Written answers

Thursday, 25 May 2006

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Security (Abingdon Street Barrier)

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon representing the House of Commons Commission (1) if the Commission will arrange for a police box at the steel barrier in Abingdon Street to protect police...

  • Treasury

    • Average Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the average income per person in Coventry, South.

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 8 March 2006.

      Criminal Justice

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the Home Office against its public service agreement targets for (a) reducing the fear of crime and (b)...

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the prospects for future economic growth in the United Kingdom economy.

      European Commissioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many times he has met (a) Commissioner McCreevy and (b) Commissioner Kroes since their appointment to the European Commission.

      European Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) net contribution to the EU budget, (b) net contribution to the EU institutions and (c) net expenditure transfers (i) were in each year from...

      European Union

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of 6 March 2006, Official Report, column1099W, on EU membership, if he will list the studies undertaken by his Department.

      Insurance Mediation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to review the implementation of the EU Directive on insurance mediation in the UK.

      Insurance Mediation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what representations he has received on the impact of the EU directive on insurance mediation on small and medium-sized (a) enterprises traders and...

      Public Sector Reform

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Prime Minister's announcement on 15 May 2006 that he is to play a lead role in public sector reform, when he plans to outline his proposals;...

      Public Sector Reform

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has held with the Home Secretary following the Prime Minister's announcement that he is to take a lead role in public service reform.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in Denton and Reddish constituency received overpayments of (a) child tax credit and (b) working tax credit for each year since 2003.

      Tax Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Government raised in tax revenue in each of the last five years.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on tax revenue in the financial year 2006-07 of the decisions (a) to remove the 0 per cent. starting rate of...

      Vehicle Sharing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what incentives his Department offers to encourage staff to share vehicles when travelling to work.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the chief veterinary officer's report on the H5 avian influenza exposure in October 2005, on what date the...

    • Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the chief veterinary officer's report on the avian influenza exposure in October 2005, what tests were undertaken...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2006, Official Report, column 833W, on avian influenza, how many approved commercial...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2006, Official Report, column 833W, on avian influenza, what measures his Department has in...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs why the pilot study of the gamma interferon bovine tuberculosis test was abandoned; which part of the Department (a)...

      Derby/London (Emissions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will estimate the amount of carbon emissions produced by a train journey from Derby to London.

      European Landfill Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made with changes to the effects of the European Landfill Directive in its application to pet...

      Gamebirds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many commercial hatcheries are listed in the Great Britain Poultry Register in respect of each species.

      GM Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) when he plans to begin the consultation on the co-existence arrangements for genetically modified crops; and if he will...

      Ministerial Flight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will estimate the amount of carbon emissions produced by the use of the RAF Queen's Flight to fly from his constituency...

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has undertaken into the environmental effects of deep-burial of nuclear waste.

      Perfluorooctane Sulphonate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice and guidance (a) the Department, (b) the Environment Agency, (c) the Government's Advisory Committee on...

      Pheasants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many pheasants have been imported from France in each of the last 10 years; whether bird imports are still permitted; and...

      REACH Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that the competent authority for the registration, evaluation, authorisation and...

      Water Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) standing charges, (b) cost per litre and (c) other charges levied by each water company in England and Wales...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Braille/Audio/Large Print Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the provision of Braille books, newspapers and magazines in libraries in (a) England, (b) the North...

    • Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the impact of legislative reforms to the licensing regime on circuses (a) prior to the...

      Drought Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what discussions she has had with representatives of the tourism, hotel and conference industry in London and the South East on...

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to her answer of 8 May 2006, Official Report, column 48W, on football, how the 92 Premier and Football League Club Chairmen...

      Gambling Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the Gambling Commission will issue its guidance on compliance and enforcement responsibilities in respect of the Gambling Act 2005.

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent on information technology (IT) sourced from outside her Department in each of the last five years; who is responsible...

      Licensed Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many licensed premises in (a) Greater Manchester, (b) Tameside metropolitan borough and (c) Stockport metropolitan borough have...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many (a) public houses, (b) convenience stores and (c) off licences have had their licences revoked under the Licensing Act...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many new licences have been issued under the Licensing Act 2003; and how many licences were issued for (a) public houses, (b)...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when her Department will publish its first review of the guidance issued under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003.

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many outlets in Greater London have been prosecuted under the Licensing Act 2003.

      Licensing Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the Answer of28 November 2005, Official Report, column 89W, on licensing applications, whether an event, a garden fete or...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the different inflation rates were which were applied by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, referred to in the...

      National Heritage Memorial Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much the National Heritage Memorial Fund has spent on acquiring works of art for British museums in each of the last 10 years.

      Portland PR

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings officials in her Department have had with representatives of the public relations company Portland PR; what contracts...

      Schools' Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many organisations applied to run the Schools' Olympics; and on what criteria the winner was selected.

      Temporary Event Notices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will place in the Library a copy of the summary of responses tothe consultation on temporary event notices; and if she will make...

      The Public

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what date the Arts Council commissioned the options appraisal of the arts organisation 'The Public'; and what its remit was.

      World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have to attend matches at the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether his plans to protect the names and addresses of shareholders will apply only to companies which carry out animal experiments.

    • Bank Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action his Department is taking to encourage banks to reduce late payment fees and other charges following the recent ruling from the...

      Consumer Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the operation of section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974; what recent representations he has received about...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will provide a substantive response to question 64806, tabled by the hon. Member for the Isle of Wight on 18 April, on telephone numbers.

      Entrepreneurs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures his Department plans to take to encourage more (a) women and (b) people from ethnic minorities to become business entrepreneurs.

      Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the biological effects of myalgic encephalomyelitis.

      Parcelforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of Government funding announced on 18 May for the Royal Mail will be made available for Parcelforce activities; and if he will...

      Pensioner Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what assessment he has made of the level of personal debt among pensioners; and if he will make a statement; (2) what steps he is...

      Post Office Branch Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Government's long-term policy is on the Post Office branch network, with particular reference to rural areas.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of part-employee share ownership in respect of Royal Mail.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of options for the long-term ownership structure for the Royal Mail.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the rate of return the Government will receive on its loan to the Royal Mail.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what criteria were used in deciding to support the Royal Mail in respect of its pension fund deficit.

      Small Business Friendly Concordat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many local authorities have signed up to the Small Business Friendly Concordat; what steps are being taken by the Government to encourage...

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his Department's expenditure has been on research into the (a) economic and (b) social implications of the easing or removing of Sunday...

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will organise and fund a conference to discuss the social costs and benefits of easing or removing Sunday trading restrictions.

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the Answer of 26 April 2006, Official Report, column 1129W, on Sunday trading, what plans he has to commission research into the...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Convicting Rapists and Protecting Victims (Consultation Paper)

      To ask the Solicitor-General what responses he has received to his Department's consultation paper "Convicting Rapists and Protecting Victims".

    • Ministerial Visits (Accommodation)

      To ask the Solicitor-General on how many occasions (a) civil servants and (b) special advisors in his Department have stayed overnight in (i) five star, (ii) four star and (iii) three star...

      Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Solicitor-General what assessment he has made of the likely trends in the number of cases demanding the attention of the Serious Fraud Office over the next three years.

      Treasury Solicitor Annual Report

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many copies of the Treasury Solicitor Annual Report 2003-04 were distributed by his Department; if he will list those who were sent copies; how many copies were...

  • Wales

    • Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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...

    • Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many public consultations his Department undertook in the last year for which figures are available; and what the cost was (a) in total and (b) of...

      Departmental Credit Cards

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

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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.

      Disability Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether any building in his Department falls short of disability access regulations.

      Free Air Miles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many free air miles have been earned by senior civil servants in his Department in each of the last three years; and how they were used.

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much was spent on information technology (IT) sourced from outside his Department in each of the last five years; who is responsible for such projects...

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the (a) originally estimated, (b) most recently estimated and (c) outturn cost was in each of the five largest information technology contracts...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what visits he has made to each of the prisons in Wales; and when each visit took place.

      Private Members' Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 if he...

      Small Change Big Difference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps his Department has taken following the launch of the Government's "small change big difference" campaign.

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Complaints (Solicitors)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to improve the process of handling complaints against solicitors.

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will list responsibilities which her Department and its predecessors have lost since 1997; what the (a) date and (b)...

      Small Claims Limit

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the timetable is for the consultation on alternative options for dealing with the small claims limit.

  • Scotland

    • Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

    • Departmental Legislation

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

      Scotland Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the Government plans to transfer additional functions to Scottish Ministers under section 63 of the Scotland Act 1998.

      Scottish Parliament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what discussions he has had with the First Minister of Scotland on proposals for the establishment of a second Scottish Constitutional Convention...

      Small Change Big Difference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps his Department has taken following the launch of the Government's "small change big difference campaign".

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan (Women)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of women's rights in Afghanistan; and what steps are being taken to further the empowerment of women in...

    • Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he expects to receive from the EU the recovery grant of €7.4 million for the Cayman Islands for the purposes of defraying...

      Departmental Bills (Amendments)

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

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff from his Department attended the Civil Service Islamic Society Eid-Ul-Adha event in London in 2005; and what the total...

      Departmental Staff

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

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was spent on information technology (IT) sourced from outside his Department in each of the last five years; who is...

      Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list those (a) Acts and (b) parts of Acts which received Royal Assent between 1976 and 2006 and for which his Department...

      Small Change Big Difference

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department and its agencies have taken following the launch of the Government's "small change big difference" campaign.

  • Transport

    • Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of changes in the demography of air passengers in the UK within the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

    • Airbus A380

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) which Ministers were present for the arrival of the Airbus A380 at Heathrow Airport on 18 May; (2) what departmental costs were incurred in...

      Aircraft Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the flights taken by Ministers in his Department since 2001; and what measures to offset the carbon emissions were taken for each flight.

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action his Department is taking to ensure bus fares do not rise faster than the cost of motoring.

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with bus companies about the impact of above-inflation increases in bus fares on socially excluded communities.

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has undertaken into the effects of above-inflation increases in bus fares on socially excluded communities.

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will consider the extension of the free transport concession for those over 60 years in the West Yorkshire metro district for bus travel to...

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how the extension nationwide of the free bus travel scheme for older and disabled people will be funded.

      Calypso

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what safety deficiencies were identified when the Calypso was inspected at Tilbury in May; and why the ship was not detained at the docks on grounds of...

      Departmental Bills (Amendments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the occasions when an amendment has been moved by (a) a Labour back bencher, (b) Opposition back bencher and (c) Opposition front...

      Departmental Budget

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

      Departmental Funding (Halifax)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding for which his Department is responsible has been allocated to the Halifax constituency in the past 12 months.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people in his Departmenthave been (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for (i) inappropriate use of the internet while at work and (ii) using...

      Departmental Staff

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

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of his staff in each of the last three years; and what the total cost was.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff from his Department attended the Civil Service Islamic Society Eid-UI-Adha event in London in 2005; and what the total cost was to his...

      Leased Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) land and (b) property his Department and its predecessors (i) leases and (ii) leased in (A) Southend West constituency, (B) Essex, (C)...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he next expects to review the effectiveness of safety inspections carried out by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency; and if he will make a statement.

      Ministerial Cars (Cleaning)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance he has issued on the cleaning of Ministers' cars in circumstances of (a) a hosepipe ban and (b) a drought order in the Thames Water region.

      Nuclear Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the (a) safety and (b) security of trains transporting nuclear material; and with whom responsibility lies for...

      Officials' Travel Costs

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

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps he is taking to improve the skills of employees in the transport sector; and what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport from which rolling stock manufacturers new rail vehicles have been purchased in each of the last seven years, broken down into companies based in (a)...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for which stations his Department has specified a reduction in the number of stopping trains each day since Ministers took over responsibility for...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the railway stations for which he has specified a reduction in the number of services in the past 12 months.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures are in place to ensure disabled access to trains at rural railway stations.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2006, Official Report, column 2403W on railways, whether (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department...

      Road Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether his road pricing pilot will be revenue neutral; (2) what his policy will be for charging drivers based outside the geographic area of...

      Road Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will announce which region will host the pilot project for his road pricing policy.

      Road Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who will meet the (a) management, (b) administration and (c) technology costs of his proposed road pricing pilot.

      Road Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether motorists participating in the proposed road pricing pilot will be entitled to a fuel duty rebate; and how differential petrol prices...

      Road Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy will be on road pricing on major trunk roads passing through the areas covered by his proposed pilot.

      Rotherwas Access Road

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 801W, on the Rotherwas Access Road, when a decision will be announced on the...

      School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will encourage passenger transport executives (a) to pilot and (b) to develop the yellow bus system for school transport; (2) what...

      Small Change Big Difference Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department and its agencies have taken following the launch of the Government's 'small change big difference' campaign.

      Special Advisers

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

      Telephone Advice Lines

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

      Transport Infrastructure Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list publicly funded schemes of greater than £50,000 in value for transport infrastructure in (a) London and (b) West Yorkshire.

  • Education and Skills

    • Music Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on future Standards Fund funding of music education in schools.

    • Children's Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance he has issued to children's directors on co-ordination of their different policy responsibilities.

      Single Sciences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on changes to the arrangements for studying single sciences at GCSE level.

      Africa (Children's Policies)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what action his Department has taken to pursue the Commission for Africa's recommendation on support for children's policies in Africa.

      Financial Capability Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proposals the qualification and curriculum authority has developed for making financial capability education more explicit in the...

      Ataullah Siddiqui

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what process was undertaken to assess the suitability of Ataullah Siddiqui for the role of adviser to the Government on Islam in...

      Children Centre Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which individuals and organisations his Department consulted before making the decision to contract out children's centre support work from...

      Connexions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Connexions Card, with particular reference to take-up.

      Foreign Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which foreign languages are taught in schools in Coventry South.

      Information Technology

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

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to improve the quality of information and communication technology teaching in schools.

      Private Contractors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills with which private companies the Department has contracts; and what the (a) value and (b) purpose of each contract is.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Abdul Razzaq Ali al-Jedda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the Iraqi government on the detention since October 2004 without charge or trial of joint...

    • Cayman Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what timetable has been set for the modernisation of the Cayman Islands Constitution; and if she will make a statement.

      Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of (a) the rebel attack on 13 April on N'Djamena and (b) allegations of Sudanese...

      Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to (a) Sudan, (b) the African Union and (c) the UN regarding the attack on N'Djamena.

      Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make representations to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo on the arrest of the Reverend Kuthino...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will list the 10 non-public sector entities that have received the largest total sum of payments from her Department in...

      Disability Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any building in her Department falls short of disability access regulations.

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will list the directives in respect of which the European Commission has taken the UK Government to court for failing to...

      European Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the future of the vetoes held by individual member states over measures proposed in the European...

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was spent on information technology (IT) sourced from outside her Department in each of the last five years; who is...

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her Department's policy is on the granting of export licences to Nepal for the sale of arms.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what monitoring of the ceasefire in Nepal is undertaken by UK representatives; and if she will make a statement.

      Prisoners (Iraq/Afghanistan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has received from the US Administration in the last six months regarding UK policy on the transfer of...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of reports that the British law firm Denton Wilde Sapte is to prosecute the Ugandan opposition...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the internal situation in Uganda; and if she will make a statement.

      UK Prisoners Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2006, Official Report, columns 905-7W, on UK prisoners abroad, how many UK citizens detained...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will take steps to ensure that Arthur Mutambara of the Movement for Democratic Change is released from custody in...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Information Technology

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was spent on information technology (IT) sourced from outside her Cabinet Office in each of the last five years; who is responsible for...

    • 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...

      Social Exclusion (Air Travel)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what assessment she has made of the role of budget airlines in reducing social exclusion by enabling passengers wider access to foreign and...

      Vehicle Sharing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what incentives her Department offers to encourage staff to share vehicles when travelling to work.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Government Vehicles

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister under what circumstances ministerial cars and drivers under the control of his Department may be used to transport his personal acquaintances on private business;...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Civil Service Uniform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many security guards wearing Crown-based insignia (a) there are in and (b) have been contracted by the civil service, broken down by...

    • Councillors (Company Boards)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what steps are being taken to address the reasons for the moratorium preventing local councillors from serving on the boards of arm's...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what incentives (a) each Department in Northern Ireland and (b) the Northern Ireland Office, offer to encourage staff to share vehicles when...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentage of staff in (a) each department in Northern Ireland and (b) the Northern Ireland Office, are making additional...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to staff in (a) each department in Northern Ireland and (b) the Northern Ireland Office, in each...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Department for Regional Development spent on improving the road network in County (a) Tyrone, (b) Derry and (c) Fermanagh in...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) budget and (b) timetable is for construction of the Skeoge Link Road in Derry.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much roads maintenance funding has been allocated to each of the district electoral areas in (a) Down and (b) Newry and Mourne Council...

      Water Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of the Northern Ireland regional rate revenue is allocated to water services in Northern Ireland in 2006-07.

  • Prime Minister

    • Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill

      To ask the Prime Minister how many representations he has received (a) supporting and (b) opposing the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill [Lords]; what percentage the latter represents...

    • Departmental Bills (Amendments)

      To ask the Prime Minister 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 bench spokesman...

      Information Technology

      To ask the Prime Minister how much was spent on information technology (IT) sourced from outside his Office in each of the last five years; who is responsible for such projects in his Office; and...

      Israel

      To ask the Prime Minister when he visited the State of Israel in an official capacity in each year since 1997; what matters were discussed; and if he will make a statement.

      Journalists (Foreign Visits)

      To ask the Prime Minister which journalists accompanied him on (a) his recent trip to Iraq and (b) his trip to Australia and New Zealand in March; and how much each paid for their airfare.

      Meetings

      To ask the Prime Minister whether (1) he has met (a) Mr Richard Caring, (b) Mr Ron Aldridge, (c) Dr Chai Patel, (d) Mr Barry Townsley, (e) Mr Andrew Rosenfeld, (f) Mr Derek Tullett, (g)...

      Portland PR

      To ask the Prime Minister what meetings officials in his private office have had with Portland PR; what contracts Portland PR has with persons who report directly to him; what contractual...

      Private Members' Bills

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list those Private Members' Bills in respect of which his Department adopted a policy of neutrality in each session since 2001-02; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Sector Reform

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his announcement on 15 May 2006, on public service reform, what guidance he has issued to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on his new role in leading public...

      Reshuffle (Costs)

      To ask the Prime Minister what the cost was of the recent Cabinet reshuffle, broken down by main budget heading.

      Whaling

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he had at the recent EU summit in Vienna with Latin American and Caribbean leaders concerning their countries' voting intentions at the next...

  • Leader of the House

    • IT Infrastructure

      To ask the Leader of the House what recent assessment the Commission has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) reliability of information technology (i) equipment and (ii) infrastructure...

    • Private Members' Bills

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will list those Private Members' Bills on which he or his predecessor has adopted a policy of neutrality in each session since 2001-02; and if he will make a...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the role of UK forces in Afghanistan.

    • Commonwealth Recruits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of recruits to the Army in each of the last 10 years came from other Commonwealth countries.

      Defence Information Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress with the Defence Information Initiative.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will publish his Department's expenditure plans for 2006-07 and 2007-08.

      Hercules Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the level of risk to UK military personnel flying in UK Hercules aircraft without anti-explosive foam in conflict zones.

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the most recent valuation is of the land and buildings at the Royal Hospital Haslar.

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many surgical and medical treatments were undertaken in respect of (a) service personnel and (b) civilians at the Royal Hospital Haslar in the last...

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) messing, (b) accommodation and (c) recreational facilities are available to service personnel based at Birmingham hospitals; and what...

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total operating costs were of (a) each of the Ministry of Defence hospital units and (b) the Royal Hospital Haslar in the last year for which...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many requests he has received from commanders in Iraq for additional armoured vehicles during the last 12 months; and what the Government's response...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which major units of the British Army are based in Iraq; and where in Iraq they are based.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 4 May 2006, Official Report, columns 1813-14W, on Iraq, whether service by a UK civilian police officer engaged in training...

      Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2006, Official Report, column 1272W, on medals, for what reason the report of Lord Guthrie did not explicitly state...

      Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the 30-day qualifying period for Army personnel to receive the General Service Medal for service in the 1951 to 1954 Suez Canal zone campaign is...

      Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2006, Official Report, column 1272W, on medals, how many Naval General Service Medals have been awarded to Royal Navy...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Canberra, (b) Nimrod and (c) Tornado GR4A aircraft are (i) in service and (ii) fit for purpose.

      Military Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many working armoured Land Rovers were in the Army's possession in each year since 2001.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what direct funding the UK has allocated to the Royal Nepalese Army in 2006-07.

      Nuclear Powered Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the procedure is for dealing with reactor start-up effluent from nuclear powered submarines using X berths; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Powered Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with whom responsibility lies for (a) monitoring of any discharges from nuclear powered submarines using (i) Z berths and (ii) X berths and (b)...

      Priory Clinic Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has paid to the Priory Clinic Group for psychiatric services in each of the last five years.

      Priory Clinic Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether military psychiatric services were contracted to the Priory Clinic Group without open tender, with particular reference to an opportunity for the...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Answer of 3 June 2005, Official Report, columns 242-3W, on the private finance initiative, what total value of assets and liabilities...

      Private Members' Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 if...

      RAF Heavy Lift

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to augment the RAF's heavy lift capability.

      Training Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many tactical training areas there are in the West Midlands region.

      Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent research has been commissioned by his Department into the development of unmanned combat aerial vehicles.

      Veterans Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about the (a) merits and (b) timing of a Veterans' Day (i) prior to and (ii) after the...

      Veterans Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department first announced the decision to hold a Veterans' Day; and how the decision was announced.

  • Health

    • Allergy UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department has given to Allergy UK in each of the last three years; for what purposes; what plans she has to give further assistance; what...

    • Patient Pathway Target

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the document "Tackling hospital waiting: the 18 week patient pathway", when she expects the action plan to cut waiting times for...

      Patient Pathway Target

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what treatments are (a) subject and (b) not subject to the 18 week Patient Pathway Target; and for what reasons those in the latter group are not...

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have held with directors and senior executives of (i) Capita Group plc and (ii) its...

      Choose and Book System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of (a) GPs and (b) GP practices have (i) registered to use and (ii) indicated an interest in using the new"choose and book"...

      Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received cognitive behavioural therapy through the national health service in the last period for which figures are available.

      Departmental Budget

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

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of (a) staff and (b) new staff employed in (i) her Department and (ii) each of the agencies for which she has...

      Drug Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals from Suffolk have entered drug rehabilitation treatment in each of the last five years.

      Health Service Staff (Northamptonshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) hospital doctors, (b) nurses, (c) general practitioners and (d) other health service staff were employed in Northamptonshire in (i) 1997...

      Hospital Bed Days

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) emergency and (b) non-emergency bed days there were in (i) England and (ii) each strategic health authority in each year since 1997.

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made to date in meeting the 10 per cent. reduction target in the gap in infant mortality rates between routine and manual...

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the ability of the NHS IT programme to respond to developments in information technology.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timetable is for issuing guidance on home birth maternity services; and whether the Healthcare Commission will be producing that guidance.

      Migraine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on migraine; and if she will make a statement.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many official visits each Minister in her Department has made to (a) dental practices, (b) opticians, (c) pharmacies, (d) general practitioner...

      Neo-natal Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many neo-natal nursing staff are employed in the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire strategic health authority area.

      NHS Appointments Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 16 November 2005, Official Report, column 1299W, on Gloucestershire Primary Care Trusts, from what date the NHS...

      NHS Finances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 May 2006, Official Report, column 1175W, on NHS finances, what responsibility the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire...

      NHS Finances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 May 2006, Official Report, column 1175W, on NHS finances, whether the Department of Health requires the Avon,...

      NHS Supplies Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the supplies market within the NHS will be controlled and regulated; and if she will make a statement.

      NHS Treatment (Scottish Residents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people normally resident in Scotland received NHS treatment in England in 2005.

      Over-the-Counter Medicines Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the progress of the "Better regulation for over-the-counter medicines" initiative.

      Oxycodone Hydrochloride

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the market share distribution for the supply of oxycodone hydrochloride; what steps are being taken to increase the number...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the debt of those hospitals which are in deficit and those hospitals which have been in deficit over the last two complete years for...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what she expects the impact on primary care trust finances to be of the move to payment by results in areas where acute trusts are most efficient; and if...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expected costs are of the implementation of the new configuration of primary care trusts in Bedfordshire; and if she will make a statement.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received about the impact of the new configuration of primary care trusts in Bedfordshire on the financial deficit of...

      Runaway Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to safeguard the health of children and young people who run away or go missing from home or care.

      Section 64 Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what basis the decision was made to withhold the full payment of section 64 awards to charities in Loughborough; and when charities with two or...

      Section 64 Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations her Department has received from grant applicants based in Leicestershire about the time taken for section 64 grant decisions...

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to reduce (a) unplanned pregnancies and (b) sexually transmitted diseases; and if she will make a statement.

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made of the impact of the use of condoms on the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases; and if she will make a statement.

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent in each year since 1997 on free contraception in areas with high rates of sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancy;...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the specialities where waiting times have increased to the maximum target waiting time since waiting times were last reviewed, broken...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 May 2006, Official Report, column 758W, on waiting times, what definition of "very few" she uses; and whether "very few"...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to question 70897, on waiting times, what the maximum period between initial GP diagnosis and operation could be without breaches...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experimentation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to encourage the development and validation of alternative methods of scientific experimentation to...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers in Suffolk have (a) had their application refused and (b) been removed from the UK in each of the past five years.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers there were in West Suffolk constituency in each year since 1997.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers there are in (a) West Suffolk and (b) the East of England region.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister for Immigration will reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood, of 4 April 2006, on behalf of...

      Drug-related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of drug-related crime there were in each police authority area in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Embarkation Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the commitment given by his predecessor to reintroduce embarkation controls will be implemented.

      Entry Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to identify the persons granted entry visas to the UK in the last five years who have subsequently (a) applied for...

      Foreign Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what offences each of the 1,023 foreign national offenders released from prison without consideration for deportation were originally...

      Foreign Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the crimes committed by those foreign prisoners released into the community without proper application of the deportation...

      IND Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were employed by the immigration and nationality directorate on temporary contracts in each of the last five years.

      Leave to Remain

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been refused leave to remain in the UK because they did not fulfil the criteria for international protection since the...

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of British passports were issued to foreign-born British citizens in each of the last five years.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many British passports have been issued to (a) asylum seekers and (b) those granted indefinite leave to remain in each of the last...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the annual cost is of employing (a) a police officer and (b) a probation officer in each police authority area; and what the...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of providing (a) educational facilities, (b) dental services, (c) medical services, including costs involved in transporting...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many throughcare cases held by the probation service in England and Wales (a) have not been allocated to a named probation officer and...

      Racial Abuse

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

      Recidivism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were committed by people who had previously been (a) convicted of a crime and (b) cautioned in each of the last five years,...

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria determine the exclusion of an individual from international protection under the UN Refugee Convention 1951 resulting in that...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applicants from Zimbabwe for indefinite leave to remain in the UK under the ancestral visa route have (a) been refused because...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the budget of the access to work scheme for his Department to meet its target of getting one...

    • Affordable Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on progress on implementation of the Affordable Credit Deductions Scheme.

      Attendance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will change the attendance allowance qualifying period from six months to three months; and if he will make a statement.

      Benefit Claimants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Devon and (b) Torbay claimed (i) income support, (ii) incapacity benefit and (iii) jobseeker's allowance for the most...

      Benefit Claimants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the period between claimants' first contact and first issue of payment between April 2005 and March 2006.

      Benefit Fraud Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the future of the Benefit Fraud Inspectorate.

      Benefits System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to simplify the benefits system; what recent representations he has received on simplifying...

      Car Park Barriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps are being taken to prepare guidance on safety for those companies which operate car park barriers.

      Child Support

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

      Customer Management Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of benefit claims is operated by the full customer management system, broken down by regional centres.

      Departmental International Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the international work of his Department, with particular reference to (a) co-ordination of information and...

      Departmental Relocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 11 May 2006, Official Report, columns 469-70W, on departmental relocation, how many of these sites his Department...

      Departmental Staff

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

      Disability Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average annual cost to public funds of maintaining a claimant on disability benefits.

      Disability Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment his Department has made of the appropriateness and accessibility of disability living allowance application forms for...

      Employment Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what studies he has (a) commissioned, (b) evaluated and (c) collated on the impact of labour market trends on achieving his Department's...

      Gas Safety (Prosecutions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will instruct the Health and Safety Executive to seek to prosecute all unregistered gas-fitters where there is evidence of a breach of...

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what account he took of undertakings made in response to the Gershon review's conclusions on target headcount when making the staffing...

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent guidance has been issued to the Health and Safety Executive on improving safety standards in the handling of hazardous cargoes at...

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive to improve (a) the accuracy of accident books kept by employers...

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether businesses which are open to the public have a responsibility to provide first aid facilities to customers who are hurt on their...

      Jobcentre Service (Kent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints have been made about the jobcentre service in North and West Kent since 1 October 2005.

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals in (a) Peterborough constituency and (b) Cambridgeshire are participating in the Pathways to Work programme; and if he...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to extend the Pathways to Work programme to Greater Manchester.

      Pension Credit Helpline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many telephone calls were made to the pension credit helpline in each month from September 2005 to February 2006; how many of these calls...

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 15 February 2006, Official Report, column 2187W, on Post Office card accounts, what conclusions his Department has...

      Single Room Rent Restrictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will commission research into the barriers vulnerable young people face in accessing privately rented shared accommodation at a rent at...

      Staff Surveys

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

      Television Sets

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

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which councils have not prosecuted any tenants for antisocial behaviour.

    • Arm's Length Management Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many arm's length management organisations which have been inspected have achieved (a) no stars, (b) one star, (c) two...

      Arm's Length Management Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications she has received from councils to set up (a) stock-transfers and (b) arm's length management...

      Arm's Length Management Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what housing stock has been transferred from local authority control to arm's length management organisations; and how many...

      Arm's Length Management Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list transfers to arm's length management organisations since 1999; and what the estimated value is of each item of...

      Cabinet Committees

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many Cabinet committees he will be chairing in his new role; and how frequently he expects them to meet.

      Cambridge Local Plan

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the ruling by the inspector on the Cambridge Local Plan that the proportion of affordable housing to be required on qualifying...

      Departmental Bills (Amendments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list the occasions when an amendment has been moved by (a) a Labour Back Bencher, (b) an Opposition Back Bencher...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list responsibilities which her Department and its predecessors have lost since 1997; what the (a) date and (b)...

      Electromagnetic Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with electricity supply companies on the routing of high voltage power lines underground in areas...

      Electromagnetic Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) guidance she issues and (b) restrictions she places on electricity companies on the siting of electricity...

      Flood Plains

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what action he plans to take against those councils ignoring advice from the Environment Agency not to build on flood plains.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the (a) police and (b) security services will have access to the Register of Home Condition Reports.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the introduction of home information packs on the number of homes on which...

      Home Ownership

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of people in each electoral ward in (a) Cleethorpes, (b) Great Grimsby, (c) Scunthorpe and (d) Brigg and Goole constituencies own their own homes.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what action the Government are taking to reduce homelessness, with particular reference to Greater London.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many homeless people there were in London in each of the last eight years.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what funds his Department has allocated to reducing homelessness in each of the last eight years.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate she has made of the number of black and minority ethnic young people who are homeless.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were registered homeless in each London borough in each of the last 5 years.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister from what budget the £970 million announced in the 2006 Budget for housing will be funded; and whether it is additional expenditure above previously...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many individuals resided in Government-subsidised housing in (a) Romford, (b) Havering and (c) Greater London in each of the last eight years.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the average fees charged by local authorities for mandatory licensing of houses in multiple occupation.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 15 May 2006, Official Report, column 805W, on housing, what the average subsidy was to a key worker...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many new homes have been built in Taunton constituency in each year since 1997.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to increase the supply of affordable housing in Bolton.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the role of electoral service organisations in overseeing ballots on council house sales to ensure propriety.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister under what circumstances a member of the armed forces is considered to have local connections for the purposes of obtaining social housing on discharge.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the total income was of the local authority housing revenue account in each authority in England that retains its own council housing, in the last period for...

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of migration as a factor in the demand for new housing development in (a) England and Wales and (b) South East England; and what...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what allocations have been made to registered social landlords who provide housing specifically for black and minority ethnic...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate she has made of the likely number of people living in social rented accommodation by 2020 and the likely...

      Leased Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) land and (b) property her Department and its predecessors (i) leases and (ii) leased in (A) 1979, (B) 1983, (C) 1987,...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) ring-fenced and (b) other funding he provides to local authorities to enable them to carry out work on bringing empty homes back into use.

      Ministerial Visits (Accommodation)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the total cost was of his overnight accommodation on foreign visits in each of the last three years; (2) what the total cost was of overnight...

      New Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications for new schools to be built on former landfill sites have been submitted to local authorities in...

      Outdoor Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to her answer of 2 May 2006, Official Report, column 1517W, on outdoor advertising, what the terms of reference will...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 30 March 2006, Official Report, column 1218W, on planning, if she will (a) include drug addiction...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of appeals to the planning inspectorate have been upheld for developments in (a) England and (b)...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will publish the results of the Government's consultation on draft Planning Policy Statement 3.

      Private Member's Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will list those private Member's Bills in respect of which her Department or its predecessors adopted a policy of...

      Property Market

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the reasons for the failure of property transactions in the residential market; and what assessment he has made of the reasons for...

      Regional Administration

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the annual income has been of each of the regional chambers in each year since their creation; (2) what the annual expenditure has been of each of the...

      Regional Funding

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the (a) timetable and (b) purpose is of regional funding allocations; and if he will make a statement.

      Residence Change

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the percentage of the UK population that changed residence in the last year for which figures are available.

      Shared Ownership/Key Worker Schemes

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what figures the Government collects in relation to participation in shared ownership and key worker schemes funded by (a) central Government and (b) the...

      Sustainable Communities Plan

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether water companies were consulted on the Sustainable Communities Plan.

      Trees

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much was spent on tree preservation orders in (a) Romford, (b) Havering and (c) Greater London in each of the past eight years.

      Unauthorised Camps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) terms of reference and (b) membership are of her Department's task group on the enforcement of the law on...

      Urban Regeneration

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what funding his Department allocated for urban regeneration in (a) Romford, (b) Havering and (c) Greater London in each of the last 10 years.

      Wind Turbines

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether it is his policy to include small wind turbines on domestic property as permitted development; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Opium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are content with the progress made by the Government of Afghanistan and the coalition allies to eradicate opium crop output.

    • Armed Forces: Joint Strike Fighter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 2 May (WA 47) and 11 May (WA 149), whether they will bring forward secondary legislation on...

      Armed Forces: Joint Strike Fighter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 2 May (WA 47) and 11 May (WA 149), whether the United Kingdom would be required by European...

      Asylum Seekers: Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many asylum seekers' children have been imprisoned since 2003; and for what periods.

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances a non-British citizen married to a British citizen and living in the United Kingdom can obtain a British passport.

      Civil Service: Personal Relationships with Ministers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister first became aware that a civil servant in the department was conducting a personal...

      Conflict Prevention

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What areas of the world are being considered by the Global and Africa Conflict Prevention Pools.

      Commission for Equality and Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have approached specific individuals to encourage them to apply for the appointment of chair of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights; and, if...

      European Convention on Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have evaluated the jurisprudence of the courts of the other member states of the European Union in interpreting and applying the European Convention...

      Government: Official Residences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which (a) officials and (b) former officials of HM Treasury currently have the use of a residence owned or financed by the Government; and, in each case, what is...

      Government: Official Residences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which (a) officials, and (b) former officials of the Department for Trade and Industry currently have the use of a residence owned or financed by the Government;...

      House of Lords: Appointments Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the House of Lords Appointments Commission was appointed; by whom, on what basis and when; and with what remit; and How the chairman of the House of Lords...

      Housing: Affordable Homes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which hospital sites were acquired by English Partnerships from the Department of Health on 6 April 2005; in each case, what is the proportion of affordable homes...

      Industrial Derating: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much revenue will be raised in Northern Ireland in each of the next five years as a result of industrial derating.

      Israel and Palestine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the quartet has considered the accord recently reached between members of all Palestinian factions currently held in Israeli prisons and detention centres...

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the quartet is examining the risk that the Gaza Strip will be deprived of electricity in the next two weeks; and whether it will take steps to prevent this...

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they support the re-opening of the Karni crossing-point in Gaza.

      Israel and Palestine: Jerusalem

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are making representations to the Government of Israel on the construction of a police station in the E1 block on the east side of Jerusalem.

      Israel and Palestine: Jerusalem

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the quartet has been informed about the shortage of school classrooms for young Palestinians in east Jerusalem; and whether this international group is...

      Local Government: Liability Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the average costs in England and Wales (a) to a local authority in issuing a summons to attend a liability order hearing to a council tax payer; and (b)...

      NHS: Primary Care Trusts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the cost to the taxpayer of setting up and subsequently dismantling primary care trusts in England.

      Palestine: Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the Israeli Government and the European Union concerning the resumption of aid to Palestine.

      Palestine: Civil Servants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the European Union to find a way of paying the 160,000 Palestinian civil servants who have not been paid for two months.

      Palestine: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in implementing the quartet's decision to create a temporary international funding mechanism for Palestine; and when they expect the...

      Palestine: Medical Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of Israel regarding the call from the organisation Physicians for Human Rights—Israel to pay for...

      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: Why areas of mid-Wales and the Welsh Marches, which are over one hour's travel from the Identity and Passport Service's interview offices to be located in Wrexham,...

      People Trafficking: Children

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether when dealing with trafficked children they will always apply the principle that the best interests of the child are paramount.

      Prisoners: Voting Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to publish their consultation paper on prisoners' voting rights.

      Roads: Drink Driving

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the permitted blood alcohol limit for driving in the United Kingdom; and how this compares to limits in each of the other member states of the European Union.

      Roads: Drink Driving

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What further steps they intend to take to tackle the rise in drink-drive fatalities on the roads in Great Britain.

      Roads: Drink Driving

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why, in the Council of Ministers, they are seeking to change road safety measures proposed by the European Commission on the harmonisation of standards on...

      Roads: Charging

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in the planned road-charging pilot schemes, they have considered charging a premium to vehicles with large engine sizes; if so, what decision they have...

      Uganda: Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By how much they have reduced their aid budget in Uganda on grounds of lack of good governance; and which sectors have been affected.

      Uganda: HIV/AIDS

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the incidence of HIV/AIDS in Uganda has continued to decline over the past three years; and to what extent this is the result of intervention by the United...

      Uganda: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assistance they have provided to which human rights and development non-governmental organisations in Uganda over the past three years.

      United Nations: Human Rights Council

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the inclusion of countries with uncertain records in the human rights field in the recent United Nations election for the council on...

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