Written answers

Thursday, 27 April 2006

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Disabled People

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will make a statement on the Commission's progress in fulfilling its statutory obligation to promote the...

    • European Scrutiny Committee Reports

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many copies of European Scrutiny Committee reports have been sold in each of the last five years.

  • Transport

    • Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what reasons underlay the Government's decision not to include community transport schemes within the definition of bus services eligible for the...

    • Highway Maintenance (Peterborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will instruct his officials to review the Local Transport Plan highway maintenance allocation to Peterborough city council for 2006–07,...

      Ministerial Cars (Fuel Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the fuel costs were for ministerial cars used by his Department in each of the last five years.

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when the Government last published guidelines to local authorities on parking enforcement and what the title of the publication was; (2) what...

      Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with what requirements private parking enforcement companies have to comply to gain access to personal information from the Driver and Vehicle...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on proposals for a high speed rail link between Scotland and England.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when (a) he and (b) one of his agencies last carried out a national survey of railway station usage.

      Seat Belts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with representatives of the media on the reporting of serious road traffic accidents and whether those involved were...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Entrepreneurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of entrepreneurs above the age of 50 years in the North East.

    • EU Structural Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which (a) areas and (b) regions are due to receive less EU structural funds over the next financial perspective than under their current...

      Glass Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what forecast his Department has made of employment levels in the UK container glass manufacturing industry over the next five years.

      Hearing Loss Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what consideration has been given by Ministers to the implications for claimants for compensation of noise-induced hearing loss of breaches of...

      Hearing Loss Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement about breaches of rule 4(2)c of the Conditional Fee Agreement Regulations 2000 in relation to noise-induced...

      Sex Discrimination Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many sex discrimination cases have been initiated by people in (a) Wakefield District and (b) Normanton constituency over the past five...

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will seek to amend schedule 4 of the Sunday Trading Act 1994 to extend the right not to work on any Sunday exercisable by shop workers...

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether potential liberalisation of Sunday trading hours will be undertaken by (a) primary legislation and (b) an amendment to the Sunday...

      World Heritage Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which Minister in his Department has responsibility for issues relating to world heritage sites.

  • Wales

    • Superannuation Liability

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

  • International Development

    • Fledgling Democracies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much UK aid will be provided (a) bilaterally and (b) multilaterally to promote and further democracy in 2006–07.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list (a) the websites operated by her Department and (b) the reports placed on the internet in March 2006, indicating in...

    • Heritage Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to organisations and projects in (a) each constituency and (b) each council...

      Internet Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what research her Department has (a) carried out and (b) commissioned into of internet gambling addiction among young people; (2)...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with (a) local authorities, (b) the Olympic Delivery Authority and (c) other agencies on the future of...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to allow Olympic participants in pistol shooting events to practise for the events in the UK.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the environmental record of the Australian Forest Standard; and if she will make a statement.

    • Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in what circumstances the Central Point of Expertise on Timber would remove the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest...

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures the Government are taking to ensure that the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification scheme...

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what dates discussions have been held between representatives of the British and Australian governments regarding the...

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the 'outstanding issues' were which were found by the review of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest...

      Grievance Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many grievance procedures have been initiated in her Department in each of the last three years.

      National Equine Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to increase the take-up of the National Equine Database.

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the reasons for the difference in the actual and projected number of applications for Single...

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding streams her Department plans to finance in 2006–07 to tackle social exclusion.

      Water Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated amount of water lost through broken pipes by each of the privatised water companies was in the last period...

      Water Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the level of dividends passed by water companies to their shareholders in each year...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what response he has made to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence appraisal consultation document on drugs for the...

    • Capital Expenditure (Schools)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total capital expenditure has been for each school in the 100 (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Northern Ireland with the (i)...

      Child Sex Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what correspondence he has received from members of the public on child sexual abuse by clerics.

      Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 24 November 2005, Official Report, column 2197W, on homosexual civil partnerships, whether (a) council staff and (b)...

      Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 24 November 2005, Official Report, column 2197W, on homosexual civil partnerships, what plans he has to provide (a)...

      Deaf Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Department for Education has spent on educating deaf post-primary children and young people outside Northern Ireland in each of the...

      Free Transport (Senior Citizens)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment has he made of the impact on Northern Ireland of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's announcement on the free national transport...

      Multi-storey Car Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many multi-storey car parks have been constructed in Northern Ireland under the auspices of a Government Department in each of the last 10 years.

      Planning Area Enforcement Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the penalty is for non-compliance with an enforcement order issued by a planning area in Northern Ireland.

      Postgraduate Studentships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland have been awarded postgraduate studentships since October 2005; and at what cost to public funds.

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland by how much (a) weekly, (b) monthly and (c) daily train and bus fares between (i) Lurgan and Belfast, (ii) Lisburn and Belfast, (iii) Antrim and...

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which were the busiest (a) rail and (b) bus routes between Belfast and other provincial towns in Northern Ireland in the last period for which...

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) rail and (b) bus passengers were carried on average each day between (i) Lurgan and Belfast, (ii) Portadown and Belfast, (iii)...

      Smithsonian Folklife Festival

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to promote in Northern Ireland the Smithsonian Folklife Festival to be held in Washington D.C. during the summer of 2007.

      Superannuation Entitlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many part-time members of staff at each health trust in the Province have submitted industrial tribunal applications regarding non-payment...

      Superannuation Entitlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many industrial tribunal applications by part-time staff from each health trust in the Province regarding superannuation entitlements (a)...

      Superannuation Entitlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether job contracts from prior to 1976 stating that part-time staff payments to NHS staff in the Province are not superannuable have been...

      Undercover Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will review the adequacy of the arrangements for the permanent protection of former undercover agents in the republican movement.

      Undercover Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what provisions exist for the protection of current and former undercover agents in the Republican movement once exposed; and whether such...

      Vice Chancellor (University of Ulster)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost to public funds has been of the suspension of the previous Vice Chancellor of the University of Ulster since December 2004.

      Visitor Attractions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the change was in annual numbers recorded at each of the 10 most frequented visitor attractions in Northern Ireland over the last 10 years.

  • Home Department

    • Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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...

    • Grievance Procedures

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

      Highly Skilled Migrant Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether doctors with existing leave under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme will require work permits under the new arrangements.

      Offender Assessment System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on progress in implementing the offender assessment system.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of prisoners involved in work activity are placed in prison workshops.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of prisoners are involved in (a) work activity and (b) education or training.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate he has made of the number of hours of purposeful activity undertaken by each prisoner per week.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of prison capacity in England and Wales by 2010.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which companies provide telephone services for prisoners in each prison.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his plans for continuity of provision of education and training for released prisoners.

      Probation/Bail Hostel (West Midlands)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library the letter of 23 June 1994 designating Sycamore Lodge, Langley, Oldbury West Midlands as an approved...

      Witnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vulnerable witnesses in each of the pilot schemes have successfully used intermediaries provided for in the special measures for...

      World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many British football hooligans are banned in each police authority from travelling to the World Cup.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his statement of 21 March 2006, Official Report, column 157, on British nationals abroad, whether the future...

    • Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the likely effects of the decision by the United States Administration to offer rewards for...

      EU Commission (Plan D Programme)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution the Government (a) have made and (b) are planning to make to the European Commission's Plan D programme.

      EU Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the Government plans to launch the website described in the UK's contribution to the EU's interim report on the national...

      Europe Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many calls have been made to Europe Direct in the UK to date; and how much has been spent on (a) setting up and (b) running...

      Europe Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs why the launch of the Europe Direct service was delayed for a year.

      Syria (Resolution 1559)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his (a) US and (b) EU counterparts on Syrian compliance with the United Nations Security...

      Syria (Resolution 1559)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of Syrian compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1559 (2004); and if he will...

  • Education and Skills

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment she has made of the young modern apprenticeship programme; and if she will make a statement.

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she is taking to promote apprenticeships among young people.

      Community Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what provision is being made for adult learning in the community in 2006–07.

      Head Teacher Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many head teacher vacancies there are in England; and if she will make a statement.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the Secretary of State expects to answer the letter of 21 February from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, about Mr. J....

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when she will provide substantive replies to the letters of (a) 9 December, (b) 12 January and (c) 21 February on an NSPCC campaign from the...

      Early-years Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many families in Nottinghamshire claimed free nursery education funding in (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06.

      Special Needs Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what recent estimate she has made of the average cost of special needs tribunal hearings to (a) parents and (b) local education...

      Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many students from Iran have enrolled at universities in the UK in each year since 1997; and which subjects they have studied; (2)...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the estimated cost is of potential redundancies resulting from the current restructuring of the Learning and Skills Council in (a)...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans she has to change the process whereby contracting arrangements in prisons education and vocational training are organised separately.

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will provide the Learning and Skills Council with the necessary resources to apply its standard funding methodology so that...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funds she is providing to ensure that the specialist role of teaching staff in prisons is properly rewarded.

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of prisoners in 2005 had access to prison education at any one time.

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of prison education inspected by the Adult Learning Inspectorate in 2005 was judged to be inadequate.

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of prisoners have access to the internet as part of their education or training (a) daily and (b) weekly.

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding was allocated to vocational education provision in prisons in 2005–06; what funding has been allocated for 2006–07;...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps she has taken to ensure that closer links are forged between prisons and further education colleges, universities and employers.

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will undertake a review of the different charities working in the prison education sector with a view to identifying the most...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many juvenile prison establishments meet the Youth Justice Board target of 30 hours per week in education and training.

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the expenditure per head on education in juvenile young offender institutions was in (a) 2001–02, (b) 2002–03, (c)...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what progress has been made in delivering on the commitment to implement a system of individual learning plans for prisoners linked to...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research has been undertaken by her Department to identify what type of education and training provision will have the greatest impact...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding would be necessary for the Learning and Skills Council to bridge the gap between education inside and outside prisons; and...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Persistent Offenders

      To ask the Solicitor-General how persistent and prolific offenders are treated differently from other offenders by the Crown Prosecution Service.

    • Fraud Review

      To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to the written statement of 22 March 2006, Official Report, column 26WS, on the fraud review, what representations he has received on the interim report on fraud.

      Victims of Crime

      To ask the Solicitor-General what steps the Government are taking to ensure victims of crime are kept informed of the progress of prosecutions of defendants accused of crimes against them.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General what action can be taken against those responsible in cases where the Crown Prosecution Service makes a mistake in not laying charges within a given time period.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Solicitor-General what plans the Attorney-General has to meet the family of (a) Tom Hurndall and (b) James Miller.

      Police Forces (Reorganisation)

      To ask the Solicitor-General what assessment he has made of the potential impact on the Crown Prosecution Service of the proposed reorganisation of police forces.

  • Defence

    • A400m

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent to date on the A400M future large aircraft; and when it is likely to enter service.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of support by the Pakistan government for insurgents in Helmand province in Afghanistan.

      African Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will increase the number of British military advisors to the African Union; and if he will help with strategic transport, including helicopters, in...

      Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the timescale is for the (a) Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft and (b) Nimrod MRA4 programmes; and if he will make a statement.

      BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department provided a Crown guarantee to the BAE Systems pension scheme.

      Combined Cadet Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in implementing the plans announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in February 2006 to create branches of the Combined...

      Combined Services Detailed Interrogation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent representations he has received about the Combined Services Detailed Interrogation Centres; what response he has made; and if he will make a...

      Diplomatic Contacts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions British Embassy staff in Washington have had with members of the US Congress on defence technology and related matters in the last 12...

      Eurofighter Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Typhoon aircraft have been delivered to the RAF; how many are currently unserviceable; and if he will list the length of time for which each...

      Ex-Servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of surviving ex-servicemen who served at any stage during 1939–1945.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy (a) Sea King, (b) Merlin and (c) Lynx helicopters are (i) in service and (ii) fit for purpose.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the underlying cause was of the action for which his Department received damages from Textron Lycoming in respect of damage caused to an RAF Chinook...

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the differences to the FADEC system between the pre-production system and the system installed in Chinook HC2 ZD576.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what evidence he has received to discount an uncommanded flying control movement of 12 degree nose down pitch by RAF Chinook ZD576 prior to impact into...

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the minimum height is at which autorotation is considered safe for a Chinook HC2; and whether this figure differs from the safe autorotation height...

      HMS Gannet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future use of the helicopter search and rescue service HMS Gannet.

      Human Centrifuge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to replace the human centrifuge operated by QinetiQ at Farnborough when its scheduled out of service date is reached in 2008.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) serious injuries and (b) fatalities have been sustained by members of the Iraq security forces since March 2003.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the capacity of the Iraqi regime under Saddam Hussein to have produced a dirty bomb; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether all British service personnel injured in Iraq are being screened for the possibility of a traumatic brain injury.

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has had discussions with his US counterparts on software source code access in relation to the Joint Strike Fighter; and if he will make a...

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the UK has the capability to develop a new weapon for the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft separately from the USA; and whether this would be...

      Campaign Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list campaigns since 1945 for which Naval General Service Medals and/or clasp have been awarded for which the qualifying period would be...

      Campaign Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason no naval representative was included on Lord Guthrie's sub-committee on the award of service medals and clasps in respect of the Canal Zone.

      Campaign Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Lord Guthrie's sub-committee on the awarding of medals and clasps for service in the Canal Zone referred to a requirement that the qualifying...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) charities and (b) other organisations receive funding from his Department for the treatment of veterans with mental health conditions; and how...

      Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 30 March 2006, Official Report, column 1154W, on missile defence, what the conclusions were of the NATO Feasibility Study into...

      Nuclear Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the risks associated with the use of DDT in nuclear testing conducted by his Department.

      Nuclear Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made by his Department of the long-term effect on (a) servicemen and (b) their offspring of exposure to radiation in connection...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to debate studies into the costs of replacement of Trident.

      Official Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of flights out of RAF Northolt was accounted for by (a) Ministers and (b) officials in each of the last three years.

      Pension Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list those companies to which his Department has given a Crown guarantee in relation to their pension schemes.

      Queen's Flight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision he makes for airport landing charges in the fees charged to other Government Departments for use of the Queen's Flight.

      Queen's Flight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what adjustment he has made to the price charged to other Government Departments for the use of the Queen's Flight as a result of recent increases in...

      RAF Aircraft Servicing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times RAF (a) Harrier GR7 and (b) Jaguar aircraft were cannibalised during (i) 2003, (ii) 2004 and (iii) 2005.

      Shipbuilding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department of possible mergers of UK shipbuilding firms; and if he will make a statement.

      Side Arms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Army has plans to update the standard 9mm Browning side arm.

      Side Arms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to re-allocate the Sig Sauer P220 side arms that were recently replaced by Glock 17s; and if he will make a statement.

      Undercover Agents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision has been made by his Department for the permanent protection of current and former undercover agents in the Irish republican movements who...

  • Treasury

    • Gross Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Gross debt (Maastricht basis) shown in Table C23 of Budget 2006 (HC986) includes the capital debt component of private finance initiative and...

    • Business Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many communication stations were registered for business rates by the Valuation Office Agency in England in each local authority area in 1998.

      Community Shops

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on community shops of the abolition of 0 per cent. corporation tax on small businesses.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on pensioner poverty of the decision not to continue the annual council tax rebate for pensioners.

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Government Spending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total capital expenditure was in England on (a) education and skills and (b) health in each year since 1999–2000.

      Laundered Diesel (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many motorists in Northern Ireland have been detected driving with laundered diesel fuel in each of the last five years.

      Medical Staff (Pay)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to announce the pay increases to be awarded to (a) doctors and dentists and (b) nurses in the 2006–07 financial year; and whether he...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what dates in the last year Ministers in his Department have held meetings with Ministers in the Scottish Executive.

      Pension Liabilities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the liabilities are of each company issued with Crown guarantees in respect of their pension fund deficits; and if he will make a statement.

      Pension Liabilities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the public sector pension liabilities are in respect of (a) the Civil Service, (b) local government, (c) the NHS, (d) other government agencies, (e)...

      Pension Liabilities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what account is taken of the contingent public sector liabilities in respect of employee pension funds of privatised companies in his Department's estimate...

      Road Fuel Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he (a) has made and (b) plans to make of the effect of an increase in the price of (i) petrol and (ii) diesel on the UK economy; and...

      Road Fuel Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has made to Arab States about (a) an increase in the price of petroleum and (b) a decrease in the output of oil; what...

      Scottish Executive

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what criteria are applied to requests from (a) the Scottish Executive to draw down money from the account held by the Treasury on its behalf and (b)...

      Scottish Executive

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what funds were (a) requested to be drawn down and (b) drawn down from the savings account held by his Department on behalf of the Scottish Executive in...

      Self-invested Personal Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the (a) role and (b) regulation of independent trustees for self-invested personal pensions.

      Smuggling (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Customs and Excise officers were assigned to tackling smuggling activities in Northern Ireland in the 2005–06 financial year; and how many...

      Smuggling (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many and what percentage of detections of smuggling in Northern Ireland were made by HM Revenue and Customs in the last period for which figures...

      Stillbirths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many babies have been stillborn in each of the regions of the UK in each of the last five years; and what percentage of the total number of births this...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 25 January 2006, Official Report, column 222W, to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman), on the Valuation Office Agency,...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 7 March 2006, Official Report, columns 1308–9W, on the Valuation Office Agency, what the purpose is of the electronic image...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what role the OASIS PC market applications plays in the Valuation Office Agency's council tax valuations.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library copies of the minutes of the Valuation Office Agency Programme Board that was preparing for the council tax revaluation in...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will answer Question 52727 tabled on 14 February 2006 by the right hon. Member for Birkenhead on child maintenance.

    • Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the real costs of running the Child Support Agency for each year from 1997–98 to 2007–08, using...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to answer the letter of 27 February 2006 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, about Mr. W Beckett.

      Councillors' Remuneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the responsibility allowance allocated to leaders and cabinet members of local councils is treated for benefit purposes.

      Departmental Documentation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the Department's compliance with accessibility targets for its public documentation.

      Departmental Estate (Parklands Building)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what total liability arose through the reconstruction of his Department's Parklands building; and if he will make a statement.

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid in (a) bonus payments and (b) performance related pay to senior civil servants administering the Financial Assistance Scheme...

      Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker's allowance and incapacity benefit claimants were dealt with in the Putney jobcentre in (a) 2004–05 and (b)...

      Link Age Plus Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether he plans to pilot the Link Age Plus Scheme in West Yorkshire; (2) what progress has been made in the Link Age Plus Scheme and...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will answer Question 47250 tabled by the hon. Member for Portsmouth South on 26 January on learning disability.

      Winter Fuel Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what would the annual winter fuel allowance now be if it had changed in line with (a) the retail price index and (b) domestic fuel costs since...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will give line performance indicators for electoral registration, at each stage of registration, for each local...

    • Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the current guidelines are for staffing levels of local authority registration departments.

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will consider introducing a carry forward policy for voter registration of one general election cycle.

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the local authorities electoral registration departments that (a) do and (b) do not use bar coding on their...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which local authorities have reduced their electoral budgets over the past 10 years.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Capita

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

    • Councillors' Expenses

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the responsibility allowance allocated to leaders and council members of councils in England and Wales is for (a) their personal use and (b) expenses.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2005 to the hon. Member for Dundee, East, Official Report, column 2559W, on departmental staff, what the average additional...

      Disabled People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his Department's progress in meeting its statutory obligation as a public body to promote the rights of disabled people.

      Fire and Rescue

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people were (a) rescued alive from fires and (b) led to safety from fires by fire and rescue service personnel in each of the last 10 years for which...

      Fire and Rescue

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many water rescues the fire and rescue service were involved in in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Hereditaments

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the Answer of 7 March 2006, Official Report, column 1358W, on hereditaments, for what reason the number of composite hereditaments on the Council Tax...

      Social Policy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what measures the Government are taking (a) to promote social inclusion and (b) to reduce social exclusion among young people; and if he will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Administration Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on (a) administration and (b) management costs by each primary care trust in England in the last year for which figures are available,...

    • Agenda for Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when she expects to complete the Agenda for Change review process; (2) how many staff have been recruited to oversee the Agenda for Change review...

      Agenda for Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2006, Official Report, column 724W, on NHS contracts, what follow-up work is being carried out on the cost of...

      Asthma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged (a) nought to six, (b) seven to 11, (c) 12 to 15, (d) 16 to 18, (e) 19 to 21 and (f) 22 to 25 years in (i) the north east, (ii) the...

      Bone Marrow Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms are in place to facilitate international bone marrow donations.

      Bone Marrow Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to increase the number of registered bone marrow donors (a) in total and (b) from under-represented ethnic groups.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care homes there are in (a) the West Midlands region and (b) Coventry.

      Carlisle Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of patients were offered a first appointment with a general practitioner within two working days in the Carlisle primary care trust area.

      "Choosing Health"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated to each primary care trust to implement Choosing Health.

      "Choosing Health"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether "Choosing Health" revenue allocations to primary care trusts are ring-fenced.

      ComMedica

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) why Connecting for Health has suspended its contract with ComMedica; (2) which Minister approved the suspension of the contract with ComMedica; and...

      ComMedica

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of potential security risks associated with the NHS Connecting for Health computer system; and if she will make a...

      Complementary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she intends to bring forward legislation providing for the regulation of practitioners of complementary and alternative medicines and therapies.

      Contracts (Voluntary Sector)

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

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will reply to the letter of 6 March 2006 from the hon. Member for Walsall, North regarding funding of residential homes.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of dentists have signed the new NHS contract in each primary care trust in (a) Lincolnshire, (b) Doncaster, (c) Hull, (d) East Yorkshire,...

      Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on her Department's progress in fulfilling its statutory obligation as a public body to promote the rights of disabled people.

      Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress her Department has made towards achieving its 2005 aim that each social services locality should be complemented by a local user-led...

      Elderly Care Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2005, Official Report, column 2701W, on elderly care costs, whether the estimated cost of £1.7 billion for free...

      Embryo Experimentation/Stem Cell Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what treatments for (a) children and (b) adults with disabling conditions have been developed by use of (i) human embryo experimentation and (ii) stem...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what increase in salary general practitioners have received in the last year.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pounds per point general practitioners earned from the quality and outcomes framework in (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06; and how many...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what average hours general practitioners worked per week in England in (a) 1995, (b) 2000 and (c) 2005.

      Health Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate her Department has made of the requirement for education and training places for (a) nurses, (b) midwives, (c) physiotherapists, (d)...

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) advice and (b) instructions she has issued to primary care trusts on the closure of community and cottage hospitals.

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many primary care trusts in England are proposing to close community or cottage hospitals within their jurisdiction; and if she will list them;...

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) hospital doctors, (b) hospital doctors on training programmes and (c) other hospital staff work for free; and of these how many are...

      Infant Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list neonatal units in England which regularly use a pain tool to assess chronic pain in infants; and if she will make a statement.

      Infant Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research her Department has conducted into experience of pain in premature babies; and if she will make a statement; (2) what research her...

      Local Improvement Finance Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many local improvement finance trust schemes (a) have been completed, (b) have been commissioned and (c) are being constructed and established,...

      Low Birth Weight Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what definition of a low birth-weight baby the Department uses; and if she will make a statement.

      Malnutrition (Older People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she plans to take following the living well in later life initiative to identify and implement action to address malnutrition among older people.

      Newham University Hospital NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Newham University Hospital NHS Trust referred to in her written ministerial statement on NHS deficits of 1 December 2005 is the same as the...

      NHS Practice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many qualified (a) nurses, (b) midwives and (c) health visitors have (i) entered and (ii) completed return to practice schemes in the NHS in England...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received on NHS trust financial deficits in South East London.

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect of withdrawing the purchaser's parity adjustment over two years on the finances of NHS trusts with deficits.

      Non-slip Floors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients were recorded as (a) being injured and (b) dying as a result of slipping and falling on shiny non-slip floors in each of the last...

      Total Purchasing Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the written answer of 16 February 2006, Official Report, column 2323W, on total purchasing pilots, whether her Department has made an...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are waiting for operations in the boroughs of (a) Richmond upon Thames and (b) Kingston upon Thames; and if she will make a statement.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect of the EU Working time directive on doctors' (a) overtime and (b) hours of work.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: US Bases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Drayson on 29 March (WA 112), how they are able to gauge whether military bases on United Kingdom soil but outside United...

    • Aviation: RAF Ballykelly

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether security at RAF Ballykelly has been reviewed following the recent incident when a commercial flight landed there in error.

      Biomedicine and Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With regard to the Council of Europe Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine 1997 (a) whether they have signed this convention; (b) if they have not signed it,...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 26 October 2004 (WA 187), why the website of the British consulate-general in Hong Kong still...

      Children: Parental Drug and Alcohol Use

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many incidents of domestic violence in the United Kingdom each year are linked to (a) alcohol misuse, and (b) drug abuse.

      Drivers: Motoring Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For each of the past 10 years for which figures are available (a) what proportion of drivers had driving licences with no endorsements; and (b) how many people...

      Hazardous Substances

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the purpose of the new European Union directive on the restriction of hazardous substances, to be effective from 1 July 2006.

      Iraq: UK Forces

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to respond to the views expressed by Iraqi political parties and reflected in public opinion polls that they should announce a date for the...

      Israel: UN Resolutions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which, if any, of the United Nations resolutions relevant to Israel have been implemented by Israel since 1949.

      Manufacturing

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to improve the manufacturing sector and to increase factory output.

      NHS: Dentists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the number of people in England and Wales who did not have access to a National Health Service dentist on 1 April; and on what basis that...

      Prisons: Activity Hours

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to ensure that statistical returns from prisons in the public and private sector are accurate and up-to-date; and Under what...

      Prisons: Assessments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to ensure that initial, and any subsequent, assessments of prisoners routinely follow them into and between prisons.

      Prisons: Assessments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will review the effectiveness of offender risk assessment systems, bearing in mind that privately managed prisons do not have access to the technology...

      Railways: Accidents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 29 March (WA 128), why other bodies were involved prior to the completion of the initial...

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