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Written answers

Thursday, 4 May 2006

  • Leader of the House

    • Media Briefing

      To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to his answer of 30 March 2006, Official Report, column 771W, whether paragraph 7.1 prohibits the issuing of embargoed statements to media outlets; and...

    • Ministerial Cars (Fuel Costs)

      To ask the Leader of the House what the fuel costs were for ministerial cars used by the Department in each of the last five years.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Air Quality

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what steps are taken to enforce the air quality management areas regulations inside the House of Commons...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Anthrax (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with her counterpart in Wales on the incidence of anthrax; and what measures she has taken to...

    • Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are in place for the inoculation of the population in the event of an outbreak of avian influenza in Britain.

      Cetaceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2006, Official Report, column 2506W, on cetacean by-catch, how much Government funding for...

      Cetaceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2006, Official Report, column 2506W, on cetacean by-catch, what estimate she has made of...

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many incidents of fly-tipping have (a) been reported and (b) led to a prosecution in (i) South East Essex and...

      Herdwick Indigenous Sheep Flock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding her Department has made available for the protection of the Herdwick indigenous sheep flock in each year since 1997.

      Import of Seal Skins Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the operation of the Import of Seal Skins Regulations 1996.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much money the Moroccan Army has received from the issuing of fishing licences in Western Sahara under the last...

      Television Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of analogue televisions which will be sent to landfill as a result of switching off...

      Water Conservation/Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to use the planning system to promote water conservation; and if she will make a statement.

      Water Conservation/Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answers to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) of 28 March 2006, Official Report, columns...

  • Transport

    • Airport Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 26 April 2006, Official Report, column 1089W, whether any of the incidents referred to were deemed to be a threat to the...

    • Airport Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 26 April 2006, Official Report, column 1089W, how many incidents there were at each of the airports in each of the three...

      British Transport Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the financial position is of the British Transport Police pension fund.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has (a) made and (b) plans to make of the effects of (i) English local authorities' local transport plans and (ii) the road schemes...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessments have been made of the impact on climate change of decisions taken by his Department since it assumed joint responsibility for the...

      Dartford Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will undertake a review of traffic delays related to the Dartford Crossing, the method of toll collection at the crossing and the part which the...

      Government Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many cars are available for (a) Ministers and (b) officials (i) through the pool and (ii) through individual assignment.

      Government Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total expenditure on motor vehicles for Ministers and senior officials was in 2005–06.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes rail passengers may expect to (a) their expectation of a seat, (b) the availability of cheap day returns and (c) fare levels as a result...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers used (a) the St. Ives Bay line, (b) the Looe Valley line, (c) the Tamar Valley line, (d) the St. Albans Abbey Branch, (e) the...

      Road Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average cost was of constructing a mile of (a) motorway and (b) trunk road in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Transport Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether he plans to review the rate of the Bus Service Operators Grant; and if he will make a statement; (2) what recent assessment he has made...

      Travel Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the percentage change in real terms has been of the costs of travelling by (a) private car, (b) bus and (c) train since 1997.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many (a) males and (b) females in each branch of the Crown Prosecution Service have been (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed in the last 10 years as a result of a...

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much compensation the Crown Prosecution Service has paid out in each the last 10 years as a result of complaints of (a) bullying and (b) sexual harassment being...

  • Scotland

    • Corporate Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on how many occasions he has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) EU foreign nationals and (b) non-EU foreign nationals have been employed in his Department in each of the last five years; what vetting...

      Departmental Televisions

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

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) women and (b) men are employed in the Department; what the average pay was for (i) women and (ii) men in the Department in (A) 1997 and (B)...

  • Prime Minister

    • Honours (Prevention of Abuses ) Act

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent representations he has received from (a) hon. Members, (b) Members of the House of Lords, (c) Members of the Scottish Parliament and (d) members of the...

    • Ministerial Code of Conduct

      To ask the Prime Minister on whichdates the Cabinet Secretary advised him of the application of the ministerial code of conduct in relation to the relationship between the Deputy Prime Minister...

  • Treasury

    • Budget 2006

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many copies of the summary leaflet Budget 2006 were distributed to (a) hospitals, (b) doctors' waiting rooms, (c) libraries and (d) other public places...

    • EU Accession States

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential impact on (a) employment trends and (b) public expenditure in (i) the UK and (ii) Peterborough and...

      Financial Exclusion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people in Tamworth constituency who did not have access to a bank account on 31 December (a) 2005 and (b) 1997.

      Fiscal Autonomy (Scotland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Scotland and (b) the First Minister of Scotland on fiscal autonomy for Scotland.

      Free Bus Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on (a) service users and (b) local authorities of the proposal he announced in the Budget of introducing funding...

      Fuel Duty (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact of fuel duty levels on the Northern Ireland economy.

      Ministerial Cars (Fuel Costs)

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

      Non-fossil Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry to the hon. Member for Leominster (Bill Wiggin) of 31 January 2006, Official Report,...

      Nursery Places

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many nursery and crèche places are provided for people working in his Department; what charges are made for the provision of such services; and...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the target of 0.7 per cent. of gross domestic product to be allocated to overseas aid will include the £8.5 billion for education in Africa and...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment the Government Actuary has made of contingent public sector liabilities in respect of employee pension funds of privatised companies.

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make it his policy to introduce a tax on plastic carrier bags; and if he will make a statement; (2) what discussions he has had with his...

      Poverty Reduction (Developing Countries)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress was made at the recent International Monetary Fund/World bank meeting in Washington towards poverty reduction in developing countries; and if...

      Public Sector Charges/Fees

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on the competitiveness of the United Kingdom economy of higher than inflation increases in public sector charges...

      Suggestion Schemes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what suggestion schemes are available for employees of HM Revenue and Customs to pass on their ideas; and what rewards are given for suggestions implemented.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many cases in (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05 where HM Revenue and Customs contacted child care providers to verify the details that had been...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation or handouts produced by Valuation Office Agency staff for its session at the Integrating GIS and...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation or handouts produced by Valuation Office Agency staff for its session at the International...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation or handouts produced by Valuation Office Agency staff for its session at the 8th International...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Nuclear Fusion Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will increase future investment in the development of nuclear fusion plants.

    • Manufacturing (South Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to help manufacturing industry in South Wales.

      Unfair Dismissal Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of unfair dismissal claims which were upheld by an industrial tribunal resulted in reinstatement of the claimant in each of...

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to change Sunday trading laws.

      Gas Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will review the arrangements for gas storage in the UK.

      Business Bankruptcies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many small businesses in England went bankrupt in 2004–05.

      Arms Trade Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the (a) Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (b) Ministry of Defence and (c) Department for...

      Assisted Area Status

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry at what stage his Department's consultation on which areas will be covered by assistedarea status is; and what representations he has received...

      Business Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking to reduce the burden of regulation on UK businesses.

      Central and Eastern Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the level of the UK's international trade with Central and Eastern Europe was in 2005–06; and if he will make a statement.

      Coal Pension Properties Ltd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) direct and (b) indirect communication his Department has had with Coal Pension Properties Ltd. in the last five years.

      Companies' Business Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Government will announce the findings of its consultation on the proposed content of companies' business reviews.

      Companies' Business Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his plans are for bringing forward proposals to Chapter 6, Part 15 of the Company Law Reform Bill.

      Companies' Business Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when his Department will publish the proposed new Table A of the Company Law Reform Bill.

      Compensation Claims (VAT)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on how many occasions his Department has agreed to pay VAT as part of a costs settlement for (a) noise induced hearing loss claims, (b)...

      Defence Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the value was of defence equipment sold by UK defence manufacturers to (a) Iran, (b) China and (c) Turkey in 2005.

      EU Directives (Organ Pipe Manufacturing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress the Government have made in discussions on the exemption of the organ pipe manufacturing industry from EU Directives on...

      EU Energy Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the UK is under an obligation to share national oil (a) stocks and (b) reserves in the event of energy shortages in the EU.

      Export Control Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the proposed review of the Export Control Act 2002 is expected to commence; and which body he plans to ask to carry out the review.

      Fuel Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average price of a gallon of (a) unleaded and (b) diesel fuel was in (i) Milton Keynes and (ii) the UK in each week since May 2005.

      Gas Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 19 April 2006, Official Report, column 675W, on gas supplies, if he will provide his Department's detailed...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on how many occasions his Department has agreed to pay a fee to Vendside as part of the costs settlement for a noise-induced hearing loss claim.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2006,Official Report, column 2355W, on Union of Democratic Mineworkers/Vendside, if he will place in the...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will place in the Library copies of agreements between his Department and (a) the Union of Democratic Mineworkers and (b) Vendside.

      Ministerial Cars (Fuel Costs)

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

      Mobile Telephone Tracking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he intends to take to ensure informed consent is obtained from children under the Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for North Shropshire of 6 March 2006, Official Report, column 1160, on post offices, whether he...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many sub-post offices there are in Wales; and how many there were in 1997.

      TVR

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assistance he is giving to TVR to find a new business location in Lancashire.

      Utilities (New Developments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received on delays by utility companies in providing connections to utility supplies for new developments.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Art Collection (Security)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether she plans to increase security for items in the Government's art collection located outside the UK.

    • BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how she will ensure value for money from the BBC's proposed licence fee settlement.

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what research she has commissioned on the BBC licence fee; and if she will publish it.

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment has been made in the context of the BBC's licence fee bid of the value for money and efficiency savings expected to be...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when Carolyn Warner of the Right to Swim campaign will receive an answer to her letter to the Secretary of State of January 2006.

  • Minister for Women

    • Single Mothers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government have taken to enable single mothers to return to work.

    • Civil Service (Pay Levels)

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what representations she has received on levels of pay for women in the civil service.

      Civil Service (Pay Levels)

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if she will make a statement on the gender pay gap in the civil service.

      Commission for Equality and Human Rights

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality when she plans to appoint the members of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights.

      Equality Audits

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what her assessment is of the merits of equality audits.

      Job Sharing

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps she is taking to encourage employers to provide job shares.

  • Education and Skills

    • Advanced Skills Teacher Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what financial support the Department has committed to the advanced skills teacher programme.

    • Arson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total number of arson attacks was for the 100 (a) primary and (b) secondary schools with the (i) highest and (ii) lowest percentage...

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children's centres have been established in each month since November 2004; what the location is of each; and if she will make a...

      Creationism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the teaching of creationism in schools in England.

      Education Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the total public expenditure per head of population on (a) capital and (b) running costs of education was for the Metropolitan...

      Equal Pay

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

      EU Students (Loans)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students from other EU member states who received loans for study at a higher education institution in England defaulted on...

      Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the exclusion rates were for the 100 (a) primary and (b) secondary schools with the (i) highest and (ii) lowest percentage of children...

      Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Educationand Skills how many pupils in (a) Wakefield District and (b) Normanton constituency have been permanently excluded from school in each of the last five...

      Extended School Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding is available to ensure extended school hours are available to children in Burnley and Padiham.

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total number of looked after children was in each local authority in each year since 1997.

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children have been taken into care in each local authority in each year since 1997.

      Ministerial Cars (Fuel Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the fuel costs were for ministerial cars used by her Department in each of the last five years.

      Nuffield Speech and Language Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health about the future of the Nuffield Speech and Language Unit.

      Nuffield Speech and Language Unit

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

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if she will list the mentoring programmes run by charitable organisations in prisons; (2) if she will increase the role of mentoring...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research has been undertaken by her Department into the impact of education and training on reconviction.

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps her Department has taken to inform the general public of the purpose and importance of prison education.

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of education staff turnover rates in prisons in each year since 1997.

      Pupils (Lincolnshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of pupils attending Lincolnshire county council schools reside in North East Lincolnshire; and if she will make a statement.

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what requirements are placed on maintained faith schools in relation to respecting the wishes of non-religious pupils and parents; (2)...

      Service Children's Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of key stage 3 pupils from service children's education schools achieved levels (a) 3, (b) 4, (c) 5, (d) 6, (e) 7 and (f) 8...

      Sexual Acitivity (Under-16s)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will estimate the number of individuals under the age of 16 years who were sexually active in each of the last five years.

      Specialist Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many specialist schools there are in England, broken down by specialism; and how many of such schools are electing to select up to 10...

      Teacher Selection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action her Department takes to prevent advocates of terrorism obtaining positions as teachers.

      Teacher Selection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what restrictions there are on individuals who have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment obtaining employment as teachers.

      Teachernet Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many hits the teachernet website received in each month of the last two years.

      Teachers (Preparation Time)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment she has made of progress on the implementation of the scheme for allowing time for all teachers for planning, preparation...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much public money the Government estimate, in net present value terms, will be required for the Financial Assistance Scheme over the next...

    • Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of Pathways to Work participants have made use of (a) job brokering, (b) the condition management programme and (c) return to...

  • Health

    • Blood Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department has carried out an internal review into the use of blood and plasma products infected with HIV and hepatitis C; and if she will...

    • Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State forHealth what the Government's policy is on care homes.

      Carers (Respite)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps her Department has taken to provide respite support for carers as set out in paragraph 5.55 of the 'Our Health, Our Care, Our Say' Health...

      Chiropody Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general hospitals provide free chiropody care for patients who require such treatment other than as part of other clinical treatment.

      Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received fully funded NHS continuing care in each year since 2002, broken down by strategic health authority; and if she will make a statement.

      Contraception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health under what legislation RU 486 is regulated in the United Kingdom; and if she will make a statement.

      Debt Recovery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the merits of using private debt collection agencies to recover debts owed to her Department.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements exist under the new dentists' contract to ensure that domiciliary treatment is provided to patients in cases where there is a medical...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in Milton Keynes have (a) signed and (b) declined to sign the new NHS contract.

      Departmental Leave (Stress)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff have been on sick leave suffering from stress in the Department in each of the last three years; and what percentage of the total staff...

      East Sussex Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the representations received by Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority from organisations and individuals who supported (a) a...

      Easter Celebrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of Easter celebrations in NHS hospitals in 2006.

      End of Life Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions she has had on improving end of life care; and who participated in those discussions.

      Endometriosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been made available for endometriosis research in each of the last 10 years.

      Equal Pay

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

      Fluoridation Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 March 2006 to the hon. Member for Central Ayrshire (Mr. Donohoe), Official Report, column 1062W, on fluoridation schemes, if...

      Folic Acid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations her Department has received in the last 12 months on the effects of folic acid ingestion on the elderly.

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate she has made of (a) the number of food supplements on the market which contain boron and (b) the value of (i) wholesale and (ii)retail...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance her Department issues to primary care trusts on charges made for freedom of information requests.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners in each primary care trust are participating in out-of-hours work in the same area as they are registered as a general...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect of the new general practitioner contract on clinical outcomes.

      Health Care Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action her Department is taking to ensure placements and employment for medical and other health care staff at all levels who will be completing...

      Imported Blood Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department (a) asked and (b) required individuals with haemophilia to sign a waiver in 1991 intended to block legal redress in the event of...

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations her Department has received on nutrition, under-nutrition and malnutrition in each year since 2000.

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will specify nutrition standards for meals supplied to patients and service users by (a) nursing homes, (b) residential homes, (c) hospitals and...

      Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether applications to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency for European procedures in handling product licence applications are given...

      Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the length of time taken by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to acknowledge an application for a product licence (a) is...

      Misoprostol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research her Department has evaluated on the (a) uses and (b) effects of the drug misoprostol; and if she will make a statement.

      NHS Appointments Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 December 2005, Official Report, column 2726W, on the Public Appointments Annual Report, when the NHS Appointments Commission...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2006, Official Report, column 1824W, on NHS Direct, if she will make a statement on the growth in the cost of NHS Direct.

      NHS Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the employer contribution rates to the NHS pension scheme are; what assumed rate of return underlies those contribution rates; and what the...

      NHS Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthif she will place a duty on NHS bodies not to discriminate in their recruitment practices against applicants who have previously acted as whistle-blowers...

      Overseas Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of doctors, who are non-European Economic Area citizens work in the NHS; and if she will make a statement.

      Pharmacies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of pharmacists who are being held liable by an oxygen supplier for the loss or damage of oxygen cylinders.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the revenue allocation per head of population is for each primary care trust in (a) 2007–08 and (b) 2006–07; and what the out-turn...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expected final outturn position is of Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust for the 2006–07 financial year.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health from which (a) frontline staff and (b) support staff posts Milton Keynes Primary Trust is considering removing funding.

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures her Department is implementing to encourage women aged between 16 and 24 to practise safer sex.

      Unsocial Hours Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhether unsocial hours payments are paid to (a) existing NHS Direct and (b) new NHS Direct staff; and if she will make a statement.

      Voluntary Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how her Department is seeking to encourage further voluntary sector involvement in the provision of health services.

      Voluntary Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect of the time taken to announce decisions on the allocation of section 64 funding to voluntary sector...

  • International Development

    • Child Soldiers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what sanctions his Department has taken against countries in breach of UN conventions on the employment and use of child soldiers.

    • Development Objectives

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance the Government are providing to developing countries in producing their 10 year plans on achieving their development...

      EU Water Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people have received sanitation and clean water as a result of the implementation of the EU Water Initiative in the four years...

      Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Governments of (a) India, (b) Bangladesh, (c) Pakistan, (d) Sri Lanka, (e) Botswana,...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate his Department has made of the percentage of aid promised to developing countries at the G8 Gleneagles Summit that will...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate his Department has made of the cost of implementing the Gleneagles commitment to achieve universal access to...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions his Department has had with the UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS on interim targets towards the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what action the UK Government are taking to assist in the provision of clean drinking water for the people of Halabja in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent reports he has received of the discussions between the International Monetary Fund and the Government of Iraq concerning...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what role UK officials had in the International Monetary Fund technical assistance to Iraq on petroleum sector policies, dated January...

      Poliomyelitis (Nigeria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many cases of poliomyelitis there were in Nigeria in each of the last five years; and what steps the Government are taking to...

      Water and Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many UN agencies are working to provide water and sanitation to the developing world; and what steps are being taken to harmonise...

      Water and Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the ability of the (a) EU Water Initiative and (b) EU water facility to deliver clean water and...

      World Bank (Oil Revenue)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the ongoing dispute between the World Bank and the Government of Chad regarding frozen...

      World Bank (Oil Revenue)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assessment his Department has made of the oil revenue management measures promoted by the World Bank in Africa; and if he...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Consultants

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 28 March 2006, Official Report, column 873W, on consultancy fees, what each of the consultants were...

    • Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress is being made in reducing claimant legal aid fraud; and if she will make a statement.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Business Rates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the average business rates liability of a small firm in England was (a) before and (b) after claiming small business rate relief in 2005–06; (2)...

    • City Regions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to introduce city regions in (a) England and (b) the West Midlands.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many written representations he has received since January protesting about council tax; and if he will make a statement.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Government has to provide assistance specific to pensioners with their council tax bills in 2006–07.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people in his Department have been (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for (i) inappropriate use of the internet while at work and (ii) using work...

      Departmental Staff Handbook

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's most recent staff handbook.

      Euro

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the local authorities Euro preparation group last met.

      Gypsy and Traveller Sites

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister under what legislation he published the Planning Circular 01/06: Planning for Gypsy and Traveller Caravan Sites.

      Home Working

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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 statement.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will take steps to increase the number of shared equity homes in (a) Warrington and (b) other housing hot spots in the North West.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the Government's definition is of affordable housing.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which councils have stock transferred (a) some and (b) all of their council housing; and when they did so.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much additional revenue has been raised by local authorities using their discretionary power to abolish the council tax discount on second homes since 2004.

      Local Government Strikes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many man-hours have been lost as a result of recent industrial action in connection with the Local Government Pension Scheme.

      Ministerial Cars (Fuel Costs)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the fuel costs were for ministerial cars used by his Department in each of the last five years.

      Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what Government grants are available to people with muscular dystrophy to adapt their home environment to their needs.

      New Deal

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what arrangements there are for governance and scrutiny of the new deal for communities programmes.

      Pathfinder Programme

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what average amount has been spent on household improvements in each pathfinder scheme area; and how many houses have been subject to improvements in each area.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 16 February 2006, Official Report, column 2248W, on planning, when he will place a copy of the...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans his Department has to revise Planning Policy Guidance Note 13.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether Planning Policy Statement 3 imposes any obligation on local authorities to sell their own land to meet housing demand; and if he will make a statement.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish a new planning policy statement on water.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he will answer the letter to him dated 14 March from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. N. McHugh.

    • Legislative Programme Committee

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a statement on the work of the Legislative Programme Committee.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • 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 amongst the UK defence industry.

    • Iraq (Oil Policy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Government officials consulted the private sector during discussions on Iraqi oil policy (a) between March and December...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2006, Official Report, column 10027W, on Israel, what further representation he has made to...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what interventions he has made with the Israeli government regarding the case of James Miller.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to participate in further discussions with the Israeli government regarding the deaths of James Miller andTom...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he next plans to meet the families of James Miller and Tom Hurdnall.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government (a) funds and (b) supports co-existence projects in (i)Israel and (ii) the West Bank; and if he will make...

      Kyoto Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the application to overseas territories of the Kyoto protocol and the clean development...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs what the status is of the EU Police Mission in the Palestinian territories following the January 2006 Palestinian legislative...

      Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions (a) he and (b) diplomatic and consular staff in Spain have had with Spanish authorities on child custody...

      Spain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British parents have contacted his Department since 2003 regarding assistance with cases relating to access to children...

      UK-South East Europe Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much funding the UK-South East Europe Forum has received (a) from (i)central and (ii) regional government and (b) via the...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) on what basis the UK embassy in Amman, Jordan, granted Iraqi citizen Mr Nabeel Sami Fathallah (HO Ref 10776940) a UK visa...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the scale of charges for visas to enter to the UK is at (a) Amman, Jordan and (b) other UK embassies in the Middle East.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in what circumstances a UK visa section may issue a visa within 24 hours of application in (a) Amman, Jordan and (b) other UK...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many visas to the UK have been issued in Amman, Jordan, to non-Jordanian residents in each of the last five years; and from...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under what circumstances political clearance is required by UK forces in Afghanistan before engaging in military action.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what evidence he has of co-operation between Afghans engaged in the opium trade and insurgents.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether UK armed forces in Afghanistan have authority to seek to prevent insurgents and terrorists crossing the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

      Children's Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many nursery and creche places are provided for people working in his Department; what charges are made for the provision of such services; and what...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department pays a contract premium to civilian people who face daily risks when trying to deliver the reconstruction effort in troubled parts...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence under what conditions civilian personnel serving in Iraq are eligible for the Operation Telic medal.

      Rules of Engagement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the Rules of Engagement or equivalent instructions for troops engaged in (a) counter-insurgency, (b) counter-terrorism and (c)...

      Troop Deployment (Iraq/Afghanistan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK troops in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan have been (i) injured in action, (ii) not in action and (iii) removed from active duty as a result of...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland were found to be in breach of antisocial behaviour orders during 2005.

    • Community Differentials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether any taskforces have been established to tackle disadvantage in (a) Protestant and (b) Catholic working class areas in the last five years.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which contracts let by his Department in each of the last three years ran beyond their original completion date; what the estimated additional...

      Departmental Websites

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

      Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what period of time will be allowed for domestic ratepayers who wish to appeal against the new rating valuation of their homes in Northern...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were successfully prosecuted in domestic violence cases in crimes investigated by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentage of children in each (a) grammar school and (b) other secondary school in Northern Ireland receive free school meals.

      Government Car Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress is being made on increasing the use of environmentally friendly vehicles used by Government Ministers and senior civil servants in...

      Greater Shankill/West Belfast Task Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the implementation of the recommendations of the (a) Greater Shankill and (b) West Belfast Task Forces.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the change in the number of households in Northern Ireland was for the period between March 2005 and February 2006.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people of (a) Catholic and (b) Protestant community background have been (i) waiting for and (ii) awarded public housing in (A)Northern...

      Investment Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps will be taken in the context of the investment strategy to tackle (a) community and (b) geographic differentials in (i) economic...

      Literacy Levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will collect and collate statistics on literacy levels in Northern Ireland at (a) ward and (b) sub-ward level.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what have been the total annual (a) commercial and (b) domestic rates collected in each of the last five years in (i) Lisburn city council, (ii)...

      Planning Area Enforcement Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many planning enforcements against houses of multiple occupancy have been issued in each planning area in Northern Ireland since the...

      Property Tax Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will place in the Library a copy of the paper produced by the head of rating policy division of the Northern Ireland Department for...

      Public Prosecution Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many proposals were received in the public procurement exercise for a Public Prosecution Service Regional Office in Derry.

      Review of Public Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what strategic role the Northern Ireland Housing Executive will have after the implementation of the programme for the Review of Public...

      Riding for the Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what Government support is available for those involved in riding for the disabled activities in Northern Ireland.

      Sewerage Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which sewerage stations in Northern Ireland are not meeting standards set out in EU directives.

      Social Economy Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will collect and collate information on the distribution of social economy companies at ward level in Northern Ireland.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of children in each (a) ward, (b) county and (c) constituency in Northern Ireland (i) have special educational needs and (ii)...

      Speech Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many primary school pupils were referred for speech therapy in each of the past five years, broken down by postcode.

      St. Patrick's Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much public funding was spent on the celebration of St. Patrick's Day in Northern Ireland.

      Town Centre Retail Development

      To ask the Secretary of Statefor Northern Ireland what steps are being taken by the Planning Service in Northern Ireland to assist town centres to compete with out of town retail developments.

  • Home Department

    • Animal Procedures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the use of primates in scientific procedures; and if he will make a statement.

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visitors to the UK travelling on visas issued in Amman, Jordan, have applied for asylum following arrival in the UK, in each of the...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers from Iraq have had support withdrawn by the National Asylum Support Service since the commencement of flights to...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests have been made for possession of cannabis in each of the last 10 years in (a) Romford, (b) Havering, (c) Greater London and...

      Charities Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the evidential basis is for the statement by Lord Bassam of Brighton in the House of Lords on 28 June 2005, Official Report, column 231,...

      Charity Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many schools the Charity Commission has (a) reprimanded and (b) closed for inadequate performance in the last five years.

      Charity Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many schools Charity Commission staff visited in the last 12 months.

      Crime Reduction (Hillingdon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the (a) agencies and (b) partnerships responsible for the reduction of crime in (i) Ruislip-Northwood constituency and (ii)...

      Criminal Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons aged (a) 11 to 15, (b) 16, (c) 17 and (d) 18 years were (i) prosecuted for and (ii) convicted of a criminal offence in...

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Policies

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

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by his Department on refreshments in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Fuel Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps have been taken in the last 12 months to make his Department more fuel efficient.

      Departmental Tendering Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on including (a) ethical and (b) environmental factors in tenders for services.

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cars are (a) owned and (b) leased by his Department; what models the cars are; what type of petrol each model requires; and what the...

      DNA Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the likelihood of chance matches of DNA samples from degraded or limited samples; and if he will make a statement.

      Drug Users (Illegal Income)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the average annual illegal income of arrested (a) heroin and (b) crack users.

      Easter Celebrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of Easter celebrations in prisons in England and Wales in 2006.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are taken to ensure that women in his Department receive equal pay for work of equal value.

      EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of nationals of the new EU member states who (a) have worked in the UK since 1 May 2004 for periods...

      Extradition Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether applications to extradite British citizens to the United States under the terms of the Extradition Act 2003 are required to be...

      Family Deportations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many families with children detained as a family unit in centres were removed fromthe UK (a) as a family unit and (b) with some...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what resources of his Department have been allocated to combat human trafficking.

      MI5 (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many informers made redundant by the Police Service Northern Ireland since its creation have been recruited by MI5.

      MI5 (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are in place to ensure the sharing of information between MI5 and the Police Service Northern Ireland; and what recent steps he...

      Nabeel Sami Fathallah

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much in benefits has been granted to Mr. Nabeel Sami Fathallah (HO Ref 10776940) since his arrival in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Northamptonshire Police Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide additional funding to bring the per capita spending for Northamptonshire police force up to the national average.

      O'Connor Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will establish a national policing agency dedicated to countering terrorism and domestic extremism to address the findings in these...

      Omagh Bombing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will seek the resignation of (a) the head of MI5 and (b) members of her staff in connection with the Omagh bombing.

      Operation Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has Operation Trident cost.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to provide premises in Argyll and Bute, which first time passport applicants can attend for their interview.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate his Department has made of the costs of replacing lost or damaged biometric chips in passports and ID cards; who will be...

      Police Restructuring

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much he has spent on consultants' fees in evaluating the costs of the reorganisation of police forces; and which consultants he has...

      Police Restructuring

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what role his Department will play in the appointment of members of the new merged Yorkshire police authority.

      Police Restructuring

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanism the Government will adopt to equalise the council tax precepts in Wales to take into account the proposed merger of the four...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of which of the projected prison population scenarios outlined in Home Office Statistical Bulletin 10/05 is most...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact on the (a) mental and (b) physical health of prisoners of too few hours of purposeful activity and...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) running costs of each establishment in the Prison Service and (b) average number of people held at that establishment (i) was in...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the (a) availability and (b) take-up of correspondence courses in prisons in the last 12 months.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what percentage of prisoners' time in prison was spent on education and training in the last period for which figures are available;...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost to public funds was of anger management courses offered to prisoners in the prison service in the last 12 months; and...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the prisons which thePrison Inspectorate judged as good overall in the provision of education in the last 12 months.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the rates are for telephone calls made by prisoners in each prison.

      Safe Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many countries of the world he has judged to be sufficiently under the rule of law to offer no threat of torture or abuse to their nationals.

      Special Branch

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, columns 954–55W, on special branch, whether the special branch national...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in the UK are suspected of having attended jihadist terrorist training camps abroad.

      Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on law enforcement in Travellers' camps.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the reasons are for the change in the cost of a place in Ashfield young offenders institution between 2003–04 and 2004–05.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Helmand Province

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether substantive and acceptable arrangements have been made with Pakistan to secure the overland supply routes into the British area of operations in the...

    • Armed Forces: HMS Collingwood Museum

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to support the museum of early naval communications technology at the HMS Collingwood Museum.

      Armed Forces: Voter Registration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements have been put in place to facilitate voting by service personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq in the local elections on 4 May.

      Belarus: Visa Ban on Officials

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, following the imposition of the European Union Council common position on the visa ban on Belarus officials imposed from 19 March, they have received...

      Blood: Self-sufficiency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Department of Health's internal report Self-Sufficiency in Blood Products does not include a review of blood product policy prior to 1979.

      Children: Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the response of the Food Standards Agency to the article by Cara B Ebbeling, published in the journal of the American Academy of Paediatrics in March.

      Children: Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average volume of soft drinks consumed each day by children in England and Wales; and whether they will assess the implications for childhood obesity...

      Children: Parental Drug and Alcohol Use

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many incidences of child abuse in the United Kingdom each year are linked to alcohol misuse.

      Disarmament

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the issues on which a consensus agreement has not been reached thus holding up progress on United Nations disarmament agreements in Geneva; and which...

      EU: Relations with NATO

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to discuss with the member states of the European Union the state of relations between NATO and the European Union.

      Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will bring into force the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Staff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether morale among senior Foreign and Commonwealth Office personnel has been adversely affected by recent reductions in budgets and posts, both abroad and at home.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Staff

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What they are doing in relation to the position of former Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff who retire elsewhere in the European Union and are refused the E106...

      Housing: Rural Areas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are proposing to remove, from 1 April 2006, the upper limit of 80 per cent of market value which can be purchased by the occupiers of rural...

      Iran: Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether following United Nations Security Council (UNSC) pressure on Iran to ensure compliance with the International Atomic Agency's procedures and...

      Iraq: Police Training

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any changes to training policy for Iraqi police have resulted from the study made by Sir Ronnie Flanagan.

      Millennium Development Goals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will raise in the United Nations the prospects of achieving the millennium development goals within the time perspectives agreed after the high-level...

      Olympic Games 2012: Lottery Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to ensure the direction of lottery funding to the 2012 Olympic Games will not impact adversely on other charitable causes.

      Olympic Games 2012: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to co-ordinate Northern Ireland engagement in the planning of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

      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...

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what circumstances people born or resident in the Irish Republic may obtain a British passport; and In view of the concept of parity of esteem and equality...

      Passports: Interviews

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have identified suitable premises for the 69 new passport interview offices; and How much they estimate each of the 69 new passport interview offices...

      Police: Reorganisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What work has been undertaken and assessment made by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister regarding the level of police precept with regard to council tax in...

      Prisoners: Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who holds the passports of people given custodial sentences while they are in prison; and whether the Passport Agency is advised of such people.

      Smoking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the allegedly toxic substances generated by tobacco smoking remains in the atmosphere in an enclosed space of a given cubic capacity after (a)...

      Terrorism: Proscribed Organisations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will proscribe the Al-Ahwaz Liberation Front on the ground that it is a terrorist organisation.

      Trade: ACP Countries

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of the progress of the World Trade Organisation's international trade liberalisation measures, when they next plan to raise in the European Union Council...

      Women and Equality Unit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What links have been established by the women's equality unit with the ethnic minority communities.

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