Written answers

Monday, 12 June 2006

  • Minister for Women

    • Regional Development Agencies (Representation)

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what assessment she has made of the representation of black and ethnic minority women on the boards of regional development agencies.

    • Retirement Planning

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps she is taking to encourage women to plan and save for their retirement.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Compensation Claims (Handling Services)

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether the Treasury Solicitor's Department has negotiated with companies providing claims handling services, rather than solicitors, when dealing with compensation...

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Solicitor-General 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.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Air Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Defence and (b) others on the impact of proposals in the Defence...

    • Biomass

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received on promoting biomass in his energy review.

      Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what projections his Department has made of the potential difference between the sale price of domestic deep-mined coal and the international...

      Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his Department's most recent estimate is of the difference between the sale price of domestic deep-mined coal and the international...

      Coal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the capacity of the existing rail network to transport an increased supply of imported coal in the future.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will reply to the hon. Member for West Worcestershire's letter of 6 April.

      Departmental Credit Cards

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

      Departmental Staff

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

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 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...

      Eid-Ul-Adha

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

      Energy Distribution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he (a) has had and (b) plans to have with energy distribution network operators on levels of investment in such networks.

      Energy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent progress has been made with the energy review.

      Foreign Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent on foreign travel by his Department in each of the last eight years.

      Gaming Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many gaming machines manufactured in the UK were exported in each year since 2001.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many illegal immigrants have been discovered to be employed by his Department in each year since 2001; in what capacities they were...

      Light Fittings (Hazardous Substances)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what advice he has issued to electrical (a) retailers and (b) wholesalers on the sale of existing stocks of non-electrical light fittings in...

      Light Fittings (Hazardous Substances)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received from the European Commission on the implementation of the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous...

      Littlecombe/Dursley Hydroscheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what grounds the South West Regional Development Authority and its developer have withdrawn the hydroscheme from the Littlecombe/Dursley site.

      Myalgic Encephalopathy/Encephalomyelitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into genetic abnormalities in white blood cells of myalgic encephalopathy and...

      Northern Way Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what role his Department plays in the delivery of the Northern Way initiative.

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what planning permission would be required to build new nuclear power stations on existing sites in (a) England and Wales and (b) Scotland.

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research his Department has undertaken into the likely effects on coastally located licensed nuclear sites of (a) coastal erosion and...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many jobs the Department estimates will be created as a result of the decommissioning of and clean-up operations for Wylfa nuclear power...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which (a) nuclear power stations and (b) nuclear waste storage sites his Department assesses to be at risk from (i) sea-level rise, (ii)...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment has been made of the effects of future possible (a) sea-level rise and (b) coastal erosion at (i) existing and (ii)...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what incidents at nuclear power installations in the United Kingdom have been reported to Ministers by the Health and Safety Executive since...

      Parliamentary Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list those occasions when the recommendations of a report from the parliamentary ombudsman have been (a) rejected and (b) partly...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will estimate the pension liability of his Department over the next 30 years.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices there are in Scotland; and how many there were in each of the last eight years.

      Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the effect of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive on the use of lead-free solder within the model...

      Royal Commission on the Press

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list recommendations from the Royal Commission on the Press which were (a) accepted, (b) implemented in legislation and (c)...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff in his Department have had (a) five or more, (b) four, (c) three and (d) two periods of sick leave of less than five days...

      Small Business Research Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the written statement of 16 February 2006, Official Report, column 121WS, on the Small Business Research Initiative, what...

      Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent assessment he has made of the security of future uranium supplies.

      Vehicle Sharing

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

  • Prime Minister

    • Abortion

      To ask the Prime Minister how many (a) letters and (b) postcards he has received from (i) members of the public, (ii) hon. Members and (iii) Members of the House of Lords about abortion; how...

    • Chequers (Official Appointments)

      To ask the Prime Minister with which individuals, other than officials, hon. Members and staff, he had a scheduled official appointment at Chequers, other than at official dinners, between 1 July...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Prime Minister what incentives are available to encourage members of his staff to use public transport for travelling to and from work.

      Intelligence and Security Committee

      To ask the Prime Minister whether positive vetting is conducted (a) prior to him inviting hon. Members and Peers to serve on the Intelligence and Security Committee and (b) after he has...

      Official Residences

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) if he will list the official residences occupied by Members of the Government; whether each is open to the public; and what restrictions apply to public access in...

      Surveillance Commissioner

      To ask the Prime Minister what factors underlay his decision to appoint Sir Charles Mantell as a Surveillance Commissioner.

      Witness Statements

      To ask the Prime Minister what sanctions are available under (a) the Ministerial Code and (b) the Civil Service Code against someone who, when providing a witness statement in support of an...

  • Leader of the House

    • Parliamentary Calendar

      To ask the Leader of the House what plans he has to review the parliamentary calendar.

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House what steps he is taking to improve the speed and accuracy of answers to written parliamentary questions.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has undertaken regarding methods of badger culling; and if he will make a statement.

    • Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary regarding the issuing of licences for authorising badger culling.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his Department expects to make its response to the public consultation on bovine tuberculosis and badger culling.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has a preferred method of culling badgers.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will visit Shrewsbury constituency to meet a farmer who has had a recent outbreak of bovine tuberculosis to discuss the...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment has been made by his Department of the (a) movements, (b) relocation and (c) displacement of protected...

      Brixham Fish Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department will make available for the development of the Brixham Fish Market and Employment Space Development.

      Dairy Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to help dairy farmers to cope with changes in milk prices.

      Dangerous Dogs Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the operation of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991; and what recent representations he has received...

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of the budget for his Department remained unspent in the last financial year.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what incentives are available to encourage members of his staff to use public transport for travelling to and from work.

      Environmental Liability Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the scope of the Environmental Liability Directive, without extension of its scope in implementing legislation, is...

      Fallen Livestock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list the sites in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland which are licensed to incinerate fallen livestock.

      Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of farmers who have left the agricultural sector in each of the last 10 years.

      Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were employed in (a) dairy farming, (b) beef farming, (c) sheep farming, (d) arable farming, (e) mixed...

      Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of London's flood defences in protecting South East London.

      Flood Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the evidential basis was for the recent alterations to the published flood risk maps for Willington, Derbyshire; what...

      Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding has been allocated to Gloucestershire in each of the last five years for re-training of farmers; and what...

      Fungaflor Formulation Application

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his Department will reach a decision on the Fungaflor formulation application; and if he will make a statement.

      Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how he plans to implement the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals legislation; and if...

      Live Fish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) volume of and (b) income derived from trade in live fish was in each year since 2000 between the UK and (i)...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the environmental impact of disposing of mobile phones; (2) what measures are being...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of mobile phones disposed of in England in each of the last five years.

      Northern Way Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what role his Department plays in the delivery of the Northern Way initiative.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will answer written parliamentary questions 66755 and 66756 on single farm payments, tabled by the hon. Member for...

      Performance Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which of his Department's customer performance targets are being missed, on the basis of the latest available information;...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the average cost per ton of recycling (a) wood, (b) glass, (c) plastics, (d) paper, (e)...

      River Severn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what studies his Department has evaluated investigating the potential for a build-up of contaminated water in the Severn...

      River Severn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list the sources of radioactive (a) wastewater discharged into and (b) runoff into the River Severn; and if he...

      Rural and Agricultural Shows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which rural and agricultural shows will be attended by Ministers from his Department up to 31 August.

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of systems for paying farm subsidies to farmers in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) European Union...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department's legal bills have been (a) in each year since 2001 and (b) in relation to the Rural Payments...

      Sheep Dip

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to allow the reintroduction of cypermethrin as a sheep dip.

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the performance target is of the Rural Payments Agency for the time taken from receipt of an application for a claim...

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had on compensation for farmers' creditors in relation to delayed single farm payments.

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the long-term plan is for the payment of the single farm payment.

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what help is given to farmers to help with problems in filling in single farm payment forms.

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints have been received from farmers in the East Riding of Yorkshire regarding the single farm payment scheme;...

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated cost to date to the industry is of delays in payment of single farm payments.

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that the single farm payment for 2006 is paid on time.

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on the impact of the late payment of claims...

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what grounds she has given to the EU for the basis for the extension in the timescale for single farm payments.

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate his Department has made of when all single farm payments for this year will have been completed.

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures he is taking (a) to ensure that outstanding applications under the Single Farm Payment Scheme are processed as...

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of single farm payments remain outstanding in (a) Hereford constituency, (b) Herefordshire and (c) England.

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the merits of raising the threshold for single farm payment minimum acreage to one...

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department plans to introduce a threshold below which single farm payments are deemed negligible; and if he will...

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the costs of installing the computer system which processes the Single Payment Scheme.

      Slaughter Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many EU countries pay a slaughter premium for calves.

      Tagging (Sheep)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the (a) reliability and (b) cost-effectiveness of electronic tagging for sheep.

      Transport Resources and Waste Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on his recent conclusions relating to the setting up of fewer, larger sustainable transport...

      Viral Haemorrhagic Septicaemia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what contingency plans his Department has put in place to deal with outbreaks of viral haemorrhagic septicaemia in live...

      Warden Bay Defence Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the (a) tender documents and (b) construction timetable for the Warden Bay defence scheme will be made public.

      Waste Incineration Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which EU member states have designated tallow as a waste product under the Waste Incineration Directive.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government plan to take to deal with litter over the next five years.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what controls exist to regulate the practice of disposing of waste in landfill sites.

      Water Shortages/Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance he has issued to the water companies on the categories of public sector vehicles to be exempt from the...

      Water Shortages/Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with Thames Water on the seeking of a drought order by the company; and if he will make a statement.

      Water Shortages/Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the projected change in mains water usage over the next (a) five, (b) 10 and (c) 20 years.

      Water Shortages/Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans are in place in (a) London and (b) England to provide (i) bottled and (ii) other sources of water to (A)...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Line of Route (Saturday Opening)

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what progress has been made in implementing the Modernisation Committee's recommendation for Saturday opening...

    • Access to Parliament (Young People)

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps the Commission plans to take to improve access to Parliament for young people.

      Postage Costs

      To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to his answer of 17 May 2006, Official Report, column 967W, on postage costs, if the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • National Insurance Numbers (Illegal Immigrants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received on the allocation of national insurance numbers to illegal workers; and if he will make a statement.

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress is being made in improving processing times for housing benefit claims.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the take-up rate of council tax benefit was in each year since 1996-97; and how many pensioners (a) were entitled to and (b) received...

      Pathways-to-work Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to publish a full cost-benefit analysis in relation to Pathways-to-Work pilots.

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether there are mechanisms in place to ensure that eligible people who are close to retirement are supported efficiently through the...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much and what proportion of the new deal training budget was spent on those aged (a) 25 and under, (b) 26 to 40, (c) 40 to 55 and (d)...

      Average Income Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average income was for (a) the lowest earning 40 per cent. and (b) the highest earning 40 per cent. of the population in (i) Swindon...

      Benefit Helplines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff on average answered calls on each of the benefit helplines run by his Department in each month, in each of the last seven years.

      Benefits Simplification Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people work in the Benefits Simplification Unit, broken down by civil service grade; (2) how many people have worked in the...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what date the Child Support Agency will bring the case of Ms L. Leech of Great Northern Road, Dunstable, to court.

      Departmental Credit Cards

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

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effects of staff reductions in his Department and its agencies on performance in (a) 2004-05 and (b)...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff are employed by his Department in each departmental region; and how many staff he expects to be employed by his Department in...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the reporting of the effectiveness of his Department's spending on staff learning and development.

      Jobcentres (Race Relations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance has been given to jobcentres, including Jobcentre Plus Partnerships, on the restricting of references to a geographical area to...

      Overnight Stays

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

      Overnight Stays

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

      Overnight Stays

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

      Overnight Stays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on how many occasions Ministers of State in his Department stayed overnight in (a) five star, (b) four star and (c) three star hotels on...

      Parental Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the potential cost savings which would result from reducing the level of income support for women aged over 25 years...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to retain the Post Office card account beyond 2010 as an option for those who wish to continue using it; and if...

  • Treasury

    • Birth Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the latest birth rate per 1,000 women was to those aged (a) 19, (b) 18, (c) 17, (d) 16, (e) 15, (f) 14 and (g) under 14 years in the UK; and...

    • Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his Department will include a question identifying sexuality in the next census.

      Constituency Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the constituencies he visited between 5 May 2005 and 5 May 2006.

      Crack Cocaine Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths resulted from the use of crack cocaine in each of the last five years, broken down by age.

      Family Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families there were in each region in England and Wales with (a) one child, (b) two children, (c) three children, (d) four children, (e) five...

      Foreign Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on foreign travel by his Department in each of the last eight years.

      HMRC Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs officers are employed (a) at ports and airports and (b) elsewhere.

      Home Insulation (Pensioners)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his pre-Budget statement of 5 December 2005, Official Report, column 613W, by what means pensioners not in receipt of pension credit can gain...

      Household Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average gross disposable household income was in (a) the UK and (b) each region and county in each year since 2001.

      Housing Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the percentage of disposable income spent on housing by each income decile for each year from 1995 to 2005; and if he will...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) on how many occasions since 1 June 2005 he met the General Secretary of (a) the Trades Union Congress, (b) UNISON, (c) the GMB, (d) Amicus and (e)...

      Missing Trader Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost of missing trader fraud for each quarter since 1997 (a) in cash terms and (b) cost adjusted for inflation.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library the detailed assumptions underlying the estimate of future expenditure on public service pension benefits set out in table...

      Planning Gain Supplement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department plans to exempt developers of affordable housing from the Planning Gain Supplement.

      Population Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the population was of (a) Milton Keynes and (b) England and Wales in each year between 1995 and 2005.

      Population Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) single parent households with children under the age of 16 years and (b) single-person households there were in Houghton and Washington, East...

      Private Medical Schemes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent changes have been made to the taxation of payments by companies to former employees in respect of private medical schemes; what the estimated...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what procedures his Department has in place to adjust the level of tax credits payable to recipients who are required to repay overpayments; (2)...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his latest estimate is of the tax credit take-up rates for each year since 2003-04; and if he will make a statement; (2) what his latest...

      Teenage Pregnancies

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

      Thrombo-embolism Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many women died of thrombo-embolism in each year since 1990.

      Travel Perks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total annual revenue from taxation was from season tickets and travel passes provided by employers to their staff in each of the last five years.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • 2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how the cost over-runs of the 2012 Olympics will be funded; and if she will make a statement.

    • 2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in which constituencies the 2012 Roadshow is planned to stop.

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport why the 2012 Roadshow is not planned to stop in (a) Kent and (b) Essex.

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2006, Official Report, column 640W, on the 2012 Olympics, if she will break down by individual...

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2006, Official Report, column 1792W, on the London Olympics, what inflation rates were applied to...

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what additional funding will be available to meet the commitments to mass participation sport made during the 2012 Olympic bid.

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what provision has been made for planting during and leading up to the London Olympics to ensure the provision of sustainable green sites.

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what costs were incurred by her Department in relation to the 2012 Olympic bid.

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps will be taken to improve hotel and tourist facilities outside London in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Games.

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the potential benefits to non-London tourist centres of the 2012 Olympics.

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the percentage of hotel rooms planned to be available in London by the time of the 2012 Olympics which...

      Act (Royal Assent)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list those (a) Acts and (b) parts of Acts which received Royal Assent between 1976 and 2006 and for which her Department...

      Advertising Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure that the Advertising Standards Authority fulfils its duty to ban advertisements containing (a)...

      Care Homes (TV Licences)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will direct the Television Licensing Authority to exempt residents of short-stay respite care homes from the requirement for...

      Commonwealth Institute Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will make a statement on the future of the Commonwealth Institute Building.

      Croquet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her policy is on promoting the sport of croquet; and if she will make a statement.

      Digital Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment she has made of access to the digital signal in Coventry South.

      Digital Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many homes in Northern Ireland (a) are unable and (b) she expects to be unable after analogue switch-off in 2012 to receive...

      School Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable) of 16 May 2006, Official Report, column 859W, on school sports,...

      Sports Facilities (Shropshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will congratulate Shrewsbury borough council on its new sports facility in Sundorne, Shrewsbury.

      Survey Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department keeps a database of people questioned in surveys.

      Survey Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the total cost of Taking Part: The National Survey of Culture, Leisure and Sport will be in 2006-07.

      Survey Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on surveys in each year since 1997.

      Survey Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department has shared information collected from Government-funded surveys with other organisations since 1997.

      Television Audio Description

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to increase availability of access to television audio description among blind and partially-sighted...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which 10 tourist attractions in (a) Essex, (b) Hertfordshire and (c) the Metropolitan Police area of London and City of London Police...

      Trooping the Colour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the nations and territories whose flags will be displayed in Horse Guards Parade and the surrounding area for Trooping...

      Victoria and Albert Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with HM Revenue and Customs on its decision to tax cafe and shop discounts for the Friends of the...

      Whole Sport Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much money has been allocated to the Whole Sport Plan; how much has been spent; and whether any money from within that budget is...

  • International Development

    • African Countries (Medical Sector)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to build and strengthen the capacity of the medical sector within African countries, with...

    • African Countries (Medical Sector)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to help African governments abolish healthcare fees; and what recent assessment he has made of...

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department plans to take to monitor the extent to which public bodies which report to him comply, from October, with...

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which Minister in his Department is responsible for monitoring his Department's compliance with its duty under section 74 of the...

      Black/Asian Employees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) black and Asian and (b) other people are employed in his Department's press office.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department provides for civil society and non-governmental organisations in Colombia; and if he will make a statement.

      Country Engagement Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department plans to publish its country engagement plans locally.

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress has been made in reducing the numbers of Congolese living in poverty.

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff in his Department did not achieve an acceptable mark in their annual report in each of the last three years; and what...

      Ethiopia/Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his assessment is of the effectiveness of financial support given by his Department to Ethiopia.

      Ethiopia/Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department takes into account the amount spent by the Ethiopian Government on arms when deciding levels of aid given to...

      Ethiopia/Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what UK bilateral aid to (a) Ethiopia and (b) Eritrea has been in each of the last three years; and what the planned figure is for...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department is committing to the G8 summit goals relating to the provision of treatment for HIV/AIDS.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to ensure the promotion of preventative strategies for HIV/AIDS.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what conditions are attached to the funding his Department gives to African countries for the treatment of HIV/AIDS to ensure that the...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to encourage the development of new generic versions of drugs for the treatment of HIV/AIDS.

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's strategy is for ensuring that the Gleneagles G8 summit goals in relation to rapid expansion of treatment for...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures his Department is taking to encourage the pharmaceutical industry to develop paediatric drugs for children with HIV in...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the likelihood of the Gleneagles G8 summit target of ensuring universal access to HIV treatment...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department is supporting campaigns and projects to educate communities about human trafficking in (a) Moldova, (b)...

      Palestinian Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of whether British aid is reaching humanitarian projects in the Palestinian Territories to ensure...

      Public Transport (Incentives)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what incentives are available to encourage members of his staff to use public transport for travelling to and from work.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the World Food Programme support to Sudan; how much of that aid is funded; and which regions of the...

      Traditional Knowledge

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the Government's policy is on the (a) maintenance and (b) extraction of value from the exploitation of traditional knowledge for...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Engagements

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if she will list her engagements for 25 May 2006.

    • Parliamentary Ombudsman

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if she will list those occasions when the recommendations of a report from the Parliamentary Ombudsman have been (a) rejected and (b) partly...

      Public Transport (Incentives)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what incentives are available to encourage members of her staff to use public transport for travelling to and from work.

  • Transport

    • A13 Junction, Sadlers Farm, Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to approve the upgrade to the A13 junction at Sadlers Farm, Essex; and if he will make a statement.

    • Airbus 380

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the answer of 25 May 2006, Official Report, column 1945W, on Airbus 380, whether public expenditure was incurred for seats on the...

      BAE 146 Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether beryllium is used (a) in the manufacture and (b) as parts in the Honeywell ALF-(i) 502 and (ii) 507 engine used on the British Aerospace BAE...

      CAA Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria were used in determining Government policy on the funding of the Civil Aviation Authority; and if he will make a statement.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what revenue has been earned by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency from the provision of motorists' details in each of the last three financial years.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost has been of the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency Diversity Unit since its establishment; and if he will make a statement.

      First Great Western Trains (Timetabling)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the implications of First Great Western Train's timetabling proposals for December 2006 for commuters...

      Government Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average level of emissions in grams of carbon per kilometre was of the Government's car fleet in the last period for which figures are available.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints by the general public concerning the Highways Agency have been received in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Jet Engine Oils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what animal studies have been carried out on whether exposure to pyrolised synthetic jet engine oils (a) dermally and (b) via inhalation...

      M4 (Junction 11)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department expects to make a decision on funding for M4 junction 11 improvements.

      Rail Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on altering the system of procurement of new rail vehicles to reduce peaks and troughs in demand.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) incidents of objects thrown at or dropped on moving railway vehicles, (b) derailments, (c) incidents of livestock wandering on to the...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect of road schemes approved through the targeted programme of improvements and local transport plans on...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Best Value Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations her Department has received on the carrying out of Best Value surveys.

    • Best Value Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the different types of methodology available to carry...

      Black/Asian Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) black and Asian and (b) other people are employed in her Department's press office.

      Chief Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of freehold properties in Greater Manchester subject to chief rents; and if she will...

      Chief Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applications have been made to the Government Office for the North West for the redemption of chief rents on freehold...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Windsor of 7 February 2006 about D. Ashworth.

      Council House Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2006, Official Report, column 2583W, on council house sales, what measures her Department...

      Council Minutes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what limitations are placed on the publication in (a) local newspapers and (b) other media of council minutes relating to...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will estimate the pension liability of her Department over the next 30 years.

      Deprivation Indicators (Peterborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authority wards in the Peterborough city council area are in the top 30 per cent. of wards in England by multiple...

      Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will publish her Department's latest response to the European Commission setting out a timetable for implementation of...

      Government Office for London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the expenditure on (a) staffing and (b) office and other overheads of the Government Office for London was in each of the...

      Hedges (North Somerset)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many orders have been made to remove hedges in North Somerset under the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer about the likely impact of home information packs on the...

      Hotel Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations she has received from the tourist industry in (a) Southend-on-Sea, (b) Essex and (c) England...

      Hotel Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if her Department will undertake a review, drawing on international research and experience, of the effect of a hotel, tourist...

      Housing

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

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will consider introducing a performance-related incentive scheme for the provision of affordable housing units by local...

      Index of Multiple Deprivation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on the present composition of the Index of Multiple Deprivation.

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has for a public consultation on the future of local government; and if she will make a statement.

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) underlying factors were taken into consideration and (b) criteria the Government used to conclude that transitional...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consultations her Department is undertaking on local government reorganisation.

      Public Transport (Incentives)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what incentives are available to encourage members of her staff to use public transport for travelling to and from work.

      Regional Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of the budgets for 2005-06 that the Government Offices for the regions have received...

      Water Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department has taken to ensure that sufficient mains water will be available in the Thames Gateway; and whether...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Bowel Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the detected rate of bowel cancer was in Northern Ireland in (a) 1995 and (b) 2005.

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) temporary and (b) casual staff are employed by the Northern Ireland Child Support Agency; what proportion this figure represents...

      Civil Service Uniform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will review the neutrality of civil service uniform insignia used in Northern Ireland; and if he will seek the advice of the Equality...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will answer the letter from the hon. Member for North Down of 24 March on the impact of the restorative justice scheme.

      Departmental Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost was to each Government Department in the Province of sending Christmas cards in each of the last five years.

      Emission Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) pre-testing and (b) other research has been carried out on the proposed diesel emission test to be introduced in Northern Ireland.

      Emission Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has received on the new diesel emissions test to be introduced into Northern Ireland.

      Healthcare-acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many deaths from healthcare- acquired infections there were within each health trust in the Province in each month of the last three years.

      Mileage Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he intends to bring the mileage allowance paid to members of the Northern Ireland Assembly into line with that paid to hon. Members of...

      Public Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what has been the change in (a) numbers and (b) percentages of those employees classified as (i) Protestants, (ii) Roman Catholics and (iii)...

      Royal National Lifeboat Institution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assistance from public funds was provided for the work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in Northern Ireland during 2005.

      Sexual Offences (Young Persons)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Public Prosecution Service is taking to develop a protocol with (a) child protection agencies, (b) voluntary treatment...

      Sinn Fein Fundraising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he has made representations to the US Administration about the current restrictions on fundraising that have been imposed on Sinn Fein...

      Water Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are employed by the Department for Regional Development's Water Service; how many will be employed by the proposed Gov-Co; what...

      Workplace 2010 Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what implications he expects the implementation of the Workplace 2010 Strategy to have for messengers and night security staff employed by each...

  • Education and Skills

    • Arts Foundation Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many students in England are undertaking an arts foundation course; (2) which higher education institutions in England offer a...

    • Autistic Spectrum Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many under 16-year-olds with autistic spectrum disorders were not in full-time education in each parliamentary constituency in...

      City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the capital cost is (a) of each city academy and (b) expected to be of each academy for which there is a firm financial commitment;...

      Departmental Contracts

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

      Disability Awareness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will (a) include disability awareness within the school curriculum and (b) take steps to encourage disability awareness in out of...

      Education Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was allocated to the devolved formula capital grant in each year since 2004-05, broken down by local education authority.

      Education Maintenance Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will take steps to allow young people in full-time education to receive the education maintenance allowance while carrying out...

      Free Tuition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what initial assessment he has made of the impact of the level 2 entitlement for free tuition as announced in the White Paper, "21st Century...

      Information and Communication Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what aspects of information and communications technology the personalised learning review group will examine as part of its work; whether...

      Lecturers' Dispute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he has taken to ensure that students' (a) graduations and (b) immediate job prospects are not affected by the industrial...

      Parental Contact

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will bring forward amendments to the Children Act 1989 to make it a requirement that there is a presumption of equal contact between...

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what advice he has issued to schools and local education authorities about the availability of milk to pupils in school.

      Secondary Schools (Wellingborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of children of secondary school age who live in Wellingborough and do not go to a Wellingborough...

      Secondary Schools (Wellingborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many notifications Northamptonshire county council had received of children of secondary school age who do not have a school place in...

      Serious Case Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many serious case reviews for children have been carried out; and what guidance his Department issues on (a) the scrutiny of the full...

      Student Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students are availing themselves of the arrangements that permit them to take a gap year in 2005-06 and be exempt from variable...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total cost of collecting university tuition fees from students in the London borough of Havering has been in each year since they...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was raised through tuition fees from students in the London borough of Havering in (a) 1998, (b) 1999, (c) 2000, (d) 2001 and...

      Student Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students from the London borough of Havering are exempt from tuition fees.

      Young People in the Workplace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will discuss with representatives of the insurance industry problems experienced by young people accessing the workplace (a) as...

      Young People in the Workplace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the impact of child protection policies on the work experience of young people and young apprentices employed...

      Young People in the Workplace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what Government help is available to train young workers to NVQ Level 2.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the incident in Helmand province, Afghanistan on 17 May.

    • Armed Forces Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the rate of employee contribution is to the Armed Forces Pension Scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Bearskins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many bearskins have been purchased by the armed forces in each of the last five years; at what cost; and from which country they were sourced.

      Bearskins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to use synthetic materials instead of animal fur in the construction of bearskins.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Minister of State for Veterans will reply to the letters of 3 March and 27 April from the right hon. Member for West Derbyshire on the civil...

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the pension liability of his Department over the next 30 years.

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much compensation for discriminatory pension provision has been paid to Gurkha servicemen who retired prior to 1 July 1997; and how much he expects...

      Hercules C130J/C130K

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the Hercules C130J and C130K fleet have been fitted with explosive suppressant foam; and when the rest of the fleet are expected to be fitted...

      Imber (Roads Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many days the roads to Imber have been open for visitors in the last 12 months.

      Military Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) Combat Engineer Tractors, (b) Tank Bridge Transporters, (c) Medium Wheeled Tractors, (d) Foden recovery vehicles and (e) M3...

      Pensions

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

      Reservists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of how many reservists in the armed forces have lost their jobs due to participating in active service; and if he will make a...

      Tritium Stocks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what stocks of tritium the UK holds; and if he will make a statement.

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the oil used by the Royal Navy was sourced from Venezuela in the last period for which figures are available.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Conference on Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the UK (a) priorities for and (b) assessment of the 2006 Conference on Disarmament.

    • Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Accounts Payable Module in Prism is closing promptly in all cases; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what delays there are relating to (a) the input and processing of invoices and (b) late payment of invoices; and in which missions.

      G8 Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's priorities are for the forthcoming G8 summit in St. Petersburg; and if she will make a statement.

      International Nuclear Fuel Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the proposals to create an international nuclear fuel bank; what steps her Department is taking...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) she and (b) officials in her Department have had recent discussions with representatives of UK banks regarding...

      Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will list those (a) Acts and (b) parts of Acts which received Royal Assent between 1976 and 2006 and for which her...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her (a) middle eastern and (b) gulf counterparts regarding future regional security...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the Israeli Government regarding (a) the killing of a Palestinian girl and the injuring of...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on contact with Hamas; and how this policy is applied in multilateral forums.

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of suspension of aid to the Palestinian authority on the living standards of the...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will issue travel warnings for British citizens travelling in the Palestinian territories to take account of recent...

      Rwandan War Criminals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on her policy on the extradition of suspected Rwandan war criminals.

      Turkey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent analysis her Department has made of the Turkish Government's progress in protecting human rights.

      UK Passport Holders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK passport holders live in (a) Bangladesh, (b) Pakistan, (c) Nigeria and (d) Ghana.

      UN Development Fund for Women

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her Department's position is on the future role of the United Nations Development Fund for Women in the context of United...

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the United Arab Emirates on discrimination on grounds of colour against UK citizens...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to question 73626, how many complaints have been received relating to UK embassy visa sections in (a)...

  • Health

    • Ambulance Services (Burnley)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of ambulances deployed from Burnley Ambulance Station have had a paramedic on board in each month of the last five years.

    • Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action has been taken by her Department in response to the recommendations from the Select Committee on the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with the World Health Organisation on the outbreak of A/H5N1 in a family cluster in Kubu Sembelang, North Sumatra.

      Biological Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which Minister in her Department is responsible for monitoring her Department's compliance with its duty under section 74 of the Countryside and Rights of...

      Bowel Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times the bowel cancer treatment working group has met during the past 12 months.

      Chlamydia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts use the (a) nucleic acid amplification test and (b) enzyme immunoassay test for chlamydia.

      Choose and Book

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding her Department has allocated for 2006-07 for incentives for general practitioners to use the Choose and Book system.

      Colo-rectal Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what cost-benefit analysis her Department has undertaken of the use of non-invasive laparoscopic surgery techniques for the treatment of colorectal...

      Colo-rectal Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many laparoscopic surgery procedures for colorectal cancer were carried out in each year since 2003-04.

      Community First Responders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the responsibilities are of community first responders in (a) Staffordshire and (b) the rest of England.

      Community First Responders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether community first responders will be retained in Staffordshire with their current roles and responsibilities.

      Contractor Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent guidance she has issued to NHS trusts on reducing contractor costs; [R] (2) how many NHS trusts requested contractors to reduce the...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Eddisbury of 18 April 2006 concerning Neil Russell of PJ Care.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the managing director of the strategic health authority covering West Worcestershire will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West...

      Cosmetic Surgery/Laser Eye Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance her Department provides to private health providers in respect of after-care treatment following (a) laser eye surgery and (b)...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) dentists and (b) dental practices in the East Hull and West Hull primary care trust areas have (i) signed and (ii) not signed the new NHS...

      Departmental Operating Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when strategic health authorities expressed support for the Department of Health's operating framework for 2006-07.

      Disability Equipment (Internet Sales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will require the internet industry to ensure that sales of disability equipment on the internet comply with the medical device regulations.

      District Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many district nurse contacts there have been in each year since 1997.

      General Practitioner Retainer Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals are on general practitioner retainer schemes.

      Haemophilia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answers of 5 June to Questions 73258, 73259 and 73260, on people with haemophilia, if she will publish the Department's consideration and...

      Herceptin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will meet Shropshire Primary Care Trust to discuss the provision of Herceptin to those with early stage breast cancer in Shropshire.

      Kidney Dialysis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals in (a) London and (b) England provide kidney dialysis treatment.

      Medical and Dental Education Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of whether the Medical and Dental Education Levy and multi-professional education and training funding will be sufficient to...

      Medical Centre (Festival Park, North Staffordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received concerning the decision not to proceed with the proposed out-of-hours medical centre at Festival Park, North...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will bring forward amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 aimed at strengthening protection against possible racial bias in the way the Act operates.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the mental health establishments visited by her and her ministerial team since 1 May 2005; and what the date was of the visit in each case.

      Merton and Sutton Better Healthcare Closer to Home Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she plans to respond to the Merton and Sutton Better Healthcare Closer to Home Programme steering group's review of her instructions to build the...

      Ministerial Cars (Fuel Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the fuel costs were for ministerial cars used by her Department in each of the last five years.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if NHS Direct will give priority to employing disabled nurses when deciding who should be made redundant; (2) what external efficiency targets have...

      NHS Strategic Tracing Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress her Department is making on the replacement of the NHS Strategic Tracing Service; when replacement will be completed; and if she will make a...

      NHS Structure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions she has been requested to involve the Independent Review Panel on questions arising from a proposed change in NHS structure or...

      Nuchal Fold Scans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether it is her policy that nuchal fold scans should be available in all NHS trusts; (2) how many NHS trusts carry out nuchal fold scans.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses were working in the NHS in (a) 1979, (b) 1990, (c) 1991, (d) 1997 and (e) 2006; how many nursing redundancies there were in the...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses working within the NHS (a) retired and (b) left the NHS for other reasons in each year since 2001-02; how many are forecast to retire...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much has been spent on (a) voluntary exit schemes and (b) mandatory redundancy schemes for nurses working in the NHS in each year since...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) children and (b) adults are (i) obese and (ii) overweight when measured by body mass index, according to the Government's most recent...

      Oesophageal Doppler Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the total number of patients treated by the NHS in the last year for which figures are available who would benefit from...

      Oesophageal Doppler Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions she has had with Medway NHS Trust regarding the effects of oesophageal Doppler monitoring; what estimate she has made of the...

      Operation Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number of operations performed by a whole-time equivalent surgeon was in 2005-06.

      Overseas Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation her Department undertook before introducing changes to visa arrangements for overseas doctors working in the UK; and if she will make a...

      Patient/Public Involvement (Health)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that (a) the new bodies that replace patient and public involvement in health forums have sufficient resources and...

      Physiotherapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many unfilled vacancies for physiotherapists there have been in the NHS in each of the last three years.

      Physiotherapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many graduate physiotherapists were offered employment by the NHS in each of the last three years.

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what incentives are available to encourage members of her staff to use public transport for travelling to and from work.

      Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much central Government funding was made available to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which are the (a) best and (b) worst performing councils in England in terms of their ability to take effective action against antisocial...

    • Approved Contractor Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has carried out an assessment of the total (a) cost and (b) benefits to companies of compliance with the approved contractor scheme.

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were reported (a) on buses and (b) at bus stops in (i) the North East of England, (ii) County Durham and (iii) the City of...

      Child Abuse Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to introduce measures to prevent credit card-based access to websites hosting images of child abuse.

      Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what financial advice is provided to victims of violent crimes who are awarded large sums of money as compensation.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the average time taken was to process an application to the Criminal Records Bureau for a disclosure in each year since it was...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the (a) efficiency and (b) effectiveness of the Criminal Records Bureau.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last met the Chief Executive of the Criminal Records Bureau.

      Crossbows

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were (a) charged with and (b) convicted of offences connected with the misuse of crossbows in England and Wales in...

      Dangerous Dogs Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people who reside in (a) Southend on Sea and (b) Essex have been prosecuted under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each year...

      Dyfed Powys Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the occasions on which Dyfed Powys Police were inspected by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary between 1992 and 2005;...

      Foreign Nationals (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are in place to provide (a) protection and (b) assistance to foreign nationals working in Northern Ireland, with particular...

      Graffiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions for graffiti crime there have been in each year since 1997.

      House Burglaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many house burglaries were reported in 2005; and how many reports subsequently led to a conviction.

      Individual Support Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individual support orders attached to anti-social behaviour orders have been given at magistrates courts in each magistrates court area.

      Knife Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been convicted of carrying a knife in a public place in each of the last five years.

      Life Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people sentenced to life imprisonment since 2000 have been released from prison; and what the reasons were each prisoner was released.

      Lobbying

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which foreign Governments and international organisations have made representations to his Department on potential changes to UK domestic law...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were (a) charged with and (b) convicted of offences relating to the theft of mobile phones in each of the last five years.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the number of mobile phones stolen from individuals by (a) street theft and (b) theft from premises in each of the last...

      Parole Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of the Parole Board have been a victim of crime; and if he will make a statement.

      Partners Against Crime Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2006, Official Report, column 2017W, on crime, what plans he has to extend the Partners Against Crime...

      Party Conference Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the costs to public funds were of policing and general security for the (a) Labour, (b) Conservative and (c) Liberal Democrat party...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many resignations and retirements of police officers from the Lancashire police force there have been in each year since 1997.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the total police staff hours, including uniformed staff and support staff, that will be spent on duties related...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers from each police force have been caught drink driving in each of the last five years; and how many have been (a)...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate has been made of the costs of merging Lancashire and Cumbria constabularies; what estimate has been made of the likely savings;...

      Police Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of Police Direct; and if he will make a statement.

      Police Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines his Department provides to chief constables on the purchasing of police vehicles.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reasons underly the decision to reduce the operating margin of the useable operating capacity of the prison estate from 2,000 to 1,700...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the people who have absconded from open prisons in England since 1997 have (a) been returned to custody and (b) committed...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what factors are taken into account when a decision is made to hold prisoners who are awaiting deportation or being considered for...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were committed by offenders under the supervision of the Probation Service during 2005-06.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many probation officers were employed by the Probation Service in each of the last five years.

      Release on Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK national offenders were released on licence from prison in the last 12 months, broken down by type of offence.

      Sexual Offences Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the operation of section 73 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003; what recent representations he has received about...

      Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the use in British courts of evidence obtained by torture or forcible methods overseas; and if he will make a...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Biodiversity

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps her Department plans to take to monitor the extent to which public bodies which report to her comply, from October,...

    • Biodiversity

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which Minister in her Department is responsible for monitoring her Department's compliance with its duty under section 74 of...

      Compensation Bill [Lords]

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will introduce new clauses and amendments to the Compensation Bill [Lords] to exempt (a) accidents occurring during the...

      Compensation Bill [Lords]

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact on the amount recoverable from accident victims and insurers as a consequence of the...

      Compensation Bill [Lords]

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent representations she has received (a) in favour and (b) against Clause 1 of the Compensation Bill [Lords]; and if...

      Compensation Bill [Lords]

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the legal profession on Clause 1 of the Compensation Bill; and if she will make a...

      Compensation Bill [Lords]

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discussions she has had with the judiciary on Clause 1 of the Compensation Bill [Lords]; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many staff in her Department did not achieve an acceptable mark in their annual report in each of the last three years; and...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the number of (a) failed asylum seekers and (b) foreign nationals not from the...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 April 2006, Official Report, column 43W, on electoral registration officers, what estimate her...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many claims for legal aid were (a) rejected and (b) successful in (i) England and (ii) Winchester in each of the last...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many applications for legal aid have been (a) made and (b) refused in each year since 1997.

      Outstanding Inquests

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many inquests were outstanding in each coroner's area at the end of 2005 according to the annual statistical returns.

      Postal Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate the Government have made of the number of electors who registered for postal votes in each election in each year...

      Public Transport (Incentives)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what incentives are available to encourage members of her staff to use public transport for travelling to and from work.

      Small Change Big Difference Campaign

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps her Department has taken following the launch of the Government's Small Change Big Difference Campaign.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many appeals against statements of special educational needs there have been in the most recently recorded 12 month period;...

  • House of Lords

    • Anti-social Behaviour Orders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to put forward additional safeguards in relation to anti-social behaviour orders; and Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland...

    • Army: Bowman Radio System

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By what date they expect all units of the British Army to be fully equipped with the Bowman radio system.

      Army: Royal Irish Regiment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average payment, in addition to the statutory redundancy and pension entitlement, due to be paid to full-time members of the Royal Irish Regiment home...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether a person would have a claim to British overseas citizenship under Article 6(1) of the Hong Kong (British Nationality) Order 1986 in the following...

      Compensation: Miscarriages of Justice

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they propose to reduce compensation for victims of miscarriages of justice; if so, why; and with effect from which date.

      Iraq: British Casualties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the names, ages and, where appropriate, the regiments, of those military and civilian British forces who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since the...

      Iraq: Veterans

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why a soldier who had received severe spinal injuries in the Iraq war was warned by an official of the Ministry of Defence, through his solicitor, Hilary Meredith,...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the continuing military presence and road blocks in the West Bank by the Government of Israel is compatible with international law and the relevant...

      Land Registry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by the Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 28 March (WS 68), in what way the Land Registry system varies from that used for the single...

      Mrsa

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to investigate the National Health Service rapid review panel recommendation that the use of silver yarn fabric can significantly reduce...

      NHS: Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions in the past two years Ministers from the Department of Health have met the chair of the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in...

      NHS: Cost of Treatments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the last three years for which information is available, what was the total cost to the National Health Service of (a) drugs used in the hospital service; (b)...

      NHS: Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the conclusions of the equality impact assessment carried out under the terms of the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 on the decision to cancel the...

      NHS: Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Department of Health has decided not to renew the contract for the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin to be supplied to National Health Service doctors; and...

      Prisoners: Records

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the police national computer holds information on where a person is serving a custodial sentence; and whether the Home Office has online access to this...

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