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Written answers

Wednesday, 3 May 2006

  • International Development

    • Departmental Websites

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

    • Disabled Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to help provide education for disabled children in developing countries; and if he will make a statement.

      Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which developing countries with oil, gas or mining industries have not signed up to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative;...

      Ministerial Cars (Fuel Costs)

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

      Pharmaceutical Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with pharmaceutical companies on the pricing of cancer drugs in the developing world.

      Sakhalin II Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on the funding for Shell's proposed Sakhalin II development and the requirements of the European Bank for...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Corporate Hospitality

      To ask the Solicitor-General on how many occasions he has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.

    • Vixen Tor Climbing Incident

      To ask the Solicitor-General when he expects the Crown Prosecution Service to report on the Vixen Tor climbing incident.

  • Wales

    • Electoral Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representations he has received on electoral reform in Wales.

    • Police Force Restructuring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on police force restructuring in Wales.

      Press Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the steps he is taking to ensure the freedom of the press in Wales.

      Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list his visits to Wales together with the purpose of each such visit since 1 January.

      Olympic Delivery Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and (b) the Welsh Assembly Government on the appointment of...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture (Sustainability/Climate Change)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with (a) the horticultural industry and (b) farmers on the environmental effects of their work.

    • Agriculture (Sustainability/Climate Change)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the contribution made by (a) farmers and (b) horticulturalists in reducing UK carbon emissions.

      Agriculture (Sustainability/Climate Change)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken by her Department to work with farmers to reduce the impact of climate change on British agriculture.

      Agriculture (Sustainability/Climate Change)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken by her Department to ensure the sustainability of British agriculture.

      Ammonium Nitrate Fertiliser

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what records are held by the Government on the commercial sale of ammonium nitrate fertiliser.

      Ammonium Nitrate Fertiliser

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government plans to introduce restrictions on (a) the commercial sale of and (b) the levels of nitrate in...

      Beef Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what Government support has been given to the farming industry to assist the resumption of beef exports.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the threat to biodiversity if biofuels are...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Minister for Rural Affairs, Landscape and Biodiversity will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for North...

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list (a) the websites operated by her Department and (b) the reports placed on the internet in March 2006,...

      Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on her Department's progress in fulfilling its statutory obligation as a public body to promote...

      EU INSPIRE Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will place in the Library a copy of (a) the Regulatory Impact Assessment and (b) the supplementary explanatory...

      Farm Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farm holdings there were in the UK in each of the last 20 years.

      Farm Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farms there are in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands Region.

      Farm Tenants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what opportunities exist for farm tenants to diversify as a result of recent changes to landlord/tenant legislation; and what...

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what considerations formed the basis of the decision to extend the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification...

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who was involved in the decision to extend the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification scheme probation period.

      Johnson McNeil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether Johnson McNeil is employed by her Department or one of its agencies.[R]

      Market Towns Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will list the market towns which have participated in the market towns initiative; between which dates each...

      Meat Hygiene Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the (a) possible effects on the terms and conditions of and (b) cost impacts on veterinary...

      Meat Hygiene Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she commission an independent assessment of the likely impact of each of the options for proposed changes to veterinary...

      Meat Hygiene Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the TUPE implications are of each of the options for proposed changes for veterinary supervision arrangements within the...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy when placing material in the Library in response to a parliamentary question to supply a copy...

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers (a) in England and (b) in Windsor constituency will receive late payments for 2005 from the Rural Payments...

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to issue written guarantees that payments will be forthcoming to farmers awaiting single farm payments...

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many single farm payments in (a) Stroud constituency and (b) Gloucestershire have (i) been cancelled, (ii) yet to be...

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the problems with the computerised mapping system for single farm payments to be fully resolved.

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when David Diamond, a beef farmer of Portford Lane, South Brent, holding number 10/296/0205, will receive his Single...

      Tallow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much tallow was burned as a fuel in the UK in each of the last five years; and what assessment she has made of the...

      Tallow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the potential effect of a ban on tallow burning on fossil fuel emissions targets; (2)...

      Tallow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the enforcement of the ban on burning tallow.

      Water Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Government has implemented the Labour Party's 1996 proposals on water policy.

      Water Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the penalties are for a domestic householder breaking a hosepipe ban.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces Bases (Charges)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what charges are levied at British bases in Germany for (a) accommodation, (b) heating and (c) lighting on (i) British troops, (ii) civil servants and...

    • Defence Coalition Support Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations his Department has received from the US regarding the establishment of a Defence Coalition Support Account.

      Drug Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many people in each of the armed forces have tested positive for controlled substances in each of the past five years, broken down by rank; (2)...

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps are undertaken within his Department to ensure that women are obtaining equal pay to men doing work of equal value.

      Hospitals (Military Personnel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many hospital wards in the UK are reserved for military personnel only.

      Military Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what military medals have been issued by the Government since 8 May 1945 for which eligibility may still be claimed; and (a) on what date and (b) for...

      War Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many war pensions have been successfully claimed in each of the last five years; and how many of these were awarded for (a) physical injury and (b)...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Children's Services

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) what (a) nursery and crèche places and (b) other facilities are provided for the children of...

    • Parking Spaces

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many parking spaces on the House of Commons estate are reserved for specific individuals; which...

  • Transport

    • A1079

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what average number of vehicles used the A1079 road each day in the latest period for which figures are available; how many vehicles the A1079 was...

    • A6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to make a decision on the A6 Bypass South East Manchester multi-modal study road scheme in Stockport.

      A6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential for displacement of traffic onto the M60 Motorway between junction 25 and the M60/A57 interchange as a...

      Airport Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to ensure that those involved with terrorist groups do not obtain security clearance enabling them to work at airports.

      Car Tax Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport under what circumstances a sub-post office is allowed to hold the V14 reclaim of car tax form.

      Driving Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints the Driving Standards Agency has received from participants in the motorcycle theory tests.

      Fire Precautions (Sub-surface Railway Stations) Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions his Department has had with the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister regarding the Fire Precautions (Sub-surface Railway...

      Flights (Domestic/International)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) domestic and (b) international flights originated from the UK in each of the last five years.

      Government Car Service

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

      Highways Construction Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of (a) the prevailing inflation rate for highways construction works and (b) the causes of the level of such inflation.

      Intelligent Speed Adaptation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has funded on intelligent speed adaptation technology on roads.

      Level Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action he is taking (a) to remove panel gapping on railway level crossings and (b) to improve level crossing safety generally; and if he will make...

      Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding his Department and its agencies have provided to the Cambridge University Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies on research...

      Media Monitoring and Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much agencies of his Department spent on (a) media monitoring, (b) media training and (c) marketing in each year since 1997; and how much his...

      Motorway Signage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 1 March 2006, Official Report, column 730W, on motorway signage, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that...

      Noise Limits (Airports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the maximum (a) safe and (b) desirable limits on peak aircraft noise (Lmax dBA) for airports; and what the existing...

      Noise Limits (Airports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether (a) measurements of and (b) limits on peak aircraft noise (Lmax dBA) are in place for airports other than Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.

      Noise Limits (Airports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans (a) to introduce new and (b) to change existing (i) measurements of and (ii) limits on peak aircraft noise (Lmax DBA) for airports.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether a cost analysis has been carried out for the use of the Old Oak Common Depot and the Ilford Depot as part of the Crossrail project.

      Oyster Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to give train operating companies who are not at the end of a franchise incentives to incorporate pre-pay Oyster cards.

      Press Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies on press offices in each year since 1997.

      Road Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will make announcements on (a) the regional funding allocations and (b) new major schemes.

      Road Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the costs have been of testing pay-as-you-go road pricing schemes.

      Seatbelts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultations his Department undertook between (a) 1976 and 1979 and (b) 1980 and 1986 on seatbelt wearing; if he will place in the Library the...

      Severn River Crossings plc.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in discussions with Severn River Crossings plc. on allowing credit card payments for Severn crossing tolls.

      Utility Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has undertaken into the scope for use of trenchless technology to reduce delays caused by utilities digging up roads.

      Utility Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has undertaken to identify best practice among utility companies in the use of trenchless technology.

      Vandalism (Railways)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many incidents of vandalism there have been in each year since 1997 on (a) trains, (b) stations, (c) railway tracks and (d) railway depots, broken...

      Wellingborough-London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward plans to increase capacity on the Wellingborough to London railway line.

  • Minister for Women

    • Traditionally Male Careers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what discussions she has had with business organisations on encouraging school girls to consider careers in sectors which have until recently been seen...

  • Education and Skills

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much her Department has spent to date to promote academies; and how many people are employed (a) in her Department and (b) as...

    • Bookstart

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what is the cost of Bookstart since the programme began; and how many books have been purchased so far under the scheme; (2) how many...

      British Edutrust Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) meetings and (b) correspondence Ministers have had with the British Edutrust Foundation.

      British Edutrust Foundation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the decision was taken that Rhodesway school in Bradford would become an academy sponsored by the British Edutrust Foundation.

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills on what date she replied to the letter from Norfolk county council of 12 December 2005 regarding Paul Reeve.

      Departmental Advertising Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much (a) her Department and (b) its agencies spent on advertising for job vacancies in each of the last five years.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in Wirral, West have received the education maintenance allowance.

      First Level 3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many 19 to 25 year olds are studying for a first level 3 in (a) each region and (b) England.

      Further/Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of secondary school pupils went on to further or higher education in (a) Taunton constituency and (b) England in each year...

      Headteachers (Age)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average age is of a head teacher in England.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the funding for the Learning and Skills Council for adult learning was in (a) 2004–05, (b) 2005–06 and (c) 2006–07;...

      List 99

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people (a) are on List 99 and (b) have been added to the List in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

      Newly Qualified Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average starting salary was for newly qualified teachers in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Essex in each of the last 10...

      Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list the towns in (a) England and Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) the European Union that she has visited in an official capacity in...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make it her policy when placing material in the Library in response to a parliamentary question to supply a copy of the material...

      School Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department have visited in each month since 1997; for what purposes in each case; if...

      Special Needs (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will set out the funding for (a) special schools and (b) children with special needs for each of the past five years and the forecast...

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of outstanding student loans are in accounts where debt recovery is inactive (a) in total and (b) where no...

      University Academic Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average annual earnings were of full-time members of the academic staff of universities in (a) West Lancashire and (b) Lancashire...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Home Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people in her Department have been enabled to work from home in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement.

    • Olympic Delivery Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Wales and (b) the Welsh Assembly Government on the appointment of...

      Olympic Delivery Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the process was for recruitment and selection of the members of the Olympic Delivery Authority; and (a) when and (b) in what...

      Olympic Delivery Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the (a) job description and (b) person specification was for members of the Olympic Delivery Authority.

      Olympic Delivery Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what responsibilities the Olympic Delivery Authority has for (a) Olympic preparations, (b) venues and (c) events outside London and the...

      Windsor Castle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many individuals were employed at Windsor Castle in 2005–06.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Pension Supplement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when a supplement to the basic pension for reaching the age of 80 years was first paid; and what its value would be if it had been increased in...

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how long a national from another EU member state needs to have been resident in the UK before being eligible to receive (a) housing...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of council tax benefit was in (a) England and (b) Wales in each year since 1997–98; and what the estimated costs are for...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the take-up rate of council tax benefit was amongst pensioners in (a) 1996–97 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will amend housing benefit policy so as to make it possible for a non-dependent sibling of a landlord to claim housing benefit in...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what improvements he is making in the administration of housing benefit.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what response his Department makes to an individual's claim that levels of household debt is a reason for lack of co-operation with the Child...

      Fraud investigation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much fraud investigators recovered for his Department in each of the last five years.

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what reports he has received on the restoration of the full rate of income support to young people under 25 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many jobseeker's allowance applications have taken (a) more than 12 days, (b) more than 18 days, (c) more than 24 days and (d) more than 48...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to publish his response to the Parliamentary Commissioner's report on the security of final salary occupational pensions.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of administering the pension credit was in each of the last seven financial years; and what estimate he has made of the...

      Pensioner Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners were living in poverty in (a) 1997 and (b) according to the most recent data available.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Scotland use a Post Office card account to receive their pension, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) constituency.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to encourage financial institutions to enable those using the Post Office card account to transfer to bank accounts with the...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether employees of the Pensions Service are telephoning pensioners to persuade them to cease using their Post Office card accounts.

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what baseline figures he is using for assessing progress on his Department's targets to (a) modernise transactional processes, (b) make savings...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women have received a Sure Start maternity grant in (a) England and (b) the Wakefield district in each of the last two years; and what...

      Sure Start to Later Life

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the pilots for A Sure Start to Later Life to be under way.

      Turner Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the Turner Commission recommendation for mandatory employer pension contributions.

      Workstep Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many places are available through the Workstep programme; how many people were referred to the programme in the last 12 months; and if he...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Company Law Reform Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he has had discussions with the Corporate Responsibility Coalition on the Company Law Reform Bill; and if he will make a statement.

    • Company Law Reform Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made on replacing Part 31 of the Company Law Reform Bill.

      Import Revenues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what revenue was raised from imports into the UK in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005 of (i) rice—combined nomenclature code 1006, (ii)...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much his Department spent on advertising in the press and radio on the question of the national minimum wage in (a) 2005 and (b) 2004.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the revenue for post offices from (a) Post Office card account transactions and (b) bank account transactions.

      Public Procurement Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to his Answer of 1 February 2006, Official Report, columns 547–8W, on European public procurement law, what changes the two new...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Registration (Advertising)

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission whether he has measured the effects of the Electoral Commission's advertising campaign to...

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol-free Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effect on antisocial behaviour of alcohol-free zones in towns.

    • Anti-Semitic Incidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-Semitic incidents were reported in Greater Manchester in 2005.

      Business Crime Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to add to the offences covered by business crime partnerships.

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will ensure that detained children within families about whom there are child protection concerns are not removed from the UK until...

      Crime (Peterborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assistance is being given to Cambridgeshire Constabulary to tackle incidents of youth crime and antisocial behaviour in...

      Criminal Justice and Court Services Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department why section 53 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 (a) has not been implemented and (b) has been superseded by schedule 8 to...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the guidelines ensuring co-operation between the UK Information Commissioner and the European Data Protection Supervisor...

      Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress his Department has made in promoting the rights of disabled people under its statutory duty to do so as a public body.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the range of activities covered by the Best Value Performance Indicator that local authorities need to undertake successfully...

      Drugs Liaison Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many overseas drugs liaison officers are employed in each country in Latin America; and what the cost was in 2004–05; (2)...

      Female Murders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women were killed by a current or former male partner in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many converted firearms have been used in criminal acts where a shot has been fired in the last five years.

      Gun Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many gun crimes have been committed in the past 5 years using .22 calibre sports pistols.

      Handgun Legislation (Olympics)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice has been given by the police to his Department in relation to a possible relaxation to the handgun legislation for Olympic target...

      Home Detention Curfews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department within what time period the Parole Board is required to reconsider its decision to refuse a Home Detention Curfew (a) when the Prison...

      Homeless People (Arrests)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many homeless people have been arrested in each of the last eight years.

      Immigration Detention (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce a statutory time limit for the detention of children.

      Immigration Detention (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will ensure that welfare assessments for children who are detained are carried out after (a) seven and (b) 21 days; (2) if he...

      International Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has received documentary evidence from the Israeli Government on potential changes to UK law on international arrest warrants.

      Mobile Telephones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment his Department has made of the level of mobile telephone theft in each year since 2001; (2) how many people have been...

      Parole Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what complaints his Department has received from (a) individuals and (b) groups regarding the decisions of parole boards in each of the last...

      Party Wall Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been prosecuted under the Party Wall Act 1996 in each year since 1997.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received on police community support officers.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time police officers there were as at 1 April 2006 in the (a) Northern, (b) Central and (c) Southern Division Basic Command...

      Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with the National Federation of Retail Newsagents on the selling of pornographic magazines and newspapers...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate he has made of the number of hours of education undertaken by each prisoner in Young Offender Institutions per week.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding was made available for staff education and development in prisons in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c)...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will initiate comprehensive ethnic and religious monitoring across the prison estate.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women are in prison for non-violent offences; and how many were sentenced for each type of such offence.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of prisoners in England and Wales are serving sentences of fewer than 12 months.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) complaints, (b) investigations and (c) disciplinary actions were dealt with by governors at each London prison relating to (i)...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the statistical correlation between participation in education in custody and rates of reoffending upon release.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many investigations have been conducted into governors at each London prison in each of the last five years; what allegations have caused...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the report of the Schito inquiry into the allocation of places at HM Prison Wandsworth.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the report of the recent performance testing exercise at HM Prison Wandsworth.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) director of personnel, (b) director of finance, (c) doctor, (d) pharmacist, (e) pharmacy technician, (f) training manager and...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what action he is taking to avoid duplication of management roles by way of the operation of prison clusters; (2) what proportion of...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the operational reasons were in each case for governors at HM Prison Wandsworth to travel to (a) Japan, (b) Australia and (c)...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the implementation of the Prison Service Violence Reduction Strategy.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will extend the Goods Again project at HM Prison Onley to other establishments.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason juveniles are being detained at HM Prison Woodhill; what facilities are designated for juveniles being detained there; what...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on implementation of anti-bullying procedures at HM Prison Woodhill.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to improve the relationship between staff and inmates at HM Prison Leeds.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the use of the special cell at HM Prison Leeds.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to improve the physical working conditions for staff at prisons.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the cost will be of the Prison Service's listen to improve scheme; (2) what budget is available for the development of local...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the job evaluation scheme for the Prison Service in the eastern region.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the Prison Service's deaths in custody initiative.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 20 April 2006, Official Report, column 256, on access to drugs in prison, what steps are being taken to combat...

      Racially Motivated Crime (Statistics)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the scale was of the inaccuracies in the racially motivated crime statistics that caused them to be withdrawn; what the cause of the...

      Respect Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time employees work in his Department's Respect Task Force.

      Segregation Units (Prisons)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the progress of the review of segregation units in prisons.

      Sex Offender Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the proposals to develop a new vetting and barring scheme will include provisions to bar those on the sex offenders register from...

      Sheppey Offender Management Pilot

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the Sheppey Offender Management Pilot.

      Swinfen Hall

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of inmates at HM YOI Swinfen Hall had access to first night procedures in each year since 1997.

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will withdraw the UK's Reservation to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Websites

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list (a) the websites operated by his Department, including the Cabinet Office and (b) the reports placed on the internet in March 2006,...

    • Equal Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps are being taken by the Government to close the gender pay gap in the Civil Service.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Minister without Portfolio what mileage was undertaken in February by the car allocated to the Minister Without Portfolio.

      Office of Public Service Reform

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list the changes in Government policy that resulted from recommendations of the Office of Public Service Reform.

      Parliamentary Accountability

      To ask the Minister without Portfolio if he will set out the steps he takes to ensure parliamentary accountability for his actions.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Minister without Portfolio for what reasons written parliamentary questions tabled to him by the hon. Member for Lewes on 22 March were answered by the Parliamentary Secretary in the...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Minister without Portfolio if he will make a statement on his practices in respect of written parliamentary questions tabled to him for answer.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Arson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total number of arson attacks was for the 100 (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Northern Ireland with the (i) highest and (ii)...

    • Average Annual Industrial Wages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the ratio was of average annual industrial wage levels to average terrace house prices in Northern Ireland between 1995 and 2005.

      Curriculum and Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2006, Official Report, column 2033W, on curriculum and assessment when he expects to be in a position to...

      Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland to complete the valuation of domestic properties in connection with...

      Draft Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the expected timescale is for a public inquiry into the draft Belfast metropolitan area plan.

      Drug Addicts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many registered drug addicts there are in each (a) ward, (b) county and (c) constituency in Northern Ireland; what percentage of the total...

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the rate of economic growth has been in Northern Ireland for each of the last 10 years.

      Emergency Drills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what dates since October 2001, local authorities and emergency services have carried out nuclear emergency drills in co-operation with UK...

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what change there has been in the number of people employed full-time on farms in Northern Ireland over the past 10 years.

      Farming (Fraudulent Claims)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been successfully prosecuted under the (a) Animals (Records) Order (Northern Ireland) 1997, (b) Sheep Annual Premium...

      Female Council Candidates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many female candidates there are in the Northern Ireland council elections.

      Government Taskforce on Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which areas are being targeted by the Government taskforce established to assess the needs of those areas; and which civil and elected...

      Greyhound Racing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what legislation applies to the use of greyhounds in greyhound racing in Northern Ireland.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average housing price in Northern Ireland has been in each of the last 10 years.

      Housing Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many households in Northern Ireland he estimates will be entitled to housing benefit in 2006–07.

      Inflation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the rate of inflation was in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      InterTradeIreland

      To ask the Secretary of State forNorthern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the (a) quality and (b) performance of InterTradeIreland.

      Invest Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much land held by Invest Northern Ireland is available for industrial use in each of Northern Ireland's constituencies.

      Legal Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps have been taken to ensure a panel of barristers is available to the Northern Ireland Administration to provide legal advice.

      Measuring Public Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which organisations or companies have been employed by his Department on measuring public opinion in each of the last three years; and how much...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many planning refusal notices have been issued in each district council area in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; (2)...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many valid planning applications have been received by the divisional planning office in (a) Downpatrick and (b) Craigavon in each of the...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many planning approvals have been received by the Divisional Planning Office in (a) Downpatrick and (b) Craigavon in each of the last five years.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average length of time taken to process a planning application from application to approval is in the (a) Downpatrick and (b) Craigavon...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 18 April 2006, Official Report, column 499W on police, how many people were in each category of applicants.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Police Service of Northern Ireland students have been (a) disciplined and (b) expelled while undergoing their training in each of the...

      Road Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been caught by road tax detection devices in each of the last five years, broken down by police region.

      Road Traffic Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries have been caused by road traffic accidents in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Shared Future Document

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when action plans will be produced by Departments to implement the recommendations of the Shared Future document.

      Sinn Fein/IRA Stormont Spy Ring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were assisted to move house as a result of the discovery of the Sinn Fein/IRA Stormont spy ring; and how many people had...

      Statemented Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) number and (b) percentage of children with special educational needs have been (i) statemented and (ii) not statemented in the 100 (A)...

      Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the reasons are for the time taken to introduce legislation on taxi regulation in Northern Ireland; and when he expects this legislation to...

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) men and (b) women were successfully prosecuted during 2005 for not having a television licence in Northern Ireland.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what promotional activities are planned by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board to market Northern Ireland in Scotland during 2006.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Northern Ireland Tourist Board spent on promoting Northern Ireland as a tourist destination in the Republic of Ireland in each of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • China/Vietnam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government supports the procedures used by the European Commission to determine whether to impose anti-dumping...

    • Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was given to the Government of Gibraltar for national security in each of the last five years.

      Home Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people in his Department have been enabled to work from home in each of the last three years; and if he will make a...

      India (Defence Exports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what changes have been made to the rules governing the export of (a) defence equipment and (b) certain dual-use-goods by the UK...

      International Arms Trade Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Prime Minister regarding the International Arms Trade treaty; and if he will make a statement.

      International Arms Trade Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to promote the Arms Trade Treaty (a) among other Governments and (b) at the United Nations.

      International Tax and Investment Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when his Department's officials have met International Tax and Investment Centre representatives since March 2003; and what...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place a copy of the (a) fiscal and regulatory frameworks for the oil industry in Iraq and (b) UK paper prepared for...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports relating to Iraq the Government has received from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in its...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the occasions when (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have condemned (i) suicide and (ii) other...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with Arab states about suicide bombings in Israel; what...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has received regarding the acquisition of land by Israel for further illegal settlement building close to...

      Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what phase of the performance-based Roadmap to a permanent two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict had been...

      Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken to facilitate a peaceful solution to the Kurdish question; and if he will make a statement.

      Mauritania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what elements the €81,000 contribution to a UN High Commissioner for Refugees project in Mauritania to improve...

      Ministerial Cars (Fuel Costs)

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

      Nepal

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

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the proposed arms sales by the Russian military to Hamas; and if he will make a statement.

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on relations with the newly elected Palestinian Authority.

      Small Arms/Light Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on his position at the UN Review Conference on Small Arms and Light Weapons in New York in June;...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next plans to hold meetings with the Syrian authorities.

      Terrorism (Definition)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's definition of terrorism is; what assessment he has made of the merits of agreeing a globally-accepted...

      Terrorist Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the EU on the continuing proscription of the People's Mojahedin Organisation of...

      UK/India Prisoner Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many transfer application requests have been submitted relating to the UK/India Prisoner Transfer Agreement; and how many...

      UK/India Prisoner Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress is being made with the UK/India Prisoner Transfer Agreement.

      UN Population Fund

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

      US-India Nuclear Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from his Pakistani counterparts regarding the US-India nuclear deal; and if he will make a...

      US-India Nuclear Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government are reviewing their policy towards India's possession of nuclear weapons following the recently concluded...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Assault (Civil Action)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps she plans to take to permit civil action in cases of assault to be commenced beyond the limitation period in...

    • Census Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the evidence of her Department's permanent secretary on 28 February 2006 to the Constitutional Affairs Committee,...

      Coroner Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the occasions since 1976 when a sudden or violent death involving a single victim has not had a coroner's...

      Council Tax Valuations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 February 2006, Official Report, columns 2192–93W, on council tax valuations, what plans...

      Council Tax Valuations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to her answer of 16 February 2006, Official Report, columns 2192–93W, on council tax valuations, what Government...

      Court Services (South-west)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) if she will make a statement on the financial position of court services in the south-west; (2) what savings are being...

      Crown Counsel (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many senior Crown counsel were subsequently appointed judges in Northern Ireland in the last 30 years.

      Death Certificates

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what rules apply to the timescale for issuing death certificates in relation to (a) the date of death, (b) the holding of a...

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list (a) the websites operated by her Department and (b) the reports placed on the internet in March 2006,...

      Dr. David Kelly

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the compliance by the Oxfordshire Coroner with section 17A(6) of the Coroners Act 1988, in the...

      Dr. David Kelly

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 21 July 2005, Official Report, column 1935W. to the hon. Member for Beaconsfield (Mr. Grieve) on Dr....

      Dr. David Kelly

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs for what reasons the death certificate issued on 18th August 2003 in respect of Dr. David Kelly included the reasons for death...

      Dr. David Kelly

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs who took the decision to issue the death certificate for Dr. David Kelly; and on what date that decision was taken.

      Electoral System

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many local authorities have a (a) plain English campaign and (b) Charter Mark Certificate for their electoral registration...

      Electoral System

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps the Government is taking to increase voter turnout in elections among young people.

      House of Lords Reform

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent discussions the Government have had regarding House of Lords reform.

      Hutton Inquiry

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list individuals who refused permission for statements they had given to Thames Valley Police to be passed to Lord...

      Hutton Inquiry

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs at what time and on what day the nature of the inquiry into the death of Dr. David Kelly was changed from a judicial inquiry to...

      Hutton Inquiry

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the individuals who were asked to appear before the Hutton Inquiry into the death of Dr. David Kelly, but who...

      Hutton Inquiry

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the (a) title and (b) date of each inquiry concluded by Lord Hutton prior to his appointment to lead an...

      Hutton Inquiry

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs for what reasons the Hutton Inquiry was not established under the Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act 1921.

      Inquests

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether it is a requirement for an inquest to be held in the event of the death of a serving member of (a) MI5 and (b) MI6.

      Inquests

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many inquests in Oxfordshire have yet to be opened; how many relate to soldiers who have served in Iraq; and what the date...

      Judicial Inquiries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the responsibility for selecting a judge to lead a judicial inquiry has passed from the Lord Chancellor to the Lord...

      Judicial Reform

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what funding will be provided for the five-year plan for judicial reform.

      Justices of the Peace Act

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on the operation of Section 60 of the Justices of the Peace Act 1997.

      Land Disputes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many title deed cases have been referred to the adjudicator at HM Land Registry under section 73 of the Land Registration...

      Land Disputes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many complaints concerning title deeds have been investigated by HM Land Registry in each of the last 10 years; and how...

      Land Registry Fees

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what fee structure the Land Registry uses for those looking to buy or sell a residential property.

      Land Registry Fees

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what charges the Land Registry will levy for the provision of information for home information packs.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on access to legal aid for people who claim state benefits.

      Lords of Appeal

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which Lords of Appeal in Ordinary who were serving on 18 July 2003 had expertise in media law.

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on the sum spent in 2005 on trials and hearings in magistrates courts that did not go ahead.

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps she plans to take to ensure the implementation of the recommendations made by the National Audit Office on reducing...

      Ministerial Cars (Fuel Cars)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the fuel costs were for ministerial cars used by her Department in each of the last five years.

      National Archives Website

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will take steps to ensure that the National Archives History National Curriculum website makes it clear for teachers and...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what training judges receive on consistency in sentencing; what steps she (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to encourage...

      Tribunals Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps are being taken to raise public awareness of the Tribunals Service.

  • Prime Minister

    • Children's Services

      To ask the Prime Minister how many nursery and crèche places are provided for people working in his Office and employees of other Departments working in Downing street; what charges are made...

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Prime Minister what advice has been issued to Ministers on the presence of civil servants at Labour party events during elections.

      Corporate Hospitality

      To ask the Prime Minister on how many occasions he has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bridgwater (Mr. Liddell-Grainger), of 16 March 2006, Official Report, column 2393W, on the departmental estate, how much of...

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list (a) the websites operated by 10 Downing street and (b) the reports placed on the internet in March 2006, indicating in each case whether paper copies...

      E-communication

      To ask the Prime Minister what guidance he has issued to Ministers who may wish (a) to podcast and (b) to blog.

      Home Secretary

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library (a) a copy of the letter from the Home Secretary offering his resignation and (b) his response.

      Honours (Prevention of Abuses ) Act

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) when he last met (a) the Lord Chancellor, (b) the Secretary of State for the Home Department and (c) the Attorney-General to discuss the operation of the Honours...

      Honours (Prevention of Abuses ) Act

      To ask the Prime Minister how many (a) males and (b) females have been (i) prosecuted and (ii) convicted of an offence under the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925 in each year since 1976.

      Hutton Report

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the four countries referred to in paragraph 165 of the Hutton Report of 28 January 2004.

      Ministerial Code

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the information he has declared to the Cabinet Secretary under the ministerial code.

      Official Residences

      To ask the Prime Minister when (a) 10 and (b) 11 Downing street were last decorated externally; what plans he has to re-decorate externally (i) 10 and (ii) 11 Downing street in the next 12...

      Official Residences

      To ask the Prime Minister how much has been spent on (a) furnishings, (b) repairs and (c) decorating for (i) 10 Downing street and (ii) Chequers in each of the last five years.

      Organogram

      To ask the Prime Minister when he plans to issue an updated version of the 28 April 2004 organogram of the No. 10 organisation.

      Overseas Trips (Journalists)

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) whether journalists accompanying him on overseas trips are required to pay for their own air tickets; (2) which journalists have accompanied him on each official...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister what training in (a) freedom of information requirements, (b) the ministerial code and (c) the February 2005 Cabinet Office guidance to departments is required to be...

      Raymond McCord Junior

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will meet Raymond McCord Senior to discuss allegations of collusion in the murder of his son Raymond McCord Junior and related cases.

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Prime Minister what meetings he has held with the chief executives of strategic health authorities since 1 January 2006; for what reasons these meetings were held; and what the content...

      Suicide Bombings (Israel)

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the occasions when he has condemned (a) suicide and (b) other terrorist attacks in Israel; and if he will make a statement.

      Trade Deals

      To ask the Prime Minister how many trade deals he signed in each of the last eight years; and with which countries.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Best Value Performance Indicators

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the best value performance indicators that have been collected from local authorities in relation to libraries in each year since 1997–98.

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the consultation for the changes to Part P Building Regulations due to come into effect in April 2006 (a) commenced and (b) finished.

      Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what changes will be made to Part P building regulations in April.

      Capita

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of contracts Capita has with local government organisations.

      Departmental Staff Survey

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2006, Official Report, column 1834W, on the departmental staff survey, when he will place in the Library a copy of the...

      Domestic House Sales

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate the Government has made of the number of domestic properties placed on the market for sale in England in each year since 1997.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps are undertaken within his Department to ensure that women are obtaining equal pay to men doing work of equal value.

      Free Bus Travel

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will take steps to ensure that the money allocated to local authorities to cover the cost of the free bus travel policy announced in the Budget is spent...

      Home Inspection Packs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the timetable is for the introduction of home inspection packs.

      Housing (Lettings and Allocations)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of choice-based housing lettings policy by local authorities; if he will provide additional guidance on how...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will enable local authorities to retain the additional income raised from abolishing the council tax discount on empty homes.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many local authorities have used the discretionary powers contained in the Local Government Act 2003 to abolish the council tax discount on (a) second homes...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what funds have been allocated by the Government to each Greater London Borough Council in each of the last eight years.

      Local Government White Paper

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the Local Government White Paper will be published.

      Neighbourhood Renewal Projects

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Government have for neighbourhood renewal projects in (a) Romford and (b) Havering.

      Neighbourhood Renewal Projects

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been allocated to neighbourhood renewal schemes in (a) Romford, (b) Havering and (c) each London borough in each of the last eight years.

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many requests Ordnance Survey has received for information under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005; and how many requests were refused...

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2006, Official Report, column 401W, on Ordnance Survey, what the nature is of the contractual relationship with Getmapping.

      Ordnance Survey

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans Ordnance Survey has to make public data freely available to the public.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what planning guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on applications for change of use from reservoirs.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will publish the new Planning Policy Statement3.

      Residental and Nursing Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the weekly amount paid in each local authority towards adults in (a) residential homes and (b) nursing homes was in each of the last six years.

      Residential Development

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment his Department has made of trends in the loss of privately-owned green space as a result of residential development.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2006, Official Report, columns 73–4W, on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), if the data supplied to the VOA from the...

      Valuebill local-egovt CD

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the latest version of the Valuebill local-egovt national project CD; (2) when he will introduce the Valuebill project.

      Warrington (Housing)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of house prices in Warrington on the ability of first time buyers to purchase property in the area; (2) what steps...

  • Health

    • Every Child Matters"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance she has given to primary care trusts on the priority which they should give in allocating their budgets to fulfilling their responsibilities...

    • A&E Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals in England have category (a) 1, (b) 2 and (c) 3 accident and emergency departments.

      Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average alcohol consumption per person, per visit to a pub or bar, was in (a) Southend-on-Sea, (b) Essex, (c) the Metropolitan police area of...

      Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the average alcohol consumption per person, per visit to a pub or bar, in each country in the European Union in each of the...

      Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when her Department will publish the final report on models of care for alcohol misusers; and what assessment she has made of the merits of providing...

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the mild stages of Alzheimer's disease will be affected by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence draft...

      Ambulance Response Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average response time for ambulances to get to an emergency call-out in (a) England and (b) Taunton constituency was in the last year for which...

      BCG Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice she (a) has issued and (b) plans to issue to primary care trusts on the BCG vaccination screening programme in schools; and if she will make a...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients could be treated with Herceptin for early stage breast cancer within existing capacity in English hospitals; and by how much she expects...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which primary care trusts in England have refused to prescribe Herceptin to patients with early stage breast cancer except in exceptional...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients (a) funded by the NHS and (b) funded privately are being treated with Herceptin for early stage breast cancer in NHS hospitals in England.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of elderly and mentally infirm people cared for in care homes in (a) Bristol North primary care trust and (b) Bristol South and West...

      Colorectal Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has approved cetuximab as a prescribed drug for colorectal cancer.

      Colorectal Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts have prescribed cetuximab for colorectal cancer.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 10 March.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to reply to letters from the hon. Member for North Shropshire of (a) 25 March, (b) 5 April and (c) 19 April.

      Delayed Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many delayed discharges there were in acute hospitals serving the Kingston-upon-Hull area in the last 12 months; and how many acute hospital bed...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists have signed the new contract in dispute in (a) Greater London and (b) England.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the availability of NHS dental services in Gosport constituency; how many dentists are giving appointments for NHS...

      Departmental Advertising Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) her Department and (b) its agencies spent on advertising for job vacancies in each of the last five years.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to ensure that diabetes patients are provided with a fully informed choice of all available insulins and informed of their risks and...

      Drinking Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the consultation by the Food Standards Agency on natural mineral water, spring water and bottled drinking water will be completed; (2) what...

      Fluoridation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has (a) assessed and (b) commissioned on the possible relationship between children drinking tap water with added fluoride and the risk...

      Folic Acid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment her Department has made of the possibility that ingestion of folic acid masks vitamin B12 deficiency; and if she will make a...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated annual cost per general practitioner is of the (a) employer's and (b) employees' contribution to the NHS superannuation scheme.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of Greater London's primary care trusts met the 48-hour target for access to GPs in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the future demand for genito-urinary medicine in the Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Primary Care Trust area following the...

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the funding available to the Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley NHS Trust (a) from other primary care trusts for the...

      Health Reforms (Patient Care)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 2 March 2006, Official Report, column 915W, on health reform in England: update and next steps, whether the Tariff will apply to...

      Health Trainer Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the primary care trusts which are in the early adopter phase of the health trainer programme.

      Health Trainer Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mandatory core competences health trainers must satisfy before being employed by the NHS.

      Health Trainer Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the cost of training each health trainer; and if she will make a statement.

      Holly's Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will bring forward legislation similar to H.R.1079, (Holly's Law), introduced into the United States House of Representatives in March 2006;...

      Insulin Analogues

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action her Department is taking in response to the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products' recommendations (document...

      Meat Hygiene Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria were used to assess the need for each of the options for proposed changes to veterinary supervision arrangements within the Meat Hygiene Service.

      Meat Hygiene Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she last met representatives of the Meat Hygiene Service to discuss alteration of the arrangements for veterinary supervision.

      Meat Hygiene Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the options which were considered for the provision of veterinary inspections at meat plants; and why each option which was rejected was...

      Medical Staff Redundancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact on patients of medical staff redundancies in hospitals in South East London; and if she will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of assertive outreach teams in reducing the need for admissions to mental hospitals.

      MMR Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department has made estimates for the uptake of the MMR vaccination over the next five years.

      Multiple Myeloma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will make a statement on the availability of bortezomib for the treatment of multiple myeloma; (2) when she expects guidance to be issued by...

      National Blood Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 April 2006 to question 59146 on the National Blood Service, what estimate the National Blood Service has made of the number of...

      NHS Accredited Health Trainers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the availability of NHS accredited health trainers.

      Nuffield Speech and Language Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with (a) the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust and (b) the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear hospital about the form of the...

      Nuffield Speech and Language Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthif she will place copies of letters she has received about the Nuffield Speech and Language Unit in the Library.

      Nuffield Speech and Language Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her statement of 25 April 2006, Official Report, column 549, on the Nuffield Speech and Language Unit, how many patients waited more than six...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people training to become Registered General Nurses are enrolled on pre-registration nursing courses and will complete their courses in (a) the...

      Obesity (Taxation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received on (a) a tax on foods with a very high fat content and (b) an obesity tax based on an individual's body mass index.

      Osteopaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to amend the arrangements for the regulation of osteopaths; and if she will make a statement.

      Prevenar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received concerning her consultation with experts on how to introduce Prevenar on the NHS.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of dental practices are accepting new NHS adult registrations in each primary care trust in England.

      Recombinant Factor VII

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the three-year funding period for recombinant factor VII for adult haemophiliacs is due to come to an end; who is responsible for the decision on...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultations her Department has carried out with (a) the theatre, (b) film and (c) television industry regarding possible exemptions to the ban on...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expected year-end financial position of social services departments in England is in 2005–06 (a) in total and (b) broken down by local...

      Stroke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that patients admitted to hospital following a stroke have their higher cognitive function checked.

      Stroke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that all healthcare staff are aware of (a) the risk of vascular dementia in stroke patients and (b) the action which...

      Stroke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking (a) to develop effective systems of identifying people at high risk of having a stroke and (b) to put in place ways to reduce...

      Stroke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhat research she has commissioned on the best ways of improving the management of patients who have had a (a) transient ischemic attack and (b) minor stroke.

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthhow much money was distributed to voluntary organisations through section 64 General Scheme of Grants in each year since 1997; and if she will list the...

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information her Department holds on the waiting times for (a) different categories of operations and (b) rehabilitation for stroke patients in South...

      Weighted Capitation Formula

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the value of the weighting for (a) deprivation and (b) age is in the weighted capitation formula; (2) what the average annual cost to the NHS...

  • Treasury

    • Average Earnings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average earnings of full-time employees based on the annual survey of hours and earnings were for (a) Birmingham, (b) Sandwell, (c) Dudley, (d)...

    • Birth Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the birth rate was to those aged (a) 19, (b) 18, (c) 17, (d) 16, (e) 15, (f) 14 and (g) under 14 years in (i) North East Lincolnshire and (ii) North...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the basis of the estimates for council tax receipts in (a) the 2006 Budget for 2006–07 and (b) the 2005 pre-Budget...

      Councillors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes HM Revenue and Customs have made to the tax status and liability for councillors' incomes and pensions since 2001.

      Drugs Seizures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) weight and (b) estimated street value of illegal drugs was seized by HM Revenue and Customs in Devon and Cornwall in each of the past five years,...

      EU Institutions (Personnel)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ensure the continuation of low rates of income tax for personnel working in the EU institutions.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of the likely effect of putting out to private tender certain functions of HM Revenue and Customs.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what job opportunities are available with HM Revenue and Customs in Scotland for staff highly skilled in human resources.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse has been of (a) the integration of human resources services within the Inland Revenue and (b) their subsequent integration...

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer why the decision was taken to restructure the human resources services of HM Revenue and Customs; and if he will make a statement.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer why the decision was made to close the Edinburgh office of the human resources service of HM Revenue and Customs.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons a directorate of HM Revenue and Customs has not been located in Scotland.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer why HM Revenue and Customs has no human resources and learning managers in Scotland.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps are being taken to retrain human resources staff within HM Revenue and Customs in Scotland following the recent reorganisation.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total expenditure by HM Revenue and Customs has been on the use of consultants employed on introducing the lean processing model into the Department.

      Home Computer Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consultations took place before his decision to terminate the Home Computer Initiative; and if he will make a statement.

      Home Computer Initiative

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many fraudulent claims have been submitted under the Home Computing Initiative; and how many consequent court cases (a) have been concluded and (b) are...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many passengers have been found to be in possession of illegal meat imports after being detected by meat detector dogs since 2001; and how many such...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which locations each meat detector dog has visited in each month since 2001; how many hours each UK (a) seaport, (b) airport and (c) border crossing point...

      Illegal Meat Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many tonnes of meat have been voluntarily handed over by passengers at each UK (a) seaport, (b) airport and (c) border crossing point in each year...

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to limit the fees chargeable by mortgage lenders to people wishing to change their mortgage provider.

      National Insurance (Music Industry)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to introduce class 1 national insurance liability for freelance musicians; whether he is seeking to claim back payments of class 1...

      Off-shore Trusts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the annual tax revenue which would be payable if all off-shore trusts held by British residents were repatriated to the UK.

      Online Goods Declaration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the development cost has been of the free online service by which traders can declare goods to HM Revenue and Customs; what the set-up cost of the...

      Online Goods Declaration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the expected cost is of updating CHIEF and the free declaration service by which traders can declare goods to HM Revenue and Customs to conform with...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to Question (a) 63803, (b) 62950, (c) 62951, (d) 62952, (e) 62948 and (f) 62949, on the home computing initiative, tabled by the hon....

      Pension Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which former state-owned companies have received Crown guarantees in respect of their pension fund deficits.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 30 March 2006, Official Report, column 1116W, on tax credits, how many and what proportion of tax credit claimants received manual...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the performance management data on tax credits which is available on a (a) monthly, (b) quarterly and (c) annual basis; and if he will make...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the levels of teenage pregnancy were in each county in each year since 1997.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's (a) best practice guide and (b) Certificate of Value manual on the taking and adding...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's Data Strategy.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his Answer of 23 March 2006, Official Report, column 506W, to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman), on the Valuation Office Agency,...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cameras the Valuation Office Agency owns.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 1038W, to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) on the Valuation Office Agency, when...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 30 March 2006, Official Report, columns 1117–8W, on the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), which foreign trips staff from the...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 30 March 2006, Official Report, column 1118W, on VAT relief, whether within an existing zero rate of VAT category it is permitted...

      War Loan Repayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the UK Government continue to pay interest and capital reduction to the US in connection with lend lease and war loans; and if he will make a statement.

      Western Gray Whales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assurances he received during discussions on the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development's funding for Shell's proposed Sakhalin II...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Macedonian Army

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Drayson on 24 April (WA 1), what percentage of financial costs will be met by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia...

    • Armed Forces: Future Aircraft Carrier

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For what purpose a mission system is required for the future aircraft carriers.

      Armed Forces: Future Aircraft Carrier

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will outline the work to be done under the contract reportedly awarded to Insyte for the demonstration phase of the future carrier mission system.

      Armed Forces: Joint Strike Fighter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What sums in cash they have so far paid in respect of the joint strike fighter project; to whom; and on what dates.

      Armed Forces: Joint Strike Fighter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What sums in cash they are already committed to pay in the future in respect of the joint strike fighter project; to whom; and on what dates.

      Armed Forces: US Bases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are investigating an alleged assault by United States military personnel on a British citizen at USAF Croughton on 19 February; and, if not, which...

      Armed Forces: Voter Registration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the results of the Defence Analytical Services Agency survey on armed forces voter registration expected at the end of March are now available; and whether...

      Birth Defects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of the United States' March of Dimes Global Report on Birth Defects, what action they are taking to support the World Health Organisation and other...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 18 April (WA 164) and having regard to Paragraph 4.72(3) of the Companion to the Standing...

      Children: Parental Drug and Alcohol Use

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many children in (a) England and Wales, and (b) the United Kingdom are affected by foetal alcohol syndrome.

      Children: Parental Drug and Alcohol Use

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the impact of alcohol consumption during pregnancy on the likelihood of miscarriage.

      Civil Service: Staff Attendance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the average attendance of staff in the Northern Ireland Civil Service during 2005; and how that figure compares with that for the rest of the United Kingdom.

      Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether 2005 single farm payments which are made after 5 April will be liable for taxation payable in advance of receipt of the payments.

      Compensation: Miscarriages of Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many claims for compensation for miscarriages of justice are outstanding after (a) one year; (b) two years; (c) three years; (d) four years; and (e) five years...

      Compensation: Miscarriages of Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will review the compensation principles set out in the Criminal Justice Act 1988.

      Consultants: Department of Trade and Industry

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

      Disabled People: Employment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average gross hourly pay of a disabled person compared to the average gross hourly pay of a non-disabled person; and How many disabled people of...

      Drivers: Parking Fines

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What regulations govern the level of parking fines.

      Families: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 29 March (WA 117), which towns in Northern Ireland have child contact centres; how much funding each centre...

      Food

      asked Her Majesty's Government: With regard to the vote in the European Parliament on the common position on the proposed European Community regulation on nutrition and health claims made on food...

      HIV: Contaminated Blood Products

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are now able to agree an extended programme of funding, similar to the three-year settlement that concluded on 31 March, to the Macfarlane Trust...

      Immigration: Economic Impact

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What studies they have made of the impact of immigration on gross domestic product per capita in the United Kingdom; and what were the results.

      International Development: Emergencies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of possible improvements to international emergency responses following (a) the Asian tsunami; (b) the recent earthquake in...

      International Development: India and Pakistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent steps they have taken through aid and other programmes to increase economic and education opportunities in (a) India, and (b) Pakistan in order to...

      Local Government: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any infrastructural audit has been untaken of accommodation available to facilitate their proposals for a re-structured seven council local government...

      Local Government: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which representations from corporate bodies influenced their decision to change to a seven council local government arrangement in Northern Ireland; and whether...

      NCIS: Proceeds of Crime

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many suspicious activity reports were made to the National Criminal Intelligence Service under the provisions of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and the Money...

      NCIS: Tax Evasion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people are currently employed by the National Criminal Intelligence Service; and how many of these are engaged in following up suspicions of tax evasion.

      NHS: Cochlear Implant Treatment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will review their management of cochlear implant treatment; and Whether strategic health authorities, primary care trusts or specialist commissioning...

      Northern Bank Robbery

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Police Service of Northern Ireland detectives are currently and primarily tasked to investigate the £26 million Northern Bank robbery.

      Northern Bank Robbery

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many persons have been charged and convicted in relation to the £26 million Northern Bank robbery; and How many people have been charged and are currently...

      Northern Ireland: Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there was an overpayment of £3,100 by the Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure to the Ardoyne Nationalist Festival in 2004; and,...

      Official Travel: Royal Train

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any Minister, special adviser or official has travelled on the Royal train since 1997; and on each occasion (a) what was the purpose of the journey; (b)...

      Palestine: UK Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the system through which the European Union (EU), and the United Kingdom when acting as agents of the EU, can ensure that funds sent to Palestinian...

      Parliamentary Ombudsman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29 March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of specific recommendations,...

      Parliamentary Ombudsman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29 March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of which specific...

      Parliamentary Ombudsman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29 March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of which specific...

      Parliamentary Ombudsman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29 March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of which specific...

      Parliamentary Ombudsman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 29 March (WA 126), on how many occasions since 1997, and in respect of which specific...

      Pensions: Crown Guarantees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which pension schemes now in the private sector enjoy a Crown guarantee in respect of members; and For each private sector pension scheme for which they have the...

      Police: Complaints

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether all complaints against the police are recorded; and, if so, where records of such complaints are kept.

      Police: Languages

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to advise the Police Service of Northern Ireland on the case for instructing recruits in languages other than English, including Ulster-Scots.

      Prisoners: Life Sentences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prisoners sentenced to life imprisonment were released from custody in each of the past 10 years, including for each year the number of those released who...

      Railways: Ballymena to Londonderry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What investment plans they have for the railway line between Ballymena and Londonderry over the next five years.

      Taxation: VAT

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the cost of a matching grant to cover VAT paid by charities on the cost of fundraising activities; and What is the most...

      Taxation: VAT

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will implement the exemption in Article 13A(1) of the European Union sixth VAT directive.

      Tourism: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action the Northern Ireland Tourist Board has taken in each of the past two years to increase tourist interest in (a) Ulster-Scots culture; and (b) the Irish...

      Tourism: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of the eight million visitors that Tourism Ireland indicated that it had helped to attract to Ireland last year included Northern Ireland in their itineraries.

      Ulster-Scots

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of the concept of parity of esteem and equality outlined in the 1998 Belfast agreement, whether they will take steps to ensure that Ulster-Scots language...

      Ulster-Scots

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 19 April (WA 161), why the Arts Council of Northern Ireland provides four times as much funding for Irish...

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which bodies or individuals provided background information about Ulster-Scots language, culture, identity and history which informed the relationship of the...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 18 April (WA 224) about Waterways Ireland, since its creation, what directions have been given to the body...

      Zimbabwe: Aids

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent they are able to provide financial support and medical intervention to children with AIDSs in Zimbabwe and whether the Government of Zimbabwe are...

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