Written answers

Wednesday, 10 May 2006

  • Leader of the House

    • Deputy Prime Minister

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will make provision for the Deputy Prime Minister to answer oral questions.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • British Poultry (Japanese Ban)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations his Department has made to the Japanese Government following their ban on British poultry products.

    • Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her answer to the hon. Member for Morley and Rothwell (Mr. Colin Challen) of 28 March 2006, Official Report,...

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints have been received that payments made under the Single Payment scheme to farmers in the East Midlands...

  • International Development

    • Arms Supply (Developing Countries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on Government policy on supplying arms to developing countries.

    • Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of British aid to Nepal.

      Doha

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent progress has been made in respect of developing countries in the Doha round of trade negotiations.

      St. Helena

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will visit St. Helena to discuss improvements to its economy.

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government are taking to alleviate the humanitarian situation in Darfur; and if he will make a statement.

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on UK aid to Nigeria.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of Statefor International Development what projects his Department is undertaking to tackle HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean and Belize; and if he will make a statement.

      Environmental Sustainability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the integration of policies on climate change and environmental sustainability into his Department's work.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the impact of the security situation in Afghanistan on the alternative livelihoods programme.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding he is making available to assist the humanitarian effort for internally displaced people in (a) Burma and (b) the Karen...

      Education Millennium Goal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contribution the UK has made to meeting the millennium development goal on education; and if he will make a statement.

      Palestinian Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assurances he is seeking from the Palestinian Authority which would allow the full aid programme to be restored.

  • Prime Minister

    • Kyoto Targets

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2006, Official Report, column 815W, what the evidential basis was for his statement that the Government will meet their Kyoto targets.

  • Education and Skills

    • Corporate Hospitality

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

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills 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...

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills 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...

      Disabled People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress his Department has made in fulfilling its statutory role as a public body to promote the rights of disabled people.

      Educational Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he will publish the report of the fundamental review of the function of educational psychologists announced in February 2005.

      Educational Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many educational psychologist posts are unfilled; and what estimate he has made of the likely ratio of trained educational...

      Missing Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what steps his Department has taken in relation to the recommendations of the social exclusion unit's report on runaway children; (2)...

      Skills For Life

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many employees in his Department have attended Skills for Life courses; and how many have been assessed as requiring such courses.

      Young Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of young carers undertaking supervised study in excess of 21 hours each week.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Account Filing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many companies were fined by Companies House in the last 10 years for late filing of accounts.

    • Account Filing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much revenue Companies House received in the last 10 years through fines for late filing of company accounts; and if he will make a statement.

      British Nuclear Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received on plans to privatise the British Nuclear Group.

      British Summer Time

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many representations he has received on adopting British summer time throughout the year in the last 12 months; and how many (a)...

      Company Law Reform Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list organisations from which his Department has received representations on the Company Law Reform Bill since November 2005; and...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding has been given by (a) his Department and (b) the Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council to the development of (i)...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding has been given by (a) his Department and (b) the Physical Sciences Research Council to the development of (i) liquid metal fast...

      Energy Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average energy cost was of power generation from (a) nuclear, (b) oil, (c) gas, (d) coal and (e) renewables in each of the past...

      EU Extremely Large Telescope

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made of the impact of (a) light pollution and (b) aircraft vapour trails on the location of the EU Extremely Large...

      EU Extremely Large Telescope

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which organisations are involved in the European Extremely Large Telescope project; and in which country each is based.

      EU Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the levels of competition in manufacturing across the European Union; and if he will make a statement.

      EU Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking to support the manufacturing industry and promote UK exports.

      Fuel Cell Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what help his Department makes available to companies researching hydrogen fuel cell technology for motor vehicle use through a greater...

      Home Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry under what legislation employees are granted a right to work from home; if he has any plans to introduce further legislation; and if he will...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 26 April 2006, Official Report, column 1125W, on noise-induced hearing loss (mining), what assessment he has made...

      Natural Environment Research Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what the Natural Environment Research Council science budget allocation was for each centre in each year since 1997; (2) what the...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he has commissioned a study on the competitiveness of the Post Office in handling (a) television licence purchases and (b) other...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what value of business thePost Office Card Account provided to post offices in (a) Leeds, (b) Yorkshire and (c) the UK in 2005-06.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans the Department has to compensate those post offices which will be adversely affected by the proposed closure of the Post Office...

      Power Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State forTrade and Industry how many interruptions to power supply from (a) nuclear, (b) oil, (c) gas, (d) coal and (e) renewables generation there have been in each...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State forTrade and Industry what the (a) total budget and (b) administrative costs were of each of the regional development agencies in 2005-06; and what the estimated...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent by Government on (a) research into and (b) grants and subsidies to promote renewable energy in each year between 1979 and...

      Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much funding his Department has given to research and development via (a) grants, (b) loans and (c) incentive schemes since 1997.

      Severn Barrage Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the merits of a reappraisal of the Severn barrage project as part of the Government's energy review.

      Sexual Harassment (Tribunal Rulings)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many employment tribunal rulings on cases of constructive dismissal found in favour of the claimants where allegations of sexual...

      Small Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to promote the economic viability of small local convenience shops.

      Sub-post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many sub-post offices have closed in Staffordshire since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he has made an assessment of the future security of supply of uranium.

      Vehicle Licensing Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment the Government have made of the impact that their policy of encouraging drivers to renew their vehicle licensing tax by (a)...

  • Transport

    • A1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average traffic levels were at each interchange of the A1 Western bypass from North Gosforth to the New Tyne crossing, Newcastle in each of...

    • DIRECTS Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place a copy of the report into the DIRECTS project in the Library.

      Equal Pay

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

      Home Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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.

      Kingston Park Shopping Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Highways Agency has issued article 14 directions on the proposed redevelopment and expansion of the Kingston Park shopping centre in Newcastle.

      Ministerial Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many ministerial cars are used in each Government Department; what the cost was of maintaining ministerial cars, broken down by Department, in the...

      Ministerial Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has carried out of the (a) emission levels, (b) fuel economy, (c) cost and (d) safety of ministerial cars.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many prosecutions have been brought by the British Transport police during the past 12 months for antisocial behaviour on the railway network; and...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the train operating companies that have requested compensation payments for losses incurred as a result of industrial action from (a)...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the train operating companies which requested compensation payments from (a) the Strategic Rail Authority and (b) his Department for...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent research has been conducted into the economic value of the cross-country rail network; and if he will publish the findings.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the passenger growth on the Tamworth to Birmingham railway line was in each year between 1994 and 2005.

      Sea Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to attract resources from the European Regional Development Fund to reinstate the old Southern Railway route in Devon in the...

      Stockport Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passenger trains have used platform 0 at Stockport railway station since it became operational.

      Transport Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the operation of Road Vehicle (Registration and Licensing) Regulations 1971; and what recent representations he has...

      Transport Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the operation of the Road Traffic (Driver Licensing and Information Systems) Act 1989; and what recent representations...

  • Solicitor-General

    • James Miller/Tom Hurndall

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will seek to gain access to evidence regarding the cases of James Miller and Tom Hurndall from the Israeli authorities; and if he will make a statement.

    • Northern Ireland High Court (Crown Appeals)

      To ask the Solicitor-General on how many occasions there have been Crown appeals against the length of a sentence in Northern Ireland's High Court in the last three years.

  • Treasury

    • Bank of England

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many nominees he considered for the post of Deputy Governor of the Bank of England apart from Sir John Gieve; and what the process of selection...

    • Bank of England

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the staffing requirement of the Bank of England to meet its statutory financial supervision and regulatory obligations in each year...

      Biofuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the quality criterion will be available for inclusion of biofuel manufacturers using pure vegetable oil, within the current 20 pence per litre duty...

      Centenarians

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people aged 100 or over there are in each county in England.

      Centenarians

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list primary care trusts in order of (a) average age of population, (b) the proportion of over-65s, (c) the proportion of over 25s and (d)...

      Compensation Payments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his letter of 21 March Ref: 4/25060/06, when the constituents of the hon. Member for West Worcestershire can expect to receive the compensation...

      Consultancy Firms

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what records are held centrally by the Government on consultancy firms hired by Government Departments.

      Corporate Hospitality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions he has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Paymaster General will reply to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's letter of 24 February 2006 regarding his constituent Ms P Duff.

      Doncaster, North (Statistics)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Doncaster, North residents were employed in mining in (a) 1981, (b) 1991, (c) 2001 and (d) the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Doncaster, North (Statistics)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit recipients there were in each ward in Doncaster, North in (a) 1997 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available; and...

      Doncaster, North (Statistics)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many ethnic minority residents there were in Doncaster, North (a) in (i) 1981, (ii) 1991 and (iii) 2001 and (b) according to the most recent figures...

      Doncaster, North (Statistics)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many residents of Doncaster, North worked outside the constituency in (a) 1981, (b) 1991, (c) 2001 and (d) the most recent year for which figures...

      Doncaster, North (Statistics)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people with disabilities were resident in Doncaster, North constituency in (a) 1981, (b) 1991, (c) 2001 and (d) the most recent period for which...

      Euro Preparations Unit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total costs of the Treasury's Euro Preparations Unit were in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05 and (d) 2005-06; how many (i) full and (ii)...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria HM Revenue and Customs uses in determining that GPs are regarded as self-employed for tax purposes; and if he will make a statement.

      Informal Economy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to reduce the size of the informal economy in the West Midlands.

      Informal Economy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the size of the informal economy in (a) the UK, (b) the West Midlands and (c) Tamworth constituency.

      Kidney Failure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) England and (b) Dorset died as a result of kidney failure in 2005.

      Married Person's Tax Allowance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in how many cases HM Revenue and Customs has discovered that taxpayers have been wrongly receiving married person's tax allowance in each year since it was...

      Ministerial Flights

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for North Devon (Nick Harvey), of 26 April 2006, Official Report, column 1173W, on ministerial flights, whether...

      Newhaven Port

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals used the facility installed at Newhaven port to allow them to declare goods remotely by telephone in 2005.

      Private Healthcare (Taxation)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners in occupational pension schemes who will opt out of private healthcare provision in order to avoid it...

      Private Healthcare (Taxation)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the revenue to be raised in the tax year 2006-07 from the decision to treat employer contributions to private medical schemes...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals paid stamp dutyon (a) residential and (b) commercial property transactions, in (i) each Government office region,(ii) Wales, (iii)...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much tax credit fraud has been perpetrated by HM Revenue and Customs' employees; and how many HM Revenue and Customs' employees have been prosecuted for...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the morale of staff working at the tax credits office; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 30 March, Official Report, column 117W, on tax credits, how many monetary payments have been agreed between HM Revenue and...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many individuals in the Peterborough constituency were overpaid tax credits in the financial year 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many disabled adults have claimed tax credits in Tamworth constituency in each month since April 2003.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many joint claims for tax credits were terminated in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06.

      Tax Returns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the Government's response to the Carter Committee's recommendations on bringing forward the tax return filing deadline.

      Tax Returns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment the Government have made of the potential impact of advancing the tax return filing deadline on (a) business and (b) the capacity of HM...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information the Valuation Office Agency will have access to as a consequence of the implementation of the Valuebill project.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which representatives from the Valuation Office Agency attended the Property Information Systems Common Exchange Standard (PISCES) home information packs...

      Value Added Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the potential cost to the Treasury of introducing a zero VAT rating on authors; and if he will make a statement.

      Voluntary Shops

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer under what fiscal regime a voluntary shop in a rural area operates; and what assessment he has made of the impact on such business of recent changes in...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • House Mail Services

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) whether the Commission has discussed with Royal Mail (a) a bulk purchase contract and (b) a business...

    • Stationery Supplies

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what recent discussions the House authorities have had with stationery suppliers on procuring alternative...

  • Defence

    • 771 Search and Rescue Squadron

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the contribution which the 771 search and rescue squadron at Royal Naval Air Station makes to (a) the protection...

    • Advisory Committee on Conscientious Objection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cases have been heard by the Advisory Committee on Conscientious Objection in each of the last five years; and in how many of those cases the...

      Advisory Committee on Conscientious Objection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times the Advisory Committee on Conscientious Objection has met in each of the last five years.

      Advisory Committee on Conscientious Objection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the costs were of the Advisory Committee on Conscientious Objection in each of the last five years.

      Advisory Committee on Conscientious Objection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures are in place to ensure that members of the armed forces are aware of the existence of the Advisory Committee on Conscientious Objection.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations his Department has received from Army officers requesting an increase in the troop numbers allocated to Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the impact of the eradication of poppy production on the security situation in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces (Voting)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Electoral Commission concerning the provision of postal and proxy voting forms to members of the armed forces in...

      Army Drugs Policy

      To ask the Secretary of Statefor Defence (1) what Army disciplinary policy is on (a) soldiers and (b) officers found to be (i) selling, (ii) distributing, (iii) in possession of and (iv) under...

      Army Drugs Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many drugs tests on Army personnel have produced positive results in each quarter since January 2000, broken down by (a) class of drugs and (b)...

      Astute Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there are plans to procure further Astute Class submarines beyond Astute, Ambush and Artful.

      Camp Breadbasket Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the findings of the senior military officer appointed by General Sir Mike Jackson to examine the lessons from Camp Breadbasket in Iraq have been...

      Central Wales Tactical Training Area

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many flight movements were carried out at between 250 and 100 feet in the Central Wales Tactical Training Area between 1993 and 2005.

      Chaplains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) men and (b) women serving in each of the armed forces visited a Christian chaplain in each of the last 12 months.

      Chaplains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Muslim, (b) Hindu, (c) Sikh, (d) Jewish and (e) Buddhist chaplains there are in each of the armed forces.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many non-industrial civil servants from his Department are based in Northern Ireland; and how many will be offered redundancy over the next 12 months.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his Answer of 25 April 2006, Official Report, columns 1021-2W, on Colombia, how much bespoke counter-narcotic assistance has been granted to...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 18 April 2006 , Official Report, column 4W, on Colombia, if he will list the evaluation criteria for each type of training...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 18 April 2006, Official Report, column 4W, on Colombia, by what criteria the level and nature of UK military assistance and...

      Courts Martial

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average delay has been in each of the last five years for military personnel accused of serious offences between being charged and appearing at...

      Deepcut Barracks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what studies his Department has carried out on the impact on armed forces recruitment of the Deepcut incidents since 2003.

      Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Ministers attended the Defence Export Services Organisation symposium on 22 March.

      Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of Defence Export Services Organisation staff, funded by the Government, work on defence export services to Saudi Arabia.

      Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with his counterparts in the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the work of...

      Disposal Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in relation to the case of arbitration referred to in the answer on 9 February 2004, Official Report, column 1177W, when the disposal contractor first...

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions officials from his Department have had with British Aerospace Systems concerning the impending order of Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft by...

      Iraq Service Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British police officers have been seconded as advisers in Iraq since 2003; and how many of them have received an Operation Telic medal.

      Iraq Service Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many servicemen have served in Iraq for the qualifying period for receiving the Iraq service medal; and how many such medals have been awarded to...

      Iraq Service Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2006, Official Report, column 20, on the Iraq service medal, what the nature is of the qualifications required for...

      Iraq Service Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2006, Official Report, column 20, on the Iraq service medal, if he will list the civilian journalists who have...

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what progress has been made on the Joint Strike Fighter project; and whether the project is on schedule; (2) what progress has been made in the...

      Michael White

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what disciplinary action has been taken against those involved in the death of Warrant Officer Michael White following his death in a live fire exercise...

      Ministerial Activities

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

      Private Americk Hayer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what disciplinary action has been taken against the army instructor charged with grievous bodily harm upon Private Americk Hayer of the Royal Welch...

      RAF Rescue Missions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average cost was of a rescue mission carried out by the RAF in 2005-06.

      RAF Rescue Missions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what charge is made to the Scottish Ambulance Service for use of RAF search and rescue helicopters for air ambulance flights.

      RAF Rescue Missions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions in each year since 1996 RAF search and rescue helicopters have been used for air ambulance flights in (a) Orkney, (b) Shetland...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on recruitment, search and selection agencies in each of the last five years.

      Redress of Grievance Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many redress of grievance cases in each of the armed forces have resulted in (a) a conviction and (b) other forms of punishment in the last12 months.

      Evacuation/Hospital Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the UK hospitals (a) where service personnel have been treated and (b) for injuries sustained in theatre of active operations in each...

      Evacuation/Hospital Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the UK military hospitals that British military casualties are sent to after evacuation from (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.

      Staff Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost was of (a) staff away days and (b) staff team building exercises in his Department in each of the last three years.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what spending has been allocated to Territorial Army recruitment for (a) the last three quarters of 2005, (b) the first quarter of 2006 and (c) 2006-07.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the main areas of the Territorial Army are identified (a) as undermanned and (b) for increased recruitment.

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate the naval staff have made of the total number of Type 45 destroyers required to protect (a) a carrier task group and (b) an amphibious...

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect on employment at shipbuilders' yards of a decision not to build the seventh and eighth Type 45 destroyers.

      UFOs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his Answer to the hon. Member for Lewes (Norman Baker) of 28 March 2006, Official Report, column 904W, on unidentified flying objects, on...

  • Cabinet Office

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Food Advertising Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she will respond to the Ofcom proposals for greater controls on food advertising of foods high in fat, sugar and salt.

    • Ministerial Cars (Fuel Costs)

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

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what progress has been made in providing a manual of facilities identified as suitable for training camps by National Olympic and...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of Statefor Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2006, Official Report, columns 214-5W, on the London Olympics, what the most recent estimate made...

      Public (Arts Organisation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many times the chief executive of the Arts Council of England, West Midlands, was invited to attend the Board of the arts...

      Public (Arts Organisation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who the lead officer was from the Arts Council responsible for liaison on the construction of the building to house the Arts...

      Schools Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the National Strategy for Physical Education, School Sport and Club Links; how much her Department has...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers who were normally resident in (a) Peterborough and (b) Cambridgeshire in the 12 months after entering the United...

    • Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what post-return monitoring is in place to ensure that all returns to Iraq are safe and sustainable.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures and safeguards are in place to ensure that all returning Iraqi asylum seekers reach their home village or town safely.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken (a) to improve and (b) to extend the statistics published on those detained under immigration legislation...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what alternatives he has considered to the detention of children in immigration detention centres.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) Dungavel and (b) Oakington Detention Centre is being used to hold immigration detainees from Northern Ireland; and what...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 April 2006, Official Report, column 365W, on UK immigration procedures, how many of those listed in the table...

      Business Rates/Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been imprisoned for non-payment of (a) business rates and (b) council tax in each year since 1997.

      Child Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 2 May 2006, Official Report, column 1406W, on child trafficking, whether the information requested is collected at...

      Child Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 2 May 2006, Official Report, column 1406W, on child trafficking, if he will take steps to establish a system which...

      Criminal Justice Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the custody plus and related provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 will be brought into force; what period of notice will be given...

      Criminal Justice and Court Services Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which provisions within the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 (a) have not yet come into force and (b) have been replaced (i)...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people are the subject of multiple Criminal Records Bureau clearance applications; (2) how many people have renewed their...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to alter the Criminal Records Bureau registration system following the Bichard Inquiry recommendations.

      Dental Care (Prisoners)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on dentistry treatment provided for inmates of prisons in the UK in the last period for which figures are available,...

      Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when sections 17 to 21 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 will be brought into force.

      Drug Confiscations (Prisons)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the quantities of each drug that have been confiscated in prisons in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Ex-prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the involvement of crime reduction partnerships in the resettlement of ex-prisoners.

      Foreign Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what prison programmes there are to assist the rehabilitation of foreign national prisoners.

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the effectiveness of identification cards and associated data in (i) thwarting...

      Informants (HMP Wandsworth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints have been made about the use of illegal informants at HM Prison Wandsworth; what action was taken in each case; what...

      International Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 3 May 2006, Official Report, column 1619W, on international arrest warrants, if he will place in the Library...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 2 May 2006, Official Report, column 1416W, on which dates his officials met representatives of Israel; who those...

      John Joseph Tourney

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps have been taken by the Criminal Cases Review Commission to comply with the Order of the Divisional Court in the High Court of...

      Murderers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of convicted murderers were on (a) probation, (b) early release and (c) parole when they committed their offence in each...

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what areas of the prison estate the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) has taken over direct responsibility.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which retail outlets are allowed to hold passport application forms.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to reduce the number of passports lost by the UK Passport Service since the introduction of the use of the special...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fraudulent passport applications were made in each of the last 10 years; and how many of those applications involved (a) identity...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dispatched passports have been reported lost since February 2004; and what estimate he has made of the number of such lost passports...

      Points System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the weighting of earnings is for the purposes of the proposed points system for entry as a highly skilled migrant for applicants from...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what checks are in place in prisons to ensure that when halal meat is offered to prisoners as an alternative, non-halal meat is also made...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long each prison governor had served as governor as at 31 March 2006; who the governor of each prison is; what relevant specialist...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which prison governors were (a) dismissed and (b) disciplined in each year since 1997; what the reason was in each case; and if he will...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff at governor grades at each prison establishment in the Prison Service have been transferred compulsorily to another role in...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the performance testing exercises have resulted in prison governors being transferred compulsorily to another establishment; and if...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of Prison Service staff who have secondary employment as security staff; what action he is taking to...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people sentenced to more than (a) five and (b) 10 years were received into prison in each year since 1990; and what estimate has...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the prison population was on 31 March; how many unoccupied prison places there were; and in which prisons they were located.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills about the impact of the churn of prisoners on...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will instruct the Prison Service to run a small number of pilot schemes to assess the impact of paying prisoners market rates for their...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inmates are being held at HMP Leyhill; how many of these are (a) category D prisoners and (b) prisoners of other categories; what...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to (a) HM Prison Service and (b) other prison operators was of litigation in each of the last five years; what proportion of...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what legislation governs the requirement on the Probation Service to provide a pre-sentence report when a (a) magistrates court and (b)...

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress his Department is making towards the Spending Review 2002 Public Service Agreement Target (a) four, on public confidence in...

      Residence Requirements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of people who will be affected by the decision to extend the period of residence for settlement; and...

      Residence Requirements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consultations he held with minority ethnic communities about the likely impact of the extension of the residence period for settlement...

      Residence Requirements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consultations he held with (a) employers, (b) employers' organisations and (c) employees' organisations representing minority ethnic...

      Residence Requirements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the likely effects on (a) the employability of those on work permits, (b) employers of migrant workers and...

      Residence Requirements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the merits of transitional arrangements for those affected by the extension of the residency period required...

      Security Industry Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many licensing applications were received by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) in each month since January 2005; how many licences...

      Security Industry Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what factors affected the timing of the decision in February 2006 to include security personnel working in alarm control centres in the...

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions where electronic type tags were fitted to persons after their release from prison for sex offences in England and Wales...

      US Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many alleged offenders have been extradited from the US to the UK in each of the last five years.

      Work Permit Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what period of grace he proposes for doctors already in the UK under the new work permit regulations; (2) what response he has made to...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many under 18 year olds were remanded to custody by each youth court in each year since 2000; and what percentage of sentences for...

  • Work and Pensions

    • 100th Birthday (One-off Payment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will introduce a one-off payment for UK residents who reach the age of 100 years.

    • Benefit Recipients (Doncaster, North)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents of Doncaster, North constituency received pension credit in the most recent period for which figures were available, broken...

      Claim Processing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many days it took to rate a claim for (a) income support, (b) jobseeker's allowance and (c) incapacity benefit in Alloa in the most...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of pensioners received pension credit in (a) the UK, (b) the South West and (c) Taunton constituency in each year since its...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the average payment of pension credit was in Midlothian in the latest period for which figures are available; (2) how many...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) single and (b) couple pensioner households are receiving pension credit in each local authority area in England; what this...

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in which (a) postcode areas and (b) constituencies holders of Post Office card accounts are being contacted to close their Post Office card...

  • Scotland

    • Block Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the First Minister on the underspend of the Scottish block grant.

    • Children's Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what percentage of the staff in his Department are (a) male, (b) female and (c) disabled, broken down by grade.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what opportunities exist for people to work beyond retirement age in his Department.

      Departmental Websites

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

      ID Cards (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how the introduction of identity cards in Scotland will differ from the rest of the UK.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bolivia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Bolivia about their campaign for the UN to legalise coca.

    • Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the Government of Brazil on the use of military-style armoured police vehicles in Rio de...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts about the case for a total investment ban in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts on the UN Security Council about Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the reports recently issued by the Free Burma Rangers about Burma Army attacks on civilians.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent (a) meetings he has had and (b) representations he has received about (i) human rights in Burma, (ii) the...

      Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with members of the government of Chad on the planned presidential elections on 3 May; what security...

      Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support the UK Government plan to commit to alleviate the security and political situation in Chad.

      Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the situation in Chad; and what assessment he has made of whether the country will be able to...

      Cote D'Ivoire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of (a) the current security situation in Cote d'Ivôire, (b) the projected...

      Cote D'Ivoire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the potential impact of the proposal in Cote d'Ivoire to run disarmament and voter...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps are being taken by his Department to assist with reform of the security services in Democratic Republic of Congo,...

      Equatorial Guinea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions and requests for judicial co-operation there have been between the authorities in South Africa and the UK...

      Falun Gong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of China about the Falun Gong.

      Falun Gong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received about the treatment of the Falun Gong by China.

      Falun Gong

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UK Government are taking to protect the human rights of Falun Gong practitioners in China.

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made concerning the situation of Christians in Indonesia.

      Iran (Nuclear Programme)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the status of the Russian proposal for an offshore nuclear fuel supply arrangement with Iran.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in the investigation into illegal exports to Iraq referred to on page 125 of the Court of Auditors...

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps have been taken to assess the (a) security needs and (b) continuing role of NATO forces in Kosovo; and what...

      Lord's Resistance Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her estimate is of the number of armed Uganda Lord's Resistance Army rebels operating in (a) northern Uganda and (b) the...

      Lord's Resistance Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her assessment is of the reports that the (a) Uganda People's Defence Forces and (b) Sudanese People's Liberation Army...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Nigerian Government on (a) the destruction of churches in Jigawa state, Kaduma, Banchi...

      Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications of the constitutional amendment proposed by President Obasanjo to remove the...

      Shan Refugees (Thailand)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions she has had with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees about the status of Shan refugees living in...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made in pursuit of ensuring that tribal chiefs in Sierra Leone remain neutral in...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government have made representations to the United Nations on ensuring that border disputes between Sierra Leone,...

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking towards ensuring that elections to be held in Sierra Leone are (a) conducted on a free and...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how his Department is attempting to secure peace in Darfur.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of reports that a legal adviser to President Museveni of Uganda used a rifle to intimidate...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of reports that the Ugandan army used armoured vehicles to intimidate opposition supporters and...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 April 2006, Official Report, column 92W, on Uganda, what assessment she has made of President...

      West Papua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the reports of mistreatment of native Papuans and Christians in West Papua; and if she will make...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the change has been in the numbers of people claiming (a) higher rate and (b) lower rate attendance allowance in Northern Ireland...

    • Child Support agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2006, Official Report, column 315W, on the Child Support Agency, what assessment he has made of the...

      Civil Servants (Women)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the percentage of women in (a) senior civil service positions and (b) general service grades in Northern Ireland was in each of the last...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what opportunities exist for people to work beyond retirement age in each department in Northern Ireland, including the Northern Ireland Office.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many incidents of domestic violence have been recorded by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the last five years, (a)...

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many deaths in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years have had eating disorders recorded as a contributory factor.

      Equality Impact Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how an equality impact assessment will be carried out in respect of (a) the programme for government and (b) the Northern Ireland budget.

      Firearm Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average waiting time is for the processing of firearm certificates by the Police Service of Northern Ireland; and what resources are...

      Fixed Speeding Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many fixed speeding cameras in Northern Ireland have been found to be faulty or not working in the last 12 months.

      Home Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in (a) each Northern Ireland Department and (b) the Northern Ireland Office have been enabled to work from home for part of...

      Military Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many military personnel from Northern Ireland have died in each of the last five years.

      Money Laundering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will introduce legislation to make money laundering a terrorist-related offence.

      Omagh Bomb (Compensation Claims)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many compensation claims have been lodged following the Omagh bomb.

      Police Officers (Injuries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many police officers have been injured in the course of their duties in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.

      Police Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how often he has met the (a) Police ombudsman, (b) Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable, (c) Chief Inspector of Criminal Justice,...

      Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the effect on public funds in Northern Ireland for 2006-07 of the (a) increase in Regional Rate of 19 per cent.,...

      Senior Citizens (Crime Statistics)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many senior citizens have been (a) burgled and (b) assaulted in their home in each (i) police district and (ii) council area in Northern...

      Social Security Agency (Staff Transfer)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions Northern Ireland Social Security Agency staff have been transferred to posts against the written advice of their general...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Bernadette Graham

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the inquest into the death of Bernadette Graham of Cushendall will be completed.

    • Community Legal Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate she has made of the percentage of callers to Community Legal Service (CLS) Direct that (a) have already sought...

      Community Legal Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what percentage of callers to the Community Legal Service Direct specialist helpline have been subsequently subject to a full...

      Community Legal Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what percentage of Welsh resident callers to Community Legal Service Direct have been referred to local specialist advisers...

      Departmental Energy Costs

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much was spent by her Department on (a) gas and (b) electricity in 2004-05.

      Electoral Register (Christchurch/East Dorset)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) for what reasons the (a) Christchurch and (b) East Dorset constituency was omitted from the answer given on30 November...

      Legal Advice

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what work is being undertaken within Government to co-ordinate the provision of legal advice services; and if she will make a...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of whether people who are financially eligible for legal aid prefer receiving specialist advice...

      Parliamentary Boundaries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the proposals of the latest review of parliamentary boundaries will be implemented; when the next review will (a)...

      Specialist Support Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many calls to the Specialist Support Service telephone advice line have been made by Welsh residents since its inception,...

      Wales

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discussions she had with the Welsh Assembly Government before the announcement of (a) the withdrawal of funding for the...

      Wales

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discussions she has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the transfer of responsibility for planning future legal...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Brownfield Development

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans to restate the guidance regarding brownfield land contained in the current planning policy guidance note 3 when it is re-issued as planning...

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many local authorities employ inspectors who are qualified to certify installations under Part P of the building regulations.

      Business Rates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many non-domestic properties classed as (a) hotels, (b) hostels and (c) bed and breakfast were on the Ratings List and liable for business rates in England...

      Community Infrastructure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much of the community infrastructure fund has been allocated; and how much remains to be allocated.

      Community Infrastructure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will announce further allocations from the community infrastructure fund.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006 to the hon. Member for Angus, Official Report, column 914W, on departmental expenditure, if he will list each external...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of the report on the thermal performance of multi-foil insulation prepared under his Department's domestic buildings energy...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many fire brigade strikes there have been in each of the past five years; how many brigades were affected in each case; and...

      Government Offices

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost has been of information campaigns undertaken by Government Offices for the Regions since 1997.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to increase the number of units of (a) social and (b) affordable housing in West Lancashire constituency.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many and what proportion of homes were estimated to be non-decent homes according to the English Housing Conditions Survey, in each year since 1990, broken...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance has been given to Housing Market Renewal Pathfinders about access to meetings, papers and records by (a) the...

      Local Government Restructuring (Ministerial Meetings)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answers of 30 March 2006, Official Report, columns 1217-18W, to my hon. Friend the Member for Surrey Heath (Michael Gove) on local government...

      Local Government Strikes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent guidance the Government have issued to local authorities in relation to contingency planning for local government strikes.

      Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Fire Authority

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) full-time and (b) retained firefighters have (i) been employed and (ii) taken early retirement in the Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Fire...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on recruitment, search and selection agencies in each of the last five years.

      Regional Administration

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the annual expenditure has been of each of the Government Offices of the Regions in each year since their creation.

      Regional Administration

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) total budget and (b) administrative costs were of each of the Government offices for the regions in each year since their creation; and what the...

      Rise Associates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many tenders Rise Associates have submitted to his Department in each of the last five years; and how many were successful.

      Rise Associates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many contracts his Department holds with Rise Associates which have a potential duration of five years or more.

      Rise Associates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many applications for regeneration monies have been submitted by Rise Associates to his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years for which...

      Rushenden Link Road

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will announce the funding for the Rushenden link road.

      Stock Transfers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which local authorities have (a) transferred their housing stock and (b) set up an arm's length management organisation; how many properties were involved in...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of the communications strategy prepared by the Valuation Office Agency for the council tax revaluation in England.

      Wiring Regulations

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which professional body oversees compliance with the Wiring Regulations and British Standard 7671.

  • Health

    • Alcohol Misuse Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding she has made available for alcohol misuse programmes through the pooled treatment budget for substance misuse.

    • Alcohol Misuse Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to create a separate agency to take forward the alcohol strategy.

      Anatomy Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will seek to amend the Anatomy Act 1984 to prevent the public exhibition for profit of plasticised cadavers; and if she will make a statement.

      Audiology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the timescale for the replacement of all NHS analogue hearing aids with digital ones.

      Bone Density Scanning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what routine bone density scanning programmes are being operated by each of the primary care trusts covering Portsmouth and who is routinely screened by...

      Bone Density Scanning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many bone density scanning machines are available in each of the primary care trusts covering Portsmouth.

      Bone Density Scanning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time is for a bone density scan in each of the primary care trusts covering Portsmouth.

      Bowel Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what funding is being allocated to the roll-out of the bowel cancer screening programme for the financial year (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2008-09; (2)...

      Bowel Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the representations made by Cancer Research UK concerning the implementation of the bowel cancer screening...

      Breast Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health to what extent her Department took demographic changes into account when developing the NHS Breast Screening Programme.

      Car Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what cars have been provided for the senior management in each of the last five years of the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire strategic health...

      Cardiac Care (Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to screen all children for cardiac problems; and if she will make a statement.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many lay assessors for care home inspection were employed in each year from 1992 to 2006; and at what cost; (2) what research the National Care...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the number of places currently available at care homes in the (a) public sector, (b) private sector and (c)...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) residential, (b) nursing and (c) elderly mentally infirm (i) homes and (ii) places were available in Tamworth constituency in each of the...

      Children's Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children aged between four and five are registered with an NHS dentist.

      Children's Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what funding the Department has made available for 2006-07 to support health promotion for parents and young children; and whether this funding is...

      Children's Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many blood spot tests for hypothyroidism and phenylketonuria were carried out on babies less than a week old during the most recent period for...

      Children's Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures are used to decide which central or local government body has responsibility under the Every Child Matters policy for financing medical...

      Corporate Hospitality

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

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Brent, East, dated 23 March, regarding Ms Renae Tilley.

      Coventry Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the financial position of Coventry primary care trust.

      Deep Vein Thrombosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of deep vein thrombosis have been recorded in (a) each region in England and (b) the Tees Valley in each year since 1997.

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's strategies are for supporting older people with dementia to live independently at home.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what dental services provision is available to patients to obtain NHS treatment once a dental practice has used its unit quota; and if she will make a...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dental units are given to practices for emergency appointments.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what will happen to unmet units of dental activity at the end of the contract year.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of people in each region with no teeth in each year since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of eligible dentists in the area covered by (a) Yorkshire Wolds and Coast primary care trust and (b) East Yorkshire primary care trust...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the percentage of children who were (a) registered with an NHS dentist, (b) registered with a private dentist and (c) not...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of dentists in England were (a) NHS and (b) private in each year since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) adults and (b) children in Taunton constituency were registered with NHS dentists in each year since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists are accepting new NHS patients in each London borough in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists were registered in North West Cambridgeshire in each year since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists were registered in Milton Keynes in each year since 1997.

      E111 Forms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures have been taken to publicise the discontinuation of E111 forms; and if she will make a statement.

      Electroconvulsive Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what circumstances electroconvulsive therapy is administered; and if she will make a statement.

      European Health Insurance Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 18 April 2006, Official Report, column 389W, on the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), what percentage of EHIC forms have...

      Fibromyalgia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the incidence of fibromyalgia in England has been in each of the last five years; what treatments are available on the NHS; and what research she has...

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to reduce waiting times for hearing aids; and if she will make a statement.

      Influenza Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of those aged over 65 years in the Peterborough constituency are expected to receive influenza vaccinations by the end of winter 2005-06.

      Lupus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of lupus there have been in Norfolk in the last five years.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expenditure of primary care trusts and strategic health authorities was on mental health in each of the last five years; what percentage of their...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she plans to publish her revised proposals for a Mental Health Bill.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinical psychologists are employed by hospital trusts in West Sussex, expressed as (a) headcount and (b) full-time equivalent posts.

      Mixed-sex Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many mixed-sex wards there are in each hospital in England.

      National Service Framework for Children and Young People and Maternity Services Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on Standard One of the National Service Framework for Children and Young People and Maternity Services in England.

      Neonatal Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on how many occasions babies needing admission to a neonatal intensive care unit were unable to be placed in the nearest neonatal intensive care...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent research her Department has examined on the management of obesity in adolescents through the use of beverages containing calorie-free...

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to extend the availability of osteoporosis bone density scanning; and if she will make a statement.

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has for the management of osteoporosis services after the amalgamation of primary care trusts and strategic health authorities in the...

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has for a fully integrated falls and osteoporosis service in the Portsmouth area.

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) men and (b) women in the primary care trust areas covering Portsmouth are estimated to have osteoporosis.

      Ovarian Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will ask the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence to issue guidance on the use of intraperitoneal chemotherapy for patients with...

      Personal Health Guides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many personal health guides have been produced in each primary care trust area in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; and at...

      Psychiatric Secure Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women found guilty under the Mental Health and Criminal Justice Acts have been assessed to need psychiatric secure accommodation but have been...

      Pulmonary Hypertension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure that all those diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension receive adequate treatment without waiting for the treatment to be...

      Queen Mary's Hospital Trust, Sidcup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the operational impact of the budget adjustments levied by her Department on Queen Mary's Hospital Trust, Sidcup, in...

      Queen Mary's Hospital Trust, Sidcup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been paid by her Department to Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup (a) in each of the last three financial years and (b) for 2006-07; and what...

      Residential Care Funding (Stoke-on-Trent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much Stoke-on-Trent Social Services department received from Government for the provision of residential care for (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07.

      Sandwell and West Birmingham Acute Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the job titles and the salaries of employees of Sandwell and West Birmingham Acute Trust earning more than £90,000 per annum.

      Sandwell and West Birmingham Acute Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the estimated costs are of the Sandwell and West Birmingham Acute NHS Trust's 2010 Project for financial years (a) 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and...

      Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role her Department has played in the six month trial at St. George's psychiatric hospital in Stafford into ways of treating people who self-harm;...

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funds were allocated to the (a) Greater Derbyshire and (b) Central Derby Primary Care Trust for the treatment of sexually transmitted infections in...

      University Hospital of North Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated loss of income to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire is from work contracted out to independent sector treatment and...

      Venous Thromboembolism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects the expert panel on venous thromboembolism to report its findings on implementing the Health Select Committee's recommendations on the...

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was between referral and treatment for NHS cancer patients in (a) England, (b) Somerset and (c) Taunton constituency in...

  • House of Lords

    • Alzheimer's Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people are suffering from Alzheimer's disease in Northern Ireland.

    • Armed Forces: Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have consulted the Government of the United States over technology transfer issues with respect to the future strategic tanker aircraft project; and,...

      Armed Forces: RAF Logistics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many (a) officers; (b) non-commissioned officers; (c) other ranks; and (d) civilians of different grades they expect to staff the logistics hub for the Royal...

      Armed Forces: RAF Logistics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many (a) officers; (b) non-commissioned officers; (c) other ranks; and (d) civilians of different grades they expect to staff the communications hub for the...

      Asylum Seekers: Legal Advice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the concerns expressed by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in March concerning the detention of asylum applicants reaching...

      Aviation: Emergencies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ensure that an aircraft which declares a technical emergency mayday prior to commencing a standard arrival procedure into London Heathrow, over a...

      Aviation: Emergencies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was their response to the Air Accident Investigation Branch's report on the Evergreen 747 flight incident that occurred on 24 April 2004.

      Corruption: UN Convention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the European Union will exert positive pressure in the United Nations to ensure an effective implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.

      Courts and Tribunals: Draft Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When a draft Courts and Tribunals Bill, as mentioned in the Queen's Speech of 23 November 2004, will be published.

      Drivers: Speed Cameras

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many speed cameras are in operation in Northern Ireland; and whether they have any plans to introduce more such cameras.

      Dyslexia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of the population of Northern Ireland they estimate to be dyslexic.

      Education: Northern Ireland Post-primary Provision

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will recall the Northern Ireland Assembly or its Education Committee to consider the current proposals to reform post-primary education in response to...

      Energy Efficiency: Railways

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have assessed how much carbon emission and electricity would be saved if Network Rail and London Underground Limited were to replace steel conductor...

      Firearms: Consultation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the publication of the response to the Home Office 2004 consultation paper, Controls on Firearms, has been delayed.

      Gabon: Wild Animals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of Gabon regarding the treatment of gorillas and other captive wild animals in that country.

      Gabon: Wild Animals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of France regarding the alleged use of wild animals in experiments carried out by French military forces...

      Government Departments: IT Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which information technology service companies are providing major services to central government departments; and which departments each such company is serving.

      Immigration: Reception and Detention Centres

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many complaints were made during 2003 to 2005 involving allegations of racism or inappropriate behaviour against staff at immigration reception and detention...

      Irish Language Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have agreed that part of the Irish Language Agency should move to County Donegal; if so, when they agreed this; by what procedure; and after what...

      Local Government: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Comptroller and Auditor-General for Northern Ireland and the Audit Commission have been asked to examine the financial feasibility of current proposals...

      Neighbourhood Renewal: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What funding has been agreed in Northern Ireland under the neighbourhood renewal project; for what purpose; and in which cases the provision of a mobile phone was...

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What directions have been given under the North/South Co-operation (Implementation Bodies) (Northern Ireland) Order (SI 859/1999); and whether they will place in...

      Northern Bank Robbery

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much of the £26 million stolen during the Northern Bank robbery has been recovered to date.

      Northern Ireland Act 1998

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What amendments have been made to the Northern Ireland Act 1998; for what purposes; and when.

      Northern Ireland National Stadium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What agreement exists with Sinn Fein and the Irish Republican Army concerning the creation of a National Stadium for Northern Ireland; when any such agreement was...

      Northern Ireland: Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 18 April (WA 190) concerning the Smithsonian Institution's Folklife Festival in 2007, what Ulster-Scots...

      Northern Ireland: Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the additional information required by the Northern Ireland Department of Social Development from the Ardoyne Nationalist Festival in 2005 before a grant...

      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...

      Peace Funding: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 29 March (WA 124) on Peace II funding, who chaired the selection process for intermediary funding bodies to...

      Police: Assaults on Officers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any charges were brought against any individual relating to the serious assault on Police Constable Michael Brentnall.

      Police: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many investigators are currently employed in the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland; and what is their primary duty.

      Police: Prosecutions of Officers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the finding of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland against Constable Michael Brentnall and what was the charge for which he was tried by a jury at...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many persons were serving custodial sentences at the start of each of the past 10 years; and, in each case, how many were foreign nationals.

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many addresses of foreign prisoners released under licence into the community since 1999 the National Probation Service furnished to the Secretary of State for...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What biometric information is taken from foreign prisoners in British prisons; where such information is kept; and whether they plan to issue identity cards to all...

      Prisons: Records

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 2 May (WA 58), what categories of information are entered into the inmate core files of persons...

      Race Relations: Race Equality Group

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the terms of reference for the Race Equality Group; and who has been invited to be a member of the group.

      Railways: County Donegal Railway Artefacts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans the museum authorities in Northern Ireland have to secure the future of the County Donegal railway artefacts currently at Foyle Road in Londonderry.

      Roads: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on the roads of Northern Ireland.

      Schools: Special Educational Needs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 18 April (WA 214) concerning allegations about the treatment of a pupil in North Tyneside, why the Answer was...

      Sex Offenders: Kevin Hazelwood

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What further steps they will take to protect children from sexual offences following the conviction of Kevin Hazelwood for child rape.

      Sex Offenders: Register

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide resources to make the sex offenders' register more effective in protecting children from sexual offences.

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the outcome of complaints made by members of staff of Waterways Ireland to the sponsoring department about bullying and mismanagement by the chief executive.

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