Written answers

Thursday, 12 October 2006

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measures are being taken to tackle tenants who are involved in antisocial behaviour and who live in housing association or...

    • Departmental Childcare Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) which of her Department's premises have childcare facilities on site; (2) what childcare (a) provision and (b)...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of staff in (a) her Department and (b) each of the agencies for which she has responsibility is recorded as...

      Deposits for Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proposals her Department has for limiting security deposits payable by tenants in (a) private and (b) public sector...

      Deputy Prime Minister

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many of her Department's staff are on secondment to the Deputy Prime Minister; and what the function of each is.

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans the Government have to allow qualified individuals, other than qualified home inspectors, to produce energy...

      Equality Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what actions are being taken under Schedule 1, Part 1, Section 2 of the Equality Act 2006 to ensure that experience and...

      Green Goddesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the age is of the (a) oldest and (b) newest Green Goddess emergency fire appliance.

      Home Condition Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library an electronic copy of the proposed XML Schema for (a) the Register of Home Condition Reports...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which consumer associations have made representations to the Department in favour of the introduction of home information packs.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2006 to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar, Official Report, column 1656W, on home...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the answer of 5 May 2006, Official Report, column 204W, on home information packs, if she will list the...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the answer of 23 May 2006, Official Report, column 1657W, on home information pack, if she will place in the...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will reply to questions (a) 76033, (b) 76052, (c) 75419, (d) 75412, (e) 76068 and (f) 76086, on home information...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the average price to be charged for making and sending a paper copy of a Home Information Pack...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the impact of her decision to make home condition reports voluntary on the number of home...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) an energy performance certificate and (b) a home information pack is required for the private sale of a home...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what qualifications are needed to inspect a property to produce an energy performance certificate for a home information pack.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written statement of 18 July 2006, Official Report, columns 11-13WS, on Home Information Packs, what assessment...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her latest estimate is of the number of qualified home inspectors.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will use her powers under Section 162 of the Housing Act 2004 to suspend the home information pack duties.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people have trained to be Home Information Pack inspectors, broken down by local authority area; and what the average...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the likely impact of the decision not to make the provision of home improvement packs a...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans her Department has to review the limits in the Right to Buy legislation on the discount granted to people buying...

      Residential Leases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will introduce legislation to ensure that the terms of residential leases are renewed to take into account changing...

      Retirement Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the arrangements to inform and protect elderly homebuyers purchasing...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Appeals (Lost Files)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs in how many benefit cases appeals have found in favour of the appellant because her Department has unable to locate the...

    • Custody (Legal Aid)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what criteria are used to determine access to legal aid for custody cases involving minors.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many disabled people were hired by her Department in each of the last five years for which figures are available; what...

      Freedom of Information Act

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how costs are currently calculated in relation to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and whether she has...

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the (a) shortest, (b) longest and (c) mean length of time taken by the Information Commissioner's Office to reach...

      Inquests

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs under what circumstances an inquest which has been closed may be reopened; and who has the authority to require an inquest to...

      Jury Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of people who have served on a jury more than four times in the same area; and if she...

      Online 1911 Census

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the monthly timetable is for the selection of the successful applicant for work on the Online 1911 Census Project; and...

      Public Defender Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the final research report into the Public Defender Service will be published.

      Sentencing Guidelines

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what guidance she has issued to (a) magistrates and (b) judges in Northern Ireland on sentences for those convicted of (i)...

      Translators' Fees

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much was spent on translators' fees in the North Wales magistrates courts area in each of the last five years.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • 2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what benefits she expects the 2012 Olympic Games to bring to Northamptonshire.

    • Arts Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the possible effect of funding for the 2012 Olympics on the resources allocated to (a) theatre and (b)...

      Cultural Olympiad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what range of events is planned for the cultural Olympiad in the run-up to 2012; and if she will make a statement.

      Databases (Security Breaches)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many confirmed security breaches of databases controlled by her Department occurred in each of the last five years; whether the...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the total carbon emission from her Department's buildings in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies in respect of hotel and other...

      Hampton Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what input (a) her Department and (b) its (i) agencies and (ii) non-departmental public bodies had into the Hampton review and its...

      Horse Racing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the Horse Racing Totalisator board will be (a) privatised as one single entity and (b) split for sale into more than one entity.

      Television Without Frontiers Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to protect UK businesses from any potential adverse economic effects arising from the new rules contained in...

      Theatre Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will request that the Victoria and Albert Museum publish the responses to its recent consultation on the Theatre Museum.

      Theatre Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding requests her Department has received in relation to the Theatre Museum in each of the last five years.

      Theatres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the cultural and social contribution of local and regional theatres to communities; and if she will make...

      Theatres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with local theatre organisations within the parliamentary constituency of Richmond Park in the last 12 months.

      Theatres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding for local theatre within the context of the forthcoming...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her estimate is of the percentage growth per annum required to reach the £100 billion target value for the tourism industry...

      Tourist Accommodation (Bournemouth)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many hotels and bed and breakfasts are registered in Bournemouth; and how many there were in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps ISAF forces are taking to support Afghan authorities in ensuring that schools can operate freely in all areas of the country.

    • Military Casualties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers have been treated for (a) gunshot and (b) shrapnel wounds received in (i) Afghanistan and (ii) Iraq since 2001.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what planning and operational work (a) has commenced and (b) is proceeding on establishing a United Nations peacekeeping force in Darfur.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision he is willing to contribute to UN peacekeeping force deployed to Darfur.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research his Department has carried out to verify the integrity of software created and tested in the US for the UK shore-based target planning...

      Unidentified Flying Objects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many reported unidentified flying object sightings his Department (a) received and (b) investigated in the last five years.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departmental Staff (Bicycles)

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what tax efficient schemes for the purchase of bicycles his office makes available to its employees; how many and what percentage of his office's staff purchased...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Ombudsman's Reports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many Parliamentary Ombudsman's reports were rejected by Government departments between (a) 1979 and 1997 and (b) 1997 and 2006.

    • Social Exclusion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps she has taken, in the context of 'Reaching Out: An Action Plan on Social Exclusion', to monitor and evaluate research undertaken on (a)...

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate she has made of the cost of implementing the measures contained in 'Reaching Out: An Action Plan on Social Exclusion'; and what...

  • Education and Skills

    • Craft Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on the provision of craft education in school and colleges.

    • Drugs Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in England have programmes in place to test pupils for drugs.

      School Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information he collects on trends in school exclusions.

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils missed school due to unauthorised absence on at least one occasion in the last year for which figures are available.

      Truancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 24 July 2006, Official Report, column 852W, on truancy, how many pupils there were in maintained mainstream...

      Information Sharing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the need for an information-sharing index for children.

      A-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils sat A-levels in mathematics or sciences in the 2005-06 academic year.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent by his Department on food and alcohol for its staff working out of office in each year since 2001-02.

      Disabled Students' Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many postgraduate students claimed the disabled students' allowance in each of the last five years; (2) how many (a) part-time...

      Music Tuition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what percentage of schools in England have offered tuition in a musical instrument (a) with a charge and (b) free of charge in each...

      Music Tuition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) in which musical instruments tuition is offered in all schools in England; and if he will make a statement; (2) what percentage of...

      Music Tuition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what financial contribution was made by private companies to the provision of music tuition in schools in each year since 1997; (2)...

      National Music Week

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what financial contribution was made by private companies to the activities taking place in schools during national music week; (2)...

      School Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of school leavers went on to higher education in each constituency in each of the last five years.

      School Leavers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of school leavers in Hornsey and Wood Green went on to (a) higher education, (b) university and (c) further vocational...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children have been (a) abused and (b) killed while under the care of or after the engagement of the duty of care of the social...

      Special Needs Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding has been allocated to special needs education in England in each of the last five years, broken down by parliamentary...

      Student Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the average level of debt with which a student enrolling on a three-year course at a higher education...

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures are in place to identify non-payment of loan repayments due to the Student Loans Company.

      Third Sector Forum (Young People's Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when the minutes of the Third Sector Forum for Children and Young People's Services on 17 July will be published.

      Unfilled Teaching Posts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teaching posts have remained unfilled in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Universities (Greater London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students were enrolled on degree courses at universities in Greater London in each of the last five years.

      Young Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost to local authorities of caring for unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people in each of the last three...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Hazardous Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which copper and zinc compounds defined as hazardous in version 8 of the Health and Safety Executive's Approved Supply List...

    • Recycling (Peterborough)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects a public inquiry to take place in respect of Peterborough Renewable Energy Ltd's plans for a sustainable...

      Solar Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans the Government have to put solar panels on Government property.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on (a) food security measures and (b) research on priority threat agents against...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Amir al-Saadi

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contact the UK Government has had with Dr Amir al-Saadi following his release by the US authorities on 18 January 2005.

    • China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made since July 2006 to the government of China regarding alleged abuse of those who protest...

      Croatia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the Government's support for the accession of Croatia to the European Union.

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to her statement in Prospects for the EU in 2006, that reducing regulatory burdens was a key priority for the UK...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to her statement in Prospects for the EU in 2006, on better regulation, what progress has been made in reducing the...

      Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate her Department has made of Lebanese civilian casualties in the current conflict.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions her Department has had with Syria regarding the Israeli-Lebanese conflict.

      Muslims of Europe Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which individuals received her Department's funding in respect of their attendance at the Muslims of Europe Conference; and how...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation in respect of the testing of a nuclear...

      Overseas Missions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is the practice of heads of UK missions overseas to read letters or emails addressed to them by hon. Members; whether...

      UN Peacebuilding Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions have been held between her Department and the UN Peacebuilding Commission on (a) conflict prevention,...

      UN Peacebuilding Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the operation of the UN Peacebuilding Commission.

      United States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role was played by the British embassy in Washington in promoting legislation before the United States Congress to limit...

  • Health

    • Air Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will bring forward proposals to fund air ambulances; and if she will make a statement.

    • Air Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients have been transported by air ambulance in each of the last 10 years.

      Alcohol-related Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her most recent estimate is of the cost of alcohol-related diseases to the National Health Service.

      Alcohol-related Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanism is in place to monitor how NHS primary care trusts allocate the £15 million funding for alcohol dependency projects in 2007.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 July 2006, Official Report, column 655W, on breast cancer screening, what percentage of women eligible received screening in...

      Breastfeeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to promote breastfeeding; what assessment she has made of the potential effects of legislation to protect the right of...

      Chlamydia Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to use postal screening in the national chlamydia screening programme.

      Connecting for Health Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the definition is under the terms of the Connecting for Health contracts to local service providers of a (a) severity 1 service failure and (b)...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she has received representations from trainee dentists or organisations acting on their behalf regarding a failure to pay salaries to trainees;...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists providing NHS treatment are available in (a) Edmonton constituency, (b) the London borough of Enfield and (c) Greater London; and if...

      Disease Awareness Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department has spent on disease awareness campaigns for (a) cervical cancer and (b) human papillomavirus in the last five years.

      Drugs Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was allocated for drug rehabilitation centres and courses in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07 in (i) England and (ii) the region of Merseyside; and...

      Emergency Readmissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 13 September 2006, Official Report, column 2275W, on emergency readmissions, when she plans to publish the conclusions from...

      Eye Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures she has taken in 2006 to improve community and hospital eye services.

      Eye Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures she has taken to promote eye health awareness.

      Fit for the Future Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions her Department has had with the Surrey and Sussex strategic health authority in relation to its Fit for the Future review; and whether...

      FRANK Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what total expenditure on the FRANK drug awareness campaign has been in each year since its start.

      HN51 Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much HN51 vaccine is stockpiled in the UK.

      Homeopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate she has made of the amount that the NHS spent in 2005-06 on homeopathy; (2) what evidence on (a) efficacy and (b)...

      Homeopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines the Government have given to (a) the NHS and (b) NHS bodies regarding homeopathy.

      Human Assets Ltd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment was made of the previous work carried out in the health sector by Human Assets Ltd prior to the allocation of the contract to select...

      Mackinsey Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she plans to take to ensure that the conclusions of the Review of Health Provision in Surrey by Mackinsey are discussed with (a) local...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of training a midwife was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwifery posts have been (a) withdrawn and (b) not filled in 2006.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives were trained in the training period which started in September 2003 and ended in September 2006; and how many trained in that period...

      National Confidential Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which of her Department's arm's-length bodies has responsibility for administering the national confidential enquiries.

      Neurology and MS Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the total NHS budget is spent on (a) neurology and (b) multiple sclerosis services.

      Neurology and MS Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners with a specialist interest in neurology are currently employed in the NHS, broken down by primary care trust; and if she...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 February 2006, Official Report, column 987W, on obesity, when she expects the launch of the social marketing programme to...

      Patient and Public Involvement Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been given to patient and public involvement forums in each of the last three years.

      Patient Harm Hotline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will bring forward proposals to establish a confidential telephone line for NHS staff to report incidents involving (a) actual and (b) potential...

      Primary Care Trusts Chief Executives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) salaries and (b) salary scales are of the chief executives of each of the 14 primary care trusts in the south-west.

      Private Finance Initiative Hospital Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the owners of all private finance initiative hospitals.

      Private Finance Initiative Hospital Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much made from private finance consortiums selling equity stakes has been passed on to public authorities in private finance initiative hospitals.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 4 September 2006, to the hon. Member for Northavon (Steve Webb), Official Report, columns 2068-69W, when she began developing...

      Royal Surrey County Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations her Department has (a) made and (b) received in relation to the potential closure of services at, or relocation of services from,...

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Tests)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many tests for (a) HIV, (b) chlamydia, (c) gonorrhoea, (d) syphilis, (e) genital warts and (f) genital herpes have been undertaken by the NHS in...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will publish the tuberculosis research strategy.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence programme to identify ineffective treatments being used by the NHS will examine...

      Unsafe Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) illnesses, (b) hospitalisations and (c) deaths have been caused in England by unsafe food in each year since 2000.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting time for a bone marrow transplant is in each NHS trust in England.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the process is for bone marrow transplants in England; and if she will make a statement.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people resident in (a) England and (b) Wales had been waiting more than six months for an NHS in-patient operation in an English hospital at...

  • Home Department

    • Cycling Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have taken place in the principal cities of England and Wales in each of the last three years of cyclists for failing...

    • Cycling Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been of cyclists for riding on pavements in the last three years.

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what offices are (a) owned and (b) rented by his Department in greater London; and which of those are not currently occupied by...

      Police Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests were made to chief constables for the removal of (a) DNA, (b) fingerprint and (c) police national computer records in...

      Sex Offenders (Isle of Man)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many sex offenders under supervision orders issued in the Isle of Man were living in (a) England and (b) Wales in each year since...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of (a) staff and (b) new staff employed since April 2005 in (i) his Department and (ii) each of the agencies for...

  • Prime Minister

    • Bilderberg Group

      To ask the Prime Minister in which years since 1993 (a) he and (b) other Government Ministers have attended meetings of the Bilderberg group.

    • Political Memoirs

      To ask the Prime Minister when the Government expects to respond to the report of the Public Administration Select Committee entitled "Whitehall Confidential? The publication of political...

      Political Memoirs

      To ask the Prime Minister what amendments to the book "The Blunkett Tapes" were (a) recommended, (b) rejected and (c) accepted during the applicable clearance procedures; and if he will make a...

  • Solicitor-General

    • Fraud

      To ask the Solicitor-General what plans he has to protect small companies from overseas fraudsters.

    • Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General if he will make a statement on the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the Crown Prosecution Service.

      Crown Prosecution Service

      To ask the Solicitor-General what changes to the Crown Prosecution Service will be required to enable bulk processing arrangements for simple non-contested criminal cases.

      Intercept Evidence

      To ask the Solicitor-General what conclusion the Attorney-General has drawn from his recent discussions in the US on the use of intercepted material as evidence.

      Mike McCartney

      To ask the Solicitor-General what recent discussions he has held with Cheshire and Merseyside Crown Prosecution Service on the trial of Mike McCartney.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Audit Firms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps are being taken to require audit firms to disclose their contingency plans in case of failure.

    • Bank Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Office of Fair Trading recommendations on bank charges will come into effect.

      British Nuclear Fuels Limited

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions he has had with (a) the British Nuclear Group, (b) the National Decommissioning Authority and (c) the nuclear...

      Crown Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many Crown post offices are being considered for franchising in (a) Greater Manchester and (b) England.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent by his Department on food and alcohol for its staff working out of office in each year since 2001-02.

      Energy Liabilities Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the membership was of the energy liabilities committee set up by his Department in 1998; how long it was in existence; and on how many...

      Export Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the military list classification was of all goods refused relevant export licences in the latest year for which figures are available,...

      Miners' Compensation Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will enable access to relevant vibration white finger and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease files by hon. Members to investigate...

      Nuclear Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will publish the Bectel study which was undertaken into the structure of the nuclear industry.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with the Royal Mail on its decision to propose the closure of Gloucester and Reading sorting offices; if he will...

      Retirement Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make it his policy to abolish the default retirement age of 65 and enable individuals to decide when to retire; and if he will make...

      Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of gross national product was traded with (a) the EU, (b) the US and (c) the rest of the world for each year since 1980;...

  • Transport

    • Airlines (Fire Controls)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information he has on the number of UK registered commercial airlines which have installed smoke detection and fire suppressants in cargo holds.

    • Bembridge Harbour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 13 September 2006, Official Report, column 2262W, on Bembridge harbour, what steps he has taken to secure compliance with...

      Chevron Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total cost was of the chevron markings recently installed on both carriageways of the M1 motorway in Nottinghamshire.

      Chevron Markings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what basis sites are chosen for the painting of chevron markings on the carriageways of the M1 motorway in Nottinghamshire; and why such markings...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the merits of making cycling without a protective helmet an offence.

      Eurostar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has held about the potential sale of surplus regional Eurostar rolling stock to the Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer...

      Hard Shoulder Crashes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people died as a result of crashes that occurred on hard shoulders of English motorways in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.

      West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to permit the West Midlands passenger transport authority to be a co-signatory to the west midlands franchise.

  • Treasury

    • British Nationals (Death Overseas)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many British nationals died overseas in each year since 1997; (2) how many deaths of British nationals overseas were registered in the UK in each...

    • Company Law Reform

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what reasons underlay his decision to remove provisions for operating and financial reviews from the Company Law Reform Bill.

      Competitive Neutrality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government are taking to develop a comprehensive policy framework on competitive neutrality.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter of 31 August from the hon. Member for Walsall, North in relation to VAT ref: 27433/2006.

      Databases (Security Breaches)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many confirmed security breaches of databases controlled by his Department occurred in each of the last five years; whether the breach resulted from...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on the envelopes that were sent out with the R40 form.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of (a) staff and (b) new staff employed since April 2005 in (i) his Department and (ii) each of the agencies for which he has...

      Departmental Staff (Sickness Absence)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 28 June 2006, Official Report, column 414W, on sickness absence, how many staff in his Department have had (a) more than two and...

      Disposable Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level was of average real personal disposable income each year since 1976; and what the year on year percentage increase was in that period.

      Distribution and Services Sector

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether an assessment has been made of the feasibility of sending out to businesses electronically the Office for National Statistics' monthly inquiry...

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the HM Revenue and Customs officials who allowed the Kurdish Baybasin gang to come to the UK to pursue their drug trafficking and other illegal...

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many anti-fraud/compliance officers were employed by the Inland Revenue and HM Revenue and Customs in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06, broken down by...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's submission to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's consultation on home...

      Illegal Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in what ways his Department has heightened public awareness about the prohibitions and restrictions on the import of illegal items into the UK.

      Inflation

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer how the role of inflation is calculated; and when he next plans to review the formula for calculating the rate of inflation.

      North Sea Revenues

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide the projections for North Sea revenues in table C9 of Budget 2006 in (a) cash terms and (b) real terms on 2006 prices.

      Property Renovation (VAT)

      To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated cost to public funds would be of reducing VAT on the renovation of residential property left empty for over three years to (a) 5 per...

      Renewable Energy Systems

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) for what reason energy from asphalt road systems is excluded from the renewable energy systems to which the enhanced capital allowance scheme applies;...

      Renewable Energy Systems

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how often the list of renewable energy systems included in the enhanced capital allowance scheme is reviewed; and when the last review was carried out.

      Renewable Energy Systems

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what types of renewable energy systems are covered by the enhanced capital allowance scheme.

      Stem Cell Research

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what involvement he had in the establishment and membership of the UK stem cell initiative.

      Sudden Death Syndrome

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people died from sudden death syndrome in each of the past five years.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer since what date all telephone calls from claimants to HM Revenue and Customs concerning tax credits have been digitised and recoverable on computer.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's policy is on issuing tax credit entitlement notices showing a zero entitlement; and how many such notices have been issued in each...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average waiting time has been on the tax credit customer helpline in the last 12 months.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to review the contracts of staff working for the operational services department of the tax credits office in Newscastle from March 2007;...

      Tax Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in the UK paid (a) stamp duty and (b) capital gains tax in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 1997-98 and (iii) 1979-80; and what each figure represents as...

      UK Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much UK investment was made abroad in each year since 2001; and how much foreign investment was made into the UK as a percentage of total investment in...

      UK Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) net investment income and (b) the share of net investment income in the current account balance was in each year between 2001 and 2005.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 18 July 2006, Official Report, column 367W, on the Valuation Office Agency, for what purpose the VOA purchased ACORN data; and...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the total amount of (a) social fund payments, (b) winter fuel payments, (c) attendance allowance, (d) disability living...

    • Change Management Director

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will appoint a director of change management for the Department.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will reply to the letter of 29 August from the hon. Member for Walsall, North concerning his constituent, ref: P05(3) 10644/61.

      Disability Conciliation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much the disability conciliation service recovered for successful claimants in respect of cases it took up on their behalf in...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the records of children in receipt of disability living allowance are used to assess a claim for incapacity benefit when the child...

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when distribution of funds will be made from the financial assistance scheme to members of the eligible employee pension schemes.

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on setting up the financial assistance scheme.

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether there is a central computer system with all the data completed for people qualifying for the financial assistance scheme.

      Illegal Immigrants (Benefits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the total amount of benefits paid erroneously to illegal immigrants in each of the last five years for which...

      Medical Assessment Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many medical assessment reports were assessed as substandard in relation to the administration of (a) disability living allowance and (b)...

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the financial effect on private companies of the contributions required of them for the pension protection fund.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are expected to reach state pension age in each financial year between 6 April 2006 and 5 April 2010 with at least 30...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of how long it would take to complete the pension law rewrite project discussed in paragraphs 2.46 and 2.47 of the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assumptions underpin Figure 1.xiv of the pensions White Paper "Security in retirement: Towards a New Pension System" concerning the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has undertaken of how the aggregate amount of private saving would be affected over time if all employers offered...

      Terminally Ill (Benefits)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations his Department has received regarding fast tracking benefits claims for terminally ill patients.

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Seasonal Workers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many migrant seasonal workers are estimated to have been employed in agriculture at the height of the season in 2005 and 2006; what proportion of that total...

    • British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Triesman on 25 July (WA 275), whether they will place in the Library of the House the Foreign and Commonwealth Office...

      Children: EU Strategy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the communication from the European Commission on the rights of the child, Com(2006)367, and the development of a European Union strategy...

      Cultural Objects: Export Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, and in what circumstances, under European Community regulations, they would currently be able to withhold an export licence for a cultural object...

      Cultural Objects: Export Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the accession of Hungary to the European Union in 2004 would now preclude, under the relevant European Union regulations, the issue of an export licence by...

      Cultural Objects: Export Licences

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress there has been with the proposed amendment of the European Community regulations governing the refusal of export licences for illicitly removed...

      Cultural Objects: Sevso Treasure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the faith which has been expressed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in the efficacy of self-regulation by the London art trade has been...

      Cultural Objects: Sevso Treasure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the acquisition or exhibition of the Sevso exhibition by any public museum or institution in the United Kingdom would be precluded under the Due Diligence...

      Electoral Law

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are giving consideration to the introduction of a Bill to consolidate electoral law.

      Electoral Registration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To whom the voter registration form at the annual canvass is addressed; who in a household has the responsibility of filling it in and returning it; and against...

      Mental Health: Rural Areas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Audit Commission's report Managing finances in mental health, whether they have investigated, or have plans to investigate, possible links between...

      Montserrat: Volcanic Eruptions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What recent talks Ministers have had with the Government of Montserrat; and what account was taken during the talks of the effects of the volcanic eruption there...

      Music

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the purpose of the passport to music initiative; and how they intend to promote it as part of the music manifesto for children.

      NHS: Independent Sector Treatment Centres

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that the establishment of independent sector treatment centres does not cause the closure of existing National Health Service...

      Pensions: Alternatively Secured Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to restrict the availability of the alternatively secured pension provisions to particular groups of individuals.

      Retail Prices Index

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether account is taken in calculating the retail prices index of price increases that are introduced by means of reducing the quantity of an item while...

      Trade: Statistics

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will require the Office for National Statistics to collect and regularly publish information, including authoritative estimates, about the export and...

      Turkey: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made, or intend to make, representations to the Government of Turkey concerning the prosecution of the novelist Elif Shafak, under Article 301 of...

      Turkey: Human Rights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of Turkey since 1997 over the present position of Armenians in Turkey; and whether they have discussed...

      Turkey: Religious Freedom

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Following the murder of a Roman Catholic priest at Trabzon, Turkey in February, and later attacks involving stabbings on two more, what representations they have...

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