary amounts.

      Relative Need

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total relative needs grant block is for 2006–07; and what the total of needs above threshold is for 2006–07.

      Retrospective Planning Applications

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will introduce measures to speed up the procedures for considering retrospective planning applications.

      Right To Buy (Yorkshire/Humber)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which rural areas in Yorkshire and Humber are exempt from the Right to Buy.

      Road Maintenance (Legal Proceedings)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much (a) district, (b) city and (c) county councils spent on out-of-court settlements related to injuries sustained due to lack of maintenance of roads and...

      Shared Equity Scheme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many of the people involved in the Shared Equity Scheme are living in Wirral, West.

      Shell Haven

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will make a final announcement on the London Gateway Port at Shell Haven.

      Smoke Alarms

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) fatalities and (b) non-fatal casualties have occurred as a result of dwelling fires in the UK (i)where a smoke alarm was present and (ii) where there...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures he plans to adopt to encourage the incorporation of (a) photovoltaic cells and (b) solar panels in new residential developments.

      Stock Transfers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was allocated for (a) arm's length management organisations (ALMOs), (b) large-scale voluntary transfers (LSVTs), (c) debt write-off from LSVTs and ALMOs...

      Sustainable Buildings

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will introduce a mandatory code for sustainable buildings.

      Unregistered Social Landlords

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many proposals to allow councils to set up unregistered social landlords have been made to his Department in the last 5 years.

      Village Shops (Cornwall)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many villages in (a) Kerrier district and (b) Cornwall do not have a village shop.

      Waste Incinerators

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what requirements there are for planning authorities to take account of available water resources when determining planning applications for incinerators, with...

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will set out with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to west Lancashire constituency the effects in west Lancashire of changes to his...

  • Education and Skills

    • Adult Education (Tooting)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding has been allocated to adult education in Tooting in each year since 1997.

    • Asbestos Insulating Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will issue interim guidance to schools warning of the potential dangers of inserting drawing pins and staples into asbestos...

      Brokerage Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the cost of brokerage services to be provided from August to link employers needing training to their most...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether there are serving headteachers on List 99.

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people have been (a) referred to and (b) included on the (i) Protection of Children Act 1999 list and (ii) the Protection of...

      China (Inter-country Adoption)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made in resolving the dispute with the Chinese Government overthe terms of the standard letter of no objection for...

      Departmental Staff

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

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in Easington constituency are in receipt of the education maintenance allowance.

      Educational Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of progress made by schools in (a) deprived areas and (b) affluent areas in raising educational standards since...

      Employer Training Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2006, Official Report, column 995W, on employer training pilots, which organisations from the (a) private...

      Head Teachers/Principals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many vacancies there were on average for headteacher positions in (a) Kingston upon Hull and (b) Hull, North constituency in each year...

      Head Teachers/Principals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether (a) the Government or (b) local education authorities can direct a school governing body to dismiss a head teacher.

      Head Teachers/Principals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether primary legislation will be needed in order for learning and skills councils to direct a governing body of a further education...

      Liverpool Learning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on (a) the finances of and (b) the redundancy programme announced at the Liverpool Learning Service.

      Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research her Department has undertaken into the social profile of people accessing learning provided through the Neighbourhood Learning...

      Pupil Referral Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of pupil referral units; and if she will make a statement.

      School Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils have left school due to permanent exclusion in West Lancashire constituency since 1997.

      School Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the effect on schools which lose funding when children are excluded; and if she will make a statement.

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many specialist schools there were in (a) England and (b) Taunton constituency in each year since 1997.

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average debt incurred by students on leaving university was in the last year for which figures are available; what the average time...

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of the possible effects on (a) parental involvement in children's education and (b) parent-child contact time...

      Teacher Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the employer contribution rates to the teachers' pension scheme are; what assumed rate of return underlies those contribution rates;...

      Trust Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the powers of the sponsor will be in relation to trust schools; and what the equivalent powers are in relation to academies.

      World Cup (Complimentary Tickets)

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

  • Health

    • Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that when three-star ambulance trusts are merged with other ambulance trusts the standards of the merged trust are...

    • Audiology Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the average waiting time from a patient being referred by a GP to an audiologist and a hearing test taking place in the last...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was from diagnosis to first treatment for people from York diagnosed with (a) breast and (b) all cancers in (i) 1997 and...

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent in improving cancer services in York since 1997.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist cancer (a) doctors and (b) nurses were employed by the NHS in York in (i) 1997 and (ii) in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children in (a) Hull, North constituency and (b) Kingston-upon-Hull have had to wait more than (i) one month, (ii) two months and (iii)three...

      Cholesterol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the percentage of adults in West Lancashire with high cholesterol levels.

      Choose and Book System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the letter from her Department's Director of Access of 26 January 2006, on Choose and Book, which NHS trusts are unable to implement an...

      Choose and Book System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons her Department's aims of achieving 90 per cent. of general practitioner referrals through Choose and Book by the end of December 2006...

      Choose and Book System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she plans to take to encourage greater uptake by general practitioners of the choose and book IT system.

      Consultancy Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost to her Department of consultancy fees in relation to (a) restructuring and (b) private finance initiatives has been since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in North Dorset constituency have declined the NHS dentist contract; and if she will make a statement.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists are practising in (a) Barnsley and (b) Doncaster; and how many of these have not signed the new NHS dental contract.

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Policies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will set out with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to the West Lancashire constituency, the effects in West Lancashire of...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many calls received by NHS Direct were on diabetes-related issues in each of the last three years.

      Grievance Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many grievance procedures have been initiated in the Department in each of the last three years.

      Harassment Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints of (a) bullying and (b) sexual harassment have been investigated in the Department in each of the last three years; and how many...

      Health Services (North Northamptonshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions her Department has had with the growth areas directorate in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister concerning additional provision of...

      Health Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has for the expansion of independent sector treatment centres.

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the 18 week waiting target will apply to those applying for a digital hearing aid who currently have an analogue one.

      Infant Formula

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's policy is on trials of infant formula with particular reference to the Patch test; what guidance she has issued to hospitals on...

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what responsibility (a) GPs, (b) district nurses and (c) care workers have in (i) monitoring older patients for malnutrition and (ii) introducing...

      Mary Seacole Award

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding (a) NHS Employers and (b) the Department of Health has provided for the Mary Seacole Leadership and Development Awards since their...

      Maternal and Child Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects the findings of the confidential enquiry into maternal and child health to be published; and if she will make a statement.

      Medical Students (Jobs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of (a) the number of medical students without jobs allocated from August 2006 and the reasons for delay in allocations, (b)...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many multiple sclerosis patients have commenced beta interferon and glatiramer treatment in the West Lancashire area in each of the last five years.

      NHS and Mental Establishments (Visits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the (a) mental health and (b) NHS establishments she has visited in the last six months; and on what days she visited them.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the policy of NHS Direct is on confidentiality in cases where a caller discloses information that may suggest that a crime has been committed.

      NHS Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what initial estimate was made of the cost to the NHS of (a) the new contract for consultants, (b) the new contract for GPs and (c) the Agenda for Change...

      NHS Finance (Hospitals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account is taken of the variation of fixed capital costs in the formulae for funding NHS hospital trusts through payment by results.

      NHS Redress Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the fifth report of session 2005–06 from the Constitutional Affairs Select Committee on Compensation culture: NHS Redress Bill, what the...

      Patient Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Department of Health Winter Report 2005–06, page 18, how many critically ill patients have been transferred between hospitals for...

      Payment-by-results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospitals she identified before the introduction of payment by results as being at risk of deficits as a result of its introduction; and what...

      Pension Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of expenditure by the NHS is accounted for by the cost of pension provision.

      Pension Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual cost of pensions is for (a) general medical practitioners, (b) consultants and (c) NHS staff covered by Agenda for Change.

      Pension Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated increase in the level of pensions is that will be payable on retirement on average to (a) GPs as a result of the new contract, (b)...

      Pension Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the estimated additional accrued pension liability to the NHS is as a result of the (a) GPs' new contract, (b) consultants' new contract and...

      Pension Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the additional funding for the NHS in each year since 1999 has been absorbed by the increase in the cost of pensions.

      Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been collected from doctors by the Postgraduate Medical and Education Training Board since its creation.

      Potters Bar Community Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds are not available for the treatment of patients at Potters Bar Community Hospital.

      Prostate Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when cryotherapy treatment was approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for use in early prostate cancer; where in the...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact on patients' prognoses of delays in the commencement of radiotherapy treatment; and what steps she plans to...

      Salt Intake

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the likely impact on the future incidence of (a) strokes and (b) heart disease in the UK of the revised salt...

      Salt Intake

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate her Department has made of the achievability of lowering the average daily salt intake of children to a maximum of 3g for 4 to...

      Section 64 Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green (Lynne Featherstone) of 13 March 2006, Official Report, column 2028W, on section 64...

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding streams her Department plans to finance in 2006–07 to tackle social exclusion.

      Suppliers (Bill Payments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the average time each trust hospital took to pay bills to outside suppliers in 2004–05.

      Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on direct access tariffs in the NHS.

      Temporary/Agency Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the cost of employing temporary and agency staff in her Department in 2005–06.

      Wider Partnerships Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much revenue (a) her Department and its arm's length bodies and (b) the NHS have generated through the wider partnerships initiative.

      Worcestershire Royal Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2006, Official Report, c. 726W, on Worcestershire Royal Hospital, when the West Midlands South Strategic Health...

      York Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were on the waiting list for elective admissions to York Hospital in March in each year since 1997.

      York Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for patients waiting for elective admissions to York Hospital at the end of March in each year since 1997.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Macedonian Army

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the financial terms and conditions upon which units of the Macedonian army will be enlisted to serve under British command in Afghanistan.

    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Warner on 29 March (WA 114–5), whether any of the centres devoted to the treatment of patients with chronic fatigue...

      Consultants: Department of Health

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

      European Court of Human Rights: Non-implementation of Judgments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 10 January (WA 35–42), what is the position regarding the execution of the judgment of...

      Food: GM

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will resist the draft proposal from the European Commission which would allow 0.9 per cent contamination of organic foods and feeding-stuffs by...

      Garden Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many garden festival sites, created in the past 10 years, remain intact; and how many have been re-developed.

      NHS Professionals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Warner on 28 June 2005 (WA 19) and 5 December 2005 (WA 82), whether they have now determined the future status of NHS...

      NHS: Dr Foster Intelligence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they can ensure that the information made available to the public through Dr Foster's website on health and social care is accurate; and whether health trusts...

      Productivity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what evidence the Statement by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (HC Deb, 28 March, col. 695) that "we have closed the productivity gap with...

      Regulation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the recent report of the Trades Union Congress—Slaying the Red Tape Myths—which alleges that the burden of red tape is a...

      Royal Navy: HMS "Kent"

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the exact locations of HMS "Kent" from 25 January to 27 January; and when and how HMS "Kent"'s active sonar was used during this period.

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have agreed to the request from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees that asylum applicants from Darfur should not be removed to Khartoum.

      Village Shops

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to encourage the establishment and continuing viability of village shops run by volunteers, bearing in mind that many commercially based shops...

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