Written answers

Wednesday, 17 May 2006

  • Transport

    • A23

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated completion date is for the A23 Warninglid to Handcross road improvements.

    • A23

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential impact on the number of accidents on the A23 of a delay to the Handcross to Warninglid improvement scheme.

      M6 Toll Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to extend the M6 toll road beyond Birmingham; what representations he has received in support of such a proposition; what the...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road accidents have been reported involving stationary vehicles on motorway hard shoulders in each year since 1980, broken down by motorway;...

      Oyster Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what contribution he expects his agreement with the Mayor for London on the compatibility of smartcard technology and the Oyster card to make towards...

      Oyster Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which gated mainline rail stations can be upgraded immediately to accommodate pre-pay Oyster cards; and if he will make a statement.

      Oyster Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he requires new contracts with train operators to include Sundays in drivers' working weeks.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the merits of tougher penalties for drivers who cause (a) serious injuries and (b) fatalities whilst driving under the...

      Transport Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the (a) efficiency, (b) effectiveness and (c) future scope of and proposals for the procurement arrangements of the...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces (Drug Offences)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the answer of 3 May 2006, Official Report, column 1574W, on drug testing, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase...

    • Arms Trade Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British defence attachés have raised the international arms trade treaty with their relevant counterparts.

      Astute Submarine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost is of each fully-equipped Astute submarine.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Departmental Staff

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

      Drones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of drones in combat zones.

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what air-to-ground missile system the Eurofighter employs; and if he will make a statement.

      Financial Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will break down the main estimate Request for Resources 1 non-budget expenditure provision by sub-head in (a) near cash and (b) non-cash...

      Fuel Cell Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Department plans (a) to procure fuel cell technology and (b) to encourage further research into fuel cell technology for submarines.

      Haslar Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has assessed the Aldershot Centre for Health as a model which could be followed at the Royal Hospital Haslar.

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the variants of the F35 which the UK is involved with; and how many of each the Government is planning to order.

      Meteorological Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the locations in the UK for which the Meteorological Office can readily supply information regarding average daily temperatures allowing...

      Military Personnel

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

      Military Spending

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on the (a) Army, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Royal Navy in (i) cash and (ii) real terms in each year since 1997.

      Nuclear Weapons Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what comparative assessment he has made of the National Radiological Protection Board research papers of 1988 and 1993 on the incidence of cancer among...

      Paveway IV Missile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Paveway IV missile will enter service; and which aircraft will be able to use it.

      Regimental Mascots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 7 May 2006, to question 50244, on regimental mascots, when he will reply to the hon. Member for Pendle on the matter.

      Service Personnel (Commendation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what means of recognition are available for the commendation of those serving in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan; and what means of recognition is...

      Tornado Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how long the (a) Tornado GR and (b) Tornado F3 will remain in service.

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his answer of 10 May 2006, Question 67918, on Type 45 Destroyers, what assessment the naval staff has made of whether (a) an amphibious...

  • Leader of the House

    • Abortion Inquiry

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will establish a joint House of Commons and House of Lords inquiry into abortion; and if he will make a statement.

    • Government Bills

      To ask the Leader of the House what considerations underlie a decision on into which House of Parliament a Government Bill is introduced; and if he will make a statement.

      Members (House of Commons)

      To ask the Leader of the House what the cost was per hon. Member in (a) 2004-05 and (b) each of the previous four years; and if he will make a statement.

      Members (House of Commons)

      To ask the Leader of the House how many hon. Members re-elected in 2005 have (a) had their information technology equipment (i) entirely and (ii) partially renewed and (b) not had their...

      Members (House of Commons)

      To ask the Leader of the House what incentives exist for hon. Members to take less than the full first-class fare for rail tickets to and from their constituencies.

      Petitions

      To ask the Leader of the House how many petitions were presented in Session (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05; how many have been presented in 2005-06; and on how many occasions the responsible...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Postage Costs

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the postage costs were for each Department of the House in each of the last three years; what percentage...

    • Security Passes

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many security passes have been issued which give access to the Palace of Westminster and its associated...

  • Education and Skills

    • Asiatic Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many pupils have taken (a) GCSE and (b) A-level examinations in Asiatic languages in each year since 1994; (2) how many (a)...

    • Asiatic Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students studied asiatic languages at (a) university and (b) colleges of higher education in each year since 1994.

      Pupil Statistics (Coventry, South)

      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...

      Education and Inspections Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent representations he has received on the Education and Inspections Bill.

      Education and Inspections Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what targets he plans to set for the educational achievement of children attending the special schools proposed in the Education and...

      E-learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to ensure that the e-learning strategy outlined in the paper, "Harnessing Technology: Transforming learning and children's...

      Independent Children's Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research the Commission for Social Care Inspection has carried out in the last three years into the effects of clustering of...

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many looked-after children there were in each year since 2000, broken down by (a) sex and (b) ethnic group.

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children were taken into local authority care from mothers under the age of (a) 16 and (b) 18 years in each year since 1997.

      Medicine Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students have been admitted to university to read medicine on courses which lead to registration as doctors with (a) less than...

      Primary Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many education initiatives there have been in primary education since 1997.

      Prison Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to recommendation 29 of the Education and Skills Select Committee Report, HC114-1, on Prison Education, what discussions she has...

      School Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress is being made in introducing healthier eating for children in schools.

      School Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many secondary schools are located in villages producing deep mined coal.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of Government grant in aid to Arts Council England since 2001-02.

    • Arts Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money has been allocated to Arts Council England in each year since 1997; and how much this represents per head of population...

      BBC Broadcasts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps are being taken to ensure that all BBC licence payers in the North West continue to receive BBC broadcasts when analogue is...

      Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many public consultations her Department undertook in the last 12 months; and what the cost was (a) in total and (b) of each...

      Equal Pay

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

      Heritage Lottery Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2006, Official Report, column 1233W, on Heritage Lottery Fund, how much was awarded to...

      Ministerial Visits (Accommodation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total cost was of overnight accommodation for Ministers of State in her Department on foreign visits in each of the last three...

      Private Office Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what percentage of her private office staff is (a) male, (b) female and (c) disabled.

      Promotion Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what promotion boards have been held in her Department in each of the last five years.

      Racial Abuse Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many complaints of racial abuse have been (a) investigated and (b) upheld in her Department in each of the last five years.

      Staff Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff surveys have been conducted in her Department in each of the last three years.

      Television Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she had with the BBC about the role of the Post Office in supplying TV licences prior to the decision to end the contract.

      Unspent Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the budget for her Department remained unspent in the 2005-06 financial year.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what he expects the cost to public funds to be of his fulfilment of his new role in each of the next three years.

    • Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his responsibilities are in his new role.

      Office Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff will be working for him in his new office.

      Office Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his new office will have a diary secretary.

      Office Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what criteria staff in his office have to fulfil before they become eligible for fully paid leave.

  • Prime Minister

    • Social Behaviour

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his oral answer of 1 February 2006, Official Report, column 316, on social behaviour, if he will meet the hon. Member for Nottingham, North to discuss the...

    • Staffordshire Ambulance Service

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the future of the Staffordshire ambulance service.

      Deputy Prime Minister

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will list the official duties of the Deputy Prime Minister; what his annual salary will be; what official accommodation he has been allocated; how many staff...

      Minister Without Portfolio

      To ask the Prime Minister what the responsibilities are of the Minister without Portfolio; and what salary is paid to her in respect of these responsibilities.

      Ministerial Visits (Accommodation)

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) on how many occasions (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in his Office have stayed overnight in (i) five star, (ii) four star and (iii) three star...

      Television Licences

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions his Office had with the BBC about the role of the Post Office in supplying TV licences (a) prior to and (b) since the decision to end the Post...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Social Exclusion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what support has been made available since 1997 to tackle social exclusion in the most deprived areas of the United Kingdom, with particular...

    • Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what contracts the Cabinet Office has awarded to (a) Geronimo Communications and (b) Tribal Communications since 1997; for what purpose each...

      Ministerial Tenure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the average length of time in office has been for (a) Cabinet Ministers, (b) Ministers of State and (c) Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of...

      Northcote-Trevelyan Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether the Government plan to review the conclusions of the Northcote-Trevelyan Report on the civil service.

      Portland PR

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

  • Communities and Local Government

    • "Sustainable Communities: Homes for All"

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the cost was of printing the "Sustainable Communities: Homes for All" revision.

    • Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government are taking to reduce anti-Semitism; and what dedicated funds are available for this.

      Departmental Re-branding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been allocated in connection with the setting-up of her new Department for (a) the design and production of new...

      Departmental Re-branding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department is expecting to spend on departmental re-branding.

      Departmental Re-branding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the cost of transferring the responsibilities of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to her...

      Departmental Re-branding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which communities and civic renewal functions have been transferred to her Department from the Home Office.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of the staff in his Department is (a) male, (b) female and (c) disabled, broken down by grade.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how fire cover will be provided if firefighters take strike action; and what contingency planning the Government have taken in...

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department has taken as a result of the Gershon initiative.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many households there were on (a) council and (b) registered social landlord waiting lists in each of the last 20 years.

      Planning Gain Supplement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate the Government has made of the annual revenue to be raised from planning gain supplement.

      Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to exclude power stations from rateable value growth targets as part of the end of year one review of the...

      Regional Centres of Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost has been of the regional centres of excellence.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was spent on advertising by his Department in each of the last three years.

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what percentage of his private office staff are (a) male, (b) female and (c) disabled.

      Home Working

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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.

      Ministerial Visits (Accommodation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on how many occasions (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in his Department have stayed overnight in (i) five star, (ii) four star and (iii)...

      Ministerial Visits (Accommodation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the total cost was of overnight accommodation for (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in his Department staying overnight in (i) mainland...

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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.

      Racial Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many complaints of racial abuse have been (a) investigated and (b) upheld in his Department in each of the last five years.

      Staff Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many staff surveys have been conducted in his Department in each of the last three years.

      Unspent Budget

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

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent on advertising by her Department in each of the last three years.

    • Air Miles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many free air miles have been accrued by senior civil servants in her Department on official business in each of the last...

      Basra

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of progress in implementing the agreement to restart cooperation with the local government in Basra...

      Departmental Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what facility is available for senior civil servants in her Department to use credit cards supplied by the Department.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made (a) unilaterally and (b) through the EU to the Iranian government in response to reports of...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of (a) the likelihood of and (b) the time scale for Iran developing nuclear weapons.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of Iran's threat to withdraw from all or part of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to Iran concerning the filling of the post of Iranian ambassador to London.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on Iranian accession to the World Trade Organisation.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has received from within Iraq on behalf of the International Tax and Investment Center in Iraq since...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British civilians have been killed in Iraq since March 2003.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether representations have been made to the Israeli authorities to cease withholding Palestinian tax revenues by (a) the UK...

      Leonard Hardy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) discussions and (b) correspondence there has been between her Department and the German authorities on the case of...

      Ministerial Visits (Accommodation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in her Department have stayed overnight in (i) five star,...

      Ministerial Visits (Accommodation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the total cost was of overnight accommodation for (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in her Department staying...

      Officials' Phone Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many minutes of free personal overseas telephone calls officials in her Department are entitled to each week while posted...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much aid the EU plans to channel to the Palestinian territories; and what the value is of the tax revenue due to the...

      Private Office Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of her private office staff is (a) male, (b) female and (c) disabled.

      Promotion Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many promotion boards have been held in her Department in each of the last five years.

      Racial Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many complaints of racial abuse have been (a) investigated and (b) upheld in her Department in each of the last five years.

      Staff Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth 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...

      Staff Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff surveys have been conducted in her Department in each of the last three years.

      UK Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions UK waters around Northern Ireland have been illegally entered in each of the last 10 years.

      UK Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions UK waters have been illegally entered in each of the last 10 years.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have made claims for pension credit via (a) post, (b) telephone and (c) a home visit in each of the last three years.

    • Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of pension credit have (a) requested and (b) received home visits to assist with a claim in each of the last three years.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners have received (a) telephone calls and (b) letters from agencies for which his Department is responsible, inviting them to...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners having been invited to explore the possibility that they may be eligible for pension credit via an unsolicited call from...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the take-up rate of (a) savings credit only, (b) guarantee credit and savings credit and (c) all pension...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many telephone calls the Pension Service has made since September 2004 to invite pensioners to explore the possibility that they may be...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many telephone calls have been made by the Pension Service informing pensioners of the possibility that they were eligible for pension...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners were living in relative poverty in (a) 1996-97, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05 and (d) 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Government are taking to ensure that more women receive a full basic state pension in the future.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each London borough receive the full basic state pension.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Gender Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his policy is towards the proposed establishment of a European Institute for Gender Equality.

    • TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he had with the BBC prior to its decision to discontinue the Post Office contract to supply TV licences.

      TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the impact on post offices of the decision to end the contract for post offices to supply TV licences.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Arts Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how long each member of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland has been in post.

    • Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children in Northern Ireland were living in poverty in (a) 1995 and (b) 2005.

      Civic Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost was of the Northern Ireland Civic Forum in each year since it was created.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent on advertising by (a) each department in Northern Ireland and (b) the Northern Ireland Office in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whom is conducting the recently announced review of senior Northern Ireland civil servants' travelling expenses; what the terms of reference of...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been medically retired in (a) each department in Northern Ireland and (b) the Northern Ireland Office in each of the last...

      Global Point Newtownabbey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects to announce commencement of work on Global Point Newtownabbey.

      Intertrade Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the answer of 18 April 2006, Official Report, column 489W, on Intertrade Ireland, what affirmative action measures have been...

      Irish Hare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for North Down of 27 January 2006 on the protection of the Irish hare.

      Male Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many clinics and other healthcare providers in Northern Ireland promote male health and early detection of health problems particularly...

      Mixed Sex Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which hospitals in Northern Ireland operated mixed sex wards in March (a) 2000 and (b) 2005.

      Physiotherapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many newly-qualified physiotherapy graduates have been employed in each of the health board areas as junior physiotherapists in each of the...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many planning applications were received by the divisional planning office of each borough and district council in Northern Ireland in (a)...

      Roe Valley and Sperrins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what publicly-funded modernised facilities are available for those using travelling caravans and campers to holiday in the Roe Valley and Sperrins.

      School Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the reasons are for the delay in the proposed building work at St. Joseph's high school, Crossmaglen; and when he expects work (a) to...

      School Building Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which schools are affected by the backlog in the school building programme; how many of these are involved in providing partnership initiative...

      Section 106 Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what form of (a) planning gain and (b) Section 106 Agreements operate in Northern Ireland.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 25 April 2006, Official Report, column 1043W, on special advisers, what the grade is of each of the two special...

      Temporary Classrooms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the East Londonderry constituency are using temporary classroom accommodation.

      Tor Bank Special School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the summer scheme at Tor Bank Special School in Dundonald will take place in 2006.

      Unspent Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much of the budget for (a) each department in Northern Ireland and (b) the Northern Ireland Office remained unspent in the 2005-06...

      Valuation and Lands Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will place in the Library a copy of the revised "Health and Safety in the Field" policy document produced by the Valuation and Lands Agency.

      Valuation and Lands Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Valuation and Lands Agency's domestic rates Automated Valuation Model uses (a) a location factor or factors in its multiple...

      Valuation and Lands Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Valuation and Lands Agency's domestic rates Automated Valuation Model (a) uses and (b) holds data on (i) local authority ward...

      Valuation and Lands Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the conferences to be held overseas which Valuation and Lands Agency staff will attend in the next 12 months.

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol-free Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to extend alcohol-free zones.

    • Animal Rights Terrorists

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking (a) in co-operation with the Department for Trade and Industry and (b) otherwise to detain animal rights...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he plans to take to publicise action taken to tackle antisocial behaviour to members of the public in Kingston-upon-Hull, North.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many breaches of antisocial behaviour orders came to court in 2005-06; and what the average time was between the offence being committed...

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received on the use of antisocial behaviour orders to tackle the abuse of shopworkers; and if he will make a...

      Arson

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of arson there have been in Suffolk in each year since 1997.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have been refused National Asylum Support Service support because their illness was not deemed to prevent travel in...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of asylum seekers have (a) failed to return voluntarily and (b) not been removed within six months of the...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of failed asylum seekers refused to make a declaration agreeing to co-operate in their voluntary return in the...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers have been returned to (a) Eritrea, (b) Ethiopia, (c) Sudan, (d) Democratic Republic of Congo, (e) Cote...

      Bruche Police Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to ensure that Centrex co-operates with (a) the local authority and (b) local residents when planning the future...

      Bruche Police Training Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 2 May 2006, Official Report, column 1405W, on Bruche police training centre, what discussions his Department has...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will reclassify the drug cannabis by moving it from Class C to Class B.

      Capita Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much business his Department has placed with (a) Capita Group plc and ( b) its subsidiaries in each of the last five years; what the...

      Capita Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the value of contracts held by his Department with (a) Capita plc and (b) its subsidiaries was in the last three financial years.

      Capita Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts his Department holds with (a) Capita plc and (b) its subsidiaries which still have a potential duration of five years or...

      Careless Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with (a) police forces and (b) campaign organisations on sentencing of those convicted of careless...

      Chip and PIN

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has given to retailers on the protection from fraud of customers using Chip and PIN technology; and if he will make a statement.

      Chip and PIN

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reports he has regarding the incidence of Chip and PIN fraud; what steps he is taking to tackle such fraud; and if he will make a statement.

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers have been introduced in (a) Kingston-upon-Hull North constituency, (b) the Kingston-upon-Hull...

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers there are in the Avon and Somerset police force.

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many community support officers have been employed in (a) Gwent, (b) South Wales, (c) Dyfed Powys and (d) North Wales police forces...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter of 21 February 2006 from the hon. Member for Walsall, North regarding a constituent, HO ref: B1077614 and...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people applying for positions within residential care and nursinghomes in (a) Kingston upon Hull, North, (b) the Humberside police...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to how many people the Criminal Records Bureau has not given clearance since it was established.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether an individual (a) with multiple employment with children or vulnerable adults and (b) who engages with children or vulnerable...

      Departmental Child Care Facilities

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

      Departmental Staff

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

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent staff are being transferred from his Department to the new Department for Communities and Local Government.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of his private office staff are (a) male, (b) female and (c) disabled.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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 the Home Department whether the Respect Unit will be transferred from his Department to the new Department for Communities and Local Government.

      Diversity Champion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the role and responsibilities are of the Home Office Diversity Champion; what the cost to public funds of his activities has been to...

      Diversity Champion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated cost to public funds is of his Department's five-year race and diversity programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Dna

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria were used in deciding to use low copy number DNA analysis in police investigations; and if he will make a statement.

      Dna

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what safeguards the Government have put in place to ensure that DNA mismatches of people on the National DNA Database who were not present at...

      Dna

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times crime scene DNA has been matched with the DNA of an innocent passer-by since the introduction of the National DNA Database;...

      Europol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from (a) the Austrian presidency, (b) the European Commission, (c) the European Parliament, (d)...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many penalty notices have been issued in relation to the illegal use of fireworks in (a) Kingston upon Hull, North, and (b) the...

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many copies of the Forensic Science Service Annual Report and Accounts 2004-05 were distributed by his Department; if he will list those...

      Home Detention Curfew

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders who have been released on Home Detention Curfew since April 2005 were not tagged on the day they were released.

      Home Office Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list areas of policy responsibility which have been transferred (a) from the Home Office to other departments and (b) to the...

      Infant LIfe (Preservation) Act 1929

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females were (i) prosecuted and (ii) convicted of an offence under the Infant Life (Preservation) Act 1929 in...

      Juvenile Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate he has made of the average weekly cost of a young person on remand (a) in a young offender institution and (b) on a...

      Mobile Phones (Drivers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices have been issued for offences involving using a hand- held mobile telephone when driving a motor vehicle in...

      Motoring Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has issued to police forces on their duty to contact the owners of rented properties whose tenants are wanted for moving...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate the Government have made of the commercial value to the Government of the information stored about individuals in the National...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what restrictions the Government plan on the use of the National Identity Registration Number by private sector bodies.

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who the data controller will be for the National Identity Register.

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will supply complete answers to parliamentary questions to which answers have previously been refused on grounds of commercial...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the expected cost is to public funds of vetting the staff employed by contractors operating the National Identity Register; and what the...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the expected average salary is of persons who will have (a) any access to the National Identity Register and (b) physical access to...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the public sector bodies that will have access to data held on the National Identity Register without specific citizen...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate the Government have made of the cost to an individual of (a) losing their identity card and (b) it being stolen.

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of parliamentary questions on the subject of the identity cards scheme Ministers have (a) refused to answer and (b) given...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department where in the Anglesey and North Gwynedd area the secure webcam for passport application interviews will be located; and if he will make a...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pensioners in Hendon received free passports in 2005; and if he will make a statement.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department from which (a) police forces and (b) police authorities he has received a request for amalgamation with a neighbouring police force.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in (a) Kingston upon Hull, North constituency, (b) Kingston upon Hull division and (c) Humberside in...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects HM Inspectorate of Constabulary's (HMIC) report into the performance of Nottinghamshire Police to be published.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances the police retain DNA samples of people who have been arrested but not charged with an offence.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many DNA samples the police collected on a voluntary basis in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances the police retain DNA samples of people who have been assisting a victim of crime.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the new headquarters of Gloucestershire constabulary at Quedgeley in its function as a major incident facility.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the consultants employed by (a) each police authority and (b) each police force in England and Wales to advise on police...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will list the consultants employed by his Department to advise on police force amalgamations; and what the cost was in each case.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the consultants employed by non-governmental organisations funded by his Department to advise on police force amalgamations;...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to delay decisions on the merging of police forces to enable more extensive local consultation on the...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration has been given to the location of police headquarters in the event of the Norfolk Constabulary being merged with other...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the letter of 5 April from the Minister of State to Sir Ronnie Flanagan commissioning the O'Connor report, for what reasons the...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the merits of 24-hour help desks in police stations.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has issued to police forces on the provision of 24-hour help desks at police stations.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether police precepts will be harmonised throughout the local authority areas covered by the new regional police force in Yorkshire and the...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how police force mergers in Wales will be funded.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether existing North Yorkshire police force and police authority (a) revenue and (b) capital balances will be ring-fenced for use...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much compensation has been paid to prisoners in each of the last eight years; and what the reason was in each case.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact on education provision in prisons of the level of transfers of inmates between establishments.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of incentive and earned privileges programmes on the prison estate.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many copies of the Prison Service annual report and accounts 2003-04 were distributed by his Department; if he will list those who were...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours of education for prisoners were provided in each of the last two years.

      Private Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of his private office was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Prolific and Priority Offender Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young people in Peterborough constituency have been subject to the Prolific and Priority Offender Strategy; and if he will make a...

      Proscribed Terrorist Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Government have to place the (a) Saved Sect and (b) al-Ghurabaa groups on his Department's list of proscribed terrorist...

      Racially Motivated Attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many racially motivated attacks took place in (a) England and Wales, (b) Leicester and (c) London in each of the last 24 months for...

      Research Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the research studies commissioned by his Department in each of the last five years where a decision was taken not to publish...

      Road Trafffic Regulation Act 1984

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the operation of section (a) 1, (b) 5, (c) 6 and (d) 8 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the procedure is for registered sex offenders who have been fully rehabilitated to apply to have their name removed from the register.

      Sexually Objectifying Material

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will assess the merits of introducing legislation similar to that protecting against incitement to racial hatred to protect women from...

      Solicitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to end the practice of locking solicitors in interview rooms at police stations when they visit violent suspects.

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding his Department has allocated to the special constables scheme in (a) the Kingston upon Hull division, (b) Humberside and (c)...

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what average number of hours per week was worked by a special constable in (a) the Kingston upon Hull division, (b) Humberside and (c)...

      Special Constables

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables have been recruited in (a) the Kingston-upon-Hull division, (b) Humberside and (c) England and Wales since the...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the total revenue raised from speed camera fines in England in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Stop and Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 12 September 2005, Official Report, column 2615W, on stop and search procedures, if he will ensure that a copy of...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what inquiries his Department has carried out into the leak in the press about the security services foiling a terrorist attack on...

      Terrorist Interrogations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what involvement UK agents or operatives have had in the interrogation of alleged terrorist suspects abroad.

      Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment he has made of the role of intelligence obtained by torture abroad in legal proceedings in England and Wales; (2) what...

      Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases will be affected by the Law Lords ruling that evidence extracted under torture is inadmissible in judicial proceedings.

      Under-age Drinking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress is being made in reducing under-age drinking.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Deportations

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many defendants sentenced in the Crown Court of England and Wales were recommended to the Home Secretary for deportation on...

    • Judges

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many High Court judges are serving on the bench; how many are aged (a) 40-45, (b) 46-50, (c) 51-55, (d) 56-60, (e)...

      Judges

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on diversity in judicial appointments.

      New Court House (Colchester)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 28 March 2006, Official Report, column 871W, on New Court House (Colchester), when she expects work...

      Small Claims (Courts)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to her Oral Statement of 30 March 2006, Official Report, column 361W, on small claims (courts), what information...

      Suicide

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the Government plan to amend the Suicide Act 1961.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Staff

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

    • Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to promote sustainable fishing in the developing world; and if he will make a statement.

      Ministerial Visits (Accommodation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what the total cost was of overnight accommodation for Ministers of State in his Department on foreign visits in each of the last...

      Ministerial Visits (Accommodation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on how many occasions (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in his Department have stayed overnight in (i) five star, (ii) four...

      Ministerial Visits (Accommodation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the total cost was of overnight accommodation for (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in his Department staying...

      Ministerial Visits (Accommodation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discounts are available in relation to hotel accommodation used by (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in his Department.

  • Treasury

    • Banana Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revenue was raised in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005 from imports into the UK of bananas (combined nomenclature 0803) from (i) Belize, (ii) Brazil, (iii)...

    • Birth Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many live births per 1,000 of the population there have been in (a) Ribble Valley and (b) Lancashire in each of the last 10 years; and what estimate...

      Cancer Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rates of cancer of the (a) breast and (b) cervix were in (i) the South East of England and (ii) the rest of the UK for those aged (A) 20 to 25...

      Car Clubs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will extend enterprise investment scheme relief to car clubs.

      Children's Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of families on low incomes have taken up children's trust funds.

      Competitiveness

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the relative competitiveness of the economies of each country in the UK.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Paymaster General will reply to my letters of 14 March and 25 April 2006 concerning constituents Mr. and Mrs. Shirley of Belper, Derbyshire, and...

      Data Sharing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recommendations the Citizen Information Project made on two-way data sharing with (a) the National Identity Register and (b) other public sector...

      Debt Collectors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether (a) his Department or (b) its (i) executive agencies and (ii) non-departmental bodies use the services of private debt collectors.

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on advertising by his Department in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Staff

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

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff surveys have been conducted in his Department in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what facility is available for senior civil servants in his Department to use credit cards supplied by the Department.

      Digital Switchover

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of potential revenue from the sale of UHF spectrum released by the digital switchover programme.

      Divorce

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many divorces there have been in the UK in each year since 2000, broken down by ethnic group.

      EU Customs Union Committee

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the UK members of the EU Customs Union Committee; on which dates this Committee met during the past 12 months; and whether the minutes of...

      Financial Reporting Advisory Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will appoint a representative from each of the three main political parties as a full member of the Financial Reporting Advisory Board.

      Financial Reporting Advisory Board

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to appoint a new Parliamentary Observer to the Financial Reporting Advisory Board.

      Government Spending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total capital expenditure on roads was in England in each year since 1999-2000.

      Hairdressing Bills

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether hairdressing bills declared as an election expense are treated by HM Revenue and Customs as a benefit in kind.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give details of Option Two mentioned in item 10 of the summary minutes of the meeting of theHM Revenue and Customs Executive Committee held on 11...

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what purpose HM Revenue and Customs purchased Mosaic UK data from Experian; whether the data was at (a) individual and (b) household level; and how...

      House Purchase Expenses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether VAT is levied on local authority search fees; (2) what estimate HM Revenue and Customs has made of the VAT revenue from (a) surveyor and...

      House Purchase Expenses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average stamp duty paid by first-time home buyers was in 1997.

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the expected yield in income tax was from a 1p change in the UK (a) starting, (b) basic and (c) higher rate of income tax in each year since...

      Inheritance Tax (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many estates in Northern Ireland inheritance tax was paid in each of the last five years; and how much was paid.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when he expects HM Revenue and Customs tohave recorded national insurance contributions for (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06; (2) what...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to speed up the recording by HM Revenue and Customs of national insurance contributions.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average age was at which individuals began to pay national insurance contributions in each of the last 10 years.

      Personal Income Tax Allowance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of raising the personal income tax allowance to £7,500, abolishing the 10p starting rate of income tax,...

      Private Office Staff

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

      Rice Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what revenue was raised in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005 from imports into the UK of rice (combined nomenclature 1006) from (i) Egypt, (ii) Guyana, (iii) India,...

      Student Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of people affected by problems with in-tax year changes in employer and consequent effects on student loan repayments; and if...

      Student Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many students have contacted HM Revenue and Customs in each year since 2002 with queries relating to student loans where the problem has arisen because...

      Tamworth

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

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit claims have been terminated due to the ending of a joint claim by a married couple or partners in each month since April 2003; and if he...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps are being taken (a) to identify and (b) to combat tax credit fraud; and how much was spent on such steps in the last year for which figures are...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much financial assistance was provided by HM Revenue and Customs to voluntary organisations to assist the public on tax credit issues in each year such...

      Tax Office (Isle of Wight)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the parishes or, where smaller, the electoral divisions of the Isle of Wight; what proportion of the population of each lies within the core...

      Teenage Pregnancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many girls under the age of 16 years (a) became pregnant and (b) gave birth in each of the last 10 years, broken down by age.

      Telephone Advice Lines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many telephone advice lines his Department and its non-departmental public bodies support; howmany telephone advisers each employs; and (a) how much...

      Troncs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the cost has been to his Department of the National Insurance Contributions exemptions on the payment of troncs in each year since 1997; (2)...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the unemployment rate is, broken down by (a) sex and (b) ethnic group.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) of 30 November 2005, Official Report, column 530W, on the Valuation Office Agency,...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's electronic data sharing agreement with the Land Registry.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Office for National Statistics has access to (a) the Valuation Office Agency's Council Tax Valuation Lists and (b) dwellinghouse coding details.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Valuation Office Agency's 2005-06 annual report will be published.

      VAT Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what guidance his Department has produced for (a) businesses and (b) consumers regarding missing trader intra-community (carousel) VAT fraud. (2)...

  • Health

    • Accenture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by (a) the national health service and (b) her Department on management consultant services from Accenture in each of the last...

    • Acute Hospital Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual capital servicing charges are for each acute hospital trust in England.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to announce her decision on the possible merger of Staffordshire Ambulance Service with other ambulance services.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many times ambulances attended emergency mental health cases in each London borough in each of the last five years; and if she will make a...

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department has commissioned into the causes of autism.

      Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes involving a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders there were between 1990-91 and 1996-97.

      Cancer Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on cancer services in Brentford and Isleworth in each year since 1997.

      Children's Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken to provide choice to those needing to use child and adolescent mental health services.

      Children's Hospices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions she has had with (a) ministerial colleagues, (b) primary care trusts and strategic health authorities and (c) outside...

      Choose and Book System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to question 54872, on the choose and book pilot scheme, how many patients opted to receive a service outside of their own primary...

      Choose and Book System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate she has made of the proportion of general practitioners using the choose and book service in (a) England and (b) Taunton constituency.

      Choose and Book System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health why the choose and book system within the NHS is not used for mental health; and whether there are plans to extend its use to that area.

      Dorset and Somerset Strategic Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding her Department allocated per head of population in (a) Taunton constituency, (b) Dorset and Somerset strategic health authority and...

      Foster Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when she expects to publish the findings of the Foster Review of non-medical healthcare regulation; (2) when she expects to publish the regulatory...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her Department's press release of 21 March 2006 on the proposed general practitioner Systems of Choice initiative, what assessment she has...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her Department's press release of 21 March 2006 on the proposed general practitioner Systems of Choice initiative, whether general...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of general practitioner practices in West Lancashire make referrals using the choose and book system.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners covered out-of-office hours in (a) England and (b) Taunton constituency in each year since 1997.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her statement of 18 April 2006, Official Report, column 4, on the general practitioner contract, what the evidential basis was for her...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of urban dwellers who live more than one mile from their nearest GP practice or outreach surgery.

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much she expects Information and Communication Technology changes to contribute to the Gershon efficiency savings in her Department in 2007-08.

      Health Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans she has to review the market forces factor used in the allocation of funding to health trusts; (2) who the members are of the Advisory...

      Healthcare Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many lay associates have been trained by the Healthcare Commission for handling complaints against the NHS; how much it cost the commission to...

      Independent Care Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with the independent care home sector over the past 12 months on financial measures to reward high-quality care.

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2006, Official Report, column 919W, on insulin, whether data pertaining to accidental insulin overdoses includes the...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many deaths have occurred in the UK where the insulins (a) Hypurin Porcine isophane, (b) Human Insulatard and (c) Lantus were suspected to be...

      IT Interoperability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has commissioned into healthcare information technology programmes in other countries, with particular reference to system interoperability.

      LIFT Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 28 March 2006, Official Report, column 926W, on local improvement finance trust (LIFT) schemes, what progress she has made...

      Maternity Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the efficacy of whole-scale 12-week scans during pregnancy; and if she will make a statement.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her latest estimate is of the extent of perinatal mental health provision in (a) England and (b) Northamptonshire.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many prescriptions for anti-depressants have been given to children in the last 12 months; and if she will list the drugs prescribed; (2) what...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions she has had with her counterparts in other EU member states on the efficacy, cost and availability of treatments for multiple...

      Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure the allocation of ring-fenced funds for specialist services for myalgic (a) encephalomyelitis and (b) encephalopathy...

      NHS Deficits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the year-end gross NHS deficit for 2005-06.

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the International Monetary Fund's warning of a £50 billion gap in NHS finances; and if she will make a...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budgets are for each (a) primary care trust, (b) NHS trust and (c) other NHS organisation in 2006-07.

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which strategic health authorities have authorised the top-slicing of primary care trust allocations in the (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 financial years;...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the total public expenditure per head of population on the (a) capital and (b) running costs of the national health service was in (i) London...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her comments in The Guardian of 11 May 2006 on support for overspending trusts, if she will agree to write off the £11.27 million...

      NHS IT Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the effect that system interoperability would have on the costs of the NHS information technology programme; (2)...

      NHS IT Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the merits of using service-oriented architecture in the NHS information technology programme; (2) what assessment...

      NHS IT Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the annual cost of the NHS information technology programme is to (a) primary care trusts, (b) NHS trusts and (c) other NHS organisations;...

      NHS Reconfiguration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2006, Official Report, column 146W, on NHS Reconfiguration, what estimate she has made of the total cost involved in...

      Nuffield Speech and Language Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if a Minister in her Department will meet a delegation of hon. Members, speech and language therapists and parents to discuss the future of the Nuffield...

      Nuffield Speech and Language Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the arrangements to publicise the public consultation on the future of the Nuffield speech and language unit; and what...

      Nurses/Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to allow nurses to prescribe medicines to patients without the consent of a doctor; if she will list the medicines nurses will be...

      Nurses/Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses and (b) doctors there were in Brentford and Isleworth constituency in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2006.

      Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) in-patient and (b) day case operations were carried out in each year since 1997 (i) in England and (ii) in each NHS trust.

      Patient/Public Involvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been allocated to the Patient and Public Involvement Resource Centre; when she expects the Resource Centre to begin its work; and if she...

      Patient/Public Involvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget is for the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health in 2006-07; and what she estimates the cost of abolishing the...

      Population Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account primary care trusts funding formulae take of the proportion of over 25-year olds in a local population.

      Premature Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many babies have been born prematurely in each of the last five years; and what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into...

      Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many children have been treated in hospital for self-harm in each of the last five years; (2) how many children self-harmed in each of the last...

      Specialised Commissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Education and Skills about the review of specialised commissioning.

      Specialised Commissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which interested parties will be consulted as part of her Department's review of specialised commissioning; and over what time period the review will take...

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff are employed by each strategic health authority; and at what cost in 2005-06.

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the oral answer from the then Under-Secretary of State of 25 April 2006, Official Report, column 549, from what sources the figures for...

      Waiting Lists/Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting list time in (a) the Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust and (b) England was in each year since 2003.

      Working with Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria she uses when deciding who should be placed on her Department's list of individuals who are considered unsuitable to work with children.

  • House of Lords

    • Advertisements: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much was spent on advertisements by each Northern Ireland department in each of the past five years.

    • Armed Forces: Explosive-Suppressant Foam

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many Royal Air Force aircraft are to be fitted with explosive-suppressant foam devices; and when these devices will be fitted.

      Armed Forces: Helicopters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of Joint Helicopter Command's deployable aircraft are currently deployed; and how this compares with planning assumptions.

      Armed Forces: Low Flying

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the recent decision by the Ministry of Defence to resume unrestricted low-flying operations with Apache helicopters over moorland areas...

      Armed Forces: Search and Rescue

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What forces are currently tasked with combat search and rescue; and how they currently relate to the United Kingdom search and rescue helicopter capability.

      Armed Forces: Search and Rescue

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have for development of combat search and rescue capabilities.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 22 March (WA 53), whether the specificity and the sensitivity of single intradermal comparative cervical...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 22 March (WA 53), whether, in the light of the 2005 results from single intradermal comparative cervical...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 2 May (WA 48) and having regard to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 26...

      Civil Service: Written Instructions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what occasions since May 1997, and in respect of which policy issues, written instructions have been given by Ministers to (a) Permanent Secretaries, and (b)...

      Control Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people are currently subjected to control orders; how many are British citizens; and how many are foreign nationals.

      Crime: Domestic Violence

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In each of the past five years, how many people have been convicted of domestic violence in Northern Ireland.

      Defra: Market Transformation Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many "Quick Wins" products have now been identified by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs's market transformation programme.

      Easter Rising 1916

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they regard celebrations of Irish republican violence during Easter 1916 as a glorification of terrorism.

      Energy: Carbon Emissions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of the United Kingdom's current energy use and existing carbon emissions will be reduced through energy savings.

      EU: Food Chain and Animal Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who is the United Kingdom representative on the European Union Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health; and What advice they have given to the...

      European Court of Human Rights:Non-implementation of Judgments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 10 January (WA 34–42), why they have not taken remedial action under section 10 of the...

      Identity Fraud: Corporations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many instances of corporate identity theft have been reported by the Companies Registry in Northern Ireland; and what steps are being taken by the Companies...

      Industrial and Provident Societies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the controls to ensure that companies established under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 2002 practise good governance; and which regulatory...

      InterTradeIreland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 18 April (WA 183) concerning allegations of religious discrimination at the cross-border implementation body...

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 26 April (WA 38) concerning the decision by Waterways Ireland to purchase chocolates for all staff members,...

      Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by the Lord Rooker on 19 April (WS 145-47), what is the nature of the "partnership, north and south" which the joint statement of...

      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...

      Passports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a British passport applicant who pays the correct fee on the date his application is received by the appropriate authority is required to make an...

      Peace Funding: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 26 April (HL 4652), whether the application for a grant for the West Tyrone Voice from Peace II funding has...

      Police: Childcare Facilities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord President on 2 February 2005 (WA 38) and 16 March 2005 (WA 134), what consultations took place on the recommendations in...

      Police: Reorganisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much they estimate their proposals for police force restructuring throughout England and Wales will cost; what proportion of the costs they will meet; and what...

      Political Parties: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether clauses contained in loan agreements to political parties requiring the identity of the donors and the terms of loans to remain confidential can be...

      Prisoners: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In each year, how many prisoners released as a result of the Belfast agreement of 1998 have been recalled to prison; how many have been charged with offences; and...

      Railways: Ballymena to Londonderry Line

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 3 May (HL 5339) concerning investment in Northern Ireland Railways, how much they plan to invest in the line...

      Restorative Justice: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 9 March (WA 168), whether they are aware of any sexual assault on young girls by members of Community...

      Rural Areas: Petrol Stations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have studied the effects of the closure of filling stations in rural areas; and, if so, whether they have identified the extra cost per litre of fuel...

      Schools: Bullying

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In each of the last six years, whether any teachers at Larchfield Primary School in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead filed complaints about harassment...

      Schools: Professional Body for Teachers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their reaction to recent suggestions that a professional body for teachers in English schools, along the lines of the British Medical Association for...

      Sexual Offences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many of those convicted of (a) rape, and identified as high-risk, and (b) child abuse are now free within Northern Ireland; and what level of supervision is...

      Sexual Offences: Child Protection

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether law enforcement agencies in other countries are informed when those who have been convicted of paedophilia are released from prison in the United Kingdom.

      Tax Credits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether additional sums have been paid as child tax credits in error; if so, by which administrative process any such error occurred; how many people have been...

      Tax Credits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would have been the saving in 2004-05 of reducing the second income threshold for tax credits to (a) £25,000; (b) £30,000; (c) £35,000; (d)...

      Tax Credits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would have been the cost or saving in 2004-05 of eliminating the second income threshold and making all tax credits subject to the first income threshold if...

      Taxation: Income Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the latest year for which figures are available, what is the cost of the relief from income tax provided on benefits as a result of employees earning less than...

      Taxation: Personal Allowance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McKenzie of Luton on 14 March (WA 220), what would have been the cost in 2005-06 of giving couples the option of...

      Taxation: Personal Allowance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 14 March (WA 220), what would have been the cost in 2005-06 of giving couples the option of transferring...

      Terrorism: Suspects

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any agreement or understanding has been reached with any group about the non-arrest of suspect terrorists in relation to Northern Ireland; if there is any...

      Tourism: Black Pig's Dyke

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to restore and promote as an attraction the Black Pig's Dyke; and whether they will involve the Government of the Republic of Ireland in these...

      Tourism: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 18 April (WA 222) concerning time taken to pay grants by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, why 29...

      Ulster-Scots

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Since the signing of the Belfast Agreement in 1998, what additions have been made to the education courses in Northern Ireland to accommodate Ulster-Scots culture,...

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to increase the amount allocated to the Ulster-Scots Agency in 2006.

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Ulster-Scots Agency is allowed to spend funding outside the island of Ireland on the same basis as other implementation bodies; and, if so, why it was...

      Unemployment: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of people were unemployed in each council area in Northern Ireland on 1 January in each of the past five years.

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 3 May concerning Waterways Ireland (HL5284), whether any directions were given to that body concerning...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When Mr SC Flynn of Ardrum, Ballinamore, County Leitrim, will be compensated by Waterways Ireland for land compulsorily acquired in 1991 and for income loss.

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many outstanding compensation claim cases against Waterways Ireland are more than three years old; what are the issues in each case; and how much is claimed in...

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