Written answers

Friday, 14 July 2006

  • Prime Minister

    • Oxfordshire Coroner

      To ask the Prime Minister what meetings (a) he and (b) his officials held with the Oxfordshire Coroner between 17 July 2003 and 31 March 2004.

    • Party Funding

      To ask the Prime Minister when he last had discussions with his Special Envoy to the Middle East on matters relating to party funding; and if he will make a statement.

  • Transport

    • A21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has made a decision on the proposed A21 upgrade; and if he will make a statement.

    • Aircraft Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the carbon emissions of (a) a typical short haul aircraft flying 1,000 miles and (b) a typical long haul aircraft flying...

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of people who took (a) no, (b) one, (c) two, (d) three or four and (e) five or more single or return...

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate has been made of the cost to the economy of delays of aircraft (a) take-off and (b) landing in 2005-06.

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average delay was for a passenger using (a) all UK airports and (b) each UK airport in each of the last five years.

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what guidelines are in place on the degree of glide slope for commercial and cargo planes when making an approach to land at each airport in...

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers used UK airports in (a) total and (b) broken down by airport in each of the last five years.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) rural and (b) urban households which have access to a regular bus service.

      Car Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many areas have car clubs; how many cars each has available; and what public funding each receives.

      Comprehensive Spending Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with (a) the Treasury and (b) the Cabinet Office regarding the pre-comprehensive spending review report; and if he will...

      Disabled People (Blue Badge Scheme)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which of the recommendations of the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee's review of the blue badge scheme which were accepted by the...

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research has been conducted since 2001 by or for his Department on the links between social exclusion and transport.

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what changes in (a) legislation and (b) guidance issued by (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies there have been since the publication of...

      Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will publish revised guidance on Quiet Lanes following the consultation exercises conducted by his Department.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Contingency Planning

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what legal measures the Government have in place to intervene in (a) private and (b) public sectors should a catastrophic breakdown of computer...

    • Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what meetings were held between (a) the Minister for the Cabinet Office and (b) Cabinet Office officials and the Oxfordshire Coroner between 17...

  • Education and Skills

    • Veterinary Science (Hungary)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support is available in the form of student loans for UK students studying veterinary science degrees in Hungary.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport who the members are of the Casino Advisory Panel; and with which towns and cities they are associated through their employment.

    • Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what measures have been taken to ensure that the decision-making process of the Casino Advisory Panel is transparent and objective.

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport why the Casino Advisory Panel has not kept minutes of its meetings since it was formed.

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if the Government will instruct the Casino Advisory Panel to reopen the shortlisting process for the allocation of casino licences.

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what previous connections there have been between members of the Casino Advisory Panel and the Department.

      Command Papers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the unnumbered Command Papers produced by her Department in each session since 1976; by what means (a) hon. Members...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • City Regions Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether any funding for the city regions programme will be redirected from rural projects.

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to increase council tax collection rates; and if she will make a statement.

      Councillors (Vexatious Complaints)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what consideration has been given to providing councillors subjected to vexatious and malicious reporting to the Standards...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much block grant was paid to each local authority in England in the most recent year for which figures are available,...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make small business rate relief automatic for all eligible small firms.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Government's budget was for publicising small business rate relief in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06.

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the take-up rate of small business rate relief in each year since its introduction; and what the...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much has been raised by the larger business rate multiplier on medium and large firms to fund small business rate relief in...

  • Treasury

    • Cancer and Stroke Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the most recent rate of (a) cancers and (b) stroke was in (i) Gateshead, East and Washington, West, (ii) the North East and (iii) England.

    • Comprehensive Spending Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to publish the pre-comprehensive spending review report; and if he will make a statement.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what annual average amount of additional tax is expected to be paid as a consequence of the removal of the 0 per cent. starting rate of corporation tax by...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2006, Official Report, column 1620W, on data protection, whether all redactions made to documents in the case of subject...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the proceeds were from the sale of assets of his Department in each of the last five financial years.

      Environmental Investment Allowance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many companies have qualified for the 100 per cent. first-year investment allowance for moving from environmentally unfriendly to environmentally...

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value was of contraband seized by HM Customs and Revenue in Wales in each year since 2003.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when decisions are expected to be made about the long-term future of the HM Revenue and Customs office in Kendal; who will make those decisions; and what...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many income tax payers in each London borough had an annual income of less than £7,185.

      Pensioner Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners in whose death (a) subnormal body temperature or hypothermia and (b) malnutrition or deprivation of...

      Personal Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the total amount of personal debt in the UK was in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement; (2) what the total amount of personal...

      Personal Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the (a) total and (b) average personal debt in (i) rural areas and (ii) non-rural areas was in the last period for which figures are available;...

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 4 May 2006, Official Report, column 1743W, on plastic bags, if he will carry out a follow-up assessment to that carried out in...

      Somalia

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to include a self-identification question for Somali people in the next census.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value is of tax credit overpayments written off for each quarter since 2001.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will publish estimates of tax credit fraud and error for 2004-05; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people have been affected by errors in administration of tax credits in each of the last three years.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his assessment is of the sensitivity with which the tax credit computer system is used when dealing with a surviving spouse; and if he will make a...

      Teenage Pregnancies

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

      Teenage Pregnancies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many teenage pregnancies there were in (a) Southampton, (b) Portsmouth, (c) Hampshire and (d) the combined area of the three in each year since...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the Valuation Office Agency has spent on its automated valuation model and associated computer databases and training.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his Oral Statement of 10 July 2006, Official Report, columns 1131-48, on Afghanistan (troop levels), if he will estimate the cost of the...

    • Body Armour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what steps have been taken since September 2004 to modify enhanced combat body armour for those providing top cover on Snatch vehicles; (2) what...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect of the Data Protection Act 1998 on the ability of (a) the Department, (b) the Veterans Agency, (c) veterans'...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make an assessment of the morale of troops stationed in Iraq.

      Joint Personnel Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2006, Official Report, column 711W, on Joint Personnel Administration, how many personnel were (a) overpaid and (b)...

      Low-flying Activity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what operational low-flying activity took place in the (a) Highlands of Scotland tactical training area and (b) south west of Scotland and the Anglo...

      Oxfordshire Coroner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what meetings were held between (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department and the Oxfordshire coroner between 17 July 2003 and 31 January 2004.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many parliamentary questions tabled to his Department were awaiting a reply on 10 July 2006; which of those had been waiting longer than (a) two and...

      Punishments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to prevent unauthorised or informal punishments of soldiers by non-commissioned officers.

      Royal Ordnance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to make additional contributions to the Royal Ordnance pension scheme to ensure that the scheme assets are sufficient to provide member...

      Royal Ordnance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 27 April 2006, Official Report, column 1274W, on pension schemes, whether the Crown guarantee to the Royal Ordnance pension...

      Services Sound and Vision Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) terms of reference and (b) codes of practice govern the relationship between his Department and (i) Services Sound and Vision Corporation and...

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 5 June 2006, Official Report, column 263W, on sickness absence, how many staff in his Department have had two or more periods...

      Veterans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to assist organisations that support veterans to work more effectively together; and if he will make a statement.

      War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his Department and (c) senior officers and civil servants have had with the Attorney-General regarding...

      War Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) war pensioners, (b) GPs and (c) consultants are informed that war pensioners may receive priority treatment...

      Welfare Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which male models or other personalities have been used to advertise welfare services to members of the armed forces.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which benefits and allowances include an element for child support; and what the value of the increases awarded for each additional child is in...

    • Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many crisis loans were granted in Crewe and Nantwich constituency in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06; and how many have been...

      Family Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of families in (a) Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East and (b) Scotland are claiming (i) child benefit...

      Financial Inclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to promote financial inclusion in (a) Hartlepool constituency and (b) the North East region.

      Fuel Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average level of Fuel Direct payment was for (a) gas and (b) electricity to each supplier in (i) each region of England, (ii)...

      Interwork

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding Interwork receives from (a) his Department, (b) other Government Departments, (c) Government agencies and (d) other sources;...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of residents in each London borough issued with a new national insurance number in each of the last...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of (a) illegal immigrants and (b) failed asylum seekers who fraudulently hold national insurance numbers.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what requirements the Government have placed on private businesses to contribute to a safety net for pension funds.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in West Lancashire collect their (a) pensions and (b) benefit payments via a Post Office card account.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to his answer of 10 July 2006, Official Report, column 1603W, on the Post Office card account, if he will place a copy of the...

      Sure Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women have received a Sure Start maternity grant in Stroud constituency in each of the last two years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Advertising Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advertising campaigns her Department has run since July 2004; and what the (a) date and (b) cost was of each.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action is being taken to curb opium production in Afghanistan; and if she will make a statement.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what quantity of opium has been seized by the Afghan Special Narcotics Force since May 2005; and what the procedure is for the...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her German counterpart on ensuring that adequate vetting procedures are in place to...

      Africa (Peacekeeping Capability)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contributions the UK plans to make to strengthen African peacekeeping capability following the meeting of G8 officials and...

      British Passport Holders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Sheffield, Hallam (Mr. Clegg) of 15 June 2006, Official Report, columns 1373-5W,...

      Bulgaria/Romania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's plans are regarding the freedom of movement of Bulgarian and Romanian citizens into the UK upon their...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consular provision there is for British nationals in Taiwan province of the People's Republic of China.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the Colombian Government on threats by paramilitary organisations to kill students and...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Colombian Government on the confrontation and dismantling of paramilitary groups.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations have been made by the UK Government to the Government of Colombia about trade union rights.

      Departmental Resource Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2006, Official Report, column 298W, on departmental resource accounts, what the items...

      European Constitution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead (Mike Penning) of 20 October 2005, Official Report, column 1204W,...

      Extraordinary Rendition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of reports that Prestwick, Shannon and Bangor airports were used for the refuelling of flights...

      Honours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which individuals who are not UK citizens were awarded honours between 1 January 2002 to 31 December 2002; and what the (a)...

      Hospitality Expenses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 3 July 2006, Official Report, column 838W, on hospitality expenses, what the total cost across...

      Latin America (Trade Unions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on trade union rights in Latin American countries.

      Mi6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the work of the Information Operations section of MI6; and what policy applies to the...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the nuclear missile tests undertaken by North Korea; and if she will make a statement.

      Romania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the human rights situation in Romania.

      Sickness Absence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2006, Official Report, column 1866W, on sickness absence, how many staff in her Department...

      Szeklerland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the UK Government has had in the last 12 months with the (a) Hungarian and (b) Romanian Governments regarding...

      Szeklerland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the status of Szeklerland has been a part of discussions regarding the accession of Romania to the EU.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions were notified as being carried out in England in each year since 1996 on women whose normal place of residence was (a) France, (b)...

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the abortion rate was per 1,000 women aged 15 to 49 years in each health authority in England and Wales in 2005.

      Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake into the reasons for trends in the abortion rate in England between 2004 and...

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which accident and emergency departments have (a) closed and (b) been downgraded in each of the last three years.

      Acute Hospital Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department has advised NHS trusts that proposed solutions for reconfiguring acute hospital services should be tested in trials before they are...

      Alcohol Misuse (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the allocation of £15 million for tackling alcohol misuse is planned to be repeated in future years.

      Alcohol Misuse (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the £15 million funding for treatment of alcohol misuse in 2007-08 will be allocated.

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps she has taken to prepare for a potential outbreak of avian influenza.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the proportion of annual NHS expenditure on (a) breast cancer drugs and (b) all cancer drugs which will be required to...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which hospital trusts (a) provide family history clinics offering screening to women with a high risk of breast cancer and (b) have withdrawn such...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average interval was between screenings for breast cancer in (a) Guildford and Waverley Primary Care Trust, (b) Surrey and (c) England in each...

      Cancer Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what programmes are in place to assist cancer patients with the financial effects of their illness; and if she will take further steps to lessen such effects.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) carers of people with a learning disability, (b) children with a learning disability and (c) adults with a learning disability in...

      Cervical Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of women attended cervical cancer screening in (a) Guildford, (b) Guildford and Waverley Primary Care Trust, (c) Surrey...

      Connecting for Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what elements have changed from being funded by Connecting for Health to being funded by departmental central budgets since the inception of...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect on (a) the throughput of and (b) access to NHS dentistry of the implementation of the new dental contact and...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact of the new dental contracts on the provision of domiciliary dental care and the provision of dental care to...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) dental practices and (b) dentists have opted out of the NHS in the last 12 months, broken down by London borough.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) general dental services contracts and (b) personal dental services contracts signed by or on 1 April on an in dispute basis remain in...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 April 2006, Official Report, column 209W and the answer to question 81211, on NHS dentistry, why information on the number...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many dentists who signed the new NHS dental contract who are (a) in dispute and (b) not in dispute had (i) withdrawn and (ii) given notice of...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists had completed (a) 100 per cent. (b) 75 per cent. and (c) 50 per cent. of their allocated annual units of dental activity on 1 July.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of NHS paying patients treated were under the new NHS dental contract in each of the three payment bands on 1 July.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health why items prescribed under band 3 will be grouped together as band 3 prescriptions and not measured as individual items under the new NHS contract for...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that there are adequate numbers of diabetes nurses in West Lancashire.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diabetes nurses are employed by West Lancashire Primary Care Trust.

      District General Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research has been carried out by (a) the Department and (b) the NHS into the minimum population required to sustain a full district general...

      Domiciliary Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) England and (b) each region (i) met and (ii) did not meet the required standard at each stage in the registration of domiciliary...

      Domiciliary Oxygen Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation was conducted with (a) service users and (b) health professionals in West Lancashire prior to the recent change in domiciliary oxygen...

      Drug Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average expenditure per patient was for drug rehabilitation in (a) Ribble Valley and (b) Lancashire in the last period for which figures are...

      Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a decision on whether to renew funding for the research by the MDEX consortium into Duchenne's muscular dystrophy before the summer recess.

      Equality and Diversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Department has spent in each of the last eight years on promoting equality and diversity.

      Fertility Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many eggs have been obtained from patients since the enactment of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990; how many have been used for...

      GP Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reported GP vacancies there were in the last year for which figures are available; and how many applicants on average there were for each vacancy.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans she has for the future of the health screening unit at Heathrow airport; (2) what assessment the Government have undertaken of the...

      Hip Replacements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for a hip replacement was in the Greater West Lancashire Primary Care Partnership area in each of the last five years.

      Home Births

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of births in each primary care trust were home births in each of the last five years.

      Hospital Mergers (Cheshire and Merseyside)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will provide an opportunity for hon. Members in the Cheshire and Merseyside strategic health authority area to ask questions directly to the...

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what factors account for the difference between the forecast national expenditure on the National Programme for Information Technology, as stated in...

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the document, Delivering 21st century IT support for the NHS, when it was decided to move away from the recommendation for a choice of...

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2006, Official Report, column 1539W, on Connecting for Health, what targets she has put in place for the roll-out of...

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answers of 26 January 2006, Official Report, column 2333W, on Arm's Length Bodies, and 16 June 2006, Official Report, column 1537W, on...

      Jury Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her estimate is of the cost to the NHS of engagement in jury service by (a) doctors and (b) other NHS employees in each of the last three years.

      Macmillan Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to increase the numbers of Macmillan nurses working for the NHS in West Lancashire.

      Maternity Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) live births and (b) abortions there were in (i) Essex and (ii) Bedford and Hertfordshire strategic health authority in 2005.

      ME/Chronic Fatigue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what specialist myalgic encephalomyelitis/encephaliopathy and chronic fatigue syndrome services are being provided under the public patient initiative;...

      ME/Chronic Fatigue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what her policy is on the future provision of specialist myalgic encephalomyelitis and encephalopathy services by primary care trusts; (2) whether...

      Mental Health Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to seek (a) to repeal and (b) to amend section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 in the forthcoming Mental Health Bill.

      Mesothelioma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are receiving treatment for mesothelioma in each local health authority in England.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library the record of discussions made by her officials of her recent meeting with representatives of the Roman Catholic Church;...

      National School Fruit Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of fruit supplied to schools in West Lancashire under the National Fruit Scheme was sourced from (a) suppliers within 25 miles of the...

      New Critical Care Hospital (St. Helier)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will reply to the response from the Epsom and St. Helier hospital trust to her announcement that the new critical care hospital will be built on...

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who pays the superannuation of temporary staff supplied through NHS Professionals to NHS trusts.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason there are active programmes recruiting people for training as a nurse abroad.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses work in NHS hospitals in the West Lancashire primary care trust area; and how many of them were employed via agencies in the last period...

      Nut Allergies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the reasons for the trend in the number of people suffering from a nut allergy.

      Out-patient Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many out-patient appointments have been booked by GPs in West Lancashire since April 2005.

      Physiotherapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many physiotherapists were working in the NHS in each year since 1997.

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of its Directed Enhanced Services budget allocation each primary care trust (a) received and (b) spent in 2005-06.

      Private Sector Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of healthcare provision in England is provided by the private sector.

      Psychiatric Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many psychiatric patients were discharged from in-patient care in each year since 1990.

      Reproductive Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions of the morning-after pill were issued in each primary care trust area in each year since 1993, broken down by age of patient.

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the use of photodynamic therapy in skin cancer treatment; and if she will make a statement.

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the NHS treatment of skin cancer is undertaken with the use of photodynamic therapy.

      Social Services Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Department's recommended criteria are for the categorisation of the level and extent of care required by each recipient in relation to social...

      Terminal and Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many terminally ill and palliative care beds were available in each primary care trust in (a) London and (b) England for (i) adults and (ii)...

      Terminal and Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets her Department has set for tariff pricing for palliative care services; what progress she has made against those targets; and whether the...

      Terminal and Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the Health White Paper "Our Health, Our Care, Our Say", when the Government will bring forward proposals on the (a) kinds of services...

      Terminal and Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department is committed to full cost recovery for palliative services that are commissioned by the state.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of tuberculosis were reported in each of the last five years in the Southport and Ormskirk hospital NHS trust area.

      UK Pensioners (Overseas Health Care)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) bilateral and (b) multilateral arrangements the United Kingdom has with (i) Estonia, (ii) Finland, (iii) France, (iv) Germany, (v) Greece, (vi)...

      Urinary Reflux

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department has (a) undertaken, (b) plans to undertake and (c) evaluated into the (i) number and (ii) age of (A) males and (B) females...

      Walk-in Centres (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings (a) she and (b) her officials have had on the review of walk-in centre funding arrangements; what was discussed at each meeting; and if...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Abattoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2006, Official Report, column 9W, on abattoirs, how many abattoirs there were in England...

    • Abattoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many abattoirs there are in Yeovil constituency; and how many there were in 1997.

      Agency Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what average hourly rate was paid by his Department to each employment agency for staff employed through agencies in 2005-06.

      Air Conditioning/Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the carbon emissions resulting from (a) the generation of heating for buildings and (b)...

      Air Quality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made towards meeting the Government's Air Quality Strategy targets for (a) carbon monoxide, (b)...

      Angling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much angling contributes to the Exchequer; and how much is paid out to assist with angling-related activity.

      Beaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which (a) bathing and (b) non-bathing beaches are (i) measured and (ii) not measured for (A) beach and (B) water quality...

      Biofuel Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs why energy aid top-up grants for biofuel crops are not available to crops grown on set aside land.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many problem herds were involved in his Department's pilot study of the gamma interferon bovine tuberculosis test; and...

      British Sugar Factory, York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what representations he has received on the impending closure of the British Sugar factory in York in 2007; (2) what...

      Coastal Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the funds earmarked for sea coastal defences in (a) Clacton-on-Sea and (b) Holland-on-Sea have been allocated; and what...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total amount paid under the Common Agricultural Policy to (a) limited companies and (b) individuals was in the...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers in the UK received Common Agricultural Policy subsidies of (a) 0 to 5,000, (b) 5,000 to 50,000 and (c)...

      Comprehensive Spending Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) the Treasury and (b) the Cabinet Office regarding the pre-comprehensive spending...

      Credit Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if his Department will provide information and membership forms for credit unions to its employees.

      Departmental and Agency Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff employed by (a) his Department, (b) the Rural Payments Agency, (c) the Countryside Agency, (d) the...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what draft Bills have been produced by his Department since October 2005; how many were (a) examined and (b) are planned to...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his practice is regarding meeting, discussing and taking into account the views and opinions of (a) private individuals...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will list the Deposited Papers placed in the Library by his Department since 2000; and when each was published.

      Departmental Select Committee Recommendations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what actions have been taken by his Department to implement Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many disabled staff in his Department received support through the Access to Work scheme (a) in each of the last five...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 June 2006, Official Report, column 152W, on departmental staff, how many members of staff in his...

      Electrical Appliances (Stand-by Mode)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his most recent estimate is of the annual level of UK carbon emissions resulting from electrical appliances being left...

      FIFA World Cup

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which matches (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department attended at the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany in their...

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimates for fly-tipping incidents recorded by Flycapture were for 2005-06.

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under what circumstances the biotechnology company, organisation or person holding a consent to market a genetically modified...

      Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the (a) control of ivory stock piles and (b) reopening of the trade in ivory.

      Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the plans under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species for a one-time...

      Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will oppose proposals for sales from the ivory stockpile at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species...

      Levy Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will make a formal announcement on the reconstitution of the UK levy boards.

      Morecambe Sea Defences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been allocated to Morecambe Sea Defence Scheme for the latest phase of work.

      North Sea (Carbon Sequestration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the potential for carbon sequestration within abandoned North Sea fields; and if...

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of the burial of nuclear waste on the environment around the site of burial.

      Palm Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will carry out a study into the feasibility of producing an emblem to show which foods are not being produced using...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many parliamentary questions tabled to his Department were awaiting a reply on 10 July 2006; which of those had been...

      Patio Heaters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will estimate the (a) carbon dioxide and (b) greenhouse gas emissions created by outdoor patio heaters in (i) the...

      Pet Fairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to change the regulations relating to the sale of pets at pet fairs and other informal markets.

      Poultry Farmers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) market conditions for the poultry industry in the UK and (b) the level of consumer...

      Regulatory Simplification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what regulatory simplification proposals his Department has received since the start of the initiative; which stakeholders...

      Single Payments Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers are still to receive payment advice from the Rural Payments Agency.

      Single Payments Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers have not yet had single farm payment scheme application forms dispatched to them.

      Single Payments Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the error rate for single farm payment forms was for 2006; and if he will make a statement.

      Single Payments Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the largest single farmer subsidy, including EU subsidy, paid in Yeovil constituency was in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.

      Single Payments Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of farmers are still to receive their single farm payments.

      Sugar Beet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to increase bioethanol production at sugar beet factories.

      Sugar Beet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the viability of sugar beet as a rotation crop.

      Sustainable Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the Department of Trade and Industry on the inclusion of the promotion of...

      Tallow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the categorisation of tallow as a waste product as defined by the Animal By-products...

      Televisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effect of predicted future sales of high end television sales, including plasma...

      Timber (Papua New Guinea)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to tackle illegal logging in Papua New Guinea; and if he will make a statement.

      Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of trees in each country (a) had full crowns, (b) had slight defoliation, (c) had moderate defoliation,...

      Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps (a) have been taken and (b) are planned to improve tree health.

      Warm Front

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will revise the Warm Front eligibility criteria to make low-income householders caring for a severely disabled adult...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tonnes of (a) aluminium, (b) wood , (c) paper, (d) green waste, (e) glass, (f) steel and (g) textiles there...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total volume of (a) domestic, (b) commercial and (c) other waste was in each region in each year since 2002-03;...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has for a variable charge for household waste; and what recent discussions he has had with the Local Government...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the amount of residue from (a) anti-depressant and (b) other drugs in waste water which has...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers Ofwat has to take action against overcharging of water customers; and what steps he plans to take in this area.

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will amend the building regulations to take account of the lower water infrastructure connection charges for new...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) percentage and (b) volume of clean water was lost through leaks in public pipes in Guildford in each of the last...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average monthly cost to consumers was of (a) water services and (b) sewerage services in each water supply area in...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: Helmand Province

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many United Kingdom soldiers and personnel are now deployed or employed in the Helmand province of Afghanistan; and how many of these are directly engaged in...

    • Age Concern

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to the report from Age Concern, Promoting Mental Health and Well-being in Later Life; and whether they will take any action as a...

      Armed Forces: Allowances

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which targeted allowances for the Armed Forces are expected to generate savings with the introduction of the joint personnel administration system so that the...

      Armed Forces: Allowances

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the new harmonised Armed Forces allowances are broadly cost neutral for each individual service.

      Armed Forces: Allowances

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What process of consultation with members of the Armed Forces was undertaken before the introduction of the new harmonised allowances; and what surveys are planned...

      Armed Forces: Personal Load Carriage Equipment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the operational effectiveness of the personal load carrying equipment issued to British soldiers; and what plans they have to...

      Armed Forces: Procurement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many sections or units of the proposed new merged organisation to cover all military procurement and supplies will be sited in areasof high unemployment or in...

      Armed Forces: Unused Buildings

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many acres of the guarded compound containing the Defence Logistics Organisation headquarters at Andover, Hampshire, are occupied by abandoned and boarded-up...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what circumstances a consular officer at a British post abroad can refuse to accept an application for British nationality.

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why there is no system to track British nationality applications made at British consular posts abroad and forwarded to the Home Office for processing; and whether...

      Children: Use of Restraint

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether medically trained personnel are involved when oxygen is used in the course of restraint of children in secure training centres; and, if so, what level of...

      Cyprus

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what way the isolation of northern Cyprus has been reduced since Turkish Cypriots voted in favour of the Annan plan for a settlement in Cyprus; and what steps...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Election

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In the light of funding provided by the Department for International Development for the presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo, what is their...

      Equal Opportunities Commission

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have reduced the budget of the Equal Opportunities Commission.

      EU: Alternative Medicine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the current status of, and what outcome they anticipate on, European Union legislative proposals which concern (a) food supplements;(b) herbal medicines;...

      Extradition: Shackling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of the United States regarding the possible use of shackling or leg irons by the United States authorities...

      Embryology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total number of eggs obtained from patients since the enactment of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990; how many have been used for...

      Food: Imports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the powers of the Food Standards Agency to check imported meats for individual purchase are equally applicable to meat for the catering trade and meat for...

      Health Bill: Clause 2(2)

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will enforce the provisions of Clause 2(2) of the Health Bill, if enacted, in domestic premises used by two or more sex workers as both their home and...

      Iraq: Military Casualties

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Drayson on 26 June (WA 127) on military casualties in Iraq, whether they will publish the figures referred to in the...

      Israel and Palestine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the likely impact of the recent kidnapping of anIsraeli soldier and Israel's retaliatory measures on the prospects for...

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning the kidnapping of a civilian doctor and his brother from a house in Gaza, the day before...

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will seek an urgent meeting with the Government of Israel to discuss the recent attacks on civilians in Gaza.

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of Israel about the destruction of civic facilities such as power stations and university buildings in the...

      Middle East

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What effect their action and the action by United Nations partners to promote a just peace in the Middle East will have on radicalisation of members of ethnic...

      NHS: Audiology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they will publish the action plan to reduce waiting times for audiology services referred to in Tackling Hospital Waiting: The 18 week patient pathway; and...

      NHS: Audiology

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will issue commissioning guidance to ensure that existing levels of investment in adult audiology services are maintained while primary care trusts...

      Nuclear Energy: Magnox

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the proposed disposal route for Magnox fuel can splitter fins presently stored in vaults at the Magnox sites; and what transport methods are proposed.

      Police and Justice Bill: Clause 12

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the powers to be conferred upon police constables by Clause 12 of the Police and Justice Bill will improve their ability to detect and prosecute theft of...

      Prisoners: Early Release

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures are in place to detain those found guilty of serious violent offences who become eligible for early release, but show no sign of remorse for their...

      Prisons: Sexual Health Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What resources are being made available to ensure primary care trusts are providing an adequate sexual health service to prisoners; and Whether all women's prisons...

      Royal Travel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which members of the Royal Family are in receipt of royal travel grant-in-aid.

      Royal Travel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which individual journeys undertaken by those in receipt of royal travel grant-in-aid costbetween £2,500 and £10,000 during the year 2005-06.

      Royal Travel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans they have to review the Memorandum of Understanding between the Keeper of the Privy Purse and the Secretary of State for Transport on royal travel...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to raise with the Governments of China, Chad, Libya and Eritrea the findings of the recent United Nations report, The Supply of Small Arms,...

      Terrorism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: During each of the past five years, how many terrorist attacks have been successfully averted by the police and other security personnel.

      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 Communities and Local Government since its...

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