Written answers

Tuesday, 17 October 2006

  • Leader of the House

    • Additional Costs Allowance

      To ask the Leader of the House how many and what percentage of hon. Members used the additional costs allowance to pay for (a) rent and (b) interest on a mortgage in each year since 1997.

    • Additional Costs Allowance

      To ask the Leader of the House under what circumstances hon. Members may claim simultaneously the London supplement and the additional costs allowance; and if he will make a statement.

      Additional Costs Allowance

      To ask the Leader of the House what percentage of hon. Members have claimed (a) the maximum amount of additional costs allowance available and (b) money from both the London supplement and the...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Leader of the House how much his Office has spent on taxis in the last 12 months.

      Foreign Language Lessons

      To ask the Leader of the House how many hon. Members received free foreign language lessons funded by the House in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by language learned.

      Party Political Spending

      To ask the Leader of the House what plans there are to limit party political spending in individual constituencies outside the 12-month period immediately prior to a general election.

      Party Political Spending

      To ask the Leader of the House what plans he has to limit the money that can be spent in election campaigns.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the implications are for local authorities of replacing capital grants with the power of prudential borrowing, which...

    • Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made with the reform of local government finance.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) powers and (b) duties are of local authorities in relation to enhancing areas of outstanding natural beauty;...

    • Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which non-poultry rare breeds would be excluded from a cull if an outbreak of avian influenza occurs; and whether all bird...

      Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what evidential basis the randomised badger culling trials were stopped; and if he will make a statement.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been raised (a) in total and (b) on average from selling the carcases of tuberculosis test failure cattle in...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle showed lesions after slaughter in each year between 2000 and 2006.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average cost of a pre-movement tuberculosis test was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Departmental Expenditure

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

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of (a) staff and (b) new staff employed since April 2005 in (i) his Department and (ii) each of the...

      Gangmasters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many gangmasters are licensed in Lancashire to provide employees for supermarkets.

      Heath Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) in how many sites of special scientific interest in (a) Shropshire and (b) England the Heath Cudweed plant,...

      London (Waste)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps his Department is taking to reduce the amount of London's waste that is transported to other regions; and if...

      London (Waste)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the package of measures for waste management set out in the Government's proposals for additional powers and...

      Ragwort

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many prosecutions have taken place under the Ragwort Control Act 2003; what assessment he has made of the effectiveness...

      Ragwort

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with whom he has consulted on the Code of Practice under the Ragwort Control Act 2003.

      Rainforests (Soya Production)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken by his Department to prevent the sale of meat from animals which have been fed soya grown in...

      Sheep Dip

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Medical and Scientific Review Panel on the ongoing investigation into the...

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what percentage of claimants in (a) England, (b) the South West and (c) Torridge and West Devon are waiting...

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many farmers in (a) North Dorset and (b) England are yet to receive a full balance of their 2005 single payment scheme...

      Veterinary Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the proposed Veterinary Bill will be introduced; and whether it will propose changes in the self-regulation of vets.

      Waste Management/Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of waste oil is captured for reuse.

      Waste Management/Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what tonnage of waste packaging was sent to landfill sites in each of the last 20 years.

      Waste Management/Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of (a) household waste and (b) all waste was recycled in each local authority area in South West England in...

      Waste Management/Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much household waste was recycled in each of the last 20 years.

      Woodland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what acreage of new woodland has been established in each of the last 20 years.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Banking (Penalty Charges)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to limit the level of penalty charges imposed by banks and credit card companies.

    • Bankruptcy Restrictions Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many bankruptcy restrictions orders (BROs) have been made under the personal insolvency provisions introduced by the Enterprise Act in...

      Data Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the purpose is of data standards (a) BS7666 and (b) BS8766.

      European Landscape Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether his Department considers the European Landscape Convention when considering applications for consent to the development of (a)...

      Gas Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many households in each constituency in Wales are not connected to the gas network; (2) what percentage of households in Wales is...

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in appointing a new director for the National Institute for Medical Research; and what process is being followed.

      National Institute for Medical Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) pursuant to the answer of 7 March 2006, Official Report, column 1292W, on the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), if he...

      Redundancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many redundancies have been notified to the Government since 1 July 2006, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

      TV Signal Reception Installers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many television signal reception installers had signed up to the Registered Digital Installer scheme as at 30 September, broken down by...

      World Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the impact of the latest round of Doha trade talks on (a) freeing up trade, (b) improving market access for...

  • Treasury

    • Arms Export Controls

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 13 September 2006, Official Report, column 2332W, on arms export controls, what the numerical threshold is for widespread abuse...

    • Burma

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who the recipient is of the planned loans to Burma from the European Investment Bank; what the loans are for; and whether the UK Government are able to...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claims for child benefit were made in each year since 2001 in each local authority area.

      Childcare Vouchers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax-free child care vouchers have been given in each year since introduction; and what their total value was.

      Children's Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the Inland Revenue contacted self-assessment claimants of the children's tax credit to inform them of (a) the switch to child tax credit in 2003 and...

      Community Club Development Programme (VAT)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much VAT revenue has been collected on projects funded by the Government's Community Club Development Programme in each of the last three years.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to the letter to the Paymaster General of 18 August 2006 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. and Mrs. Reid.

      Cultural Purposes Exemption (VAT)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much cultural organisations have received from the cultural purposes exemption on VAT in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) museums, (b)...

      Departmental Meetings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many meetings he has had with Sir Christopher Evans since 1 January 2005; (2) what representations he has received from Sir Christopher Evans to...

      European Investment Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much in UK contributions was paid into the European Investment Bank in each of the last five years.

      Family Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the net income of a single earner family on half average earnings with two young children was in real terms in each of the last 10 years.

      Financial Inclusion Taskforce

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer why the minutes for the Financial Inclusion Taskforce meeting on 11 July have not been made available; and when he expects them to be made available.

      Game Birds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make it his policy to value all land used for commercial game rearing where more than 50 birds are kept; and if he will make a statement.

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of the population paid inheritance tax in each of the last 30 years.

      International Passenger Survey

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the International Passenger Survey cost the Government to run and analyse for each year from 2001.

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much of the debt owed by Iraq in March 2003 (a) overall and (b) to the United Kingdom has been (i) repaid and (ii) cancelled.

      IT Equipment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will reinstate the offsetting of small business company profits against the cost of upgrading information technology equipment.

      Markets in Financial Instruments Directive

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he approved the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive; and when the initial cost benefit analysis for the directive was completed.

      Mortgages

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average mortgage rate was in each of the last 30 years.

      Necrotising Enterocolitis

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many babies and children died from necrotising enterocolitis in each year between 2000 and 2006.

      Objective 1 Status

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total level of (a) local and (b) central Government funding received through objective I status in Wales was in each of the last six years; and...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will reply to question 91084, on national insurance contributions, tabled by the hon. Member for Vale of York on 6 September.

      Population Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which local authorities have been identified by the Office for National Statistics as being affected by flawed population statistics.

      Population Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what purposes mid-year population estimates are used other than for local government finance.

      Premier League

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many investigations have been made by HM Revenue and Customs into premier league football clubs in the last five years.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations were made by Public and Commercial Services Union (a) officials and (b) members on the scope for fraud in the tax credits system in...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what systems are in place to ensure that records kept on the IT system used to process working family tax credits are not lost in the event of the...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases involving overpayment of tax credits have arisen in each parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland; and how many have been resolved.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the findings of the Valuation Office Agency's latest staff attitude survey.

      VAT (Fruit Drinks)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration his Department has given to reducing VAT on pure fruit drinks.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consultations have been launched by (a) her Department and (b) the Gambling Commission since the passage of the Gambling Act 2005...

    • Online Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's most recent estimate is of the number of online casinos that will be based in the UK in each of the next 10 years;...

      Online Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations her Department has made to the European Commission on the application of Article 49 of the EC Treaty in relation to...

      Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans her Department has to include art, culture, heritage and sport in the proposals for the Thames Gateway; and if she will make...

  • Education and Skills

    • Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost in each year for which such estimates are available of the proposals outlined by the Secretary of...

    • Curriculum Online

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many hits Curriculum Online has received since its commencement; and if he will make a statement.

      Director General for Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he expects to appoint a new Director General for Higher Education.

      Further Education Enrolment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people enrolled in further education classes (a) up to the age of 19, (b) between 20 and 25, (c) between 26 and 60, (d) over 60...

      Higher Education Maintenance Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students claimed the higher education maintenance grant in each of the last 10 years, broken down by region.

      Information Index

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether the new Information Index will have the technological capacity to store photographs.

      Student Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the pilot scheme to administer student loans run by Student Finance Direct.

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department have had with the Independent Advisory Group on Teenage...

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of the Teenage Pregnancy Unit on reducing teenage pregnancies; and if he will make a...

      Third Sector Forum Children & Young People's Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether there is representation from organisations which work specifically with children with communication disabilities on the Third Sector...

      University Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students received university grants in each of the last 30 years.

      Youth Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the impact on (a) crime, (b) educational achievement and (c) antisocial behaviour of the...

  • Wales

    • Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on how many occasions he has visited each region of the UK in an official capacity in the last 12 months.

    • Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 25 July 2006, Official Report, column 1188W, on ministerial visits, on how many occasions he has stayed overnight in Wales while...

      Tidal Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions (a) he and (b) his Department have had with the Welsh Assembly Government regarding the generation of tidal power from the Severn estuary.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many telephone calls the Child Support Agency received in each of the last 12 months; and what proportion of these telephone calls were...

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many working days were lost during the process of moving the Child Support Agency to new premises; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what arrangements are made for recipients of child support payments when a payment is not made due to a failure at the Child Support...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) when the decision was taken to use private debt collection agencies for the collection of Child Support Agency arrears; (2) how many...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what systems his Department has in place to measure the performance of Vertex in dealing with manual cases at the Child Support Agency;...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress has been made in the last three months in testing the recommendations in the Henshaw report for redesign of the Child Support Agency.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many new housing benefit claimants have been added in each of the previous five years, broken down by local authority.

      Pension Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the impact on the value of pension funds of the post A-Day (a) changes in the way shares are valued after a...

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the implementation of the compulsory Pension Protection Fund.

  • Transport

    • Carbon Emissions (Air Travel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to tackle increases in carbon dioxide emissions from air travel.

    • Carbon Emissions (Air Travel)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on the inclusion of aviation in the EU emissions trading scheme.

      Road Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for a national road user pricing scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Road Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential of road pricing to reduce congestion.

      Nottingham Light Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the decision on funding of the Nottingham light rail extension will be made.

      Congestion Charging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to introduce congestion charging in Manchester and Birmingham.

      Rail Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what change there has been in volumes of rail freight since 1997.

      Air Travel (Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to encourage the improvement of access to air travel for disabled people.

      Road Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to improve management of the trunk road network.

      A14

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the Highways Agency will publish its report on potential improvements to the A14 around Kettering.

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the change has been in spending on bus transport in each of the last three years.

      Channel Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much freight was transported by rail through the channel tunnel on average in each month of the last period for which figures are available; and...

      Channel Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what projections his Department has made of the likely effect on the environment from carbon emissions that may be created should freight transported...

      Channel Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the possible effect on the number of jobs in UK freight yards if subsidies for freight operating companies...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will reply to the letter of 1 September from Sir Robert Atkins MEP.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Office spent on organising and hosting conferences in the last 12 months.

      Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people aged (a) 18 and (b) 19 years hold a UK (i) provisional and (ii) full driving licence.

      Electronic Under-road Sensors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidelines are in place to ensure the correct positioning of electronic under-road sensors in new road schemes.

      Foreign Registered Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many foreign-registered vehicles have been inspected in the South East International Transport Project during the 2006-07 financial year; how many...

      Fuel Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department investigates the claims made by the promoters of fuel improvement products in relation to reductions in (a) fuel use and (b)...

      Manchester Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what role the Department has in monitoring the compensation arrangements for homeowners affected by the operation of Manchester airport's second...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the location is of each stretch of motorway which has speed restrictions in force on a 24-hour basis to protect the work force where the roadworks...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of accidents caused on stretches of motorway (a) which are unlit and (b) with lighting since 2000; and if he...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason the M1 motorway was closed on 11 September near to junction 21; why a complete closure was deemed necessary in both directions; and by...

      Motorways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the operation of the active traffic management and hard shoulder running on the M42.

      Night Flights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many night flights there were from (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick, (c) Stansted and (d) Nottingham East Midlands airports in each of the last five...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total expenditure on upgrading and improving the West Coast Mainline was in each of the last 20 years.

      Transport Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what total (a) Government and (b) private funding for transport infrastructure was in each of the last 30 years at today's prices; and what projected...

      Trunk Roads (Northamptonshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans the Government have to build new trunk roads in Northamptonshire in the next 10 years.

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) senior civil service and (b) pay level 10 posts there were within the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency on 1 January 2005; how many in...

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the terms of reference are of the Deloitte study into the possible outsourcing of work being carried out by the Vehicle and Operator Services...

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) senior civil servants and (b) other staff from the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency attended the launch celebrations of the MOT...

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many roadside checks the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency conducted (a) with and (b) without support from local police forces in each of the...

      Yorkshire and Humber Regional Transport Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport why no representative from East Yorkshire sits as a member of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Transport Board.

      Yorkshire and Humber Regional Transport Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make changes to the composition of the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Transport Board to include a representative from the East Riding of...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Electoral Arrangements

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what new powers will be available to electoral registration officers conducting the annual canvas.

    • Electoral Arrangements

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when she expects to introduce a marked register of postal votes received.

      Electoral Arrangements

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the timescale is for requiring electoral registration officers to carry out their duties relating to electoral...

      Electoral Arrangements

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of eligible voters missing from the Electoral Register in Ochil and South Perthshire.

      Electoral Arrangements

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what targets she has set for electoral registration officers in relation to improving their electoral registers.

      Coroners

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on her proposals to reform the coroner system.

      Claims Handlers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress has been made in establishing a regulatory structure for consumer complaints about claims handlers.

      Magistrates

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress she has made in increasing diversity among magistrates.

      Airports

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether financial assistance is available to homeowners affected by the operation of new runways at UK airports to help them...

      Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many arrest warrants have been issued in Northern Ireland in each year since 2000; and how many people have subsequently...

      Care Orders

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the average time was between a care order being made and the final placement hearing in (a) London and (b) England in...

      Departmental Agency Staff

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what proportion of (a) staff and (b) new staff employed since April 2005 in (i) her Department and (ii) each of the agencies...

      Electoral Administration Act 2006

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which of the provisions introduced in the Electoral Administration Act 2006 will not be implemented before May 2007.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many freedom of information (FOI) requests were under consideration at the FOI clearing house as of 9 October 2006, broken...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether her Department has collected statistics on the number of freedom of information requests turned down by (a)...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the report on the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Statistics on Implementation in Central Government, Second...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much has been paid in relation to family law cases by the Legal Services Commission in the last five years in respect of...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many firms of solicitors in England and Wales undertake Legal Services Commission funded work in family law; and how many...

      Mental Capacity Act

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when she expects the Mental Capacity Act 2005 code of practice to be laid before Parliament for approval; and if she will make...

      Political Parties

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many seats were contested at the (a) last General Election and (b) 2005 local elections by (i) the British National...

      Public Records

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which documents which were previously subject to extended 100-year closure under the provisions of section 5(1) of the Public...

      Statute Law Repeal Bills

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what criteria the Law Commission uses to select subjects for proposed Statute Law Repeal Bills; what consultation is undertaken...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the budget is for Urgent Operational Requirements for operations in Afghanistan for (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which items of military equipment have been forwarded to Afghanistan in the last six months intended for use in (a) defence of British troops and (b)...

      Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Apache helicopters are (a) available for service, (b) undergoing maintenance and (c) being cannibalised for repairs.

      Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact on the capability of HM forces of the loss of the Nimrod MR2 in Afghanistan.

      Deterrent Patrol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what events are planned to mark the 300th deterrent patrol.

      Efficiency Savings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what efficiency savings his Department made in 2005-06; what savings are anticipated for (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; what the targets were for each of...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Chinook recently removed from the Mount Pleasant airbase in the Falklands will be replaced.

      First World War Pardons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussion he has had with (a) military historians and (b) other groups regarding the issue of executed First World War soldier pardons as part of...

      Joint Personnel Administration System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the timetable is for the proposed rollout of the Joint Personnel Administration system to all armed forces personnel.

      Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what evaluation his Department has made of the results of the most recent M85 cluster munition testing in Norway.

      Outstanding Pay/Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many individuals serving in (a) the regular forces and (b) the reserve forces including volunteer reservists had pay or benefits outstanding (i)...

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans the Government have further to reduce its stake in QinetiQ.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what mechanisms his Department has in place for liaising with other shareholders in QinetiQ on the company's plans and prospects.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what Government loans to QinetiQ are outstanding; and on what terms they were made.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what mechanisms his Department has in place to exercise stewardship over the Government's shareholding in QinetiQ.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what financial guarantees the Government has given to QinetiQ; and whether the Government has further liabilities (a) directly and (b) as a result of...

      RAF Complaints Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2006, Official Report, columns 1882-83W, on the RAF complaints process, if he will place in the Library a copy of the...

      Reservists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many reservists have been deployed in Afghanistan in each year since October 2001.

      Royal Irish Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent estimate is of the number of personnel from the Royal Irish Regiment Home Service Battalions who intend to transfer to General Service.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make available the mid-term review undertaken by his Department in March 2006 of the Research in Alternative Livelihoods...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place in the Library the (a) publications, (b) conclusions and (c) recommendations made by the Research into Alternative...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes his Department are supporting to help farmers in Afghanistan switch from poppy production to other crops.

      Hampton Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what input (a) his Department and (b) (i) agencies and (ii) non-departmental public bodies had into the Hampton Review and its report...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Post Deliveries

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what recent research the Commission has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the length of time it takes...

  • Home Department

    • Confiscation of Criminal Assets Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been recovered under the Confiscation of Criminal Assets Act 2003 (i) in total and (ii) in each police authority area, listed in...

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter of 4 September from the hon. Member for Walsall, North in relation to his constituent's case ref: A 1102564.

      Drugs (Testing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what Government policy is on testing people for illegal drug use who have been arrested on suspicion of other crimes; and whether the powers...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library the background papers which led to his estimate of between 5,000 to 13,000 immigrants from the EU accession...

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what total financial support the Government have provided to families in the lowest income decile in each of the last 20 years.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans there are for Standford Hill Prison to take Category C prisoners.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from each of the EU accession countries registered for UK work visas in each of the last 12 months for which figures are...

  • Health

    • A and E

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance her Department has produced on the (a) maximum or optimal geographical area and (b) maximum or optimal population that a local accident...

    • Birmingham Women's Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the procedures for collecting revenue from coroners' referrals to the pathology unit of Birmingham Women's hospital.

      Bowel Cancer Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in rolling out the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

      Call Handlers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of additional call handlers in England required to maintain 24/7 telephone access to local health services, as...

      Cancer Referrals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) general practitioner urgent referrals and (b) other referrals there have been for cancer treatment in each month since June 2005.

      Cannabis User Referrals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the percentage change in the number of cannabis users' referrals to rehabilitation schemes was between 2002 and 2005.

      Cannabis User Referrals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many under-16 cannabis users entered a rehabilitation programme in each year between 2002 and 2005.

      Child Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards meeting the public services agreement target of July 2004 that by 2010 the increase in obesity among children aged...

      Clostridium Difficile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the change since December 2005 in the proportion of NHS hospital trusts that routinely isolate cases of Clostridium...

      Dentists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the figure of 66 per cent. of capital expenditure for dentists wholly or mainly committed to the NHS was arrived at as the proposed maximum subsidy in...

      Diagnostic Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 September 2006, Official Report, column 2087W, on diagnostic tests treatment, in which month of next year she expects full...

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to increase the number of foundation hospitals; and if she will make a statement.

      Foundation Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on her plans to provide for an insolvency regime in the event of foundation hospital trusts being wound up.

      Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of staff and infrastructure at the Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust that will be surplus to requirements following the move of...

      Health Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans her Department has to implement the recommendations of the Health Select Committee's report into health charges and in particular prescription...

      Heroin Addicts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many heroin addicts were registered in the methadone programme in each year between 2002 and 2005; (2) how many heroin addicts entered the...

      HIV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of HIV were diagnosed in Beverley and Holderness in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.

      Hospitals (Helicopter Access)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospitals have a helicopter landing pad available for use by air ambulances; and what steps are being taken to increase the number of hospitals with...

      Lymphogranuloma Venereum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the incidence of lymphogranuloma venereum was in the past four years, broken down by primary care trust area.

      Myalgic Encephalopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures the Government are undertaking to ensure that adequate research is undertaken into the (a) causes and (b) treatment of myalgic encephalopathy.

      NHS Staff Pay Rises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the proportion of the £4.6 billion allocated to the NHS in 2006-07 which will be spent on pay rises for staff.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations her Department has received on specialist nurse recruitment and retention in the NHS; and if she will make a statement.

      Patient Transport Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact on patient safety of Parkwood Healthcare providing non-emergency patient transport services to the University...

      Patients Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's policy is on responding to requests for information from patients' forums.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2006, Official Report, columns 1325W-27W, on the private finance initiative, what the reasons are for the...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish the results of the checks made on the six hospital private finance initiative schemes announced on 19 August to ensure that each...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the termination costs were before and after the refinancing of private finance initiative hospitals.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in the market testing of private finance initiative projects contracted by NHS trusts.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the progress of the Private Finance Initiative scheme at Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust; whether an advert for the scheme...

      Physiotherapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) data and (b) other factors underlay the target set out in the NHS plan of February 2001 to increase the number of physiotherapists working in...

      Regulatory Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what appraisal mechanisms lay members on professional regulatory bodies are subject to; and how their performance is assessed.

      Sight Loss

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action she is taking to improve support for those who have experienced sight loss.

      Specialist Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the role of specialist nurses in case management within the NHS and Social Care Conditions Model.

      Trust Surpluses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 September 2006, Official Report, column 2178W, on trust surpluses, what the incentives offered by the NHS Bank were.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Databases (Security Breaches)

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

    • Voluntary/Community Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether she plans to revise the regulations affecting the voluntary and community sector.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the level of non-economic incentives for farmers to grow poppies in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications for the UK of the record opium crop in Helmand in 2006; and if she will make a...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people have been prosecuted for involvement in the opium trade in Afghanistan over the last three years; and if she...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of the (a) Wolesi Jirga and (b) Meshrano Jirga in Afghanistan is female.

      British Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate she has made of the number of holders of passports identifying them as British subjects who could obtain...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely impact of the gas agreement between Daewoo International and the Government of Burma...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations her Department has made to the Embassy of Colombia on the concerns of British trade unions over human...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when she will reply to the letter of 18 May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ufuoma Marlelo.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when she will reply to the letter of 22 May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs. Asma Zulfiqar,...

      Democratic People's Republic of Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate she has made of the amount of food aid likely to be supplied to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea by the...

      Democratic Republic of the Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the (a) human rights situation, (b) security situation and (c) likelihood of a peaceful...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much her Department has spent on taxis in the last 12 months.

      EU Member States (Entry Refusals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many holders of passports identifying them as British subjects have been refused entry to (a) Romania, (b) Bulgaria and...

      International Protection of Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Trilateral Agreement reached between the UK, Spain and Gibraltar on 18 September will enable the 1996 Hague...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made in the case of Reza Montazamic and Fereshteh Dibaj, recently arrested by the authorities in...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will obtain from the Iraqi authorities the estimated number of those murdered so far during 2006 as a result of terrorism.

      Islands (Constitutional Status)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the constitutional status is under the Crown of (a) the Cook Islands, (b) Christmas Island, (c) the Cocos Islands, (d)...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 13 September 2006, Official Report, columns 2314-5W, on Israel, what percentage of approved export...

      Malaysia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will outline the latest situation regarding British veterans who have been awarded the Malaysian confrontation medal by...

      Mexico (Visit)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) matters were discussed and (b) agreements were made during her recent visit to Mexico; and if she will (i) publish on...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations her officials have made to the Israeli Government about the continued use of administrative...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of Israeli military roadblocks in the Palestinian West Bank in October (a) 2006 and...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what parts of the Palestinian West Bank are subject to Israeli restrictions which prevent access by Palestinians who are (a)...

      Nicaragua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the United States Administration about the forthcoming elections in Nicaragua.

      Nicaragua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the freedom and fairness of the forthcoming presidential elections in Nicaragua.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when she expects to answer question 86687 on the Israel-Lebanon conflict, tabled by the hon. Member for Birmingham, Northfield...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment her Department has made of the human rights situation in Sri Lanka; and if she will make a statement.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of (a) the (i) political and (ii) human rights situation in Sri Lanka and (b) the Sri Lankan...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what resources her Department made available to encourage the Darfur-Darfur dialogue (a) in its own right and (b) in...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she proposes to take in response to events in South Darfur; and if she will make a statement.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights about the situation in Darfur.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the role of the National Redemption Front in Darfur.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations she has made to the UN on a referendum on the future of the Western Sahara.

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she plans to take to ensure that the UN publishes the latest report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the expropriations of farm land in Zimbabwe.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Action Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans there are for Action Cancer's Big Bus to visit East Belfast and Strangford; and if he will make a statement.

    • Cancer Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many men have taken up screening for (a) testicular and (b) prostate cancer in the last three years in each health board in Northern...

      Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many student nurses are in training in Northern Ireland; what the equivalent figures were for each of the last three years; and if he will...

      Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many student nurses in Northern Ireland have dropped out of their courses in each of the last three years; what percentage of the student...

      Prehen Woods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Derry Area Plan 2011, Section Zoning H33 Hillview, contains restrictions on the distance between any new housing development and the...

      Prehen Woods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the distance is between the boundary of planning application A/2005/1166/F and Prehen Woods.

      Psychiatric Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many unfilled vacancies there are for special psychiatric nurses in each health board area in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Psychiatric Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) children and (b) young adults from Northern Ireland were given a place at St. George's for treatment for (i) anorexia and (ii)...

      Psychiatric Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many unfilled posts there are for (a) psychiatrists and (b) psychologists in each health board in Northern Ireland.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the draft regulation proposing the exemption from the smoke-free provisions of the Smoking (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 for a...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the (a) direct and (b) indirect effect on employment in Northern Ireland of the Lisnafillan premises of Gallaher...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to help recently qualified teachers in Northern Ireland find jobs.

  • House of Lords

    • Avian Flu

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department of Health has examined the potential for passive antibodies to attenuate the disease in those exposed to avian flu; and Whether any progress...

    • Benefits: Single Parents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in light of recent research by Dr Libertad Gonzalez which suggested a direct link between the welfare system and the number of one parent families, they...

      Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to make any contribution to the costs incurred by the parties in the case of Barker (Respondent) v Corus (UK) plc (Appellants) (formerly Barker...

      Electoral Law

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is possible to hold two separate elections on the same day for vacancies in the same ward or division rather than a joint election for two vacancies; if...

      Israel and Palestine: Borders

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make further representations to persuade Hamas ministers to recognise the state of Israel within the boundaries established prior to the Six-Day...

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of Israel regarding the legality of the economic blockade of the Gaza Strip under international law.

      Ministry of Defence: Property

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Andrews on 24 October 2005 (WA 160) on Ministry of Defence property, why the document DAO (GEN) (07/05) contains no...

      NHS: Compensation and Legal Costs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the cost to the National Health Service of £175 million for compensation and legal costs as stated by the National Health Service Litigation Authority...

      Palestine: Hamas and Fatah

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will take steps to promote the resumption of peace talks and co-operation between Hamas and Fatah in Palestine; and, if so, whether such steps would...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 21 July (WA 48-9), whether the review of the failings which led to the release of 1,013 foreign...

      Public Expenditure: Scotland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide a detailed analysis of public expenditure in Scotland, excluding locally financed local government expenditure.

      Railways: Community Railways

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 10 October (WA 140), whether they intend to commit resources to the Development Strategy for...

      Railways: NAO Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have responded to the National Audit Office report Maintaining and improving Britain's railway stations, which was published in July 2005.

      Railways: West Midlands Franchise

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority will not be a co-signatory of the new West Midlands rail franchise.

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What reports they have received about the recent heavy fighting in Darfur, involving the Sudanese army and the Janjaweed militia; and what information they have...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What role they are playing to ensure that an international peacekeeping presence in Darfur will be sustained; and whether they envisage a role for British and NATO...

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the eye witness account of Paul Salopek in the report he was compiling for National Geographic magazine about the situation in...

      Traffic Management Act 2004

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many consultations on the permits scheme contained within the Traffic Management Act 2004 have taken place; how many are still to take place; and what is the...

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