Written answers

Monday, 2 October 2006

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her NATO counterparts on the situation in Afghanistan; and what requests have been made for...

    • Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether officials from her Department will be seeking agreement on a mandate for future negotiations on cluster munitions at the...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government have taken to meet its commitment under article 5 of the Mine Ban treaty to clear minefields in the...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has (a) made and (b) received from coalition partners of the likelihood of a civil war in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of progress in the political, economic and social conditions in the Iraqi provinces of (a) Al...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 July 2006, Official Report, column 1267W, on Iraq, what further progress has been made by the...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the (a) Israeli Government and (b) US Administration about the use of (i) cluster munitions...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her (a) United Nations, (b) European Union and (c) United States counterparts on the...

      UN Small Arms & Light Weapons Review Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with representatives from the Canadian Government regarding an inter-sessional meeting of states...

  • Health

    • Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many civil servants are employed by the Department (a) in and (b) outside London.

    • Road Accidents (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money was recovered by hospitals from insurers towards the cost of treatment of persons injured in road accidents in each of the last 10 years...

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of (a) HIV, (b) chlamydia, (c) gonorrhoea, (d) syphilis, (e) genital warts and (f) genital herpes there have been in England in each...

      Vaccines (Sleeping Contracts)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the placing of sleeping contracts for vaccines for use in the event of an influenza pandemic since her Department's chief...

  • Minister for Women

    • Official Visits

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality on how many occasions she has visited each region in an official capacity in the last 12 months.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Arm's Length Management Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much of each of the grants for arm's length management organisations has been spent.

    • Brownfield Sites (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many brownfield sites there are in each London borough.

      Business Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) second and (b) holiday homes were liable for business rates in each collecting local authority area in (i) 1995,...

      Empty Dwellings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what advice her Department has taken on whether Empty Dwelling Management Orders would breach Article 1 of the First Protocol of...

      Euro-preparation Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of the local authorities' euro preparation group of 21 February 2006.

      High Bickington Community Property Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account she took of the Government's declared aim in respect of affordable housing in rejecting the application of High...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the penalty will be for marketing a home without a home information pack.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment the Government has made of the cost of a Home Condition Report in London for a (a) three bedroom semi-detached...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to ensure high aesthetic standards in new housing developments; and what discussions she had with the...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 30 March 2006, Official Report, column 1214W, on housing, if she will list the funding streams...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many households were registered homeless in (a) Lewisham, Deptford constituency and (b) Lewisham borough in 1997;...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was allocated per head of population by the Housing Corporation to (a) Yeovil constituency, (b) Somerset and (c) the...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many psychiatric patients have been discharged from hospital into (a) temporary accommodation and (b) council housing in...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to respond to the recommendations of the Affordable Rural Housing Commission.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much the Government has spent on building social housing; and how many new social housing units were completed in each of the last 20 years.

      Housing

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much has been spent on building new social housing for rent in each year since 1990.

      Sustainable Communities Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the budgeted total cost to public funds was of the 2007 Sustainable Communities Conference.

      Sustainable Communities Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many units of affordable housing were provided in rural areas in each year since 1997.

      Land Classification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the (a) number and (b) area of sites designated as derelict land, broken down by region; and...

      Land Classification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much land was designated as (a) brownfield and (b) greenfield site in (i) Rochford district council area, (ii)...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she plans to consult on reforms to Article 4 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995...

      Relative Need

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the relative need factors are; and what value they have for the financial year 2006-07.

      Water Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer from the then Minister for the Environment to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) of 4...

  • Treasury

    • Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households in (a) England and Wales, (b) Cumbria, (c) Westmorland and Lonsdale, (d) urban areas and (e) rural areas were below the poverty...

    • Scottish Transport Projects

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the current arrangements are regarding the accounting for value added tax by local authorities in Scotland for (a) road and (b) rail building projects.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will (a) reduce and (b) remove VAT on fruit drinks.

  • International Development

    • Angola

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) level of UK public investment and (b) plans for support his Department has in respect of the future reconstruction of Angola.

    • Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the merits of reforming the (a) World Trade Organisation and (b) International Monetary Fund to give...

  • Education and Skills

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people applied for an electrical apprenticeship in the last year for which figures are available; and how many were accepted.

    • Disability Equality Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he plans to publish the disability equality scheme for his Department; and in what formats it will be published.

      Identity Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what internal training courses on tackling identity fraud are provided to departmental staff who have access to members of the public's...

      Plimsolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will issue advice to schools to enable children with medical needs to use special, rather than standard, plimsoll type footwear...

      Pupil Performance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the local education authorities in England in order of percentage of pupils achieving Level 7 in Key Stage 3 SATS in the...

      Student Transport Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what the (a) average and (b) maximum subsidy per student paid was to local education authorities for post-16 student transport...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Department's budget for preparation for an outbreak of avian influenza was in each year since 1997; and what outturn...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to control the impact of the spread of bovine tuberculosis on the British dairy and beef industry.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the incidence of bovine tuberculosis in cattle; what research he has conducted on the...

      Cattle Valuations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by what means market valuations are derived for the purpose of cattle compensation.

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what alterations have been made to the 2006-07 budget allocations to bodies funded by his Department; and what the...

      Farmer Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers were (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted in each year since 1997 under laws which have since been repealed,...

      Home Composting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage greater home composting; and if he will seek to persuade local authorities to remove...

      IT Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) projected budget and (b) actual expenditure was on information technology in each Directorate in his...

      IT Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which directorates in his Department have overspent on their information technology budgets in each year since 1997; how much...

      Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many enforcement actions there were under the powers of the Marine Fisheries Agency concerning the marine environment in...

      Non-human Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps have been taken towards reducing the risks to non-human primates from the (a) trade in bushmeat, (b)...

      Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government's policy is on the non-mandatory status of European Commission Decision 97/129/EC which provides for...

      Questionnaires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) questionnaires, (b) statistical inquiries and (c) investigations have been carried out wholly or partly at...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to improve the level of recycling of waste electrical and electronic materials.

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he took to ensure all farmers were paid by the June deadline by the Rural Payments Agency.

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of previously outstanding payments under the single farm payment scheme have been paid in full in North Yorkshire.

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects Peter Brown to receive his single payment from the Rural Payments Agency (Holding number 33/186/0003 and...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what requests for (a) more helicopters, (b) other equipment and (c) more personnel from field commanders in Afghanistan have been received by (i)...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many troops have been committed by each country to the conflict in Afghanistan; and if he will make statement on the availability of troops from...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which (a) Ministers, (b) hon. Members and (c) Members of the House of Lords visited British troops in Afghanistan in (i) July and (ii) August 2006.

      Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Harrier jets are grounded in Afghanistan because they are being used as sources of spare parts.

      Armed Services (Training)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the topics covered on induction courses for civilian medical staff taking up post at Army initial training establishments; and what...

      Army Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many serving Regular Army personnel have (a) left and (b) given notice of their intention to leave the army within 12 months of completing...

      Army Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people left the army in each of the last five years.

      AWE Aldermaston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the latest estimate is of total capital spending on AWE Aldermaston (a) in 2006-07 and (b) in each of the next three years.

      Body Armour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether all serving military personnel in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan are provided with body armour which protects vital organs in addition to the...

      Christmas Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the cost to his Department of sending Christmas cards in 2005.

      Defence Information Infrastructure Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the latest estimates are of the savings made by his Department arising from the EDS contract for the Defence Information Infrastructure project for...

      Defence Sector Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the degree to which Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) provisions were incorporated into the...

      Defence Sector Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of (a) voluntary and compulsory redundancies and (b) compulsory early retirement measures were at DARA St. Athan in each financial year...

      Demobilised Reservists (Mental Health Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where the planned new mental health provision for demobilised reservists will be located; what services will be provided; how much it is expected to...

      Demobilised Reservists (Mental Health Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements are in place to ensure that ex-Territorial Army soldiers who served in Iraq receive assistance from his Department if they become...

      Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to paragraph 44 of the Ministry of Defence Annual Report and Accounts 2005-06, what training exercises were cancelled; what the reasons were for...

      Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of the armed forces were engaged in operations overseas and in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years; and what...

      Eurofighter Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the possible implications of (a) the sale to Saudi Arabia of Eurofighter Typhoon and (b) associated training support on...

      Explosive Remnants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what budget he has allocated to dealing with explosive remnants of war in each of the last three years, broken down by theatre of operation.

      Harrier Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact of further extended deployment of Harrier jets in Afghanistan beyond March 2007 on the deep maintenance and...

      Harrier Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the availability rate is of the Harrier jets deployed in Afghanistan.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 22 May 2006, Official Report, column 1321W, on Iraq, how many (a) UK and (b) coalition (i) civilian and (ii) military...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which companies applied to run the Occupational Authority's Media Network in Iraq; and what criteria were used in deciding who would be awarded the contract.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers who have served in Iraq since 2003 have subsequently resigned from the armed forces in each of the last three years.

      Iraq/Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what contingency plans have been made by the Government in case the level of conflict involving British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan escalates.

      Joint Personnel Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many RAF personnel were affected by pay inaccuracies in June 2006.

      Joint Personnel Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 25 July 2006, Official Report, column 1538W, on Joint Personnel Administration, how many complaints the Armed Forces Joint...

      Landing Ships Dock (Auxiliary) Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to publish the findings of his Department's lessons learned study following the decision to terminate the contract with Swan Hunter for...

      Low Flying Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many complaints concerning low flying aircraft activity in North Dorset have been recorded in the last 12 months; and what plans he has to minimise...

      Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which (a) individual and (b) organisation was responsible for deciding that the qualifying period for the award of the Naval General Service...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what categories of military material have been transported from the US to Israel via the UK since 1 January; and whether these included depleted uranium...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the UN on the possibility of the UK providing manpower to the multilateral force in the Lebanon.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) nature and (b) extent of UK armed forces involvement is in the international peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon.

      Military Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what equipment belonging to the UK armed forces was positioned within five miles of the village of Southmoor, Oxfordshire on (a) 17 and (b) 18 July 2003.

      Military Material (Shipment Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the cost is of shipping a given amount of military material in containers to a given United Kingdom destination by (a) military train and...

      Military Material (Shipment Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of military containers shipped from the United Kingdom for Operation Telic were sent to their ports of embarkation by (a) rail and (b)...

      Military Material (Shipment Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements are in place to ensure that the internal United Kingdom transportation of military containers by (a) rail and (b) road is carried out...

      Military Material (Shipment Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on Defence Storage and Distribution Agency rail operations in respect of (a) keeping them in-house and (b) out-sourcing them to...

      Operation Telic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many casualties have been recorded on Operation Telic whilst using (a) Warrior and (b) Snatch armoured vehicles.

      Pardons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to grant pardons for those First World War soldiers that were convicted of capital crimes, but not executed.

      Private Military Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what guidelines have been given to members of UK armed forces in their dealings with private military companies in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan...

      RAF

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average age was of each type of aircraft flown by the RAF in each of the last 10 years.

      RAF

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planned level of trained RAF personnel was in each of the last 10 years; and what the planned levels are for each of the next five years.

      Royal Irish Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the troop levels are for each battalion in the Royal Irish Regiment; what the planned numbers are for each of the next three years; and if he will...

      Self-harm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the terms of reference are for his study on the causal factors of self-harm; what tendering process was undertaken to employ independent experts to...

      Special Forces Jump Course

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether he plans to provide radio equipment for all students on the Special Forces Jump Course at Brize Norton; (2) whether he has received any...

      Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration is being given to improving the night vision capabilities of Trafalgar class submarines.

      Suez Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) why (a) questions (i) 65386 and (ii) 65389, on the Suez Canal Zone campaign, tabled for named day answer on 27 April and (b) question 72193, on...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much it will cost to maintain the Trident weapons system between 2007 and 2020.

      TUPE Obligations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will suspend (a) the round of redundancies at the Defence Aviation Repair Agency and (b) the transfer of Tornado work to RAF Marham until the...

      VC Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress there has been on the market testing of the VC10 programme at St. Athan; and whether this took into account the full application of the Two...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Judicial Review

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 6 July 2006, Official Report, column 1345W, on judicial review, where information is held indicating...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much (a) pension credit, (b) disability living allowance and (c) carer's allowance was underpaid due to (a) fraud, (b) customer error...

    • Benefit Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much benefit was underpaid in income support to (a) lone parents and (b) disabled people in each year for which figures are available;...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff are employed by the Child Support Agency; and how many were employed as of 1 July (a) 1997, (b) 2000 and (c) 2005.

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in what proportion of Child Support Agency cases (a) the non-resident parent is not paying maintenance and has no know current address and...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what conditions and requirements apply to existing (a) Child Support Agency (CSA) claimants and (b) parents making payments migrating to the...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will arrange for a reply to the letter dated 5 July 2006 to the Child Support Agency from the hon. Member for Walsall North, reference...

      Disability Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made an assessment of which policy areas will be considered in his report on progress towards disability equality within the...

      Disability Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps were taken to involve disabled people in the production of his Department's disability equality scheme.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in the Sunderland City Council area include a person with a learning disability who receives the care component of...

      Identity Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to reduce identity fraud in the benefits system; and what discussions he has had with (a) the Home Office and (b)...

      Identity Verification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what procedures are in place to verify an individual's identity (a) before he or she is allocated a national insurance number and (b) before...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of people leaving incapacity benefit began claiming again within a year of leaving the benefit in each of the last five years...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been disqualified from receiving incapacity benefit under section 171 of the Social Security Contributions and Benefits...

      IT Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the value was of each IT contract awarded by his Department in each of the last five years; and who the contractor was in each case.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus offices have reduced their opening hours in each parliamentary constituency in the last 12 months.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what was (a) the staffing bill and (b) the overtime bill for Jobcentre Plus in each year of its operation to date.

      Ministerial Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times his ministerial office has been decorated in each of the last five years.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much time per applicant is allocated for interviews with applicants for national insurance numbers; and what changes to this time...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of applicants for national insurance numbers were called for face-to-face interviews in the last 12 months for which data are...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the UK are recorded as eligible for a national insurance number; and how many are in issue.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers are held on the Department's system; how many of these are active; how many of the remainder relate to...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of suspected illegal immigrants granted national insurance numbers were passed to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers there have been on (a) the Departmental Central Index and (b) National Insurance Recording Systems 1 and...

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance numbers are in operation for persons over 16 years old in England and Wales.

      National Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many temporary national insurance numbers have been issued in each (a) month and (b) quarter since April 2003; and if he will make a...

      Neurological Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the progression into work of people with neurological conditions and the progression into work of incapacity...

      Neurological Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement about percentage rates of people with neurological conditions who had been claiming incapacity benefit for over 12...

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of known job entrants from (a) new deal for young people and (b) new deal 25 plus started jobs that were not sustained beyond...

      Pathways to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consultation there will be on local partnership arrangements in preparation for the start of provider-led Pathways to Work provision in...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many post office card accounts (POCAs) there were in each local authority area in Tyne and Wear in April (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c)...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of the number of Post Office card account holders who are undischarged bankrupts.

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of (a) children, (b) people and (c) elderly people in (i) rural areas and (ii) England live in poverty.

      Questionnaires

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) questionnaires, (b) statistical inquiries and (c) investigations have been carried out wholly or partly at public expense on...

      Taxation (Disabled People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to publish the Tax Benefit Model Tables showing marginal deduction rates for disabled people as part of his Disability...

      Workless Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people below the state pension age who are not in work who are willing and able to work.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in Bristol since 1 June 2000; and how many are in force.

    • Association for Research (Voluntary & Community)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding his Department has given to the Association for Research in the Voluntary and Community Sector in each year since 1997; and what...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers have been evicted from their homes in Coventry South before being deported from the UK in the last 12 months.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers are detained in HM Prison Armley, Leeds.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers are in receipt of the National Asylum Support Service section 4 support, broken down by (a) nationality, (b)...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment his Department has made of allegations of persecution of repatriated asylum seekers by the authorities in the...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers there are in each ward in Hartlepool constituency.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers who claim to be fleeing persecution on the grounds of their sexual orientation have been (a) refused and (b)...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum claims have been deemed to be unfounded in each of the last five years.

      Bail Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the operation of the Bail Act 1976 in relation to persistent and prolific offenders.

      Biometric Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has considered allowing people to pay for their passport in instalments when biometric passports are introduced.

      British Crime Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate his Department has made of the number of crimes committed against under 16-year-olds which may have been omitted from the...

      Business Crime Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding has been allocated to the British Retail Consortium to enable it to run the Action Against Business Crime Group beyond August 2006.

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on cannabis education programmes since the reclassification of cannabis; and if he will make a statement.

      Civil Servants (Overseas Visits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what costs were incurred by his Department as a result of sending civil servants on overseas visits in each of the last 10 years.

      Community Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the pilot schemes on withholding benefits from persons who are in breach of a community order; and whether...

      Consultations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many public consultations his Department undertook in 2005; and what the cost was (a) in total and (b) of each consultation.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will to reply to the letter to him dated 15 June from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr. Faiz Mohamed...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence to (a) the immigration and nationality directorate (IND) and (b) the...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Torbay of 31 October 2005 regarding Dr. Winnie French.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his target time is for responding to hon. Members' letters; how long it took to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for...

      Court Production Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what his policy is on police refusing to obtain a court production order on the grounds (a) of cost and (b) that the victim has...

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents there have been of violent crime committed by people under 21 years in the Swindon area in each year since 1997.

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people have been convicted of (a) (i) racist and (ii) homophobic crimes and (b) religiously aggravated crimes in each year...

      Criminal Justice System (Employer Coalitions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the role of employer coalitions in the criminal justice system.

      Criminal Records Bureau

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time between the receipt of an application for a Criminal Records Bureau check and the full formal response was in each year...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff in his Department are paid on a performance-related basis.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects Misha Goravoy, reference TA4581, who completed his prison sentence at Bullingdon Prison three months ago, to be deported.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from each Commonwealth country have been deported in each of the last five years.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 18 July to question 68798, what role his Department plays in setting the contractor's operating procedures for the...

      Detention Estate Population Management Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Detention Estate Population Management Unit plans to introduce a real time electronic database of those immigration offenders...

      Drug Classification

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions his Department had with (a) outside bodies and experts and (b) the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs before...

      Drug Treatment Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inmates in prisons in England and Wales have (a) successfully completed and (b) started but failed to complete a drug treatment...

      Electronic Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral answer of 17 May 2006 to the right hon. Member for Witney (Mr. Cameron), Official Report, column 991,...

      Extreme Pornography

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the terms of reference were of the consultation on the possession of extreme pornography; and when he expects to publish a response to...

      Foreign Nationals (UK Entry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals entered the United Kingdom for the purpose of (a) business, (b) tourism and (c) immigration in each year since 1997.

      Foreign Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals convicted of serious offences and serving sentences in Scottish prisons have been (a) recommended for deportation...

      Foreign Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the released foreign prisoners being sought by the police are on the Sex Offenders Register.

      Foreign Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 18 April 2006, Official Report, column 337W, on prisons, how many cases of (a) foreign nationals and (b) dual...

      Foreign Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Immigration and Nationality Directorate is taking to encourage the voluntary return of failed asylum applicants in detention...

      Foreign Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners have been deported (a) before their non-parole release date (NPD) and (b) on, or shortly after, their NPD, in each of...

      Ian Missing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the conclusion of the review commissioned by Essex Police and Essex Probation Services, on the case of Mr. Ian...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding his Department allocated to the London School of Economics for research into identity cards.

      Identity Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of people in each ethnic group who will be registered on the national DNA database by January 2007.

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officers of the immigration and nationality directorate are stationed permanently at the port of Holyhead.

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what extra resources have been recently allocated to the immigration and nationality directorate security and anti-corruption unit's data...

      Immigration Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessments are undertaken at point of entry to the UK to check the performance of (a) assistant immigration officers, (b) immigration...

      Immigration Removal Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Walthamstow, of 16 June 2006, Official Report, column 1423W, on immigration removal centres,...

      Immigration Removal Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost was including overheads, of transporting (a) a man and (b) a woman between immigration removal centres.

      Immigration Report 2004

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 4 September 2006, Official Report, column 1841W, on the Review of Resourcing and Management of Immigration Final...

      Immigration Stamps

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what processes are undertaken when transferring long-held immigration stamps.

      Information Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which IT contracts awarded by his Department in each of the last five years have been abandoned; and what the value was in each case.

      Inmate Information System

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what fields of data are stored in the Inmate Information System (IIS); for what reason information on deportation order recommendations were...

      Lebanese Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Lebanese nationals are residing in the United Kingdom under tourist visas; and what provisions are in place for their future stay if...

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much additional funding was made available to police forces specifically to tackle binge drinking and alcohol misuse at the time the...

      Methylamphetamine

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the misuse of methylamphetamine.

      Motoring Offences (Women)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the 10 most common motoring offences were for which women were (a) prosecuted, (b) convicted, (c) fined and (d) sent to prison in...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to Question 78420, on suicide attempts at Colnbrook Detention Centre, tabled by the hon. Member for Ashford for answer on...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to Question (a) 75778 and (b) 75781, on biometric cards, tabled by the hon. Member for Ashford for answer on 7 June 2006.

      Passports (Loss and Theft)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost per customer is of a call to report a lost or stolen passport.

      Passports (Loss and Theft)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints have been received over the last 12 months about the system for reporting lost or stolen passports; what steps he has...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average number of hours was expended by police officers in investigating a burglary in 2005-06.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will reimburse the Essex Police Authority for the full costs incurred by the authority in considering proposals for the merger of Essex...

      Police Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers have been introduced in Coventry, South since the scheme began.

      Police Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to collect data routinely on assaults on police community services officers; and if he will make a statement.

      Prison/Court Escort Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what penalties have been imposed on the companies responsible for prisoner escorts in each of the last five years; and what the reason for...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effect of ear acupuncture in the high security prison estate; what plans he has to extend the availability...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to reduce overcrowding in prisons.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many incidents of self-harm (a) occurred and (b) gave rise to the need for resuscitation in each prison in each of the last five...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of self-harm incidents in each prison occurred amongst (a) those on remand, (b) convicted inmates and (c) immigration...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many inmates escaped from each prison in each of the last eight years; how many were recaptured within (a) one hour, (b) 12...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the capital value of each public sector prison.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many absconders there were from Sudbury Open Prison in each of the last five years for which figures are available; what they were...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received on the planned changes to the structure and role of the Probation Service in West Lancashire.

      Public Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in the Wiltshire Police Authority area; how many have been breached; how many...

      Public Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) acceptable behaviour contracts, (b) parenting contracts, (c) parenting orders, (d) full injunctions, (e) evictions, (f)...

      Re-offending Action Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which regional organisations will be involved in the delivery of individual pathways in Wales under the re-offending action plan;

      Seat Belts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vehicle occupants have been fined for non-wearing of seat belts in each of the last 10 years.

      Skilled Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce a transitional period for skilled and highly skilled migrant workers affected by the February implementation of the...

      Skilled Migrant Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with representatives of (a) Indian and (b) Chinese skilled and highly skilled migrant workers affected by the...

      Small Change Big Difference Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department and its agencies have taken following the launch of the Government's Small Change Big Difference Campaign.

      Snares

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what action he is taking to discourage the use of snares for catching birds and small mammals.

      Statutory Instruments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the statutory instruments introduced by his Department since 6 May 2005.

      Stolen Property (Recovery Costs)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost to police forces of removing the charge to victims of car theft for the return of their vehicle.

      Terrorism Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000; how many were (a) held for the maximum 14 days, (b) charged and (c)...

      Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the acts of vandalism which have been perpetrated (a) inside and (b) on the outside of his Department's buildings in the...

      Work Permits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many work permits were issued to individuals working in (a) health care and (b) social care in 2005.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have left a young offenders institution without (a) employment and (b) accommodation in each of the past eight years.

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