Written answers

Monday, 15 May 2006

  • Transport

    • Aviation Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether military air bases handling civilian flights on an occasional basis are deemed to meet the requirements of the National Aviation Security...

    • European Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on his policy on directive 2003/20/EC; when the directive will be implemented in England and Wales; and what consultation...

      Highway Code

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what provisions he has in place to assess the level of adherence to the Highway Code by cyclists; and if he will make a statement.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what discussions he has had with Governments in (a) Italy, (b) Spain, (c) Portugal and (d) Austria on the effects on road safety of...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Educational Materials

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will list the material produced by (a) the House of Commons Information Office and (b) the Education...

    • Educational Materials

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what plans the House of Commons Information Office has to produce new factsheets; how many factsheets were...

      IT Equipment

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) how often information technology equipment is renewed for (a) hon. Members and (b) each Department of...

      Reserved Seating (Officials)

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many seats are reserved for (a) staff and (b) advisers of (i) the Government and (ii) Opposition parties...

      Weekly Information Bulletin

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many copies of the House of Commons Weekly Information Bulletin were (a) published and (b) sold in each...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Prosecutions

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases put forward by the police to the Crown Prosecution Service in each of the last five years (a) resulted in a prosecution and (b) did not result in a...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will reply to the letter dated 10 February from the hon. Member for North Down in relation to the tail docking of dogs.

    • Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the comments on the programme for the endorsement of forest certification scheme in the...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent on tackling fuel poverty in England and Wales during 2005-06; how much is proposed to be spent during...

  • Defence

    • Body Armour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the same body armour is issued to armed forces personnel and visiting journalists in Iraq.

    • Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many counsellors are employed by each of HM armed forces; and for how many hours per week.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many helicopters UK forces have in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.

      HMS Sheffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for a permanent commemorative memorial to (a) the crew of HMS Sheffield and (b) other Royal Navy personnel on the 25th anniversary of...

      Intelligence Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the countries which sent students to attend (a) the joint school of photographic interpretation and (b) the international intelligence...

      Operation Rockingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the present functions are of Operation Rockingham; how many staff are employed on it; and if he will make a statement.

      RNAS Yeovilton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his plans for RNAS Yeovilton.

      Sea King Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Sea King helicopters are serving with the Royal Navy; how many are fully operational; how many are non-operational; and what time period is...

      Hospital Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements are in place for injured service personnel to receive family visits.

      Submarines (Pollution)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the levels of radioactive pollution on foreshores close to the locations of Z berths (a) in Portsmouth harbour and...

      Unspent Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the budget for his Department remained unspent in the 2005-06 financial year.

      Urban Warfare (Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the amount of training army units have received in all-arms urban warfare in recent years.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of thestaff in her Department is (a) male, (b) female and (c) disabled, broken down by grade.

    • Millennium Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of24 April 2006, Official Report, columns 1358-59W, on millennium projects, if she will collect information on...

      Recruitment

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

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether those who do not have a television set are required to inform Television Licensing that they do not require a TV licence.

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what discussions she has had with the (a) Department of Trade and Industry and (b) Department for Work and Pensions on the...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to promote tourism in south-east London.

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Government funding has been allocated to promote tourism to the south-west in 2006-07; and how much has been allocated to...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total expenditure by Visit Britain was in each of the last five years.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress is being made in providing alternative sources of income through humanitarian aid for poppy growers in Afghanistan.

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has received about providing assistance and support for (a) women's networks, (b) civil society...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has received about providing aid and support for (a) Burmese refugees living in Thailand, (b)...

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will take steps to ensure that development funding for basic services in Ethiopia is channelled through non-governmental...

      Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has received on the use of DDT to tackle malaria; and what recent discussions he has had with...

      Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the impact of the use of DDT on rates of malaria in South Africa.

      Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the recent report in The Lancet on the World Bank and malaria treatment.

      Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the World Bank on the use of chloroquine to treat malaria.

      Malnutrition (Millennium Goals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the impact of malnutrition on the ability to meet the other Millennium Development Goals.

      Malnutrition (Millennium Goals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he expects the Millennium Development Goal for reducing rates of child malnutrition to be met.

      Malnutrition (Millennium Goals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the recent UNICEF report on malnutrition in children; and what steps are being taken by his Department...

      State Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken by his Department to tackle the indicators of state fragility and failure in Africa identified in the Failed...

      Water Strategies

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries the UK is helping to develop their water strategies.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the progress of the pilot schemes for the migration of Post Office Card Account holders to banking facilities.

    • Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress is being made in engaging the private and voluntary sector in the Pathways to Work service.

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress is being made in engaging the private and voluntary sector in the Pathways to Work service.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on (a) jobseeker's allowance, (b) income support and (c) incapacity benefit claims later determined to be fraudulent in...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on progress in reducing benefit fraud.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many single parents in each ward in Doncaster North received income support on average in (a) 1984, (b) 1994, (c) 2004 and (d) the most...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2006, Official Report, column 719W, what year his Department published "Paying for Rented Housing:...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 21 March 2006, Official Report, column 234W, on housing benefit sanctions, when he expects to make a decision on who...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many prosecutions there were for refusals to pay back housing benefit overpayments in each year since 2000-01, broken down by local authority.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many housing benefit compensation payments were ordered in each year since 2000-01, broken down by local authority.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the total cost was of housing benefit overpayments recovered by (a) payments made under compensation orders, (b) payments made as...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) non-UK and (b) UK citizens received unemployment benefits in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether the Child Support Agency deposited funds owed to Mrs. Joanna Stephenson, ref. PCU/154933, into an escrow account pending...

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many single parents in Easington constituency were in receipt of income support in each year between 2001 and 2005; and if he will make a...

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many single parents in Coventry South were in receipt of income support in each year between 2001 and 2005; and if he will make a statement.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many 16 and 17-year-olds are in receipt of jobseeker's allowance in each London borough.

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals in each London borough received jobseeker's allowance in each of the last five years.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to reply to question 53502, on Remploy, tabled by the hon. Member for Caerphilly for answer on 27 February 2006.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to reply to question (a) 47075 and (b) 47074, on his Department's buildings in Lytham St. Annes, tabled by the hon. Member...

      Single Room Rent Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people were in receipt of single room rent restricted housing benefit on 1 April in each year since its introduction.

      Single Room Rent Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many single room rent restriction determinations there were in each year since October 1996.

      Single Room Rent Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will amend the housing benefit regulations in line with the recommendation in the departmental research report number 243 that all care...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • EU Arms Embargo

      To ask the Secretary of State forForeign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations she has made to the European Union on the lifting of the EU arms embargo on China; and if she will...

    • EU Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is her Department's policy to endorse the EU Commission's call for a declaration of commitment to future...

      Kifle Tigneh Abate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the trial of Kifle Tigneh Abate has begun in Addis Ababa; what representations she made to the Ethiopian Government...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what work her Department is undertaking with civil society groups in Russia to tackle racism and racial violence.

      Trade Deals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 May 2006, Official Report, column 1676W, on trade deals, how many bilateral trade negotiations the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Advertising Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of27 March 2006, Official Report, column 699W, on recruitment advertising, when he expects the Government advertising...

    • Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the (a) facilities and (b) extent of cover planned for the new ambulance station on the west bank of the Foyle...

      Arterial Routes (South Down)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to improve the main arterial routes from the constituency of South Down to the Belfast/Dublin corridor.

      Business Improvements Districts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to introduce legislation to enable the introduction of business improvements districts in Northern Ireland.

      Code of Sustainable Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Government plans to implement the Code of Sustainable Building in Northern Ireland.

      Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the percentage of communications between the general public and the Department for the Environment for Northern...

      Community Differentials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what targets have been set for reducing the community differentials between Catholics and Protestants in relation to (a) economic inactivity,...

      Consumer Advice Handbook

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many copies of the Consumer Advice Handbook have been produced by the Consumer Council in Northern Ireland in 2006.

      Counterfeit Money

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many convictions have been secured in Northern Ireland against people involved in (a) handling and (b) producing counterfeit money in the...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of staff in each department in Northern Ireland, including the Northern Ireland Office, is (a) male, (b) female, (c)...

      Electricity Supply (Limavady)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answers of 28 February 2006, Official Report, column 665W, on mains electricity supplies, and 9 March 2006, Official Report,...

      Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board to promote fishing holidays in Northern Ireland.

      Free Passports (Senior Citizens)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will reduce the age at which free passports are provided to senior citizens.

      Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the running costs of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; and what plans he has to change its annual budget.

      Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applications were received for the position of Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; how many were...

      La Mon House Bombing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he plans to meet the victims of the La Mon House bombing.

      Mot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many vehicles were tested at each of the MOT test centres in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      New Build Housing Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the legislative framework will be for the transfer of the management of the new build housing programme from the Department of Social...

      Northern Ireland Civil Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many vacancies there are in the Northern Ireland civil service at (a) AO, (b) EOII, (c) EOI and (d) SO grades, broken down by...

      Railway Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent in the past 10 years on maintenance of the railway line between (a) Bangor and Belfast, (b) Larne and Belfast and (c)...

      Regional Development Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he plans to undertake the five year review of the regional development strategy; and what the timetable will be for that review.

      Religious Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 18 April 2006, Official Report, column 501W, on religious discrimination, what the total cost was of investigating...

      Road Maintenance/Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent over the past 10 years on maintenance of (a) the A8 road between Larne and Belfast, (b) the A2 road between...

      Road Maintenance/Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to ensure that road safety education officers are allowed to attend District Road Safety Community Committee meetings in...

      School Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many school bus accidents there have been in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

      School Reductions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) timetable and (b) process will be for the reduction in the number of schools in each board area under the Review of Public...

      Schools (Financial Balance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the end of year financial balance was for each (a) grammar school and (b) non-grammar secondary school in Northern Ireland in the last...

      Sewage Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Water Service is meeting EU standards for sewage treatment in Northern Ireland.

      Sewage Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action is being taken to avoid fines for not meeting the EU standards for sewage treatment in Northern Ireland; and what level of fines...

      Water Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many domestic properties in Northern Ireland are estimated to be without a mains water supply.

      Water Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what procedures are in place for regular testing of the quality of tap water in domestic properties in Northern Ireland.

  • Wales

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the companies which were paid consultancy fees by his Department in 2005-06; how much each was paid; and what each of the companies was...

    • Ministerial Visits (Accommodation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the total cost was of overnight accommodation for Ministers of State in his Department on foreign visits in each of the last three years.

  • Home Department

    • Neighbourhood Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the roll-out of the neighbourhood policing model.

    • Neighbourhood Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the roll-out of the neighbourhood policing model.

      Neighbourhood Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the effectiveness of neighbourhood policing schemes.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in the south-west region.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to reduce prison overcrowding.

      Home Detention Curfew Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the management of the home detention curfew scheme.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to tackle illegal working by asylum seekers.

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there were for alcohol sales to people (a) already under the influence of alcohol and (b) under the age of 18 years...

      Police Force Mergers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will reverse the mergers of local police forces proposed by his predecessor.

      Foreign Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what new measures he has put in place to secure the prompt deportation of released foreign prisoners.

      Alcohol-related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what research he has evaluated on the level of alcohol-related (a) crime and (b) antisocial behaviour in Kent since December 2005;...

      Background Checks (EU)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the EU-wide register of criminal offences involving children was created; and what impact it has had on facilitating checks on...

      Child Abuse (Internet)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made by his Department with internet service providers in preventing access to graphic images of child abuse via the...

      Dangerous Dogs Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in (a) England and Wales and (b) London have been prosecuted under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each year since it was passed.

      Dna

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans are in place to integrate the National DNA Database with other national forensic and intelligence databases; and if he will make a...

      Dna

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines he has given to chief constables on the manner in which they should exercise their discretion whether to destroy DNA samples.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of calls to the police for assistance in (a) Southend-on-Sea, (b) Essex, (c) the Metropolitan police area of...

      Driver Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been of motorists who have driven through red lights in (a) England and Wales and (b) Northamptonshire in...

      Europol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is his Department's policy to support proposals (a) to fund Europol directly from the EU budget, (b) to strengthen its mandate,...

      Intelligence Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures (a) Government Departments and agencies and (b) local authorities with independent prosecuting authority for particular...

      Juvenile Detention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Government's policy is on the detention of children and babies for immigration and asylum purposes; and if he will make a statement.

      Mobile Phone Driving Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been prosecuted for driving while using a mobile telephone in the last 12 months in Northamptonshire.

      Mobile Phone Thefts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on the operation of the Mobile Phones (Re-Programming) Act 2002; what recent representations he has...

      Non-emergency Situations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer given by the hon. Member for Salford (Hazel Blears) on 18 April 2006, Official Report, column 322W, on non-emergency...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to publish his Department's police restructuring proposals following the recent consultations; and if he will make a statement.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2006, Official Report, column 1598W, on police, whether the statistical series of deaths during or...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers are planned to be deployed in each basic command unitin the Staffordshire police force area in (a) 2006, (b) 2007...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were deployed in each basic command unit of the Staffordshire police force area in (a) 1987, (b) 1992, (c) 1997,...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were deployed in Doncaster, North in (a) 1984, (b) 1994 and (c) 2004.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria were used by his Department for adopting the deadline of 23 December for submitting final proposals on police restructuring.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether more crime data will be held centrally if constabularies are merged.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has issued on the fitting of front-line police vehicles with satellite navigation systems; and what percentage of such...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to ensure that the funding arrangements proposed for setting up the all-Wales police force meet the requirements of...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the size was of the Metropolitan police force before the British Transport police were brought into it.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officers of the British Transport police are stationed within the area of North Wales police.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officers of the British Transport police are regularly deployed on the Merseyrail rail network.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions the North Wales police helicopter was launched for operational reasons in each of the last three years for which...

      Prison Governor-Grade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State forthe Home Department how many (a) temporary and (b) permanent governor-grade promotions within the Prison Service are being funded by the (i) central budget and...

      Public Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in Lancashire were given on the spot fines for being drunk and disorderly under age in the last 12 months.

      Public Service Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress his Department is making towards the Spending Review 2004 Public Service Agreement Target 2, on crime and anti-social behaviour...

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are listed on the Register of Sex Offenders; and for how many such people a current residential address is not known to the...

      Sex Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken by his Department to prevent sex tourism by British citizens, with particular reference to that involving children.

      Speeding Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether defendants charged with speeding offences face potentially higher fines if they choose to appear in court; and if he will make a...

      Speeding Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what evidence defendants are entitled to receive in relation to penalties or prosecution for speeding offences; if he will take steps to...

      Suicides/Infanticide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females (i) were found guilty of and (ii) pleaded guilty to complicity in or assisting (A) a suicide and (B)...

      Uninsured Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of drivers prosecuted in each of the last five years for driving while uninsured had six to eight penalty points...

      Uninsured Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful prosecutions of uninsured drivers there have been in each year since 1997.

      Yarl's Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish a response to the report by the Children's Commissioner on his visit to the Yarl's Wood immigration removal centre on 21...

      Youth Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assistance is being given to Staffordshire constabulary by his Department to tackle incidents of youth crime and antisocial behaviour in...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Child Contact Orders

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many parents with custody of their children have been prosecuted for contempt of court in relation to a breach of child...

    • Child Contact Orders

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many child contact orders have returned to court due to alleged breaches in each of the last five years.

      Civil Servants (Overseas Visits)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what costs were incurred by her Department as a result of sending civil servants on overseas visits in each of the last 10 years.

      Community Courts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent progress has been made in establishing community courts; and if she will make a statement.

      Coroners' Officers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on the role of Coroners Officers.

      Coroners' Officers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps her Department is taking to assist the coroners' service with its workload following the increase in the number of...

      Coroners' Officers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to reform the work of coroners officers.

      Corporate Hospitality

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs on how many occasions she has accepted corporate hospitality in the last 12 months.

      County Court Judgment Records

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications for competitiveness of the restriction to a single third-party distributor of...

      County Court Judgment Records

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether she has conducted a survey of users of county court judgment records to obtain their views on the value of such records.

      County Court Judgment Records

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the accuracy of county court judgment records; what plans her Department has to recover...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the items of departmental property worth over£100 that have been reported as (a) lost and (b) broken in...

      Departmental Entertainment

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much was spent on entertainment by her Department in 2004-05; and how much of that sum is accounted for by (a) food, (b)...

      Magistrates

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what training in diversity issues is compulsory for (a) sitting and (b) new magistrates.

      Members of Parliament Judges

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the hon. Members who are serving (a) Crown court recorders and (b) circuit judges.

      Sentencing Policy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps are taken to minimise the discrepancies in sentencing practices between magistrates courts.

      Staff Development

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the total cost was of (a) staff away days and (b) staff team building exercises in her Department in each of the last...

      Tribunals Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the estimated net cost is of establishing the Tribunals Service in each of the five financial years from 2006-07.

      Voter Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much the Government spent in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006 on campaigns to increase voter registration, including grants to local...

  • Health

    • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment has been made of which at-risk groups would benefit from screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm; (2) what plans she has to...

    • Adverse Drug Reactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the online adverse drug reaction report information analyses for the use of the general public will be updated from the January 2004 materials; and...

      Anaesthetics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the supply of (a) dental anaesthetic and (b) anaesthetics used in hospitals in relation to expected demand in...

      Bowel Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many faecal occult blood kits had been (a) ordered and (b) received by 29 March in preparation for the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme; (2)...

      Bowel Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme will be extended to Durham.

      Breast Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects the mobile breast screening unit to visit Great Dunmow; and what the date was of its last visit.

      Breast Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the breast screening programme at St. Margaret's hospital, Epping; how many women are waiting to be examined; and for how...

      Breast Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the catchment area is for breast screening for Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on her Department's Cancer Plan.

      Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the five most common causes of lung cancer are in England.

      Cannabis-based Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency on the granting of product approval of cannabis-based medicine.

      Chernobyl

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the possible health effects in England of radioactive fallout from Chernobyl in respect of incidences of (a) thyroid...

      Class A Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures she is taking to increase the number of residential rehabilitation places available for those addicted to class A drugs.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Vale of York of 30 March and 18 April on breast screening; and if she will make a statement on...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there is a local resolution procedure available to dentists in dispute with primary care trusts over the new dental contract.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists were available to NHS patients in the Chichester district on 1 April, or the latest date for which figures are available.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding her Department has provided to (a) East Hull and West Hull primary care trust and (b) the NHS for dental services in each year since 1997.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) dentists and (b) dental practices in the Eastbourne Downs Primary Care Trust area have (i) signed and (ii) not signed the new NHS contract.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in Portsmouth (a) were registered with dentists who have not signed and (b) are registered with dentists who have signed the new NHS...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists who have signed the new NHS dental contract have given notice that they intend to resign from that contact.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the targets are for units of dental activity for 2006-07, broken down by primary care trust.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in North West Cambridgeshire have (a) signed and (b) not signed the new contract for NHS dentists.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 November 2005, Official Report, columns 2108-09W, on diabetes, what criteria she used in making the decision not to refer...

      Diagnostic Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the performance of Alliance Medical Ltd. in providing diagnostic scans in the NHS; and if she will make a statement;...

      Embryonic Stem Cells (Teeth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what research has been (a) funded and (b) carried out by her Department on the use of embryonic stem cells to develop human teeth; and if she will...

      Foster Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Foster Review of non-medical health regulation is expected to be published; and how much time she expects to make available for consultation...

      GP Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the ability of (a) GP practices and (b) primary care trusts to fund (i) the purchase of new buildings and(ii)...

      Health Professionals' Councils

      To ask the Secretary of Statefor Health what the cost was to public funds of the (a) General Osteopathic Council, (b) General Chiropractic Council and (c) Health Professions Council in (i)...

      Herceptin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of Herceptin at treating early stage breast cancer; (2) when she expects the National Institute...

      Herceptin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice she has received from the national cancer director on the merits of prescribing Herceptin to treat early stage breast cancer.

      Herceptin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in England have applied to be treated with Herceptin for early stage breast cancer and are awaiting funding.

      Herceptin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether primary care trusts in England may refuse to prescribe Herceptin to patients with early stage breast cancer on the grounds of its cost; (2)...

      Herceptin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost is to each primary care trust in England of a course of Herceptin for patients with early stage breast cancer.

      Herceptin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what European drug prescription agencies have issued guidelines on the prescription of Herceptin to patients with early stage breast cancer.

      Home Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make extra funding available for new technologies that are designed to treat wounds outside the hospital setting.

      Insulin Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what contingency plans have been made by (a) her Department and (b) Wockhardt UK to ensure that supplies of animal insulins are sufficient to...

      Insulin Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of insulin products in use in the UK have been fully assessed for their (a) comparative clinical and cost-effectiveness and (b)...

      Insulin Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much it costs the NHS Purchase and Supply Agency to buy one presentation of (a) Hypurin Bovine Isophane and (b) Levemir insulin.

      Medical Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the annual suicide rate of medical practitioners in each year since 1998 in England; and if she will make a statement.

      Medicines Review Processes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the potential effect on costs of ensuring patient compliance with dosing regimens and effective medicine review processes.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) early intervention teams and (b) assertive outreach teams have been (i) closed and (ii) reduced due to financial deficits in mental health...

      National Blood Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) to what use the National Blood Service premises in the Midlands will be put after services provided there are moved to Bristol; and what the...

      NHS Dispensing Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Government will publish their response to the consultation paper 'Proposals to simplify the reimbursement arrangements for NHS dispensing...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial penalties are applied to (a) NHS trusts and (b) strategic health authorities for (i) running continuing deficits and (ii) overspending in...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the financial recovery plan for health trusts in London will be in place; and what measures have been adopted to ensure that it will be fair and...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timetable is for the NHS financial recovery plan; and whether those organisations which have been asked to reduce spending will receive a clear...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether guidance has been issued to London health organisations seeking financial support under the financial recovery plan on (a) the actions they must...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the future of palliative care services at the Frenchay site of North Bristol NHS Trust.

      Patient Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she has taken to establish a means of standardising patient packs; and if she will make a statement.

      Pharmacy Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) support and (b) guidance she has issued to pharmacists in Portsmouth to develop medicine utilisation reviews under the new pharmacy contract;...

      Premature Births

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department has spent on research into premature births in each year since 1996; and how much she plans to spend in each of the next five years.

      Prescription Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements are in place for patients who are unable to pay for prescriptions but are not eligible for free prescriptions.

      Prescription Medicines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the UK Government will encourage the European Commission to support changes in regulations to enable pharmaceutical companies to provide information...

      Strattera

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into side effects of the drug Strattera; and if she will make a statement.

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health from what point in an individual's treatment her Department calculates the waiting time for an NHS in-patient operation.

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date she expects the Government to meet their target for nobody to wait more than six months for an in-patient operation in the NHS.

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of people who are waiting for an NHS in-patient operation and who have been informed they will have to wait more...

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people waited more than six months for a hospital appointment in (a) 1997 and (b) 2006 in(i) Swindon and (ii) England.

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average length of time was for which patients in (a) England and (b) Dorset waited for dialysis during 2005.

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in England requiring a form of dialysis were not able to obtain that form of dialysis during 2005.

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effects on kidney patients of being unable to obtain dialysis within a short time after this treatment is recommended...

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area missed their appointments in the last year for which figures are available; and what the estimated...

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the Mid Essex Hospital Trust area had their appointments cancelled by the Trust (a) once, (b) twice, (c) three times and (d) more...

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she plans to publish the principles and definitions which will underpin the delivery of the 18-week patient pathway.

  • Treasury

    • Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the companies which were paid consultancy fees by his Department in 2005-06; how much each was paid; and what each of the companies was used...

    • Departmental Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of the budget for his Department remained unspent in the 2005-06 financial year.

      Departmental Consultations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many public consultations his Department undertook in the last 12 months; and what the cost was (a) in total and (b) of each consultation.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many free air miles have been accrued by senior civil servants in his Department on official business in each of the last three years; and how they were...

      Electorate (Wales)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many electors there were in each ward of (a) the Vale of Clwyd and (b) Denbighshire in each of the last 10 years.

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is his Department's policy to veto any proposed EU tax arising from the 2008-09 review of the EU budget.

      Portland PR

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings officials in his Department have had with representatives of the public relations company Portland PR; what contracts Portland PR has with his...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes have been made since 1997 to the Valuation Office Agency's (a) powers and (b) policy on revaluing, re-assessing or re-classifying a domestic...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) VO 7746 and (b) VO 7747 letters were issued by the Valuation Office Agency in (i) England and (ii) Wales in the most recent year for which...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many domestic properties in England have photographs allocated to the address by the Valuation Office Agency as part of their council tax valuation records.

      Voter Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate the Office for National Statistics has made of the level of voter registration for local elections in England in each year since 1997.

  • Minister for Women

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on improving the services offered to women seeking refuge from domestic violence in Kingston...

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of services available to children who have been involved in domestic violence in Kingston upon Hull North.

      Pay Reviews

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality for what reasons the Government have adopted a voluntary approach to pay reviews.

  • Trade and Industry

    • EU Market Abuse Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the effect on the costs to British industry of the replacement of the existing anti-market abuse legislation with...

  • Cabinet Office

  • Leader of the House

    • Ministerial Visits (Accommodation)

      To ask the Leader of the House on how many occasions (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in his office stayed overnight in (i) five star, (ii) four star and (iii) three star hotels in...

    • Ministerial Visits (Accommodation)

      To ask the Leader of the House what discounts are available in relation to hotel accommodation used by (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in his office.

      Personal Computers

      To ask the Leader of the House how many personal computers are allocated to hon. Members.

      Private Office Staff

      To ask the Leader of the House how much has been paid in (a) salary, (b) travelling expenses, (c) subsistence allowance and (d) removal expenses to special advisers in his private office in...

  • Education and Skills

    • Child Protection Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what child protection checks a teacher is expected to undergo; and what procedure is used for such checks in the case of an individual who...

    • Children's Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the timetable is for the completion of the national children's database.

      Children's Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding his Department has allocated to the establishment of a national data list for all children in the UK; and how much has been...

      Departmental Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost was of each information campaign run by his Department since 1997.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the departmental publications sent to teachers since May 1997; and what the cost was in each case.

      Departmental Staff (Post-Retirement Age)

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

      Education and Inspections Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which organisation conducted the racial equality impact assessment of the Education and Inspections Bill; and if he will make the assessment...

      EU Students (Loan Default)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of EU-domiciled students who may receive loans for study at a UK higher education institution and...

      Euro (UK Entry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures have been taken by his Department as part of preparations to UK entry to the euro; and what the cost was.

      European Parliament Recommendation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his policy is on implementing European Parliament Recommendation 2006/143/EC, on further European Co-operation in Quality Assurance in...

      Exclusion (Black Children)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether safeguards have been adopted to ensure that black children will not be disproportionately affected by the exclusion policies in her...

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many maintained faith schools have been closed in each year since 1997, broken down by faith.

      Financial Education Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what initiatives her Department and its non-departmental bodies support to promote (a) financial education, (b) financial advice, (c)...

      Foreign Language Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department is taking to promote co-operation in foreign language teaching between secondary and primary schools.

      Foreign Language Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of students at primary school are being taught foreign languages.

      Information Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to her answer of 23 March 2006, Official Report, column 543W, what estimate she has made of the cost of providing the information.

      Key Worker Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria are used to determine the eligibility of teachers for key worker funding for affordable homes.

      Lecturers (Salaries)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average salary was for a lecturer in further education in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest year for which information is available.

      Muslim Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether his Department issues guidance to Muslim colleges in England on content of courses for those who wish to become imams; and if he...

      Nursery Places

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

      Oxbridge Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of students attending (a) Oxford and (b) Cambridge universities in the last year for which figures are available...

      Playing Fields Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate has been made of the likely total capital receipts from disposal of playing fields associated with private finance schemes in...

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many of the recommendations of the Seventh Report from the Education and Skills Committee for Session 2004-05 on Prison Education have...

      Recruitment

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

      Redundancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) teachers and (b) support staff in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools he estimates will be made redundant in (A) 2006-07...

      Redundancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent on redundancy costs in his Department and its agencies in each year since 1997.

      School Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what criteria his Department uses to assess the suitability of drinks for sale in schools; and what drinks have been assessed as unsuitable...

      School Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of children (a) are in receipt of free school meals, (b) have special educational needs and (c) are from...

      School Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many governing boards of failing schools have (a) resigned and (b) been asked to resign in the last five years.

      Sex Education Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance the Department issued to schools on the use of the teachers' sex education packs (a) Beyond a Phase and (b) Taking Sex...

      Staff Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people in his Department have been (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for (i) inappropriate use of the internet while at work and...

      Student Internet Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to increase the use of internet access by students in their homes using high speed mobile technology following the...

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether interest has always accrued on a student loan from the moment the loan is paid out.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of teachers completed training but did not enter the profession in each of the last five years.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of teachers left the profession before retirement age in each of the last five years.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the quality of the teaching of (a) science and (b) mathematics in secondary schools.

      Telephone Advice Lines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many telephone advice lines his Department and its non-departmental public bodies support; how many telephone advisers each employs; and...

      Temporary Classrooms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools are using temporary mobile classroom accommodation in each region; and if he will make a...

      Temporary Classrooms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils he expects to be taught in temporary classrooms in Milton Keynes at the start of the 2006-07 academic year.

      Temporary Classrooms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils are being taught in temporary classrooms in Milton Keynes, broken down by school.

      Transient Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent steps he has taken to improve cross-border co-operation between the Department and the Welsh Assembly Government in tracking...

      University Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people gained a doctorate in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005, broken down by subject; and what each figure is as a percentage change from...

      University Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people went to university, broken down by (a) sex and (b) age, in each year since 1976.

      University Maintenance Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many nationals from other EU countries he expects to be eligible to claim university maintenance grants when directive 2004/38/EC comes...

      Vulnerable Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department is taking to address the issue of children (a) in local authority care and (b) on the Child Protection Register...

      White Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many White Papers were published by his Department in 2005; and if he will make a statement.

      Working Together

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will place in the Library the responses to his Department's public consultation on Working Together to safeguard children; if he will...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Beacon Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the impact of the Beacon Scheme.

    • Business Rates

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much the (a) average business rates bill in England and (b) total net revenue from business rates in England was in each year since 1997-98; and what his...

      Churches (Planning)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether churches require planning permission to erect a cross within the curtilage of their church property.

      Civic Forums

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total annual budget is of regional government's civic forums; if he will list the civic forums that have been established; and if he will make a statement.

      Code of Conduct (Parish Councils)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of parish councillors who have resigned in response to the introduction of the code of conduct; and how many seats are vacant.

      Colchester Borough Council

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the National Audit Office has calculated a final liability for Colchester borough council for its investigation into the 2003-04 accounts; when Colchester...

      Community Land Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measures the Government are taking to encourage the development of community land trusts; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what opportunities exist for people to work beyond retirement age in his Department.

      Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on ensuring that measures to prevent discrimination on grounds of...

      Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to ensure that future measures to prevent discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation will not...

      Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measures to prevent discrimination in the provision of goods and services on grounds of sexuality are being considered by...

      Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations she has received from Christian (a) bed and breakfast and (b) other residential establishments on...

      Energy Efficient Homes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people in (a) England and (b) West Yorkshire are receiving council tax rebates for improving the energy efficiency of their homes.

      English Regional Chambers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Government have allocated to the English regional chambers in relation to the transfer of responsibilities from the...

      EU Directive 2002/91/EC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will publish a regulatory impact assessment for the implementation of EU directive 2002/91/EC.

      Fire Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if the Minister with responsibility for the fire service will meet the fire service, representatives of the business community...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many hoax telephone calls were made to the fire brigade in (a) England, (b) the North East and (c) the Tees Valley in...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Code for Sustainable Homes will apply to new buildings other than dwellings.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on the provision of affordable housing in Torbay.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average density is in dwellings per hectare of the average (a) detached property, (b) semi-detached property, (c)...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans his Department has to develop an electronic register of (a) licensed private rented stock and (b) licensed houses of multiple occupation.

      Housing

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

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people have participated in the key worker housing scheme in (a) Barnet and (b) London over the last five years, broken down by category of employment;...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what categories of employment are eligible as key workers for the purposes of the key worker housing scheme; if he will review the categories; and if he will make...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the impact of negative subsidy on local authority housing revenue accounts; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many people on average were living in (a) council and (b) housing association properties in (i) 1981, (ii) 1991 and (iii) 2001.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much social housing grant has been (a) allocated and (b) spent in each English region in (i) 2004-05 and (ii) to date in 2005-06.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much the study of English housing cost in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what funding is available for initiatives to move people from temporary to permanent housing from within the 2006 to 2008 National Affordable Housing Programme in...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent guidance her Department and its predecessor have given to local authorities on modernising local government...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she has assumed the ministerial powers in the Local Government Act 2000 in relation to new arrangements for local governance.

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost was of (a) monitoring, (b) reporting on and (c) collecting from local authorities mid-year updates in respect...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funds were distributed to each London borough to increase efficiency in local government in each of the last three years.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much debt write-off and gap funding for stock transfers has cost since 1997; what provision has been made for each of the next five years; and which budget...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what funds have been collected from council tax in each London borough in each of the last eight years.

      London Borough of Havering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what change in funds will result from the Annual Efficiency Statements 2005-06 Mid-Year Update for the London borough of Havering.

      Lyons Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Lyons Inquiry is next expected to publish (a) its research and (b) thematic reports.

      Owner Occupation (Doncaster, North)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many houses in Doncaster North were owner-occupied in (a) 1981, (b) 1991 and (c) 2001; and how many were owner-occupied on the most recent date for which...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who is eligible to join the Local Government Pension Scheme whether or not directly employed thereby; and how contributions for...

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the planning decisions that he has personally (a) refused and (b) approved during his tenure as the Secretary of State in charge of planning.

      Planning

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful appeals have been brought against planning decisions made by Tamworth borough council in each year since 1997.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate the Government have made of the annual revenue to be raised in England from reformed section 106 agreements once...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list the appeals which she has received against local authority refusals of planning applications by (a) J...

      Private Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in which building her private office will be located.

      Regional Fire Control Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Government's latest estimate is of the cost of setting up the nine regional fire control centres.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what process exists for dealing with a conflict between a regional development agency regional economic strategy and a regional...

      Regional Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for the (a) ratification and (b) drafting of the regional spatial strategies in each region.

      Register of Home Condition Reports

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans the Government have to consult on the regulations to implement the Register of Home Condition Reports.

      Right-to-buy Receipts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much income local authorities received from right-to-buy receipts in each year since 1997; what estimate he has made of income in future years; and how much...

      Section 106 Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate the Government have made of the annual revenue in cash or in kind from section 106 agreements in England.

      Sound Insulation

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many dwellings constructed in each year since 2000 have failed to satisfy the relevant regulations on sound insulation; and if he will make a statement.

  • Prime Minister

    • BDO Stoy Hayward

      To ask the Prime Minister when he last met BDO Stoy Hayward; and what matters were discussed.

    • Connexions

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has had with Ministers at (a) the Department of Health and (b) the Department for Education and Skills about the Government's Connexions programme;...

      Departmental Structures

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to consult Parliament before embarking on changes to departmental structures; and if he will make a statement.

      Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask the Prime Minister when an updated edition of the List of Ministerial Responsibilities will be published; if he will send a copy to each (a) hon. Member and (b) Member of the House of...

      Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask the Prime Minister what mechanisms he has in place to enable him to assess the effectiveness of Ministers; and if he will make a statement.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Southend, West (Mr. Amess) of 2 May 2006, Official Report, column 1385W, on visits, if he will list the mode of transport...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) whether he uses an Oyster Card in fulfilling his official responsibilities; (2) whether the Oyster Card he was filmed with for television on 27 April is one he...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the flights he has taken since 2001; and what measures to offset the carbon emissions were taken for each flight.

      Offshore Trusts

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what his policy is on Ministers having offshore trusts administered (a) directly and (b) by means of a blind trust; (2) whether it is his policy that Ministers...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister when it became his policy to refer hon. Members to his website in replying to Parliamentary Questions; and if he will make a statement.

      Party Funding

      To ask the Prime Minister what guidance has been prepared on determining whether party political donors are in breach of regulations governing the grant of peerages in return for financial or...

      Planning

      To ask the Prime Minister which Minister is responsible for Government decisions as a result of planning inquiries.

      President Chavez

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he will be meeting President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela during his visit to the United Kingdom on 15 to16 May.

      Written Records

      To ask the Prime Minister whether written notes are kept of conversations between himself and foreign heads of Government; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Ring Rot

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Dutch Government following the outbreak of ring rot in 2005 in Wales on the farm of John Morgan, owner of Morgrow Seed...

    • Asylum Seekers: Removal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to improve the monitoring of the removal of failed asylum applicants and others with no right of residence.

      Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the requirement for quarantine checks on wild-caught exotic birds imported into the United Kingdom has changed over the past year.

      Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have assessed the contribution which the requirement to test wild-caught exotic birds in their country of origin for diseases such as Newcastle...

      Census 2011: Ethnicity

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What ethnicity options will be offered on the census forms being considered for 2011.

      Children: Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What number and percentage of children in England and Wales are (a) overweight, and (b) obese; what are the targets for halting the rise in childhood obesity; and...

      Cuba: Cigars

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the present arrangements for the import of Cuban cigars into the United Kingdom are in the interests of the consumer; and whether they will refer the issue...

      Department of Health: Shredding of Documents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the administrative procedure for authorising the shredding of documents within the Department of Health that have been stored or archived; what grade of...

      Disarmament

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Triesman on 4 May (WA 97), whether they will now indicate what are the issues on which a consensus agreement has not been...

      Endangered Species: Hippos

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment has been made by the international bodies responsible of the possible addition of the hippopotamus to the list of endangered species.

      Energy: Carbon Emissions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Carbon Trust, in undertaking its remit to advance a low carbon economy, does not promote nuclear power; and Whether the Carbon Trust's goal of a low carbon...

      Export Control Act 2002

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment has been made of the success or otherwise of the measures to control arms sales brought in by the Export Control Act 2002.

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In relation to Article 7(c) of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Control of Vaccination) (England) Regulations 2006, what work has been done to check use-before dates...

      Immigration: Detention Centres

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what ways they seek to improve the conditions under which immigration detainees are held; and who is directly responsible for this matter.

      Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 20 March (WA 18), what are the criteria for deciding whether legislation is reforming legislation...

      NHS: Genito-urinary Clinics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of genito-urinary clinics offer appointments within 48 hours.

      NHS: Specialised Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to receive the report of Sir David Carter's review into the commissioning of specialised services in the National Health Service; and when the...

      Parliamentary Ombudsman

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

      Parliamentary Ombudsman

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

      Parliamentary Ombudsman

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

      Parliamentary Ombudsman

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

      Parliamentary Ombudsman

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

      Parliamentary Ombudsman

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McKenzie of Luton on 2 May (WA 55), where the information is held as to how many occasions since 1997 HM Treasury has...

      Police: Reorganisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 18 April (WA 202), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the minutes of...

      Smoking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the assurances by the Lord Warner on 20 April (Official Report, GC 564) and 24 April (Official Report, GC 57–58) that smoking will not be banned...

      Sudan: Proscribed Individuals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to persuade the other member states of the European Union to freeze the assets of, and deny access to their respective countries to,...

      Sudan: Proscribed Individuals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When and in what form they will report to Parliament the success or otherwise of international action to freeze the assets of, and deny travel access to, those...

      Sustainable Development

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many (a) government departments, and (b) executive agencies have produced sustainable development action plans.

      Tallow

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether tallow is a carbon neutral renewable biofuel.

      Waste Disposal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What advice they give to (a) the commercial sector, and (b) the agricultural sector with regard to the disposal of waste plastic wrapping such as that around...

      Water: Agriculture

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the likely impact that the water shortage in the south-east will have on local farmers.

      Water: Metering

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have considered a national roll-out of water metering in the light of the water shortage in the south-east.

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