Written answers

Thursday, 29 June 2006

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Departmental Finance Directors

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the (a) name, (b) professional and academic qualifications and (c) relevant experience are of the...

    • Greenhouse Gas Emissions

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what recent estimates have been made of the level of greenhouse gas emissions produced by the House estate in...

      Parliamentary Papers

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will make it his policy to ensure that unnumbered Command Papers are indexed in PIMS, together with...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Rural Post Offices

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he will be taking to encourage cross-departmental working on the future of rural post offices.

  • Solicitor-General

    • Honour Crimes

      To ask the Solicitor-General what work the Crown Prosecution Service is doing in relation to crimes known as honour crimes.

    • Sentencing

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will assess how the Crown Prosecution Service can better inform victims about the length of a sentence given to a criminal.

      Craig Sweeney

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will refer the case of Craig Sweeney to the Court of Appeal as an unduly lenient sentence.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Finance Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the (a) name, (b) professional and academic qualifications and (c) relevant experience are of the finance director of his...

    • Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many websites there are within his responsibilities; and what the total cost of maintaining such websites was in the last year for...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the recent UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what discussions he has had with his counterparts from Arab states regarding their potential contribution to the temporary...

      Plant Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what funding has been allocated by his Department to strengthen public sector research on seed varieties (a) in the UK and (b)...

      Somaliland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department has provided to Loughborough university's water engineering development centre in its work on developing...

      Water Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the role of private companies in delivering water in developing nations.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research received in 2005-06 (a) in total, (b)...

    • Copyright Infringement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what budget his Department has set for helping businesses combat (a) copyright infringement and (b) industrial espionage in each year since 1997.

      Copyright Infringement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations he has received on copyright infringement.

      Copyright Infringement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many prosecutions for copyright infringements there have been in England and Wales in each year since 1997.

      Copyright Infringement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent estimate he has made of the cost of copyright infringement is to (a) the UK economy and (b) the EU economy.

      Counterfeit Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent estimate he has made of the value of counterfeit goods sold in the UK.

      Defence Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his Department's areas of responsibility are with regards to (a) the defence industry and (b) the export of weapons.

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many websites there are within his responsibilities; and what the total cost of maintaining such websites was in the last year for which...

      Energy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Wellingborough (Mr. Bone) of 12 June 2006, Official Report, column 874W, on the Energy Review,...

      Nuclear Power Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much the Government spent on nuclear power in each of the last five years.

      Racial Abuse Complaints

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

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what support is being given by the Government to companies interested in generating energy from tidal lagoons.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent representations he has received on tidal lagoon electricity generation; and what contribution he expects this method of generation...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much public subsidy was given to the renewable energy industry in each of the last nine years.

      Rural Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2006, Official Report, column 1748W, on the Rural Post Office Network, why he is not working to a specific...

      Small Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) standard individual trade control licences and (b) Open individual trade control licences have been issued to (i) York Guns, (ii)...

      Smart Grids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research he has commissioned into the evolution of smart grids to enhance the existing national grid.

  • Defence

    • Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer by the Minister of State for Industry and the Regions (Margaret Hodge) of 15 June 2006, Official Report, column 1410W, on the...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many mobilised reservists from each of the three services are deployed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

      Aldermaston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planned expenditure on hydrodynamic testing at the Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment is in each of the next three years.

      Aldermaston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the projected capital costs are for the construction of the centralised Explosive Handling Facility at the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston.

      Aldermaston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the projected capital costs are for the construction of new Material Science facilities at the Atomic Weapons Establishment sites at Aldermaston and...

      Aldermaston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are to introduce a petaflop computing capability at the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment.

      Ballistic Missile Interceptors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions the Government have had with US authorities on siting land based ballistic missile interceptors in (a) the UK and (b) UK territorial...

      Defence Training Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates his Department has met (a) employees and (b) consultants of Foresight Communications to discuss (i) the Defence Training Review and (ii)...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2006, Official Report, column 709W, on departmental staff, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the change...

      Departmental Televisions

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

      Future Aircraft Carrier Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what impact he expects negotiations with the US Administration on the transfer of technology and software for the Joint Strike Fighter to have on the...

      Hutton Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2006, Official Report, columns 1524-25W, on the Hutton Report, at what time of day, and on what day, the press...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many mobilised reservists are deployed in Iraq, broken down by service.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to publish the findings of the investigation into the fatal attack of 13 May on British troops serving in Basra.

      Joint Personnel Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes (a) have been made and (b) are planned to (i) concessionary travel, (ii) living allowances, (iii) other allowances and (iv) compensation...

      Joint Striker Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions his Department has had with the US Defense Department on sharing of (a) stealth technology and (b) flight control software for...

      Meteor Beyond-visual-range Air-to-air Missile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the results of MBDA's first test firing of the Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile on 9 May; and whether the...

      Missile Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the (a) Storm Shadow air-launched cruise and (b) Brimstone anti-tank guided missile, with...

      Project Hyperion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the conclusions of Project Hyperion will be announced.

      Suicide Vulnerability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what right of appeal is available to a trainee in the UK armed services discharged as a result of being discovered to be at risk following an assessment...

      Training Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of training exercises have been suspended in the last 12 months.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether evidence from experiments conducted in (a) existing and (b) proposed hydrodynamic testing facilities will be used to support the decision on...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the (a) Trident missile, (b) nuclear warheads, (c) guidance systems and (d) submarine launch platforms are each expected to be (i) no longer...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely effect on child poverty of proposals in A New Deal for Welfare: Empowering People to Work to...

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of cases recorded on the Child Support Agency old rules scheme would pay (a) increased and (b) decreased...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average number of Child Support Agency staff who are involved in each case from first application to the...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many unprocessed cases were held by the Child Support Agency during each month of the last year for which figures are available; (2)...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what his latest estimate is of the average time it takes the Child Support Agency to bring cases from first application to assessment;...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average administration cost per case on (a) the new and (b) the old Child Support Agency scheme was in each of the last five years...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints have been made to the Child Support Agency in each year for which figures are available.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the average time taken to resolve complaints to the Child Support Agency about (a) old scheme cases and (b)...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken to process compensation payments made to Child Support Agency clients for administrative errors was in 2005-06.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the 10 largest total (a) compensation and (b) maladministration payments made by the Child Support Agency to a single individual have...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost was of compensation payments made to clients of the Child Support Agency for administrative errors in each of the last five...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints of (a) harassment, (b) bullying and (c) discrimination in the workplace there were against Child Support Agency staff in...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the proportion of sickness absence days taken in a year at the Child Support Agency which were due to stress and...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) absence rates due to sickness and (b) turnover rates for Child Support Agency staff were for each year since 1995-96.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the key performance metrics are for measuring the performance of the EDS contract with the Child Support Agency.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library the latest list of change requests made to EDS by the Child Support Agency.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many telephone calls to the Child Support Agency (a) were received, (b) received an engaged tone and (c) were disconnected during the...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what policies are in place with regard to (a) migrating Child Support Agency cases on the old rules system to the new rules system and (b)...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what total amount of outstanding debt is owed to parents with care via the Child Support Agency; and what proportion of this is deemed...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in prison have Child Support Agency maintenance liabilities.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time was which the Child Support Agency took for processing a change in circumstances applications in (a) 2001-02, (b)...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many variations to Child Support Agency payment schedules were granted on the grounds of (a) assets, (b) lifestyle inconsistent with...

      Child Support Agency (Scotland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Scotland have been transferred over to the new Child Support Agency system.

      Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much industrial injuries disablement benefit was underpaid in each year since 1997; and how much was underpaid due to (a) fraud, (b)...

      Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many mesothelioma diagnoses have been made by his Department in connection with a claim for industrial injuries disablement benefit...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether under his proposals for pensions a man with childcare responsibilities requiring a career break will receive national insurance...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents in each electoral ward in Carlisle constituency receive pension credit.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many residents of Luton South receive pension credit, broken down by ward.

      Pensioner Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures his Department has taken to reduce pensioner poverty in Coventry South since 1997.

      Prescribed Disease A11

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the changes to the terms of prescription for Prescribed Disease A11 to be put in place.

      State Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether under his proposals for pensions women with no childcare responsibilities will qualify for a full basic state pension with 30 years'...

      Work Search Premium Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to evaluate the Work Search Premium pilots.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the main barriers to the UK making more and better use of energy efficiency methods; and what...

    • Environmental Liability Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the consultation on the implementation of the Environmental Liability Directive to start.

      Municipal Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will report on the progress of his Department's 10 demonstration plants to encourage new technologies to treat...

      Rural Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has commissioned into stress in rural areas; what assessment he has made of levels of stress in...

      Thames Water (Leaks)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of the failure of Thames Water to meet its leakage targets for the regulatory...

      Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what definition of research he uses in relation to (a) the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (No. 2) Regulations...

  • Transport

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 in each of...

    • Overseas Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what overseas visits have been made by Ministers in his Department in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006.

      Rail Services (Cheltenham Spa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) earliest and (b) last trains (i) to Cheltenham Spa from London Paddington and (ii) from London Paddington to Cheltenham Spa were on (A)...

      Reorganisation Strategies for DfT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will ensure that all measures for handling surplus staff arising from the Shared Service Programme set out in 'Reorganisation Strategies for DfT'...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents involving heavy goods vehicles were reported to the police in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how...

      South West Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what account was taken of plans for future housing and infrastructure in the formulation of the new South West Trains franchise; and if he will make a...

      Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many incidents of vandalism were reported to the British Transport Police in the last 12 months, broken down by (a) Government office region and...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Coroners (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many (a) coroners and (b) deputy coroners there have been in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997.

    • Coroners (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the (a) legal background and (b) practitioner experience is of each (i) coroner in Northern Ireland, (ii) deputy coroner...

      Court Service (Suffolk)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on the recent performance of the Court Service in Suffolk.

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will estimate the pension liability of her Department over the next 30 years.

      Dr. David Kelly

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the Answer of 14 June 2006, Official Report, columns 1255-67W, on Dr. David Kelly, what discussions took place...

      Electoral Fraud

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many incidents of (a) postal vote fraud and (b) other electoral fraud there were in (i) European elections, (ii)...

      Judges (Part-time)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2006, Official Report, columns 151-52W, on judges (part-time), if she will maintain and...

      Magistrates

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the total funding allocated for the training of magistrates was in each of the last eight years.

      MMR Vaccine

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much legal aid has been spent on (a) solicitors', (b) barristers' and (c) experts' fees in respect of the MMR vaccine...

      MMR Vaccine

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which barrister was paid (a) £463,782, (b) £445,601 and (c) £424,659 in legal aid fees in the MMR vaccine...

      Personal Protection (Judiciary)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much was spent on providing personal protection to members of the judiciary in each year since 1997.

      Post-mortem Reports

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the recommended time is within which a family should be sent a copy of a post-mortem report; and in how many cases such...

      Private Members' Bills

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what Private Members' Bills were drafted by her Department in each Session since 1997; and which of those received Royal Assent.

      Queens's Counsel (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many Queen's Counsel have been appointed to the Bar in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997; what the community...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what role is played by special advisers in answering parliamentary questions asked of her Department.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • European Sports Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress she is making in implementing the recommendations of the Independent European Sports Review.

    • Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress she is making in her discussions with the Home Office on granting an exemption from firearms legislation for target pistol...

      Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2006, Official Report, columns 1640-1W, on the London Olympics, when discussions with the English...

      Rowing Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had about rowing safety; and if she will make a statement.

      Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will visit Shrewsbury (a) to see the plans for a new theatre and (b) to discuss Shropshire's role in the 2012 Olympic games.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what role is played by special advisers in answering parliamentary questions asked of her Department.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • 32 (The Royal) Squadron

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in respect of what official duties the Minister for Europe used 32 (The Royal) Squadron for flights on (a) 29 September 2003...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) primary schools, (b) middle schools and (c) high schools there were in the Helmand region in each year since...

      Algeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has received regarding the compatibility of the proposed memorandum of understanding with Algeria...

      Algeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what stage negotiations for a memorandum of understanding with Algeria regarding the deportation of persons has reached; and if...

      Belarus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will adopt a total trade ban on Belarus in response to malpractice in the presidential elections.

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the decision of the UN to suspend operations in part of Darfur; and what assessment she has made...

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action the UK plans to take through the UN Security Council to put pressure on the Government of Sudan to agree to the...

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the Government of Sudan on how to disarm the Janjaweed in Darfur.

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations her Department has made to the Ethiopian government regarding (a) the detention of prisoners of...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate she has made of the reserves of oil and gas in Falkland Islands waters.

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the potential contribution of the search for oil and gas in Falkland Islands waters...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with China on the human rights records of the countries in Africa with which it trades.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what account will be taken of the views of the Iraqi Government when considering troop withdrawal from Iraq; and what assessment...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she had with the Libyan Government on bringing those responsible for the death of PC Yvonne Fletcher to...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she had with her Libyan counterpart on the situation in Darfur.

      Student Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many student visas have been issued to students from (a) Russia and (b) the Ukraine in each of the last eight years.

  • Education and Skills

    • Every Child Matters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made in implementing the Every Child Matters: Change for Children programme.

    • Every Child Matters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made in implementing the Every Child Matters: Change for Children programme.

      Language Learning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support his Department is making available to primary schools to ensure primary school pupils have the opportunity to learn a second...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress is being made on meeting the Government's target to reduce teenage pregnancy.

      Building Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will visit Northumberland to discuss school building programmes and school budgets in the county.

      Youth Opportunity Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made in establishing pilot projects for the Youth Opportunity Card.

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to ensure (a) that funds raised from the UK air passenger duty are separately identified when they are redeployed and (b) that a...

    • Batteries (VAT)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the circumstances in which VAT is chargeable on (a) wheelchair and mobility vehicle batteries and (b) the fitting of...

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures his Department has taken to reduce child poverty in Coventry south since 1997.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Paymaster General will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 23 May on correspondence forwarded to her from Jobcentre...

      Customs (Cornwall)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate has been made of the number of illegal items entering the UK via the Cornish coast in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Death Certificates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 2 May 2006, Official Report, column 1387W, on death certificates, who possesses the authority to alter a certified copy of a...

      Death Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the most recent rate of (a) cancers and (b) stroke was in (i) Stoke-on-Trent, (ii) the West Midlands and (iii) England.

      Departmental Papers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list in date order (a) Green and (b) White papers produced by his Department since October 2005.

      Deposited Papers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to make copies of deposited papers available in the (a) Vote Office and (b) Printed Paper Office at the same time as copies...

      Deposited Papers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list deposited papers placed in the Library by his Department since 2000; and when each was published.

      Household Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the (a) median and (b) mean household income was in the latest year for which information is available; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many income tax payers had incomes of less than £7,185 per year in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a...

      Israel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on his recent discussions with Prime Minister Olmert regarding natural gas supplies to Israel.

      Not-for-profit Organisations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proposals he has put forward to reduce VAT liability of not-for-profit institutions working in the field of social care, for (a) surgical products,...

      Public Service Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by how much and what percentage the (a) number of people employed in and (b) productivity of Government Departments has changed since 1997.

      Staff Absenteeism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many working days were lost to his Department and its executive agencies in each year since 1997 due to staff absenteeism, expressed as the average...

      Stamp Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the revenue implications of restructuring stamp duty on residential property sales to charge marginal rates of (a) 0 per cent. on...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many bonus payments were made to staff at the tax credits office in each year from 2003-04; what the value was in each year; and if he will make a...

      Widows (Financial Support)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government plan to take to improve the financial position of widows in their late 50s and 60s who rely on half of their deceased husbands'...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many malicious false fire alarm calls were attended by the fire and rescue service in (a) Southend, (b) Essex, (c)...

    • Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new houses have been built in each constituency since 1 May 1997.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to introduce a decent homes programme in the private rented sector; and if she will make a statement.

      It

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

      Neighbourhood Management/Renewal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the value for money of neighbourhood management schemes.

      Neighbourhood Management/Renewal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding has been provided by the Government for Neighbourhood Renewal projects in the constituency of Bristol, East...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Government have allocated to the (a) Ashford and (b) Milton Keynes growth areas for infrastructure development...

      Second Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of second homes in each region.

      Second Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many properties are (a) designated as second homes and eligible for a council tax discount and (b) claiming such a...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Academic Selection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the estimated cost is of abolishing academic selection in Northern Ireland.

    • Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to reduce waiting times for women undergoing predictive genetic testing for breast cancer; and if he will make a statement.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many families in Northern Ireland have been tested for the CDH 1gene; and how many patients have opted for pre-emptive surgery in each board...

      Call Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many call centre jobs there are in Northern Ireland; how many there were three years ago; and if he will make a statement.

      Cocaine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in each health and social services board area (HSSB) are known to be cocaine users; and what working estimate of the total...

      Consultant Referrals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average waiting time to be seen by a consultant was for people in Northern Ireland in 2005-06, broken down by clinical conditions.

      Deafblind Children (Goverment Guidance)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will implement in Northern Ireland the Government guidance entitled Social Care for Deafblind Children and Adults; and if he will make a...

      Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been diagnosed with depression in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and how many people diagnosed were given...

      Donor Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland have signed up to carrying donor cards since 1999; and if he will make a statement.

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland why special schools in Northern Ireland are not permitted to move to integrated status.

      Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many schools in Northern Ireland, apart from integrated schools, have 10 per cent. or more of the minority tradition enrolled; and what the...

      Home Helps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to review the working practices of home help and domestic care workers for elderly and infirm people in Northern Ireland, with...

      House Fires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many house fires the Fire Service in Northern Ireland was called out to deal with where there was (a) no and (b) a faulty smoke alarm...

      Invest Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what land holdings are held by Invest Northern Ireland in each district council in Northern Ireland.

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of lung cancer have been diagnosed in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Medical Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many medical students who are studying in Northern Ireland will (a) be unable to continue their studies and (b) be unable to take up...

      Medical Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) nurse and (b) doctor training places were available in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years; how many people entered...

      MS Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average waiting time is for multiple sclerosis patients in the Western Health and Social Services Board (WHSSB) area to be added to the...

      MS Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new multiple sclerosis patients in the Western Health and Social Services Board (WHSSB) area have begun receiving disease-modifying...

      Respite Care Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the financial impact on families of respite care charges for adults with learning disabilities; and what plans he...

      School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many taxis are being used to transport children to school in each education and library board area; and at what cost.

      School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children have (a) been injured and (b) reported attacks by other children in shared taxis in the last two years, broken down by...

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many schools in Northern Ireland which are currently open he expects to have closed by the end of 2007.

      Security Checks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what security checks are carried out on workers subcontracted to carry out work on school premises, including cleaners and maintenance workers.

      Seroxat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the safety of Seroxat for pregnant women suffering from depression; and if he will make a statement.

      Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost was to the Department of Education of vandalism at educational establishments in each of the last three years; and if he will make...

  • Health

    • Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who the members are of the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation.

    • Audiology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make it her policy to review the decision to exclude audiology from the 18-week waiting time target for treatment.

      Audiology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times are from GP referral to final fitting of digital hearing aids for (a) new patients and (b) existing patients with an...

      Audit Commission Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reports under (a) section 19 and (b) section 8 of the Audit Commission Act 1998 she has received in each year since the provisions were implemented.

      Audit Commission Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to her answer of 21 June 2006, Official Report, column 1943W, on the Audit Commission Act, how many and which section 19 reports were the...

      Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure that all the organisations within the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire strategic health authority tackle their...

      Bowel Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice the chief medical officer has provided on preventing bowel cancer; and if she will make a statement.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will give greater priority to the (a) treatment of, (b) research into and (c) financing of treatment of inflammatory breast cancer.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 June, Official Report, column 1936W, on breast cancer, in what circumstances a breast cancer patient may not benefit from...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pages of (a) guidance and (b) forms (i) her Department and (ii) its arm's length bodies sent to care homes in each year since 1997.

      Child Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of child malnutrition levels in each of the last 10 years.

      Contracts (Termination Clauses)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she plans to take to ensure that NHS organisations contracting with private sector contracts have effective termination clauses in their contracts.

      Deafblind People (Care Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she next plans to review the implementation by local authorities of (a) the statutory guidance for deafblind children and adults and (b) section 7...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of children eligible for orthodontic treatment (i) prior to 1 April and (ii) following...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether her Department treats referrals to hospital-based orthodontists from dentists as consultant to consultant referrals; and if she will make a...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated cost is of resolving new dental service contracts and agreements which have been signed in dispute; and how many man-hours she...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in Wantage constituency have stopped taking new NHS patients since 1 April.

      Dermatology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government is taking to improve GP (a) initial and (b) continued training in dermatology; and if she will make a statement.

      European Health Insurance Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many European health insurance cards have been issued by the NHS in each calendar quarter since their inception.

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether she plans to raise with the European Commission the reasons why its recent Discussion Paper on the Setting of Maximum and Minimum Amounts...

      GP Vocational Training Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure that funding is found to enable the 29 junior doctors who have had their general practitioner vocational training scheme...

      Health Care Support Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many healthcare support workers have been employed in the NHS at Agenda for Change level (a) five, (b) four, (c) three, (d) two and (e) one since...

      Health Trusts (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2006, Official Report, column 1562W on NHS trust deficits, if she will provide the same information for (a) Cotswold...

      Insulin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of deaths resulting from the incorrect self-administration of insulin by diabetes patients in each of the last...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate she has made of the cost of a birth without complications in a (a) birth centre and (b) consultant-led maternity unit; (2) what...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the primary care trusts which are piloting the well-being programme in mental health; and if she will make a statement.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been contributed by the NHS to the well-being pilot programmes in improving mental health.

      Nappies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures she has put in place to ensure the safety of commercial cloth laundering services supplying NHS maternity wards with communally laundered...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action her Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to (i) assist people who are obese and (ii) encourage people to take action to reduce...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will reply to question (a) 73450 and (b) 73451 on the Staffordshire ambulance service tabled by the hon. Member for Lichfield on 22 May 2006.

      Patient Advice and Liaison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patient advice and liaison service workers there are in each NHS trust in England; and what the average number of patients treated per year in...

      Patient Advice and Liaison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what ways the patient advice and liaison service informs cancer patients of its ability to act as a gateway to information and advice about welfare...

      Patient Correspondence (Outsourcing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cases there have been of inaccurate (a) medication and (b) diagnosis following the outsourcing of patients' correspondence to non-EU...

      Policy Research Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the priorities are of the Policy Research Programme within the Department.

      Prescription Charges (Exemption)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance is issued to doctors on the verification of physical disabilities that trigger exemption from prescription charges; and if she will...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether primary care trusts will be required to pay acute trusts full tariff for all the activity their patients access.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prisoners at HMP Full Sutton her Department counted as resident in the prison for the purposes of calculating allocations to Yorkshire Wolds and...

      Severe Head Trauma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many specialist care centres for the rehabilitation of patients with severe head trauma there were in (a) the South West and (b) England in...

      Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Safer Place initiative target of reducing violence and abuse against social workers by 25 per cent. by March 2005 was met; and if she will...

      Spinal Cord Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS beds within specialist facilities are available for spinal cord injured patients; and how many were available in (a) 1990, (b) 1995, (c)...

      Streptococcus Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for South Derbyshire (Mr. Todd) of 6 June 2005, Official Report, columns 439-41W, on streptococcus testing,...

      Trans Fats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 April 2006, Official Report, column 124W, on trans fats, which national diet and nutrition surveys were referred to in that...

  • Home Department

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance is issued by his Department for officials adjudicating asylum cases involving alleged coercive or enforced abortion; and if he...

    • Arms Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which UK-based companies have been authorised to import and store (a) AK-47 rifles and (b) other small arms from Bosnia since June...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) households and (b) children he is supporting under section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (i) in each region and...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of failed asylum seekers returning to their home country did so voluntarily in each month of 2006.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders being considered for deportation have been granted bail by the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT) in each of the last...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action has been taken against immigration officials who allowed the Baybasin brothers and their criminal associates to move to the UK in...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what response he has made to the July 2005 report by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman on the treatment of detainees (a) at Oakington...

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on the detention of minors in adult immigration detention facilities.

      Asylum/Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the legal basis is for detaining a British-born child in an immigration detention centre.

      Biometric Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research his Department has undertaken into biometric registration and verification since December 2004.

      Child Sexual Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children under 14 years were recorded as experiencing sexual abuse in each of the last five years; what services for such children...

      Convicted Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals are being supervised by the Probation Service in (a) West Sussex and (b) Bognor Regis and Littlehampton constituency.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter of 19 December 2005 from the hon. Member for Aylesbury about the asylum case of Mr. K. K. of Aylesbury...

      Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department expects to publish its annual report for 2005-06.

      Departmental Finance Directors

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) name, (b) professional and academic qualifications and (c) relevant experience are of the finance director of his Department.

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many deportation reviews of foreign prisoners his Department conducted in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many foreign...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign nationals are being held in each prison in Wales, broken down by (a) offence for which the sentence is being served,...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign convicted prisoners in respect of whom the trial judge recommended that deportation be considered on release have been...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign prisoners (a) who were the subject of his statement and (i) have been considered for deportation and (ii) have yet to be...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons who received a recommendation for deportation by an immigration judge (a) were removed in 2005 and (b) have been removed...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals have been released from HM Prison Littlehey in each of the last five calendar years; how many were deported upon...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners from (a) HMP Lancaster and (b) Lancaster Farm Young Offender Institution have been released without...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what representations he has received from immigration Ministers on the pace of deportation of foreign prisoners since 1999. (2) who in...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the released prisoners who should have been considered for deportation are from the Dorset area.

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the foreign prisoners who were released without being considered for deportation are thought to be in Wales.

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been deported to third countries, rather than that of their nationality in each of the last three years.

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of his time he has spent on dealing with deportation of convicted foreign offenders since September 2005; (2) how many...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether recommendation for deportations after sentence can be made in respect of EU nationals.

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign nationals were released from HMP Wellingborough in each of the last 12 months; and how many were considered for...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his letter to the Speaker of 28 April 2006, on deportation and removal of foreign nationals, what definition he uses of more...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted defendants in courts in England and Wales have (a) been recommended for deportation, (b) been deported and (c) appealed...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign prisoners have been released from prisons in the East Riding of Yorkshire without being considered for deportation in the...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign prisoners have been released on bail in each week since 25 April; how many have breached their bail conditions; how...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his timetable is for introducing legislation to ensure that there is a legal presumption that foreign prisoners will be deported at the...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals convicted in the Crown courts in England and Wales in each of the last eight years were recommended to the Home...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many meetings his civil servants have had with chief constables to discuss the whereabouts of foreign offenders released without...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list the detention centres in which incarcerated foreign nationals released without being deported had been held; (2) how...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether his Department received correspondence prior to 1 April from (a) members of the Prison Service, (b) members of the public and...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what dates foreign national offenders have been released from prison without consideration for deportation since July 2005; for what crime...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many of the 79 foreign national offenders released from prison without consideration for deportation who had been in jail for...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign nationals who have been released from UK prisons since 1999 have subsequently applied for asylum in the UK; and what...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national offenders in UK prisons are due to be deported by 1 January 2007; and what the country of origin is of each.

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign nationals released after incarceration since 1997 who were not deported were asylum seekers subsequently granted (a)...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department takes to prevent foreign nationals who have been deported from the United Kingdom returning to the country using...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether foreign nationals who were not assessed for deportation after release from prison have been identified by (a) national and (b)...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign criminals released from prison in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years have not been considered for deportation.

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions take place when an overseas prisoner sentenced for crimes committed in the UK is returned to his country of origin to...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign national prisoners have been held beyond the date of their scheduled release pending removal or deportation in each of...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) pursuant to his oral statement of 26 April 2006 on the deportation and removal of foreign nationals, how many of the foreign nationals...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the releases of foreign prisoners announced in his written statement on 26 April 2006 took place in the Leeds and Yorkshire region.

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign prisoners have been released from Bullingdon prison without being considered for deportation in the last 12 months;...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign nationals are held at HMP Long Lartin; and what proportion of the prison's population this represents; (2) how many...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals are detained at HMP Peterborough; what percentage of the total prison population at HMP Peterborough this...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what level of resources have been diverted to tracking down the 1,023 foreign prisoners released without being considered for deportation.

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign nationals released from prison in each year since February 1999 have subsequently reoffended, broken down by category...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his written statement of 25 April 2006, Official Report, columns 37-8WS, on deportation and removal of foreign nationals, (1)...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals are being held in Bronzefield Prison in Ashford, broken down by offence; when each is due for release; and how...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the prisons which have not referred serious offenders for consideration for deportation prior to release; and if he will make...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether all prisons routinely refer foreign national prisoners for consideration for deportation and removal; and if he will make a...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his oral statement, Official Report, on 26 April 2006, how many foreign prisoners were released from each prison before a...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign nationals released from prison since 1 August 2005 have been (a) charged with and (b) convicted of criminal...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inmates have been deported on release from prisons in the UK in each week of 2006 to date.

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) on how many occasions staff from the immigration and nationality directorate failed to attend a prison to process the release of a...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many of the foreign nationals convicted of offences in the UK (a) considered for deportation and (b) recommended by the courts...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases foreign nationals were convicted and given non-custodial sentences in each of the last five years.

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign prisoners (a) held in UK prisons and (b) released within the past 12 months who were recommended for deportation are...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners whose last residential address was in (a) Essex and (b) Southend, West (i) were recommended for...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals (a) are serving and (b) have completed prison sentences in Lancashire for (i) murder, (ii) manslaughter, (iii)...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted prisoners recommended for deportation were transferred to open prisons in the last 12 months; and how many of these...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the foreign nationals detained at (a) Highdown and (b) Downview prison on 1 July 2005 had been released by 1 April 2006; and...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the foreign prisoners released into the community without proper application of the deportation review process were...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are in place to ensure that those prisoners who (a) entered and (b) remained in the country illegally are deported on...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans he has to identify the nationality of those prisoners whose nationality is not currently recorded; (2) what the standard...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his statement of 23 May 2006, on Prisoners: Foreign Nationals, how many of the (a) serious and (b) most serious offenders are...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals (a) are serving and (b) have completed in each of the past five years, prison sentences in Hampshire for (i)...

      Foreign Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign prisoners have been released from prison in Suffolk in the last five years.

      Foreign Travel

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

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what dividends were paid by the Forensic Science Service to Government in each of the past five years.

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much each police force in Wales has spent on fees to the Forensic Science Service in each of the past five years.

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of the income received by the Forensic Science Service came from police forces in England and Wales in each of the last five...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Gibraltar residents have taken up residence in the UK in each of the last seven years.

      Knife Amnesty

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many knives have been handed in during the amnesty in (a) Kingston and Surbiton constituency, (b) South West London and (c) London.

      National Wildlife Crime Intelligence Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the likely impact on the investigation of organised wildlife crime of the decision not to include the National...

      Research Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of the Department's budget was spent on researching new technologies in the last period for which figures are available.

      Sexual Assaults (Recovery Centres)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) rape crisis and (b) sexual assault recovery centres supported by his Department there are in England and Wales; and...

      Violent Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been killed in England and Wales in each year since 1990 by the use of (a) a knife, (b) a gun and (c) another weapon.

      War Criminals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which convicted war criminals are serving sentences in the UK; how long a sentence each is serving; and where each is held.

  • House of Lords

    • Africa: Road Transport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking, in addition to investment in African road transport infrastructure, to improve investment in road transport knowledge and skills in Africa.

    • Africa: Road Transport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to encourage developing nations in Africa to establish recognised standards for professional driver training or licensing.

      Arms Trade

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have evidence that licensed British exports of weapons and ammunition have been reaching both sides in the current internal fighting in Sri Lanka, or...

      Belarus: President Lukashenko

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether asset or travel restrictions are in place in the United Kingdom in respect of President Lukashenko of Belarus and his close associates; and whether they...

      Biodiversity: Acoustic Porpoise Deterrent Devices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether acoustic porpoise deterrent devices are an important tool in protecting biodiversity; and Whether they have taken steps to promote the use of acoustic...

      Biodiversity: Sandeels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, since 2000, they have updated an environmental impact assessment of the impact of catching species low in the food chain, such as sandeels, on marine life...

      Birds: Imports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What extra resources have been required in the United Kingdom to enforce the ban on the import of captive wild birds into the European Union from third countries...

      Birds: Sale

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What discussions they have held with the Governments of Denmark and Sweden about legislation in those countries banning the holding or sale of certain species of...

      Bulgaria: Religious Freedom

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Triesman on 15 June (WA 36), whether they intend to make representations to the Government of Bulgaria over the treatment...

      Contaminated Blood Products: Hepatitis C

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the answers by the Lord Warner on 24 May (Official Report, cols. 824–26) on contaminated blood products: hepatitis C, whether they will arrange...

      Environmental Protection: Marine Species

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will support new proposals on the future protection of the worldwide marine environment and ecosystems following the recent United Nations-sponsored...

      EU: Council of Ministers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will launch a new initiative to coincide with the start of the Finnish European Union presidency on 1 July to promote open public hearings of the...

      EU: Legislation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much of all United Kingdom legislation has its origins in European Union legislation.

      Fuel Duty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the reply by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 15 June (Official Report, col. 321) stating that "fuel duty has remained frozen since 1 October 2003",...

      Health: Zoonoses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 5 June (WA 151–52), what other sorts of zoonotic disease besides infectious intestinal disease they...

      Health: Zoonoses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of diagnosed cases of salmonella and campylobacter were contracted from animals; and what they estimate to be the true proportion of cases...

      Health: Zoonoses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 5 June (WA 151–52) about the under-ascertainment of infectious intestinal disease, whether (a) a study of...

      Ireland: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of the Republic of Ireland about their record in the field of human rights.

      Malawi: Malnutrition

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking (a) bilaterally, and (b) with international partners to tackle malnutrition in Malawi.

      Mountains: Deaths

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people lost their lives on United Kingdom mountains in each of the past five years.

      NHS: Dentistry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of (a) new general dental services contracts; and (b) new personal dental services agreements signed (i) are currently the subject of primary care...

      NHS: Urgent Appointments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to improve the system of urgent appointments operated by National Health Service hospitals, including foundation trusts, to make it easier for...

      Northern Ireland Events Company

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In each of the past five financial years, how much funding has been provided to the Northern Ireland Events Company; on what date; for what purpose; and after what...

      Northern Ireland: Economic Development Forum

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much the Economic Development Forum (EDF) for Northern Ireland has cost (a) since its formation; and (b) in the past financial year; what the EDF has achieved...

      Official Travel: Carbon Emission Offsets

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the scheme to enable government departments to offset the carbon impacts of their air travel operates across all departments; and whether all departments...

      Palestine: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress has been made in establishing a temporary financial mechanism to help external donors to meet the needs of Palestinian civilians; when they expect...

      Palestine: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 22 June (WA 108), when they expect the European Commission to implement the technical steps required to...

      Palestine: Humanitarian Supplies

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the existing World Bank Trust Fund for Palestine is not being used for urgent humanitarian supplies and for the salaries of education and health workers.

      Revenue and Customs: Travellers' Allowances

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many individuals were (a) charged with, and (b) successfully prosecuted for failing to declare and pay the necessary tax and duty on goods brought into the...

      Rally Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What public funds have been offered to Rally Ireland to date; from what sources; whether a business case for funding has been submitted; and, if so, by whom it was...

      Rally Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the Northern Ireland representation on the board of Rally Ireland.

      Rally Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether funding was provided to Rally Ireland on the basis of matching private sector sponsorship.

      Taxation: Inheritance Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in view of their decision to amend the provisions of Schedule 20 to the Finance (No. 2) Bill so as to reinstate inheritance tax exemption for widows and...

      Taxation: VAT

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the cost in 2005-06 of refunding VAT under Section 33 of the Value Added Tax Act 1994 to (a) the BBC; (b) ITN; and (c) Sky News.

      Transport: Environmentally Friendly Fuels

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage and what number of vehicles purchased by them and other statutory agencies in the current year will be propelled by (a) dual-fuels; (b)...

      Ulster-Scots Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much funding has been given to (a) the Irish Language Agency; and (b) the Ulster-Scots Agency in each of the past five years; and, if the level of funding is...

      Water Supply: Abstraction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information farmers are required to gather to enable the completion of abstraction licence application forms in respect of the Water Act 2003 and the Water...

      Water Supply: Consumption

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much water in total and per occupant in cubic metres was consumed in the headquarters of the Department for Education and Skills in each of the past 10 years.

      Zimbabwe: AIDS

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide significant assistance to help deal with the issue of AIDS awareness and education in Zimbabwe; and What steps they have taken, or intend...

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