Written answers

Wednesday, 24 May 2006

  • Prime Minister

    • Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer to visit Lewes constituency.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Asbestos-related Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the death rate attributable to asbestos-related cancer in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

    • Education Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to improve education provision and support for looked-after children and vulnerable adults in Northern Ireland.

      Power-sharing Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the likely effectiveness of continuing to pay salaries and expenses as an inducement to encourage members of the...

      Provisional IRA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Government are taking to encourage the Provisional IRA to disband.

      Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the decommissioning of arms and explosives held by paramilitaries.

      Decommissioning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what types of weapons were decommissioned by the Provisional IRA in the recent act of decommissioning.

      Antisocial Behaviour Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what co-operation there is between local authorities, the Police Service of Northern Ireland and housing authorities in respect of implementing...

      Arts Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been allocated to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in each year since 1997; and how much this represents per head of population...

      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.

      Classroom Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the evaluation of classroom assistants' jobs in Northern Ireland commenced; and if he will make a statement on the evaluation.

      Credit Card Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the change in credit card fraud in Northern Ireland since the introduction of the Chip and PIN technology.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff in (a) each Northern Ireland Department and (b) the Northern Ireland Office, have had (i) five or more, (ii) four, (iii) three...

      Diversiton Multi-faith Calendar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was donated to the diversiton multi-faith calendar 2006 by the (a) Northern Ireland Office and (b) Police Service of Northern Ireland.

      Eid-ul-Adha Reception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total travelling and subsistence costs were associated with the attendance by civil servants from the Northern Ireland Office and...

      IRA Army Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who he has identified as the members of the Army Council of the Provisional IRA.

      National Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what work has been carried out by each of the responsible Northern Ireland Departments in respect of preparing an estimate of the costs of...

      Raymond McCord

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects to receive the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland's report on her investigation into the 1997 murder of Raymond McCord Jr.

      South Eastern Music Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding was made available by the Department for Education to the South Eastern Music Centre in each of the past five years for which...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been paid in (a) salary, (b) travelling expenses, (c) subsistence allowance and (d) removal expenses to special advisers in the...

      University of Ulster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many non-EU students have been enrolled at each University of Ulster campus in each of the last three years.

      Unpaid Fines (Imprisonment)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people spent time in prison for unpaid (a) fines and (b) other forms of fixed penalty in Northern Ireland during 2005.

  • Education and Skills

    • Alternative Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what policy he has for alternative education for the socially excluded; and if he will make a statement.

    • Accommodation

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

      PE Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many sports and physical education teachers have been employed in schools in England in each year since 1997.

      School Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much his Department has spent on school sports facilities in each year since 1994.

  • International Development

    • Asian Tsunami

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the total amount of (a) relief and (b) development overseas aid Sri Lanka has received since the tsunami...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to assist the internally displaced Karen, Karenni and Shan people in eastern Burma.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the work his Department is undertaking in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

      Departmental Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what facility is available for senior civil servants in his Department to use credit cards supplied by the Department.

      Genetic Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assistance his Department has provided to enable countries to consider different forms of sui generis systems for plant...

      State Failures

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the extent of state failure in (a) Sudan, (b) Democratic Republic of the Congo, (c) Cote d'Ivoire,...

      Traditional Knowledge

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what research his Department has carried out to assess what systems are best for protecting traditional knowledge; (2) what...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has allocated to aid for the Ugandan Government for the purposes of conducting public prosecutions, with...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • 2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what the estimated budget is for security at the London 2012 Olympics; (2) what recent revision she has made of the£220...

    • 2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent revision she has made of the estimate of 3 per cent. building cost inflation for the London 2012 Olympics; and how the...

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games announced that its budget had risen from £1.5 billion to £2...

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment she has made of whether the funding package of £2.375 billion for the London 2012 Olympic Games is...

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the most recent Government estimate is of the funding necessary for infrastructure improvements required for the London 2012...

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with organisations with a view to extending the benefits of the 2012 Olympic Games into the north-west of...

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she first informed Parliament that the London Organising Committeeof the Olympic Games had raised its budget from£1.5 billion...

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the Minister for Sport's letter of 17 May 2006 to the hon. Member for Faversham and Mid Kent, whether the different...

      Betting and Gaming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment the Government have made of the effects on the economy of the liberalisation of the betting and gaming industries.

      Departmental Bills (Amendments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the occasions when an amendment has been moved by (a) a Labour backbencher, (b) an Opposition backbencher and (c) an...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list responsibilities which her Department has lost since 1997; what the (a) date and (b) destination Department was in...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what incentives her Department offers to encourage staff to share vehicles when travelling to work.

      Gambling Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what powers the Gambling Commission has to attach conditions to codes of practice about how gambling operators advertise or describe...

      Horse Racing Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was received by the horse racing industry from the Statutory Levy payment by UK bookmakers in each of the last six years; and...

      Lottery Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been allocated from the National Lottery Distribution Fund to (a) the Heritage Lottery Fund, (b) UK Sports Lottery...

      Private Members' Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list those private Members' Bills in respect of which her Department adopted a policy of neutrality in each session since...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Action Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether (a) Pathways to Work, (b) employment zones and (c) resources from the Deprived Areas Fund will be available in areas served by...

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many constituents in Midlothian have migrated from the old Child Support Agency system to the new system.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Denton and Reddish constituency have had their Child Support Agency cases migrated from the old to the new system.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many constituents in Paisley and Renfrewshire, North have migrated from the old Child Support Agency system to the new system.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many non-resident parents were non-compliant with the Child Support Agency in each of the last five years.

      Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training is given to (a) Jobcentre Plus and (b) other benefits staff on dealing with queries from hon. Members in relation to the Data...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the 10 non-public sector entities that have received the largest total sum of payments from his Department in each of the last...

      Departmental Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what targets his Department hasset for the number of days taken to rate claims for (a) income support, (b) jobseeker's allowance and (c)...

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of Statefor Work and Pensions 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 (1)...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average length of time has been between a pension scheme member applying for and receiving payments under the Financial Assistance Scheme.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on housing benefit for tenants in (a) council property, (b) housing association property, (c) registered social landlord...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants are expected to have access to pathways to work support by the end of 2006.

      Kvaerner Pension Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the decision of the Pensions Regulator relating to the future contributions of TH Global to the Kvaerner Pension...

      Pensions Regulator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures are in place to ensure transparency in the process used by the pensions regulator for taking decisions; and to whom the pensions...

      Rehabilitation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Treasury, (b) the Department of Health and (c) the Department for Trade and Industry...

  • Scotland

    • Electors (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many electors there were in each parliamentary constituency in Scotland on 5 May 2005.

    • Ministerial Visits (Accommodation)

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

      Portland PR

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what meetings officials in his Department have had with representatives of the public relations company Portland PR; what contracts Portland PR has with...

      Promotion Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what promotion boards have been held in his Department in each of the last five years.

  • Defence

    • Air-to-Air Refuelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to maintain existing air-to-air refuelling capability following delays to the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft programme.

    • Army Discharge Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many serving soldiers have made an application for discharge; and what the grounds were for each application.

      Budgetary Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the letter of 30 March 2006 from the Minister of State, when he will provide the hon. Member for the Forest of Dean with the tables setting...

      Camp Ashraf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what protection is provided for members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organisation by (a) Coalition forces and (b) Iraqi Security forces at Camp...

      Central Wales Tactical Training Area

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what geographical area makes up the Central Wales Tactical Training Area.

      Conscientious Objectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many applications to be discharged from the Army on the grounds of conscientious objection to military service have been submitted to his Department...

      Deepcut

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 10 May 2006, Official Report, columns 280-81W what evidence he has received that suggests that media coverage of Deepcut has...

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the highest valuation is of each of the army bases in Northern Ireland for which closure was announced on 10 May.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the 10 non-public sector entities that have received the largest total sum of payments from his Department in each of the last five years.

      Eurofighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions the Government have had with BAE Systems regarding the conversion of Eurofighter to land on the Royal Navy's two new aircraft carriers.

      Falklands War Medal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to amend the criteria to enable the Falklands War Medal to be awarded to those who served on RMS St. Helena in support of the UK...

      Gulf War Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many cases of Gulf War Syndrome have been accepted by his Department as being well-founded; (2) how many (a) service personnel, (b) former...

      Iraq (Nuclear Programme)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the proliferation risks associated with the former Iraqi nuclear programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Joint Strike Fighter Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made in discussions with the United States on the joint strike fighter programme in March and April 2006.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence against which countries the UK nuclear deterrent has been targeted since the demise of the Soviet Union.

      Pest Control (Iraq)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the companies which have received contracts from his Department for pest control in the south-east region of Iraq.

      Promotion Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many promotion boards have been held in his Department in each of the last five years.

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will include a web link and contact details for the Ex-Service Fellowship Centre on the Homeless and Need Help "page on the Veteran" Agency website.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 3 May 2006, Official Report, column 1630W, on sex offender vetting, if she will introduce vetting...

    • Congestion Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate the Government have made of the total revenue raised from congestion charge fines in England in the most recent...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will reply to the letter of 21 March from the hon. Member for Buckingham.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the number of transactions in the residential property market where the lender will require a separate valuation inspection following...

      Local Government Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what total amount of Local Government grant is affected by the use of mid-year population data.

      Local Government Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps the Government plans to take to ensure local authorities do not experience funding shortfalls from under-estimates of...

      Minister for Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Parliamentary Secretary for Women and Equality will be paid per year.

      Ministerial Visits (Accommodation)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discounts are available in relation to hotel accommodation used by (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in his private office.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how the regional sustainable development round tables will be funded.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General who in the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is responsible for progress on each of the targets set out on page 7 of its Business Plan 2006-07; to whom each person...

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many copies of the Crown Prosecution Service Business Plan 2006-07 were produced; at what cost; to whom copies were disseminated; who was consulted prior to...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Dining Room Bookings

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission which hon. Members have booked one of the dining rooms A, B, C and D for lunch or dinner in the last 12...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with their counterparts in the German Government on ways of...

    • Consultants

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

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what facility is available for senior civil servants in his Department to use credit cards supplied by the Department.

      Fishing (Cornwall)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fishermen operate from Cornwall's four biggest ports.

      Lord Rooker

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of Lord Rooker's time is expected to be spent on the affairs of his Department.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discounts are available in relation to hotel accommodation used by (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in his...

      Modulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has for funding the voluntary modulation measure to reward farmers for making a contribution to his...

      Nuclear Waste Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the storage options for nuclear waste; and if he will make a statement.

      Portland PR

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what meetings officials in his Department have had with representatives of the public relations company Portland PR; what...

      Rural Development Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the impact on farmers in border areas of having different provisions for animal...

      Rural Development Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the devolved administrations about the rural development programmes for England, Wales and...

      Rural Development Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to publish the outcome of the consultation on the England rural development programme 2007 to 2013; and if he...

      Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the potential risks to health arising from the spreading of...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how his Department has sought to influence consumption patterns since the publication of "Securing the Future", the UK...

      Tallow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) under what terms renderers are permitted to burn tallow; (2) what assessment he has made of the (a) environmental and...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) representations he has received and (b) action he is pursuing in respect of water shortages in south-east London.

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken to reduce water leakage in (a) England and (b) the Thames Water area.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which consultancy firms have been engaged by his Department to provide advice about the funding of the Royal Mail over the last 12 months.

    • Insolvency Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will estimate the (a) outgoings and (b) revenue of the Official Receiver in the Insolvency Service for each year since 1989; and if he...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been spent on publicising the October 2005 changes to the national minimum wage.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the contribution that renewable energy generation could make to meeting future energy needs.

  • Home Department

    • Animal Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females have been (i) prosecuted and (ii) convicted of offences under (A) the Protection of Badgers Act 1992,...

    • Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrest warrants for (a) non-payment of fines and (b) breaching of the conditions of a community service order have been cancelled...

      Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he has taken to ensure that the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency is alert to sophisticated uses of the internet...

      Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre will be registered under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

      Court Case Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of cases were heard in (a) magistrates courts and (b) Crown courts in each of the last 10 years for which figures are...

      Dna

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many DNA samples taken by police have subsequently been destroyed following a request to do so from the person from whom the DNA was...

      Drug-related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug-related crimes per 100,000 population were reported in (a) Cornwall and (b) England in the last period for which figures are...

      Identity Card Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the feasibility of the integration of the proposed Identity Card Register with the IT systems of Government...

      Knives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research has been conducted on a system of licensing for the possession of knives in public places; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners Abroad (Release)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what criteria the police use in deciding whether to interview newly released prisoners from foreign prisons upon their arrival in the...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what correspondence he has had with the Prison Officers Association on industrial relations in HM Prison Service in the last 12 months;...

  • Leader of the House

    • Amendments to Legislation

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will list the occasions when an amendment has been moved by (a) a Labour Back Bencher, (b) an Opposition Back Bencher and (c) an Opposition front bench...

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will revise the Government's guidelines for answering parliamentary questions, so that when a Minister replies to an hon. Member's question that the answer...

      September Sittings

      To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to his oral answer of 9 May 2006, Official Report, column 168, on September sittings, when he expects to make an announcement regarding the tabling of...

      Small Change Big Difference Campaign

      To ask the Leader of the House what steps his Department has taken following the launch of the Government's "Small Change Big Difference" Campaign.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Amendments to Legislation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list the occasions when an amendment has been moved by (a) a Labour Back Bencher, (b) an Opposition Back Bencher...

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much has been spent by her Department on media training in each year since 1997-98.

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what advice the Information Commissioner has provided to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister in each of the last three years.

      Information Technology

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the (a) originally estimated, (b) most recently estimated and (c) out-turn cost was in each of the five largest...

      Press Coverage

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs on how many occasions since 1 April 2003 she has complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the coverage in the press...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Disability Access

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether any building in her Department falls short of disability access regulations.

    • E-Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which Departments have not implemented the e-Government Interoperability Framework standards; and when each such Department is expected to have done so.

      National Youth Volunteering Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchyof Lancaster how many times the board of the National Youth Volunteering Service has met since it was established.

      National Youth Volunteering Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on what date Rod Aldridge commenced his duties as chairman of the National Youth Volunteering Service; how much he is paid as chairman; and how...

      Tatenhill Airfield Planning Application

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps she is taking to ensure effective and timely consultation with local communities on current planning application (CR/20723/010) for the...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • China Task Force

      To ask the Deputy Prime Ministerwhat resources are available to him in his role as head of the China Task Force to facilitate discussion in (a) Mandarin and (b) Cantonese with Chinese...

    • China Task Force

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will encourage senior officials supporting the work of the China Task Force to learn (a) Mandarin and (b) Cantonese.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many civil servants are allocated to work in his ministerial private office; whether he was involved in (a) their appointment and (b) the allocation of...

      Dorneywood

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the use of Dorneywood by his close personal friends.

      Ministerial Anniversary

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans to commemorate his anniversary of 10 years as Deputy Prime Minister.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will provide a substantive reply to question (a) 69909 on Dorneywood and (b) (i) 69910, (ii) 69986 and (iii) 69987 on the exercise of his official...

  • Treasury

    • Average Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average income per person in (a) Cornwall and (b) the UK.

    • Bills

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the occasions when an amendment has been moved by (a) a Labour backbencher, (b) an Opposition backbencher and (c) an Opposition front...

      Bonuses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of his staff in each of the last three years; and at what total cost.

      Chinese Currency

      To ask The Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the implications for British trade of China allowing its currency to appreciate against the US dollar.

      Departmental Legislation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list (a) Acts and (b) parts of Acts which received Royal Assent between 1976 and 2006 for which his Department has policy responsibility and...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many promotion boards have been held in his Department in each of the last five years.

      Disability Access

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any buildings in his Department do not meet disability access regulations.

      EU Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the UK's (a) rebate from and (b) gross contribution to the European Union is calculated; and how the formula was used to arrive at the latest...

      GDP Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the gross domestic product per capita of (a) Cornwall, (b) the UK and (c) the EU is; and what the current European average is.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value of subsistence claims made by staff of HM Revenue and Customs working away from home was in 2005-06; and what proportion of claims did not...

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average waiting time for callers to the HM Revenue and Customs tax return phone helpline was in each of the last 24 months for which figures are...

      Improving Migration Population Statistics Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions the Office for National Statistics has met the four participating local authorities in the Improving Migration Population Statistics...

      Improving Migration Population Statistics Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Treasury expects to receive the findings of the Office for National Statistics Improving Migration Population Statistics Programme.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he hasreceived regarding the inheritance tax treatment of accumulation and maintenance trusts and interest in possession trusts.

      Migrants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the breakdown by (a) local authority area and (b) nationality of migrants was allocated by the Office for National Statistics to mid-year estimates...

      Ministerial Activities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) public speeches and (b) official visits (i) he and (ii) the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has made on departmental business since5 May 2005.

      Ministerial Activities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many letters (a) he and (b) the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has sent on departmental business since 5 May 2005.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the use by Ministers of aircraft from 32 (The Royal) Squadron of the RAF to travel on (a) private and (b) party business is treated as a benefit...

      Ministerial Visits (Accommodation)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) 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)...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 15 February 2006, Official Report, column 2163W, on written parliamentary questions, how many written questions have been...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change in levels of taxation required to meet the cost of implementing the recommendations set out in the Ombudsman's...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of staff in his Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their pension.

      Population Statistics (Hartlepool)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many single parent households with children under the age of 16 years there were in the Hartlepool constituency in each of the last 15 years; (2)...

      Population Statistics (Hartlepool)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many marriages took place in the Hartlepool constituency in each year since 1990.

      Population Statistics (Hartlepool)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many divorces took place in the Hartlepool constituency in each year since 1990.

      Private Members' Bills

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list those private Member'' Bills in respect of which his Department has adopted a policy of neutrality in each session since 2001-02; and if he...

      Private Office Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of (a) his and (b) the Chief Secretary to the Treasury's private offices in the last year for which figures are available.

      Sovereign Strategy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what dates over the last 12 months (a) he and (b) (i) Ministers and (ii) officials in his Department met a representative of Sovereign Strategy.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people living in West Suffolk received overpayments of (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit in each of the last five years.

      Tax Revenues

      To ask The Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Government raised in tax revenues from Cornwall in each of the last five years.

      Tax Revenues

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to change the system by which HM Revenue and Customs measures actual tax revenue receipts from the nations and regions of the United Kingdom.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) location and (b) cost was of each publicly funded foreign visit that Mr. Paul Sanderson, Director of Data Strategy at the Valuation Office...

      VAT Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the adequacy of staff resources in HM Revenue and Customs to process VAT registration applications.

      VAT Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints (a) he and (b) HM Revenue and Customs have received about the time taken to process VAT registration applications since 1 March 2006.

      VAT Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what target HM Revenue and Customs have set for the time taken to process VAT registration applications.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make representations to the Government of Bangladesh on its treatment of religious minorities; and whether she is...

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make representations to the Government of Bangladesh on meeting its obligations under the Chittagong Hill Tracts...

      British Passport Holders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British passport holders she estimates live overseas; and if she will list the 10 countries where most British overseas...

      Charles Munyaneza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 769W, on Charles Munyaneza, what progress has been made in...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the Government have allocated for a British pavilion at the Shanghai Expo 2010; and from what budgets such funding will...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response the UK Government have made to the Chinese government's undertaking to the UN Human Rights Council; how the...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government has made representations to the Chinese government to disclose the whereabouts of Gendun Choekyi Nyima;...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her most recent assessment is of (a) the situation and (b) stability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and if she...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans she has to visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date Mr Mockbul Ali (a) left the Department in 2005 and (b) was re-appointed to her Department; and in what capacity...

      EU Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the value was of each of the fortnightly transfer payments made into the budgets of the institutions of the European Union...

      EU-Morocco Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her voting intentions are at the European Council on the EU-Morocco Agreement; what assessment she has made of the (a)...

      European Entitlement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is her Department's policy to support the introduction of a European entitlement card.

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will list policy areas in which the Government are involved in discussions about (a) the extension of European Union...

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) originally estimated, (b) most recently estimated and (c) outturn cost was in each of the five largest...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government have been consulted on proposed reform of police and paramilitaries in Baghdad; what this proposed reform...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response the Government have made to the statement by Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Jabr that the Facility Protection...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the compatibility of Israel's Nationality and Entry into Israel Law (Temporary Order)...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the recent ruling of the Israeli Supreme Court in relation to the Nationality and Entry into Israel Law (Temporary...

      Leased Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 9 May 2006, Official Report, column 196W, on RAF Wideawake, (1) how many military bases leased to...

      Military Technology (Belarus/Iran)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she has received representations regarding the possible sale of Russian military technology by Belarus to Iran; and if...

      Miza Tahir Hussain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make representations to the authorities in Pakistan to commute the death sentence on Mr. Miza Tahir Hussain; and if...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what percentage of staff in her Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their pension.

      Portland PR

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings officials in her Department have had with representatives of the public relations company Portland PR; what...

      Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his Department's employer contribution rates to the principal civil service pension scheme are; what assumed rate of return...

      Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her US counterpart regarding the US proposal to freeze the assets of those involved in the...

      Russian Orchestras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the cost of visas and work permits for visiting orchestras from Russia; and if she will make a...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff in her Department have had (a) five or more, (b) four, (c) three and (d) two periods of sick leave of less...

      UN Compensation Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been paid to the Government by the United Nations Compensation Committee for distribution to claimants; how much...

      Vehicle Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what incentives her Department offers to encourage staff to share vehicles when travelling to work.

  • Health

    • Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate she has made of how many people have Alzheimer's disease, broken down by (a) strategic health authority and (b) primary care trust;...

    • Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children in (a) Torbay and (b) England are diagnosed with autism.

      Bone Marrow Donation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the merits of raising the upper age limit for bone marrow donation; and what plans she has to encourage UK registries to...

      Bone Marrow Donation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps she takes to monitor the number of people from ethnic minority backgrounds donating bone marrow; (2) what plans she has to promote bone...

      Breast Cancer (Shrewsbury and Atcham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with breast cancer in Shrewsbury and Atcham in 2005.

      Cancelled Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospital NHS Trust area had their appointments cancelled by the trust (a) once, (b) twice, (c) three and...

      Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for an appointment with the child and adolescent mental health service in each primary care trust area in 2005-06.

      Children's Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to improve the provision and quality of care in children's wards in England; and if she will make a statement.

      Commission for Social Care Inspection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will revise the minimum requirement for care homes and nursing homes to have one announced and one unannounced visit by the Commission for Social...

      Connecting for Health Computer System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated cost was of the Connecting for Health computer system in each primary care trust.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the responsibilities which her Department has lost since 1997; what the (a) date and (b) destination Department was in each case; what...

      Disabled People (Assessments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) maximum and (b) average amount of time was that a person with a disability had to wait to be assessed for assistance from social services...

      Elderly Mental Infirm Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many homes registered for elderly mental infirm patients there are in England.

      Ex-service Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the NHS provides (a) treatment and (b) resources specifically for ex-service personnel following injury or illness while serving in the armed forces.

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioner surgeries in (a) England and (b) Hackney, North and Stoke Newington are operating appointment booking systems by which...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the operation and regulation of general practitioner out-of-hours services.

      Hospital Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 May 2006, Official Report, columns 63-64W on hospital appointments, what other systems send messages through the care record...

      Independent Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the (a) cost-effectiveness and (b) quality of patient care in independent sector treatment centres.

      Independent Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) complication and (b) failure rates are for orthopaedic operations at (i) each independent treatment centre (ITC) and (ii) the NHS hospital...

      Independent Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) contract value and (b) location is of each of the independent treatment centre programmes in the second wave.

      IT Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the statement from her Department of 10 April 2006 that the national programme for IT is under constant review and audit, with what frequency...

      IT Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she intends to commission an independent audit of the National programme for IT in the NHS.

      Junior Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the consequences of the Association of University Teachers action short of a strike on the final qualification of medical...

      Long-term (Neurological) Conditions Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the Government are measuring implementation of the national service framework for long-term (neurological) conditions; and what progress has been made...

      Long-term Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent reports she has considered on the cost of long-term care; and if she will make a statement.

      Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations she has received on retaining ring-fenced funding for primary care trusts for the provision of myalgic encephalomyelitis...

      Midwifery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which midwife-led maternity units are (a) within a primary care trust, (b) within an acute trust, (c) within another setting or (d) independent;...

      Neonatal Units (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average occupancy rates were in each London neonatal unit in each of the last three years.

      Neonatal Units (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) neonatal intensive care cots and (b) special care cots in London were not being used due to a lack of staff in the latest period for which...

      Neonatal Units (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to change the number of neonatal nurses in London.

      Neurology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment her Department has made of the accuracy of diagnosis of hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsies in NHS patients;...

      NeuroMuscular Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been allocated to the NeuroMuscular Centre at Winsford for the next five years.

      Non-emergency Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what basis Mr. Edward Atkinson has been told that non-emergency treatment at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn, will not be available to him...

      Osteoporosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps she is taking to improve the information and support offered to people with osteoporosis; (2) what assessment she has made of the impact...

      Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department plans to take to safeguard patient care at the Oxford Radcliffe hospitals trust following the prospective job losses.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will reply to Question 65812 from the hon. Member for Manchester, Withington, on the 'Choose and Book' system, tabled on 20 April 2006.

      Petitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements are in place in her Department for responding to petitions presented in the House and forwarded to her.

      Portland PR

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings officials in her Department have had with representatives of the public relations company Portland PR; what contracts Portland PR has with...

      Section 64 Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the section 64 grants for 2006-07 that have been paid by her Department, broken down by (a) recipient and (b) the sum paid; and if she...

      Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate she has made of the number of children and young people who self-harm, broken down by (a) sex and (b) ethnic group.

      Spinal Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the impact on NHS costs of ensuring appropriate (a) rehabilitation and (b) care of spinal cord injured people...

      Student Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the employment prospects for student nurses graduating in 2006.

      Third Sector Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the review of departmental funding to the third sector has been completed.

  • Transport

    • Aircraft Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from (a) the Independent Pilots Association and (b) the British Airline Pilots Association on potential...

    • Aircraft Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the impact on human health of exposure to pyrolised synthetic jet engine oils; and in what year the Department...

      Aircraft Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information is held by the Civil Aviation Authority in relation to contaminated air incidents on British Aerospace BAE 146 aircraft between 28...

      Aircraft Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect on airline safety of the inhalation by a pilot of the organophosphate tricresyl phosphate; and if he will...

      Beverley Integrated Transport Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the East Riding of Yorkshire council will receive confirmation of funding for the Beverley Integrated Transport Plan; and if he will make a statement.

      British Airports Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what provisions exist for Special Administration in the event that the British Airports Authority (BAA) or its holding company should go into...

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when consultation was (a) started and (b) completed on the civil enforcement of bus lane contraventions outside London under the Transport Act 2000;...

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with bus operators on (a) the reduction in services in Huddersfield and Yorkshire and (b) the introduction of free...

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government is taking to improve the skills of bus drivers; and what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education and...

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average wage is of a bus driver in (a) West Yorkshire, (b) Leeds, (c) Huddersfield and (d) London.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Cycling Proficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to encourage local authorities to ensure a cycling proficiency scheme is made available in all schools.

      Damages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport further to his answer of 10 January 2006, Official Report, column 489W, on damages, if he will make a statement on the background to the incidents...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what incentives his Department offers to encourage staff to share vehicles when travelling to work.

      Dredging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who pays the cost of dredging (a) for a new port development and (b) for existing ports.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Ageny's's policy is on providing information to a court about a defendant.

      Equal Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      European Maritime Safety Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has seen a draft of the EU Commission White Paper entitled préparer la mobilité de demain; and what his policy is towards an...

      Illegal Taxi Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many illegal taxi drivers he estimates are operating in (a) England, (b) the North East and (c) the Tees Valley; (2) how many people have...

      Level Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many incidents on level crossings there were in each of the last three years; and how many incidents in each year resulted in a fatality.

      London Underground

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how long the trial of detector equipment at Canary Wharf underground station will last; and what further trials of detector equipment on the transport...

      M25

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to re-surface the slip roads on the M25 motorway between junctions 28 and 31; and if he will make a statement.

      Milton Keynes South Midlands Growth Area

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration (a) his Department and (b) Network Rail have given to improving the frequency of services and the infrastructure of the rail...

      Milton Keynes South Midlands Growth Area

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to establish Birmingham International Airport as the main long haul aviation hub for Milton Keynes; and what assessment...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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)...

      MOT Computer System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many days have elapsed on average between the receipt of a letter to the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency requesting compensation and the...

      MOT Computer System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money has been paid in compensation to garage owners to compensate them for problems they have experienced with the new MOT computer system.

      MOT Computer System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many garage (a) owners and (b) managers have written to the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency requesting compensation for problems they have...

      MOT Computer System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the expected expenditure of the MOT computerisation programme was (a) from the inception of the project to the commencement of rollout and (b)...

      Oystercard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress is being made towards the introduction of the Oyster Card system to overland trains for commuters to London; and if he will make a statement.

      Private Members' Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list those Private Members' Bills in respect of which his Department has adopted a policy of neutrality in each session since 2001-02; and...

      Private Office Staff

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

      Private Sector Fund Recipients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the 10 non-public sector entities that have received the largest total sum of payments from the Department in each of the last five years.

      Public Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many public consultations his Department undertook in 2005; and what the cost was (a) in total and (b) of each consultation.

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to encourage bus and train operators to recruit more women into the transport sector.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to facilitate the re-opening of the Leamside Line in Durham for (a) passenger and (b) freight use.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to ensure the re-opening of the Bletchley-Bicester section of the East-West rail link; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Sunday rail services have been cancelled in each of the last five years, broken down by train operator; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average cost was of constructing a mile of (a) railway line and (b) light rail line in each year since 1997.

      Resilience Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the resilience exercises carried out on (a) the transport infrastructure and (b) Eurotunnel since 11 September 2001.

      Road Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the percentage increase in motoring costs required to provide an effective disincentive to motorists to drive on congested...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the latest cost estimates are for (a) road schemes in the Targeted Programme of Improvements, (b) road schemes approved under the local...

      Rolls-Royce Engines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the compliance with (a) health and (b) safety standards of the nickel super alloy content of the Rolls-Royce(i)...

      Ryanair

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action is being taken by his Department to ensure that Ryanair complies with all the existing applicable rules when it operates from airports...

      South East Manchester Multi-modal Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the implementation of the South East Manchester Multi-Modal Study objectives by the constituent local...

      Southampton Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in upgrading the Southampton tunnel to take larger containers; what the cost of the project has been to date; and what the...

      Staff Surveys

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

      Staff Team Building

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

      Terrorist Threats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many terrorist threats there have been on average per month on (a) the Channel Tunnel and (b) Merseyrail since 11 September 2001.

      Terrorist Threats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans the Government have to increase security against terrorist attacks on UK airlines.

      Transport Improvements (Hackney, North and Stoke Newington)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what transport improvements for which his Department is responsible there have been in Hackney, North and Stoke Newington constituency in the past 12...

      Transport Infrastructure Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Institution of Civil Engineers on improvements to the management of transport infrastructure projects; and when...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Army Radios

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which units of the British Army currently serving in Afghanistan are equipped with the Bowman radio system; which units do not have that radio system; and whether...

    • Anti-social Behaviour: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued in Northern Ireland since their introduction; for what; when; and where.

      Armed Forces: Helicopters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the current average and maximum periods of detached duty for operationally qualified Chinook, Merlin, Puma and Sea King aircrew over a 12-month period;...

      Aviation: ADS-B

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are considering the automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) system for aviation.

      Badgers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their justification for continuing the protected status of badgers in England and Wales in view of the large increase in the number of badgers and the...

      Conventions: Joint Committee

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether all papers submitted to the Joint Committee on Conventions will be published immediately on receipt.

      Disability: Blue Badges

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they are taking to ensure that the parking concessions for disabled people with blue badges are the same in the London Boroughs of Westminster,...

      Health: Research

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What research has been supported following the Department of Health's call for research into long-term neurological conditions; and what is happening to projects...

      NHS: Dentistry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps are being taken to ensure people have reasonable access to National Health Service dental services in Northern Ireland.

      NHS: Dentists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many dentists resigned from the National Health Service in Northern Ireland in (a) 2005; and (b) the first three months of 2006.

      NHS: Non-EU Doctors

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many non-European Union doctors are currently training in (a) the United Kingdom as a whole; and (b) Northern Ireland; and what steps are being taken to ensure...

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In percentage terms, what is the total number of employees in the implementation bodies in Northern Ireland broken down by religious background.

      Northern Ireland National Stadium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the cost to date of preparing and promoting the site at the Maze as a national stadium for Northern Ireland.

      Northern Ireland: Festivals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 10 May (WA 139) concerning the Smithsonian Institution's Folklife Festival in 2007, what Ulster-Scots...

      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...

      Political Parties: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the reason for the delay in answering the Question for Written Answer by the Lord Lester of Herne Hill tabled on 28 March (HL4991) about confidentiality...

      Prisons: Maze

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to demolish in total the former prison site at the Maze.

      Public Spending: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the total spending of each Northern Ireland department during the past financial year; and how this compares with the funding allocated to each department.

      Revenue and Customs: External Legal Advice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McKenzie of Luton on 13 March (WA 202–3), what assessment they have made for the latest year for which information...

      Schools: Religion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What statutory rights are available to particular faith groups to challenge the content of a locally agreed religious syllabus.

      Taxation: Avoidance and Evasion

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will clarify their use of the terms "tax avoidance" and "tax evasion".

      Taxation: Income Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McKenzie on 14 March (WA 221), what assessment they have made of the number of people who are subject to income tax and...

      Taxation: National Insurance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the latest year for which figures are available, what assessment they have made of the increase required to the contribution rate of class 4 national insurance...

      Taxation: Personal Allowance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the latest year for which figures are available, what assessment they have made of the cost of (a) raising the personal allowance to £7,500; (b) raising...

      Taxation: Personal Allowance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord McKenzie of Luton on 15 March (WA 229–30), what assessment they have made of unifying the age-related personal...

      Transport: Concessionary Bus Fares

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many local authorities in England operate concessionary bus fare schemes which allow local residents to cross district council boundaries on a single journey...

      Water Supply

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will next raise British and European-wide drought problems at a meeting of the European Union Council of Environment Ministers; and what issues, such as...

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