Written answers

Thursday, 19 October 2006

  • Minister for Women

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps the Government are taking to ensure that older women have access to apprenticeships.

    • Cohabiting Relationships

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what assessment has been made of the impact on women's legal and financial status of the breakdown of cohabiting relationships.

      Political Representation

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what steps she is taking to encourage women's representation in politics.

  • Leader of the House

    • Additional Costs Allowance

      To ask the Leader of the House what percentage of hon. Members claimed (a) the maximum and (b) within £5.00 of the maximum Additional Costs Allowance in each year since 1997.

    • Members' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Leader of the House what the annual savings would be from increasing the employee contribution rate of the hon. Members' pension scheme by one per cent.; and if he will make a statement.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Competitiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent steps he has taken to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of British exporting companies; and if he will make a statement.

    • Airbus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions he has had on the future of Airbus in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received on the noise levels of wind farms.

      Companies Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent estimate his Department has made of the cost to businesses (a) on the Isle of Wight and (b) in England arising from the...

      Bank Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what role the Office of Fair Trading has in challenging the practice of banks imposing excessive penalty charges when a customer exceeds...

      CSR Settlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he expects to reach agreement with the Treasury on the next comprehensive spending review settlement.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people work within the (a) aerospace and defence, (b) automotive, (c) biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and health care, (d)...

      Employment (York)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what programmes and funding are available from his Department to assist York to attract new jobs.

      Insolvency Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether additional (a) financial and (b) human resources have been provided to the Insolvency Service for the administration of the...

      Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his priorities are with respect to ensuring a regional balance in investment in modern manufacturing.

      Public Service Agreement Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many public service agreement targets relating to better regulation of his Department are in operation.

      Temporary Agency Workers Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to help make progress in the European Council on agreement on the draft Temporary Agency Workers Directive.

      Unfair Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether any legal challenges have been brought to the qualifying period for the right to claim unfair dismissal.

      Unfair Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will abolish the one-year qualifying period that exists before unfair dismissal may be claimed.

      Unfair Dismissal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many cases of unfair dismissal were successful at tribunal in each of the last three years.

  • Transport

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the use of sugar beet for biofuel production.

    • Driving Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of driving licences which were lost or stolen in the Royal Mail postage system in 2005-06.

      MOT Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the increase in the price of an MOT test is planned to be introduced in 2006.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the South Hampshire Rail Users Group; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the amount of spending on lineside clearance was in each of the past 15 years, broken down by region; and who was responsible for the clearing...

      Translink (Bedfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when a decision will be taken on whether the Translink guided busway between Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Luton will be built; and if he will make a...

  • Home Department

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people from Afghanistan have moved to the UK in each of the last five years; and how many have returned to Afghanistan in the same...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers and their dependants were being supported by the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) in accommodation in the City...

      Crime Reports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to improve the quality of crime reports taken from the public; and if he will make a statement.

      Miscarriages of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what costs have been incurred by the Government and paid by or on behalf of the independent assessor of claims for compensation for...

      Miscarriages of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what communications and discussions have taken place between the Government and the current independent assessor regarding changes in...

      Miscarriages of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the performance by the independent assessor of claims for compensation for miscarriages of justice of his functions has been assessed or...

      Miscarriages of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what policies and procedures his Department has regarding the expression of official sympathy, regret and apology in serious miscarriage of...

      Miscarriages of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which cases in which there has been a miscarriage of justice a meeting with the Government has been (a) sought and (b) granted by the...

      Miscarriages of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what education and training (a) has been given to and (b) is planned for (i) the current director and (ii) other staff of the Office for...

      Miscarriages of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) complaint and (b) redress procedures exist to deal with concerns relating to resolving issues arising from miscarriage of justice...

      Miscarriages of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what expertise and experience is available within his Department regarding (a) the administration of estates, (b) assessing compensation...

      Miscarriages of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) head-count and (b) full-time equivalent officials are responsible for work relating to those who have suffered a miscarriage...

      Miscarriages of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) size, (b) structure and (c) remit is of the Miscarriages of Justice Team of the Office for Criminal Justice Reform; and how...

      Miscarriages of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support and assistance is given by the Government to (a) those who have suffered a miscarriage of justice as a result of being the...

      Miscarriages of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many miscarriages of justice there have been in capital cases which have resulted in a payment of compensation in the last 30...

      Primary Carer Home Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the evidential basis was for the decision that three nights and four days in every eight week period was the most appropriate period for...

      Primary Carer Home Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the basis was for the decision to change the eligibility for release on temporary licence from that of primary carer status to sole...

      Prison Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his statement of 9 October 2006, Official Report, column 32, on the prison estate, how many category C prisoners he expects to...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason the Prison Service London area uses the Great Westminster Clock as the logo on their letterheads rather than HM Prison...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent by (a) HM Prison Service and (b) his Department on investigations conducted by Mr. Ron Tasker in each of the last...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make an assessment of the outcomes for the women prisoners of Drake Hall and their children of (a) Drake Hall's interpretation of...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library the feedback from prison establishments collected during the development of the policy that established...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what value of phone cards each prisoner receives free of charge annually.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the incidence was of further offences whilst on release on temporary licence under the prison service order providing for primary...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what discussions his Department has had with (a) the Prison Service and (b) the National Offender Management Service about building a...

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent in real terms on the Probation Service in each of the last 20 years; and what expenditure is planned for each of the...

      Victims of Crime (Code of Practice)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department has taken under the code of practice for victims of crime.

      Yarl's Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to implement the recommendations made by HM Inspector of Prisons in her two reports upon Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal...

  • International Development

    • Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of British aid.

    • Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the role is of the Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department (CHASE OT) within his Department; in which countries it has been...

      Databases (Security Breaches)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many confirmed security breaches of databases controlled by his Department occurred in each of the last five years; whether the...

      East Africa (Crop Failures)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the humanitarian consequences of the crop failure in east African countries.

      Luanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid the UK has given to Angola by (a) direct and (b) bilateral programmes; and what future he envisages for the Luanda Urban...

      Reproductive Health/HIV

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's bilateral aid to (a) reproductive health programmes and (b) HIV programmes was in 2005-06, broken down into (i)...

      Somaliland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many of his Department's personnel are based in Somaliland; and if he will make a statement.

      Somaliland

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much bilateral development assistance has been provided by the UK to Somaliland in each of the last three years; and if he will...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what mechanisms are in place to ensure that where animals are abandoned as a result of their owners being jailed, the welfare...

    • Central Science Laboratory (York)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to change the status of the Central Science Laboratory in York; and if he will make a statement.

      National Fallen Stock Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the reason was for the reduction in the allocation of funding to the National Fallen Stock Company; and what plans he...

      North Sea Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to prevent French fishing vessels from causing damage to the property of British fishermen off the...

      Shellfish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to change the legal size limit for catching lobsters and crabs in UK waters; what consultations are taking...

      Water Resource Plans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures he is taking to encourage standardisation of water resource plans in the south-east.

  • Scotland

    • Act of Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his Department plans to mark the 300th anniversary of the Act of Union between Scotland and England.

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the extent of human trafficking into Scotland for the purpose of the sex trade.

      Ministerial Office (Dover House)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the ministerial office in Dover House is (a) occupied and (b) used by his Department.

      Offshore Northern Seas Conference

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what (a) new initiatives and (b) future meetings are to take place further to the Minister of State attending the Offshore Northern Seas Conference in...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Braithwaite Report

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what plans the Commission has for a further review of the management of the House of Commons Service as...

    • Roof Terrace

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission when the Roof Terrace will be opened for use by hon. Members and staff.

      Roof Terrace

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will place in the Library the results of the most recent health and safety audit of the Roof Terrace.

  • Education and Skills

    • Aimhigher Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much his Department has spent on advertising for the Aimhigher campaign in each year since its inception.

    • Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what support his Department provides for apprenticeships and training in construction and related industries.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he will reply to the letter of 27 June 2006 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regards to Dr. S. Ala-ud-din.

      Data Protection Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what guidance his Department issues to schools on their duties under the Data Protection Act 1998.

      Databases (Security Breaches)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many confirmed security breaches of databases controlled by his Department occurred in each of the last five years; whether the breach...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much his Department has spent on taxis in the last 12 months.

      Discretionary Barring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many cases have been considered by the advisory panel on discretionary barring led by Sir Roger Singleton since its establishment in January.

      Hampton Review

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

      Learning Disabled

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps the Government have taken to ensure his Department is working effectively with (a) the Department of Health, (b) the Department...

      Nursery Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the Government's 10-year strategy for funding nursery education on the number of places...

      Student Finances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the expected cost is to the Exchequer per £100 of student loan advanced; and if he will make a statement.

      Student Finances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will estimate the total value of student loans advanced for the additional top-up fee over the standard fee; what the expected cost of...

      Student Finances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many higher education institutions charged the full £3,000 fee in 2006; and what percentage of students took out fee loans.

      Student Finances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his estimate is of the total annual cost of the maintenance grant payable to poorer students in each year from 2003-04 to 2008-09; and...

      University Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the average amount of state funding given to students from low-income families during a three-year degree...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to ensure that digital television coverage will be universal and reliable when analogue television broadcasting...

    • Hotel Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans the Government have to introduce compulsory registration of hotel and bed and breakfast accommodation in England.

      Hotel Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) hostels, (b) bed and breakfast establishments and (c) bed spaces were registered in Bournemouth in 2005.

      Licensing Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 24 July 2006, Official Report, columns 956-7W, on the Licensing Act, what meetings the Minister for Creative...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on how many occasions she has visited (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.

      Obscene Material

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will assess the merits of introducing a classification system for obscene materials for print media mirroring that in place for...

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people were interviewed for the job of chief executive of Ofcom.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the 2012 Olympic Games on Surrey.

      Premises Licence/Temporary Events Notice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what guidance she has produced on whether an (a) premises licence and (b) temporary events notice is required when a private...

      Sustainable Development Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made on her Department's sustainable development strategy.

      Theatre Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department made a submission to the recent Victoria and Albert Museum consultation on the Theatre Museum; and if she will...

  • Prime Minister

    • Bilderberg Group

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 12 October 2006, Official Report, column 862W, on the Bilderberg Group, if he will provide the information requested in respect of himself...

    • Engagements

      To ask the Prime Minister how many times he has visited members of the British armed forces who have been wounded either in Afghanistan or Iraq in hospital since 2001; what the dates were of...

      Ministerial Code

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 9 October 2006, Official Report, column 5W, on the Ministerial Code, what information relating to the number of complaints received may be...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister on how many occasions he has visited (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.

      Official Residences

      To ask the Prime Minister what the guidelines are on (a) Ministers and (b) relatives of Ministers using official ministerial residences for commercial purposes.

      Queen's Speech

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will include a Bill on climate change in the Queen's Speech.

  • Solicitor-General

    • R v. Lindis Percy (Prosecution Costs)

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much the prosecution in the case of R v Lindis Percy at Harrogate Magistrates Court on 18, 19 and 21 September 2006 is estimated to have cost in public funds.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Cancer Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the take-up is of (a) breast and (b) cervical cancer screening in rural areas by women in their (i) 50s and (ii) 70s; and if he will make...

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on taxis in the last 12 months.

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland at what stage of the home buying process an energy performance certificate will be required in Northern Ireland once the regulations are implemented.

      Hampton Review

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

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions he has stayed overnight in Northern Ireland since the end of June 2006.

      Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in encouraging Sinn Fein to engage in the policing process in Northern Ireland.

      School Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of school bullying in Northern Ireland have been referred to the Department of Education in the last 12 months, broken down by...

      School Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pupils were (a) suspended and (b) permanently excluded from school in Northern Ireland for bullying in each of the last three years.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of the Department's mail is shipped using private companies; and what the cost was over the last 12 months.

    • Race Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the leaders of (a) the Muslim community in Wales and (b) the Commission for Racial Equality in Wales; and if he...

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much single farm payment has been paid in Wales up to the end of June; and if he will make a statement.

      Sub-post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister about the sub-post offices in Wales.

      Sub-post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with representatives of sub-post offices in Wales in the last 12 months.

      Welsh Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether the Wales Office has adopted a Welsh language policy.

  • Defence

    • "Not to Exceed" Dates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the "not to exceed" in-service date at main gate was for (a) Swiftsure and Trafalgar Class Update (Final Phase), (b) Sting Ray Life Extension and...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his assessment is of the current fighting capacity of the Taliban; and what his latest estimate is of the number of Taliban fighters.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with the Afghan Government on a comprehensive policy for the treatment of individuals detained during fighting in...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what quantity of military stores and equipment are being flown from the UK to Afghanistan per week, broken down by commodity.

      Armoured Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what risk assessment has been made of the ability of Pinzgauer Vector armoured vehicles to give adequate protection to the driver in the event of running...

      Defence Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the cost of operations in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan in the 2006-07 financial year are being charged to the Treasury Reserve on a (i)...

      Departmental Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what income, measured on an accrual basis, was received by his Department, excluding entities within the (a) Whole of Government Accounts boundary and...

      Departmental Trading Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of his Department's memorandum trading accounts for each year since 1997-98.

      Detainees (Compensation)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on what date the last claim for compensation was received from a detainee of a combined services detailed interrogation centre; (2) what...

      Flight Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planned average monthly flight simulator training hours are for Typhoon pilots.

      Flight Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the planned average monthly flight training hours are for Typhoon pilots.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what charges have been brought against suspects detained by British forces in Basra in 2006; and if he will make a statement.

      Pilot Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what study has been made of the operational effectiveness of (a) male and (b) female pilots.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the net proceeds were of the sale of part of the Government's stake in QinetiQ; for what purpose those proceeds were applied; and if he will make a...

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the value is of the Government's remaining stake in QinetiQ.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost has been to date of QinetiQ's equity investment in the Metrix consortium; what the maximum investment will be; and whether QinetiQ sought...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people have expressed an interest in joining each of the armed forces in each year since 2000; and how this information is captured.

      Royal Irish Regiment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Oral Statement of 9 March 2006, on the Royal Irish Regiment (Home Service), Official Report, columns 961-3, how many full-time members...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Boundary Commission

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) when she expects the Boundary Commission for England to submit its final report on Parliamentary boundary changes in...

    • Care Cases

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what data were used to determine the rates proposed for legal aid funded care work.

      Care Cases

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what percentage of the legal aid budget for care proceedings was expended on (a) solicitors', (b) barristers' and (c)...

      Conveyancing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the timetable is for implementing of electronic conveyancing.

      Conveyancing

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what (a) guidance and (b) resources are being provided to local authorities to assist with the implementation of electronic...

      Databases (Security Breaches)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many confirmed security breaches of databases controlled by her Department occurred in each of the last five years; whether...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what powers the Information Commission has to inspect the files, e-mails or records of a public authority when considering (a)...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate the Land Registry has made of the number of (a) leasehold and (b) commonhold domestic properties sold each year...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate the Land Registry has made of the number of (a) leasehold and (b) commonhold domestic properties in (i)...

      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 criminal law work; and how many...

      Postal Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress has been made by electoral registration officers and local authorities on improving registration rates for postal...

      Postal Voting

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much funding has been allocated to each local authority to implement postal vote identifiers under the new postal vote...

      Statue Law Database

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs for what reason the statute law database is subject to Crown copyright protection.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for which Government (a) Department and (b) building the Cabinet Office is recruiting a house manager through the trawl with Cabinet Office...

    • Social Exclusion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what provision will be made specifically for older people under the new social exclusion plans.

      Voluntary/Community Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the cost to the voluntary and community sector of meeting statutory (i) audit...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many trained Afghan (a) police and (b) soldiers there were in 2001; and what the figures are for the most recent year for...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the (a) background and (b) suitability of the (i) provincial governors and (ii) police chiefs...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the response by the Bangladesh authorities to the grenade attack on 21 August 2004 on Opposition...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if her Department will take steps better to co-ordinate representations from the UK, EU, US, the Commonwealth and Japan for a...

      BBC World Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with senior executives of the BBC World Service on its coverage in Russia, Central Asia and...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the United States Administration on tabling a UN binding resolution on Burma; and what...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she plans to discuss with the Spanish Government increasing claims to British territorial waters surrounding Gibraltar.

      Haiti

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the extent of press freedom in Haiti.

      Internet Neutrality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions her Department has had with the US Administration on internet neutrality; and if she will make a statement.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her US counterparts on support for pro-democracy activities in Iran.

      Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the implications of North Korea's first nuclear test for long-term trade with and aid from South...

      Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place within NATO about the announcement by North Korea that it conducted a test of a nuclear...

      Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely effect of targeted sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on...

      Kyoto Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent (a) discussions she has had and (b) representations she has made to (i) Russia, (ii) Germany, (iii) the United...

      Kyoto Protocol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the (a) European Union and (b) United Nations on the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol.

      Mexico

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what report she has received from (a) the UK embassy and (b) the EU observers on the presidential election in Mexico; and what...

      Mexico

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings have been held by UK embassy officials in Mexico with (a) Felipe Calderón and Andrés Manuel López...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the status is of the negotiated text based on the Prisoners Accord in the Israel-Palestine dispute; which parties agree to...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the United Nations Security Council has agreed the scope of sanctions to be applied to any state withdrawing its...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of North Korea's first nuclear test on nuclear proliferation, with particular...

      Special Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on BA flight 149 to Kuala Lumpur via Kuwait, 2 August 2003, with particular reference to the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the level of co-operation between the Sudanese Government and the Janjaweed militia.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps have been taken by the Government of Sudan to disarm and disband the Popular Defence Forces operating in Darfur.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the President of Nigeria on tackling killings in Darfur.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the recent report by the UN on attacks on villages in South Darfur by the Janjaweed militia.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate she has made of (a) the death toll, (b) the number of casualties and (c) the number of people who have...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans she has for UK support for the African Union force in Darfur.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the reports that rebel groups operating in Darfur have begun to attack the civilian population.

      Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of when elections may be held to elect a new Government under the new Thai Administration.

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations her Department has made to the Uzbek Government following the arrest of journalist Ulugbek Khaidarov...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her most recent assessment is of the human rights situation in Uzbekistan.

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the United States Administration about their arms embargo against Venezuela.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefit Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the top 100 constituencies ranked by the number of (a) incapacity benefit and (b) severe disablement allowance claimants.

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on taxis in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent improvements have been made to the procurement functions of his Department.

      Disabled Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many disabled people were hired by his Department in each of the last five years for which figures are available; what percentage of the...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many housing benefit recipients there were in the North East Government office region in the last three years, broken down by (a) tenure...

      In-Work Credit Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the performance of the in-work credit programme.

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claims against claimants of income support who have been overpaid were stayed awaiting the decision in B v. Secretary of State for...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how frequently Jobcentre Plus staff are provided with training to update them on changes to the process of claiming incapacity benefit and...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus advisers (a) there are, (b) there are per 1,000 population and (c) there are per square mile in (i) rural and (ii)...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received on proposals in the Welfare Reform Bill to assist claimants with mental or behavioural disorders.

      Pension Mis-selling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases of pension mis-selling there have been in each of the last 20 years; and what percentage of the total workforce each figure...

      Pensioner Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of pensioners have lived in poverty in each region in each of the last 20 years, broken down by constituency.

      Pensioner Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average weekly income was of the three poorest deciles of pensioners in each of the last 20 years.

      Pensioner Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Government are spending to tackle pensioner poverty.

      Utility Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the impact of rises in utility bills since 2003 on pensioner incomes.

      Work (Fatal Accidents)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many fatal accidents at work there were in each of the past 30 years; and what the rate of such accidents was per 100,000 workers in each year.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Brownfield Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Tunbridge Wells (Greg Clark) of 6 July 2006, Official Report, columns 1300-10W,...

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the annual change was in the level of council tax in each district council in the East Midlands in each year since 1996-97;...

      Housing (Migration)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden (Mrs. Spelman) of 27 March 2006, Official Report, column 2059W, and the...

      Planning Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which planning applications from Estate Partnerships or its clients were considered by the Deputy Prime Minister when he was...

      Planning Gain Supplement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answers to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 6 March 2006, Official Report, column 1105W and 16 March...

      Regeneration (Thames Gateway)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether English Partnerships in collaboration with regional development agencies plan to produce a brownfield land reclamation...

      Small Business Rate Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many businesses qualified for the Small Business Rate Relief Scheme in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06.

      Small Business Rate Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many firms (a) were eligible for and (b) claimed small business rate relief in England in the most recent year for...

      Suburban Development Research

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what funding within his responsibilities has been allocated to the Cambridge University Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies on research into...

  • Treasury

    • Asset Freezing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has investigated how John Ware of BBC Panorama had sight of the draft report from the Treasury's Asset Freezing Working Group;...

    • Council of Economic Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of his Department's civil servants work full time to support members of his Council of Economic Advisers; and what the pay bands are of each civil...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of eligible voters missing from the electoral register of each Parliamentary constituency in Nottinghamshire.

      EU Accession States

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of individuals that have arrived in the UK from the new European Union member states since 1 May 2004 are employed.

      Helplines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 5 June 2006, Official Report, column 188W, on tax credits, how many engaged calls to the tax credits helpline were not placed in...

      Improving Migration Population Statistics Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much has been spent on the Improving Migration Population Statistics programme each year since the 2001 census, broken down by main budget...

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made with the review of individual savings accounts; and when he expects the review to be concluded.

      Local Authority Efficiency Targets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to set more stringent efficiency targets for local authorities.

      Professor Tim Besley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what involvement the Economic Secretary to the Treasury had in the appointment process of Professor Tim Besley to the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 24 July 2006, Official Report, column 90WS, on special advisers, to which individuals in his Department...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of his Department's civil servants work full-time to support departmental special advisers; and what the pay bands are of each such civil servant.

      Terrorist Assets/Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the occasions on which the assets of (a) individual terrorists or (b) terrorist organisations have been frozen as a result of decisions...

      Terrorist Assets/Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has published the comprehensive progress report on countering money laundering and terrorist finance.

  • Health

    • Advanced Nurse Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when a register of advanced nurse practitioners will be established; with particular reference to those employed in NHS walk-in centres.

    • Benefit Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the (a) Single Assessment Process and (b) Children's Assessment Forum will be used by (i) Department for Work and Pensions staff in assessing...

      Brain Tumours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in the Peterborough and Stamford NHS hospitals trust area have been diagnosed with brain tumours in each year since 2001; and if she...

      Bucks Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many special severance payments have been made by Bucks Hospitals NHS Trust in each year since 2001.

      Carbon Copies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will issue guidance on the use of handwritten self-carbon copying forms for listing medication by name and dose in order to ensure legible prints...

      External Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms her Department has put in place to ensure that external consultants follow high standards of transparency and consultation when...

      General Practitioner (Practices)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether GP practices will be given financial budgets for special services when GP practice-based commissioning is introduced in the NHS.

      Hospital Minimum Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which strategic health authorities have authorised the use of hospital minimum waiting times as a means of demand management within the NHS; and...

      McKinsey and Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department has spent on work undertaken by McKinsey and Company in (a) 2004-05, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2006-07.

      Medication Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals did not provide full information to (a) general practitioners and (b) patient carers on medication at discharge in the latest period...

      Mental Health Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health where the published responses to the public consultation on the draft Mental Health Bill may be found.

      New Testing Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress has been made with the introduction of human papilloma virus testing and liquid cytology testing; and what plans she has for future...

      NHS Finances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department spent in each NHS trust on the (a) Medical and Dental Education Levy and (b) service increment for teaching in (i) 2004-05 and...

      NHS Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money was spent on (a) relocation of NHS offices, (b) purchasing new NHS office premises and (c) refurbishment or upgrade of existing NHS...

      NHS Recruitment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by the NHS on (a) agents' fees for recruiting overseas nurses and (b) professional conversion courses for overseas nurses in...

      Older People (Health Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to continue to monitor the implementation of (a) the standard six criteria of the national service framework for older people and (b)...

      Rosiglitazone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when Rosiglitazone is expected to be made available to patients most at risk of developing diabetes; (2) what estimate she has made of the likely...

      Sexually Transmitted Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections (a) in total and (b) of (i) HIV, (ii) syphilis, (iii) gonorrhoea, (iv) Chlamydia, (v) herpes, (vi)...

      Smoking and Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis was for the recent statement made by the Minister of State that pregnant teenagers smoke to try to reduce the size of their...

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance has been issued to strategic health authorities (SHAs) to assist them in evaluating whether services should be retained at those hospitals...

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which hospitals are the subject of review by strategic health authorities into the level of services they provide; (2) how many reviews are being...

      Stroud Maternity Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the future management of Stroud maternity unit.

      Temozolomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received on the use of Temozolomide for the treatment of brain tumours in advance of the ratification of the National...

      Temozolomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance she provides to primary care trusts making decisions about the use of Temozolomide.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Commission Expenditure

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what the total expenditure was of the Electoral Commission in each year of its operation; and...

    • Party Political Financing

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission (1) how much has been allocated for the Electoral Commission's conference on the regulation...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the current number of victims of drought and food shortages in Afghanistan; and what plans they have to respond to this situation.

    • Government Departments: Financial Reporting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has any arrangements to enable staff of that department to raise, in confidence, concerns about matters of...

      Government Departments: Financial Reporting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department for International Development has any arrangements to enable staff of that department to raise, in confidence, concerns about matters of...

      Government Departments: Financial Reporting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Privy Council Office has any arrangements to enable staff of that department to raise, in confidence, concerns about matters of financial reporting,...

      House of Lords: Amendment Groupings

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether he will arrange for a copy of the grouping of amendments list for each day to be placed on the public parliamentary website.

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

      Rural Areas: Postal Services

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have had discussions with Royal Mail about rural post deliveries and collections; and, if so, what was the outcome.[HL7618 Question number missing in...

      Schools: Specialist Schools

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they do not permit academic colleges specialising in teaching those with high overall academic promise in addition to the 10 different types of specialist...

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