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Written answers

Tuesday, 13 June 2006

  • International Development

    • Democratic Republic of the Congo

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

    • HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effect on treatment of HIV/AIDS in African countries of the departure of qualified doctors and...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Ministerial Visits (Accommodation)

      To ask the Solicitor-General what discounts are available in relation to hotel accommodation used by (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in his Department.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Catering Supplies

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what environmental and social sustainability criteria are applied when purchasing food for the House dining rooms.

    • Refreshment Department (Alcohol Sales)

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what steps the House took to mark English Wine Week.

      Refreshment Department (Alcohol Sales)

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the Commission will take steps to ensure that a Sussex sparkling wine is added to the House of Commons wine...

      Refreshment Department (Alcohol Sales)

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the Commission will take steps to ensure that Harvey's beer is considered for stocking in House of Commons...

      Staff Security Clearance

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the (a) shortest, (b) longest and (c) average time it has taken over the last 12 months to obtain...

      Tours

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will estimate the unit cost of the (a) organisation of a tour of the House and (b) cost of the tour...

      Tours

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many tours requested by hon. Members the House provided in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what percentage of the House's senior staff are of minority ethnic origin; and if he will make a statement.

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Leader of the House how many of his staff are (a) under and (b) over 55 years of age.

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Leader of the House how many people over the age of 55 years have been recruited by his office in each of the last three years.

      IT Refreshment Scheme

      To ask the Leader of the House what the total cost is of the IT refreshment scheme to replace and install new computers for hon. Members; and how much of that cost is to be spent on (a)...

      IT Refreshment Scheme

      To ask the Leader of the House what percentage of hon. Members have had their leased equipment replaced under the IT refreshment scheme; and if he will list the hon. Members concerned.

      Party Political Funding

      To ask the Leader of the House when he expects to publish the Government's response to the Electoral Commission's report of December 2004 on the funding of political parties.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average period was between (a) the state veterinary service and (b) his Department receiving urgent animal welfare...

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to promote (a) the wider use of and (b) research into biodiesel.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is towards the encouragement of biofuels as an alternative energy source.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent advice he has received on ways to improve the efficiency of testing cattle for bovine tuberculosis.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure adequate numbers of veterinary surgeons are available to test herds for bovine TB.

      End-of-Life Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps the Environment Agency has taken to implement the end-of-life vehicle legislation; (2) how many operators...

      End-of-Life Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidelines have been issued by his Department to authorised treatment facilities licensed to store and treat end-of-life...

      End-of-Life Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list the operators in North Devon who have been issued with a licence for storing and treating end-of-life vehicles.

      Export Health Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of export health certificates have been granted within agreed timeframes in each year since 1997.

      Poultry Keepers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many keepers of poultry with flocks of fewer than 50 there are; and what estimate he has made of how many chickens this...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to increase the level of recycling; and what additional resources will be granted to (a) local authorities...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will amend local authority league tables on recycling to give greater weight to waste minimisation.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of (a) plastic and (b) glass bottles were recycled in each of the last five years.

      Supermarkets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department will give evidence to the forthcoming Competition Commission inquiry into the impact of supermarkets...

      Waste Facility (Wrexham)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the closure of the agricultural waste collection facility near Wrexham.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of increased incineration of waste on the environment.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of the UK's waste was (a) recycled and (b) sent to landfill in the last period for which figures are available.

      Whaling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of whales killed for scientific research in each year since the international...

      Whaling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the UK's objectives are for the next International Whaling Commission meeting.

      Whaling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what changes to the present international whaling arrangements a majority of votes at the International Whaling Commission...

      Whaling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who the member states are of the International Whaling Commission; and which are eligible to vote.

      Whaling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which member states of the International Whaling Commission are (a) in favour of and (b) against (i) commercial and (ii)...

  • Trade and Industry

    • AK-47s

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether a consignment of AK-47 type assault rifles has recently been imported from Bosnia into the UK.

    • Belvedere Incinerator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to make a decision on the proposed Belvedere incinerator.

      Building Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support his Department is giving to the TrustMark scheme in the building industry.

      Criminal Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the criminal offences created in legislation sponsored by his Department since April 2005, broken down by Act.

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Staff

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

      Departmental Staff

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

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the Department has considered implementing a higher minimum wage in areas where the overall cost of living is higher.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the number of mobile phones in circulation in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Sayers Bakery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what notice of redundancies he has received in respect of Sayers Bakery, Lorenzo Drive, Liverpool; what action he is taking; and if he will...

      Sunday Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people have responded to his consultation on Sunday trading; and if he will list the persons invited to his stakeholder conference on...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what methodology the Casino Advisory Panel is using (a) to consider the social impact of new casinos and (b) to assess local...

    • Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations (a) she and (b) the Casino Advisory Panel has received in the last six months criticising the methodologies used...

      Parliamentary Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list those occasions when the recommendations of a report from the Parliamentary Ombudsman have been (a) rejected and (b)...

      Departmental Staff

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

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to promote tourism in South East Essex; and if she will make a statement.

  • Scotland

    • Biodiversity

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

    • Biodiversity

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

      Departmental Staff

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

      Departmental Staff

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

      Ministerial Visits (Accommodation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 foreign...

      Pensions

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

      Pensions

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

      Staff Development

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

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Integration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to encourage community integration.

    • Council Tax (Pensioners)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many copies of council tax bills for 2006-07 he has received from pensioners.

      Digital Challenge Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to include the Digital Challenge Competition in the Transformational Government work programme.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the legal status of home condition reports will be; when home information packs are introduced; and for how long the...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many home inspectors are in training; what qualifications are required to enter training; and how many home inspectors she...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average waiting time was for a council property with disabled access in (a) Leeds and (b) the West Yorkshire region...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what plans she has to (a) build and (b) supply council housing for those with serious disabilities in (i) Leeds and (ii)...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people with serious disabilities are on the waiting list for council housing in (a) Leeds and (b) the West Yorkshire...

      Infrastructure (Sussex)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to ensure timely development of infrastructure to keep pace with housing construction in (a) West Sussex and (b) Mid Sussex.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he will announce the local authorities' (a) capital grants for 2006-07 and (b) indicated grants for 2007-08.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much rates support grant was given to Lancashire county council over the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities make provision for their councillors to hold a budget which they can spend on approved projects and...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in respect of which local authorities the Government are proposing to reduce their support for borrowing for capital...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Government's policy is on supported borrowing for capital expenditure by Buckinghamshire county council; and if she...

      Mixed Communities Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on the Mixed Communities Initiative.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will answer question 65110, tabled on 19 April to the Deputy Prime Minister.

      Staff Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many civil service staff formerly working in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister have been disciplined as a result of...

      Supported Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect of the introduction of Supporting People on the safety and security of staff in...

  • Defence

    • Military Units (Oxfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which military units from (a) the UK, (b) the United States and (c) other nations have been based in Oxfordshire in each of the last five years; and...

    • Bearskins

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent research he has commissioned on whether animals used to provide bearskins are killed humanely; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Intelligence Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 20 April 2006, Official Report, column 767W, on the Defence Intelligence and Security Centre, from which units of the US armed...

      Defence Intelligence Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether each recommendation in the Butler Review related to the Defence Intelligence Staff was accepted by the Government; and what progress has been...

      Defence Intelligence Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which bodies in addition to the Defence intelligence staff constitute the UK defence intelligence community.

      Departmental Staff

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

      Low Flying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many low flying flights there were in the (a) Highlands of Scotland and (b) South West of Scotland and Anglo-Scottish border tactical training area...

      Psychological Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 18 April 2006, Official Report, column 622W, on 15 Psychological Operations Group, whether any of the operations of 15 (UK)...

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 25 May 2006, Official Report, column 1993W, on nuclear-powered submarines, what the standard operating procedures are for...

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates since 1 January 2005 US Navy nuclear-powered and nuclear-armed submarines have visited UK waters or designated berths; and what the...

      UK Military Airfields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on progress with the review of UK military airfields; and when he expects to report the outcome.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departmental Staff

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

    • Pensions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his role will be in developing Government policy on pensions.

  • Prime Minister

    • Sports Relief

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Loughborough (Mr. Reed) of 7 June 2006, Official Report, column 247, when he took part in the mile run in aid of Sports...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Agricultural Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total value of the agricultural crop in Northern Ireland was in each of the past four years; and what the total value of agricultural...

    • Animal Cruelty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of animal cruelty have been reported across the Province over the last three years, broken down by Westminster constituency.

      Cattle Identification Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland have been charged under cattle identification legislation in each of the last five years; and how much was...

      Cross-border Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the proposed EU legal instrument for cross-border institutional arrangements.

      Door-to-door Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the delivery of the door-to-door bus service (a) for Comber and (b) elsewhere in Strangford constituency.

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to ensure that women are more equally represented in the civil service in Northern Ireland.

      Forum for Local Government and the Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many times the Forum for Local Government and the Arts in Northern Ireland met in 2005; and where each meeting took place.

      Household Condition Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will (a) increase the number of households included in the Northern Ireland Household Condition Survey, (b) add energy and income...

      Knife Amnesty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many items have been surrendered to date in each district council area in Northern Ireland since the commencement of the knife amnesty.

      Knife Amnesty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to extend the knife amnesty in Northern Ireland in accordance with the amnesty operating in England and Wales.

      Playgroups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children were not able to obtain a place in the playgroup of their first choice in each of the five education and library boards in...

      Promotion Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what promotion boards have been held in (a) each Northern Ireland Department and (b) the Northern Ireland Office in each of the last five years.

      Public Land Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much public land in Northern Ireland, has been transferred to the private sector in each of the past 10 years for which figures are...

      Roads

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

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Department for Regional Development Roads Service will outline the options for the route of the proposed dual carriageway between...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the change was in the average number of vehicles using the Limavady bypass between its opening and the most recent date for which figures...

      Sinn Fein

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been paid in salaries and expenses to Sinn Fein MLAs since the suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

      St. Mary's Primary School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children at St. Mary's Primary School in Barrack Street, Belfast, were entered for the 11-plus examination in each of the last five...

      St. Mary's Primary School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children at St. Mary's Primary School in Barrack Street, Belfast (a) began and (b) completed Key Stage (i) 1 and (ii) 2 in each of...

      Vehicle Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to enable the owners of vehicles registered in the United Kingdom and who have moved to or are working in Northern Ireland...

      Vehicle Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to enable vehicles registered in Scotland, England and Wales to obtain a vehicle test in Northern Ireland; and if he will...

      Water Framework Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will place in the Library a copy of the conclusions of the second stage study carried out by the Rivers Agency into the implications of...

  • Education and Skills

    • Citizenship Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that young people take part in his Department's review of the citizenship curriculum.

    • Departmental Staff

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

      Director General for Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the appointment of the next Director General for Higher Education in his Department will be by open competition.

      Purity Rings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance he has issued to local education authorities on pupils wearing jewellery with religious significance, with particular...

      School Governors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school governors will be appointed by (a) town and parish councils, (b) district authorities and (c) county councils to...

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the recommendations submitted to her Department by the School Meals Review Panel and the School Food Trust;...

      School Sprinkler Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether he plans to make it mandatory to install fire-safety sprinklers in schools.

      Secondary Schools (Wellingborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of (a) secondary school and (b) primary school aged children taught at home in (i)...

      Secondary Schools (Wellingborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils there were in each year group in the (a) Wrenn, (b) Sir Christopher Hatton and (c) Weavers secondary schools in...

      Selective Mutism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) which organisations received funding from his Department to research selective mutism in each of the last five financial years; and...

      Supply Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will take steps to prevent teacher employment agencies from employing experienced supply teachers only if they accept the lower pay...

  • Minister for Women

    • Career Advice

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps she is taking to improve career advice for girls.

    • Domestic Violence (Refuge)

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

      Management Positions

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps she is taking to encourage firms to consider women for senior management positions.

      Sex Industry

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government are taking to assist women who have been trafficked into the UK to work forcibly in the sex industry; and if she will make a...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps she is taking to increase the take-up of vocational training by girls.

  • Treasury

    • Criminal Offences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the criminal offences created in legislation sponsored by his Department since April 2005, broken down by Act.

    • Developing Countries (Health)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of International Monetary Fund and World Bank targets for achieving longer-term economic growth of public health...

      Family Tax Credits (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the uptake of family tax credits has been since its introduction in Northern Ireland, broken down by Westminster constituency; how much in total has...

      Income Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the average income per person in Houghton and Washington East.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the net yield from inheritance tax in each year since 1996-97; and what the forecast for 2006-07 is; (2) if he will...

      Insurance Policies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what representations he has received regarding cashback claims from insurance policies operated by a company called PowerPlan; (2) what steps he is...

      Ivory Imports/Exports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many elephant products have been seized by HM Revenue and Customs in each year since 2000, broken down by (a) type of item and (b) country of...

      Ivory Imports/Exports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has revised data collection methods for ivory imports and exports since 2002 to include weight, number of items and description of items.

      Ivory Imports/Exports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the approximate financial value is of ivory imported into the UK since 2003, based on declarations made to HM Revenue and Customs.

      Junior Football Clubs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made by his Department of how much additional tax revenue will be collected as a result of the introduction of pay-as-you-earn...

      Neonatal Mortality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the neonatal mortality rate for all births was in (a) Peterborough constituency, (b) the Peterborough city council area and (c) England in each of...

      Civil Service (Relocation)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has held with ministerial colleagues on the implications for the civil service of the Government relocation programme in the north-west.

      Nottingham East Midlands Airport

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value was of (a) imports flown into and (b) exports flown out of Nottingham East Midlands airport in each of the last five years.

      Parliamentary Ombudsman

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

      Small Breweries Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will amend the criteria governing the eligibility of breweries for Small Breweries' Relief to encompass independent breweries producing between 60,000...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit payments were not made to claimants because the award fell below the payment threshold in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06;...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of the total cost of the £25,000 tax credits overpayments income disregard; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in the Inland Revenue and HM Revenue and Customs have worked on tax credits in each quarter since April 2002; and how many worked (a) in...

      Unclaimed Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress he has made in establishing (a) the extent of unclaimed assets in the UK and (b) their availability for charitable or other purposes.

  • Transport

    • Night Flights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many complaints the Department and the Civil Aviation Authority received about night flights in 2005.

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what change in spending on transport his Department plans to make between 2005-06 and 2007-08.

      Concessionary Fare Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the total cost of implementing the Government's concessionary fare scheme.

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what action he plans to take to reduce the number of road traffic fatalities among young drivers.

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress has been made in reducing the number of people killed and seriously injured in road accidents.

      Traffic Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to improve traffic management to ease road congestion.

      Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to introduce a renewable transport fuels obligation.

      Roads (Wales)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with his colleagues in the National Assembly for Wales about road systems in and out of Wales.

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on his plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from road transport.

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress is being made in lowering the average emissions per vehicle.

      Dvla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) total staff costs and (b) total staffing complement of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's diversity unit are; and if he will make...

      Dvla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will increase staffing levels at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to ensure that more roadside checks can be made on untaxed vehicles.

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average cost was of adding an extra lane to an existing motorway in each of the last 10 years.

      Potters Bar Rail Crash

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what financial assistance has been made available by the Government to Network Rail in connection with litigation arising out of the Potters Bar rail...

      Seat Belts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the seat belt wearing rate was among (a) males and (b) females on each motorway in each of the last five years, broken down by front and rear seats.

      Thameslink 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to his answer of 22 May 2006, Official Report, column 1288W, on Thameslink 2000, when he plans to make these reports available to the public.

      West Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether all the additional services in the West Coast Mainline Progress Report planned to call at Milton Keynes will allow passengers to alight and embark.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Africa (Chinese Policy)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of Chinese policies in Africa including aid strategies.

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the Government have made to the Government of Burma regarding humanitarian problems caused by the Burmese...

      Commonwealth Youth Sunday

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in what countries Commonwealth Youth Sunday is observed.

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking to encourage Ethiopia to implement the International Boundary Commission 2002 ruling on the border with...

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her Department's policy is towards Ethiopia regarding the border dispute with Eritrea; and what assessment she has made of...

      EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) she and (b) diplomatic and consular staff plan to meet (i) Polisario and (ii) the Moroccan authorities to discuss...

      Madagascar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of diplomatic links with Madagascar.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the Government of Sudan regarding its attitude towards peace measures and human rights in Sudan.

      Trade-related Intellectual Property Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will take steps to ensure that the EU does not negotiate bilateral deals which oblige countries to adopt intellectual...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the written statement by the Secretary of State for International Development of 23 May 2006, Official Report,...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the reports relating to the proposed trial for treason of Dr. Besigye, the Leader of the...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 May 2006, Official Report, column 1971W, on Uganda, what assessment she has made of reports of...

      UK Ambassador (Kyrgyzstan)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 June 2006 to question 74571, on the UK Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, what the cost was of (a) travel,...

      Whaling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the Norwegian Foreign Minister on (a) Norway's expansion of its commercial whaling programme...

      World Expo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) why the UK has not signed up for the World Expo in Shanghai in 2010; (2) what resources her Department has allocated to...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Asylum and Immigration Tribunal

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what average time was taken by the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal to process an appeal in relation to asylum seekers and...

    • Legal Services

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps she is taking to reform the regulation of legal services.

      Domestic Violence Court (Swansea)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what consideration has been given to establishing a specialist domestic violence court in Swansea.

      Victims of Crime

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what mechanisms are in place to ensure that victims of crime and their families have a voice in court proceedings.

      Electoral Turnout

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 9 May 2006, Official Report, column 159W, on electoral turnout, what initiatives the Government have...

      Fine Defaulters/Bail

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress has been made in introducing measures to deal with people who do not pay fines and who break their bail conditions.

      Next of Kin

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans the Government have to review who is considered to be next of kin in cases where the next of kin is accused of the...

      Family Courts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will bring forward proposals to end enforcement action by family courts without a public hearing.

      Dr. David Kelly

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer from the Under-Secretary of State at the Home Department of 5 June 2006, Official Report, column 274W,...

  • Home Department

    • Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he proposes to take (a) to discourage alcohol volume drinking and (b) to promote soft drink alternatives to alcohol; and what...

    • Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many alcohol-related crimes have been committed in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age and (b) sex of offenders.

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to prevent people using illegal drugs on buses.

      Caravan Thefts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were successfully prosecuted in Hampshire for the theft of a caravan in each of the last five years.

      Child Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what studies his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the future of child trafficking victims after they have been...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will answer the letter to his predecessor dated 27 February from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Ms E....

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter to his predecessor dated 10 April from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, about Mr. H. Kadir.

      Criminal Justice Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the custody plus provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 to be introduced.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much compensation the Criminal Records Bureau has paid for delays in processing criminal record checks in each year since it was...

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what Criminal Records Bureau checks are made on applicants for taxi licences who have previously resided overseas.

      Crossbows

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what restrictions apply to the (a) sale and (b) use of crossbows.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) fingerprints and (b) DNA samples are taken from those who are deported from the UK.

      Suspects (Description)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance has been issued on the releasing of information on a suspect's ethnic origin as part of a description where the public's help...

      Financial Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances of financial fraud have taken place in each of the last five years involving credit card cheques; and what the total value...

      Holocaust Memorial Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Muslim Council of Britain on Holocaust Memorial Day; and if he will make a statement.

      Knife Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent crimes have been committed using a knife in each of the last five years.

      Medicinal Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to allow pharmaceutical manufacturers of opiate-based analgesic medicines to import their raw materials from...

      National Non-Emergency Number

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the national non-emergency number for community safety advice and action will be available for use in Dudley.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many civil service staff hours have been spent on duties related to police reorganisation since 16 September 2005; and what estimate he...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of his Ministers have duties related to the proposed police reorganisation in England and Wales; and how many hours these Ministers...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) telephone calls and (b) meetings he has had with chief constables to discuss police restructuring in England and Wales.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have been convicted of a criminal offence in each of the last five years, broken down by type of criminal offence.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the outsourcing of police custody suites.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there are in Lancashire; and how many there were in 1997.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police raids on suspected terrorist sites in the past three years have been based on false information; and what the cost of the...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of his time the Permanent Secretary of his Department has spent on police force restructuring in the last 12 months.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of his officials have been deployed on police force restructuring in the last 12 months.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of his official time has been spent on police force restructuring in the last 12 months.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost of bringing protective services in the four Welsh police forces up to the level considered Fit for...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many days of absence have been taken by officers of the Metropolitan police as a result of injuries sustained from collisions of police...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 May 2006, Official Report, column 1212W, on Leyhill open prison, how many of those prisoners escaping have not...

      Probation Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time probation officers were employed in the area covered by the Greater London magistrates courts in each of the last six years.

      Proceeds of Crime Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of assets seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 were returned to the Cambridgeshire Constabulary from seizures in the...

      Registration Marks Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females have been (i) prosecuted and (ii) convicted of an offence under the Road Vehicles (Display of...

      Resignation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times he has offered his resignation to the Prime Minister; and on what dates.

      Runaway Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish his Department's strategy for co-ordinating police forces' response for safeguarding children who run away or go missing...

      Security Industry Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for registration with the Security Industry Authority as a door supervisor have been (a) approved and (b) rejected...

      Security Industry Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for registration with the Security Industry Authority as a door supervisor are awaiting decision.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Adviser Discretion Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of individual grants made under the Adviser Discretion Fund in each of the last 12 months were for (a) less than £100,...

    • Departmental Jobs (Regional Distribution)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of jobs in (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body, (ii) executive agency and (iii)...

      Departmental Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cars are (a) owned and (b) leased by his Department; what models the cars are; what type of petrol each model requires; and what the...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his oral statement of 25 May 2006, Official Report, columns 1648-70, on pensions reform, what steps he is taking to allow early...

      Incentive Packages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value is of (a) pay supplements, (b) bonuses and (c) other incentive packages that are payable in his Department on the basis of...

      Jobcentres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus offices closed in 2005-06; and how many are planned for closure in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.

      Manchester Action Team

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Manchester, Withington constituency and (b) the City of Manchester have found employment as a result of the Manchester...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures he is taking to ensure that all pensioner households receive their full entitlement of benefits.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners living in Chorley constituency are in receipt of pension credit.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his estimate is of the cost of uprating the basic state pension at (a) earnings growth and (b) 5 per cent. per annum in each year from...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will post on his departmental website his response to the report of the Parliamentary Ombudsman on occupational pensions; (2) when...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on progress with the admission of the MG Rover pension scheme to the Pension Protection Fund.

      Spending Review (Efficiency Targets)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what total efficiency savings were achieved by his Department in 2004-05; and whether these count towards the agreed efficiency target for his...

      Teleclaiming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact of the teleclaiming system on claimants (a) with psychosis, (b) with other mental illnesses, (c)...

      Work-based Learning (Surrey)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Surrey, (b) Guildford and (c) Waverley have (i) participated in and (ii) completed each of the three Work Based...

      Work-based Learning (Surrey)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding has been available for work based learning for adults schemes in (a) Surrey, (b) Guildford and (c) Waverley in each financial...

  • Health

    • Abortions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the NHS of carrying out abortions (a) in the UK and (b) in Gloucestershire was in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

    • Alcohol-related Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were admitted to hospital with alcohol-related diseases in Greater London in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04 and (c) 2004-05.

      Cannabis (Therapeutic Use)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to change the status of drugs derived from cannabinoids to allow their wider legal use for pain and spasm control.

      Care Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the cost of providing free (a) personal care and (b) long-term care for each year until 2015.

      Child Sexual Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what therapeutic services her Department provides for children who have suffered sexual abuse; (2) what assessment her Department has made of (a)...

      Choose and Book System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 May 2006, Official Report, columns 63-64W on the choose and book system, what budget was set before the system was set up for...

      Choose and Book System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2006, Official Report, column 935W, on the choose and book system, (1) for how many years she expects financial...

      Choose and Book System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2006, Official Report, column 935W, on the choose and book system, what estimate she has made of the administrative cost...

      Choose and Book System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2006, Official Report, column 935W, on the choose and book system, what budget has been allocated to administer the...

      Choose and Book System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2006, Official Report, column 935W, on the choose and book system, what comprises the choice component.

      Choose and Book System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 16 May 2006, Official Report, column 935W, (1) what assessment she has made of the likely take up of such a scheme if...

      Consultation Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of the consultation on (a) primary care trust, (b) ambulance and (c) strategic health authority restructuring.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many dentists signed the NHS General Dental Services contract in dispute, broken down by primary care trust; (2) how many dentists have signed...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists have left the NHS in Trent Strategic Health Authority in the last 12 months, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 18 April 2006, Official Report, column 206W, on dentistry, why the Department has stopped collecting information relating to...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reasons a transitory maternity pay arrangement was not put in place for dentists who were pregnant but not yet on maternity leave in April...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2006, Official Report, column 1558W, on dentistry, whether a dentist who was pregnant but had not started a period of...

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) women and (b) men are employed in the Department; what the average pay was for (i) women and (ii) men in the Department in (1) 1997 and (2)...

      Departmental Staff

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

      Departmental Staff

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

      Departmental Staff

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

      East Lancashire Hospital Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether undertakings were given at the time that the East Lancashire Hospital Trust was formed regarding the future location of accident and emergency...

      English Patients (Devolved Administrations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients from England were treated in hospitals in (a) Wales and (b) Scotland in each of the last three years.

      Foundation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions she has had with Monitor on financial deficits in foundation trusts; what the content of those discussions were; and if she will...

      Gershon Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many civil servants were employed in her Department before the Gershon Report; what net reductions are proposed in the Gershon Report; how many...

      Health Treatment Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2006, Official Report, columns 937-38W, on health treatment centres, what cost has been met by her Department for...

      Health White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 10 March 2006, Official Report, column 1821W, to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire (Mr. Lansley) on the Health...

      Hospital Negligence Cases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital negligence cases have been (a) filed and (b) upheld in each of the last five years, broken down by hospital.

      Hospital Travel Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the cost to a hospital trust of reimbursing the travel costs of patients eligible under the hospital travel costs scheme is (a) included in the...

      ISTCs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) name and (b) location is of (i) each of the independent sector treatment centres (ISTCs) which were established at part of the first wave...

      Leased Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) land and (b) property her Department (i) leases and (ii) leased in (A) 1979, (B) 1983, (C) 1987, (D) 1992 and (E) 1997 in (1) the Southend West...

      Marfan Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received from (a) medical staff and (b) others regarding provision for people with Marfan syndrome.

      Mental Health (Barnet)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on funding for mental health services in Barnet.

      Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the potential risks to public health associated with the use of Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether as an additive in...

      Midwifery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent studies she has carried out into independent midwife-led birth units, with particular reference to care for mothers with learning...

      Midwifery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 18 May 2006 to the hon. Member for Rossendale and Darwen (Janet Anderson), Official Report, column 1173W, on midwives, if...

      Milk Tokens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many milk tokens were issued (a) to pregnant women and (b) to mothers for children in each month from January 2005.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many official visits to hospitals (a) she has and (b) her ministerial team have made during the night since 1 May 2005.

      NHS Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what duty is placed on primary care trusts to ensure that data submitted to the website www.nhs.uk regarding (a) dentists accepting NHS patients and (b)...

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how NHS Direct as an NHS Foundation Trust would be accountable to local communities; (2) whether NHS Direct as an NHS Foundation Trust would remain...

      NHS Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the net change has been in the numbers of (a) doctors, (b) nurses, (c) midwives, (d) physiotherapists and (e) cleaners in each London strategic...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses are employed by NHS Direct in (a) England and (b) the North West region; and if she will estimate how many nurses will be employed by...

      OFT Annual Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who is responsible for progress on each of the objectives set out on pages nine to 21 of the Office of Fair Trading Annual Plan 2006-07; to whom each...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the likely cost to the NHS of the consequences of childhood obesity in the next 20 years.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate her Department has made of the percentage of (a) adults and (b) children who are (i) obese, (ii) overweight and (iii) underweight in (A)...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rates of (a) overweight and (b) obese (i) children (A) under 11 years and (B) aged between 11 and 18 years and (ii) adults were in England,...

      Overseas Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultations have been held with the Community Relations Council on the implications of the new immigration rules for the employment of Commonwealth...

      Overseas Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation process was undertaken on the requirement for work permits for trainee doctors from overseas before the new regulations came into force;...

      People with Disabilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which are the (a) best and (b) worst performing councils in England in terms of their provision of assistance with aids and adaptations to people...

      Photodynamic Therapy Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps her Department is taking to speed up the fast track referral pathways for photodynamic therapy patients (a) in the Richmond and...

      Porphyria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will estimate how many people suffer from each of the forms of porphyria.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many representations she had received on the reconfiguration of primary care trusts in Cambridgeshire, up to 22 March 2006; how many of these were...

      Private Members' Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the private Members' Bills in respect of which her Department adopted a policy of neutrality in each session since 2001-02; and if she...

      Racial Abuse

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

      Recruitment

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

      Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the final financial position of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust will be for financial year 2005-06; and what assessment she has made of the...

      Section 64 Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which organisations were (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful in their bids through the section 64 Scheme of Grants for 2006-07.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of tuberculosis there have been in each London borough in each of the last five years.

      Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated total cost saving to the NHS is of setting up the Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust, broken down by main budget heading.

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Voter Registration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are now ready to publish the results of the Defence Analytical Services Agency survey on Armed Forces voter registration which was completed in March...

    • Army: Royal Irish Regiment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the capital value of assets which will be available for sale if the proposed closure of the Royal Irish installations at Ballykelly, Omagh and Ballymena...

      Benefits: Personal Capability Assessment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What groups have been set up by the Department for Work and Pensions to consider reforms of the personal capability assessment; and, in each case, what is the...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to publish their report on the recent consultation about controlling bovine tuberculosis; and how soon after that date they intend to take a...

      Bovine Tuberculosis and Badgers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will authorise the use of rifles to reduce and control the badger population, generally and in particular in areas with high rates of tuberculosis;...

      Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs wrote to the European Union Agriculture Commissioner on 12 April asking for an extension...

      Crime: Knives

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What advice they have received from the Association of Chief Police Officers about measures to eliminate knife-related violent incidents.

      Football: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What funding is being provided to upgrade football stadia in Northern Ireland to meet the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) or the...

      Fuel Duty: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the most recent year for which figures are available, what was the yield from duty on fuel sold in Northern Ireland; and Whether they have made an assessment...

      Government: Official Residences

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

      Government: Prerogative Powers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What acts of the Executive, acting under a prerogative power, cannot be challenged in the courts.

      Housing: Building Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What extra funding has been added to the Housing Corporation and registered social landlords' budgets for construction of new homes in 2006–07 to allow for...

      Housing: Disability

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration has been given to the compatibility of the draft code for sustainable homes and the Department for Communities and Local Government's...

      Housing: Disability

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they consulted disabled people and their organisations before drawing up the draft code for sustainable homes.

      Housing: Disability

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they had with the Office of Disability Issues as regards the provision of accessible housing for disabled people.

      Housing: Disability

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, as stated in 2004, they will now incorporate the lifetime homes standard into Part M of the building regulations.

      Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the various parts of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 will come into force.

      Israel and Palestine: East Jerusalem

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of Israel concerning any attempt to expel residents from east Jerusalem; and whether they will invite the...

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have had with the Government of Israel concerning the opening of the Karni and Erez crossings in the Gaza Strip.

      Israel and Palestine: Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent discussions they have had with the Government of Israel concerning the transfer of tax moneys collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.

      Lloyd's of London: Ministerial Responsibility

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which Minister within the Department for Trade and Industry has ministerial responsibility for insurance matters relating specifically to the Lloyd's of London...

      North/South Implementation Bodies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of the connection between the Northern Ireland Assembly and the cross-border bodies in the Belfast agreement of 1998 and consequential legislation, how...

      Peace Funding: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 5 June (WA 159) concerning reconciliation criteria for Peace II funding, who selected the guidance based on...

      Police: Reorganisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many items of correspondence, including letters, e-mails, faxes and telephone calls, they have received from the general public (a) broadly in favour of and...

      Police: Reorganisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 15 May (WA 12), whether they will place in the Library of the House (a) a copy of the minutes...

      Police: Reorganisation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What mechanisms they have, or will put in place, to ensure that the opinions of citizens are heard during the four-month consultation period relating to their...

      Police: Stephen Oake

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received from officers of the Police Federation and others for posthumous recognition of the excelling bravery of Special Branch...

      Residential Homes

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What complaint procedures are available for residents and relations of those in residential homes regarding the standard of care, accommodation and food provided.

      Revenue and Customs: Accountancy Rules

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under new accountancy rules introduced from 22 June 2005 under UITF40 (urgent issues task force), whether HM Revenue and Customs are proposing to treat contractual...

      Roads: M11 Toll Lane

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions the Department for Transport has had, and with whom, regarding the creation of a toll lane on or in proximity to the M11.

      Scientific Advisory Committees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who are the members of their scientific advisory committees, stating for each person what capacity they have served, any previous service on such committees and...

      Scientific Advisory Committees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there is an official retirement age for members of their scientific advisory committees; and whether there are any constraints on the length of time that...

      Scientific Advisory Committees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the provisions for dealing with physical or mental incapacity that might occur in a serving member of one of their scientific advisory committees.

      Sexual Exploitation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether all the women freed this year by Operation Pentameter from sexual exploitation are receiving good care, support and rehabilitation.

      Somalia

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made, following the progress of the Islamic militia under Sheikh Sharif Ahmed in Mogadishu, of President Abdullahi Yusuf's ability to...

      Terrorism: Proscribed Organisations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many prosecutions were initiated in 2005 for alleged membership of each of the organisations proscribed under the Terrorism Act 2000, as amended.

      Visas: US Methodist Ministers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why 15 Methodist probationer ministers from the United States have been refused visas to enable them to work in the Methodist Church in the United Kingdom.

      Water Supply

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have studied the feasibility of extending storm drains in areas of chronic water shortage directly to reservoirs instead of water courses.

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 1 March (WA 84) regarding a salary increase for the chief executive of Waterways Ireland, what measures were...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In each of the past five years, whether Waterways Ireland has used the services of Deloitte & Touche and of PSM consultants; and, if so, when; for what; at...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 22 March (WA 70) regarding the bulk purchase of chocolates by Waterways Ireland, why quotations were sought on...

      Waterways Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the proposed budgets for Waterways Ireland for the years 2006 and 2007; whether they have been agreed; what processes have taken place; and what...

      Zimbabwe

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they will hold with other members of the United Nations Security Council concerning the current situation in Zimbabwe.

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