Written answers

Monday, 30 October 2006

  • Work and Pensions

    • Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if his Department will (a) carry out an age audit of its staff to establish an age profile of its workforce, (b) negotiate an age management...

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2006, Official Report, column 590W, on benefits, what assessment he has made of the impact of widening...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the implications for claimants of being changed from severe disablement allowance to incapacity benefit; and...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what are the earnings disregards for those benefits for which he is responsible expressed in (a) cash terms, (b) real terms with 1997 as the...

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the extent to which the bereavement benefits scheme treats men and women equally.

      Benefits (EU Nationals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals who have arrived in the UK from the new European Union member states since 1 May 2004 are claiming welfare benefits.

      Benefits (EU Nationals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many arrivals from the new EU accession countries (a) have claimed and (b) are claiming means tested (i) housing benefit and (ii)...

      Benefits (EU Nationals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many nationals from the EU accession states have applied for (a) income support, (b) income-based jobseeker's allowance and (c) state...

      Benefits (York)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in City of York constituency were in receipt of each benefit administered by his Department (a) at the latest date for which...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who have had to leave the workforce because of their caring responsibilities in each of the...

      Departmental Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of vacancies in his Department in the last 12 months required candidates to have at least a grade C in (a) English and (b)...

      Events (Risk Assessments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance the Health and Safety Executive has produced on the need for risk assessments of public events organised by the voluntary sector.

      Evidence of Identity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 19 April 2006, Official Report, column 719W, on national insurance, what proportion of those who attended a...

      Government Social Research Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of the Government Social Research Service in his Department in each of the last five years; how many projects have been...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance and information has been provided to raise awareness of the change that allows housing benefit to continue to be paid for a young...

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the extent to which individuals are able to eat healthily when in receipt of income support personal...

      Income Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost of increasing by £1 per week income support levels for single people aged (a) 16 to 17 and (b) 18 to 24 years.

      International GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department recognises the International GCSE as an acceptable substitute for a GCSE for the purposes of recruitment.

      Investment Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the capital limits are for those benefits for which he is responsible in (a) cash terms, (b) real terms with 1997 as the base and (c)...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether there are plans to close Chorlton Jobcentre Plus; (2) what discussions have taken place in his Department on the possible...

      Liability Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of companies in the East Midlands with invalid or insufficient liability insurance.

      Muslim Council of Britain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much (a) financial support and (b) support in kind his Department and its agencies have given to the Muslim Council of Britain in each...

      National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many national insurance numbers there were in each year since 1997; (2) how many national insurance numbers were issued in each year...

      National Insurance Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the basis of which criteria locations were chosen for contact centres for interviews for new national insurance numbers.

      New Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of participants in the New Deal for Lone Parents (a) have disabilities and (b) are parents; what action is being...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of administering pension credit in each year from 1996-97 to 2006-07.

      Pensioner Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Pensioner Prices Index was in each year from 1976-77 to 2006-07.

      Pensioners (Benefit Payments)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Government has taken to encourage pensioners to take up benefits to which they are entitled.

      Pensioners (Council Tax Benefit)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to support pensioners in ill health who cannot claim council tax benefits due to their level of savings.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether new infrastructure associated with the proposed system of personal accounts will be financed (a) by the public sector, (b) by...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) the London Borough of Bexley and (b) Greater London have a Post Office card account.

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to reduce costs of Post Office card account transactions.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the average productivity-related subsidy is paid to companies that employ a person through Remploy Interwork.

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people have been placed via Remploy Interwork into supported jobs with (a) mainstream and (b) other companies in each of the...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what types of training schemes are available to people through Remploy Interwork; (2) how many people have undertaken work-related...

  • Leader of the House

    • Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund

      To ask the Leader of the House (1) how much was spent on the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund and its predecessors in each year since 1980-81; what forecasts he has made of how much will...

    • Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund

      To ask the Leader of the House (1) what the arrangements are for the payment of pensions to people who retire early through ill-health for the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund; what the...

      Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund

      To ask the Leader of the House (1) what the current (a) accrual rate and (b) normal retirement age is for the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund

      To ask the Leader of the House what estimate he has made of the unfunded liability, in present value terms, of the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund; and what assumptions for (a) discount...

      September Sittings

      To ask the Leader of the House what business was conducted on each day the House sat in September 2003 and September 2004; what the hours of sitting were on each day; and how many (a) divisions...

  • International Development

    • Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if his Department will (a) carry out an age audit of its staff to establish an age profile of its work force, (b) negotiate an age...

    • Conflict Affected/Low Income States

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of children in countries designated (a) conflict-affected fragile states and (b) low income countries go to school.

      Conflict Affected/Low Income States

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries his Department categorises as (a) conflict-affected fragile states and (b) low income countries; and what funding his...

      Departmental Dress Code

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's policy is on the display of religious (i) artefacts, (ii) symbols and (iii) dress by its staff; how many staff...

      Departmental Mail

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

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effect of networks of clinics in developing countries that provide local communities with sexual and...

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which information technology projects are being undertaken by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies; what the (i) start date, (ii)...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of efforts to assist reconstruction following the earthquake in Pakistan; and what...

      Water and Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of bilateral assistance on water and sanitation was provided to (a) public, (b) community-based and (c) private...

      Water and Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial assistance his Department provides to support knowledge transfer between well-performing public utilities and less...

      West Bank and Gaza

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures are being taken to alleviate the humanitarian situation in the West Bank and Gaza in the interim period while aid to the...

      World Poverty Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what events were organised by his Department to mark World Poverty Day on 17 October.

  • Transport

    • Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research (a) has been undertaken by and (b) is available to his Department on future projections of the need for airport capacity in Sheffield...

    • Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 13 September 2006, Official Report, columns 2264-65W, on Sheffield airport, what assessment the Government have made of the...

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 13 September 2006, Official Report, columns 2264-65W, on Sheffield airport, what assessment the Government have made of the...

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 13 September 2006, Official Report, columns 2264-65W, on Sheffield airport, whether Sheffield and Doncaster airports are...

      Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 13 September 2006, Official Report, columns 2264-65W, on Sheffield airport, whether (a) his Department and (b) legal...

      Aviation Noise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with transport ministers from other EU member states about problem aviation noise from small airfields.

      Databases (Security Breaches)

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

      Departmental Estate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what properties his Department has (a) owned, (b) rented and (c) occupied at 42-48 Wigmore Street, London, since 1997; for what period each property...

      Dual Carriageways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when work to dual the A358 from Ilminster to Taunton will (a) begin and (b) conclude; and if he will make a statement; (2) what plans there...

      Eurostar Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will commission a new review of the viability of extending Eurostar services to regional destinations taking into account the (a) social, (b)...

      Funeral Limousines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Government plan to include the private hire of funeral limousines in the exemption for private hire when transposing EU Directive...

      Government Social Research Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was of the Government Social Research Service in his Department in each of the last five years; how many projects have been completed by...

      Highways Agency (Animal Welfare)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money has been spent in total by the Highways Agency on (a) projects relating to animal welfare and (b) the purchase and installation of bat...

      Laser Speed Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many representations he has received on the T12020 laser speed meter since its introduction.

      M1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many workmen are employed on the road widening scheme between junctions 8 and 10 of the M1 motorway; and how many work during the (a) daytime and...

      Railway Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the reason was for the delay of a number of trains on 1 September between Ingatestone and Chelmsford; what steps are in place to reduce the...

      Railway Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with officials of GNER since 1 October.

      Railway Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much public money has been allocated to the new South Western Trains franchise for each year of its operation.

      Railway Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with Network Rail on the decision to charge an admission fee to public conveniences situated at some railway stations; what...

      Railway Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of London's rail stations on Network Southeast have been upgraded to accept the Oyster pay-as-you-go travel card since May 2006; and when the...

      Railway Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made since 2004 by regional railway tsars in (a) reducing the burden of administration and (b) ensuring greater train...

      Railway Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many incidents of vandalism there were on (a) trains, (b) stations, (c) railway tracks and (d) railway depots in 2005-06, broken down by police...

      Road Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated levels of road freight in the UK were in each year since 1997.

      Roads Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average cost was of constructing a mile of (a) motorway, (b) additional lane of motorway and (c) trunk road in the latest period for which...

      Shiplake Level Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the safety of the Shiplake level crossing in South Oxfordshire; and if he will make a statement.

      Speed Humps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of occasions across England where highways authorities have installed speed humps which were later (a)...

      Thameslink 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to make an estimate of the required funding for Thameslink 2000; and if he will make a statement.

      Thameslink 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to make a decision on the required funding for Thameslink 2000; and if he will make a statement.

      Transport Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on transport security.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to ensure that (a) residential areas have adequate provision of open spaces and play areas and (b)...

    • Age Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if her Department will (a) carry out an age audit of its staff to establish an age profile of its workforce, (b) negotiate an...

      Building Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to promote higher environmental building standards in publicly funded buildings.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department has spent on external speechwriters in each year since 2002, broken down by the company used.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much her Department spent on taxis in the most recent year for which figures are available; (2) how much the Office...

      Departmental Redundancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many redundancies there were in her Department in each year since 1997; what the cost of such redundancies was in each year;...

      Deputy Prime Minister

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated (a) monthly and (b) annual cost is of the staff seconded to the Deputy Prime Minister from her Department.

      Disabled Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will make a statement on the future of the disabled facilities grant.

      Empty Dwellings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether a vacant principal residence the owner of which is obliged by a long-standing lease agreement to live as a tenant...

      Energy Efficiency (Building Regulations)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with stakeholders on the use of low energy technology to achieve compliance with planning regulations.

      EU Directive 2002/91/EC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles), 10 July 2006, Official Report, on EU Directive...

      Home Condition Reports/Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in what ways sellers will be encouraged to take up voluntary home condition reports from June 2007.

      Home Condition Reports/Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many home information packs have been produced on a voluntary basis.

      Home Condition Reports/Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding her Department provided to the Association of Home Information Pack Providers in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06; and...

      Home Condition Reports/Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how individual home sellers will be approached to participate in the Home Information Pack dry run.

      Home Condition Reports/Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which companies are participating in the Home Information Pack dry run.

      Home Ownership Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many home ownership schemes for key workers and other target groups are in operation; what public subsidy they receive; how...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homeless people there are in (a) Hendon constituency and (b) Barnet borough; and if she will make a statement.

      Household Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of households in each year from 1990-91 to 2030-31; and if she will make a statement.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of social housing provided by housing associations has been achieved by section 106 agreements, broken down by...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will respond to the Rural Housing Commission Report.

      Land Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what financial contribution her Department has made to the Department for Transport-sponsored research project Sustainability of...

      Muslim Council of Britain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) financial support and (b) support in kind her Department and its agencies have given to the Muslim Council of...

      Omega

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will make a decision on how the Government will proceed with the planning application for the Omega site.

      Omega

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the basis was for the issue by the Government office for the north west of an Article 14 direction preventing the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on the local government pension scheme in each year since 1980-81; what forecasts she has made of how much...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was spent on the firefighters pension scheme in each year since 1980-81; what forecasts she has made of how much will...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many appeals her Department has heard under schedule 2, part 5 of the General Permitted Development Order 1995 against...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration is given to (a) the employment opportunities created and (b) the impact on the regional economy in...

      Population Projections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether a race equality impact assessment was undertaken on the decision to use current methodology for population projections...

      Regeneration (Thames Gateway)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what weight is given to design quality in the built environment in delivering regeneration objectives in the Thames Gateway; and...

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has for the future funding of Supporting People.

      Sustainable Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what standards the proposed code for sustainable building sets for water consumption levels per capita.

      Sustainable Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the voluntary code for sustainable homes to be implemented.

      Taskforce Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) cost, (b) objectives, (c) key performance indicators, (d) performance against each such indicator and (e)...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 18 July 2006, Official Report, column 367W, on the Valuation Office Agency, for how many households...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Abattoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many abattoirs in England serve the (a) cattle, (b) sheep and (c) poultry sectors.

    • Abattoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many abattoirs in England are licensed to offer organic meat processing; and what type of meat each deals with.

      Abattoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many abattoirs are in operation in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Agency Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) original and (b) revised budget for 2006-07 are for (i) British Waterways, (ii) the Centre for Environment,...

      Agency Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when Stearthill Farms Ltd. (RPA Ref: 108841927) will receive its single farm payment award.

      Agricultural Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been paid to farmers in grant aid and subsidy in each year since 1997, expressed in (a) actual and (b) real...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints regarding the welfare of pigs the State Veterinary Service has investigated in each of the last five...

      Battery Cages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent developments there have been in the EU Agriculture Council on the timetable for the ban on battery cages.

      Carbon Fund for Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on progress made in developing a carbon fund for Africa.

      Cheese Production

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of (a) gross domestic product and (b) total food production can be attributed to cheese production.

      Common Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to simplify the legislation to enable commoning of common land to take place more easily; and if he...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much milk was imported into the UK from Poland in the last 12 months; and what projections he has made of future levels...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the age profile is of dairy farmers; and if he will make a statement.

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to reduce the burden of bureaucracy on (a) dairy farmers and (b) all farmers.

      Databases (Security Breaches)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many confirmed security breaches of databases controlled by his Department occurred in each of the last five years;...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the budget of (a) the Department and (b) any associated non-departmental public body within his responsibility has...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of spending by his Department against budget in the 2006-07 financial year.

      Departmental Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for which of his Department's (a) agencies and (b) areas of work funding allocations have been revised downwards for...

      Departmental Mail

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

      Departmental Redundancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many redundancies there were in his Department in each year since 1997; what the cost of such redundancies was in each...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of civil servants employed by his Department work for the majority of their time in the Department's London...

      Emissions (Steel Works)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what emissions standards are applied to air emissions from steel works; and what the maximum levels are of regulated...

      Farm Gate Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average farm gate price received by farmers for their milk was over the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

      Farm Gate Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with supermarkets on farmgate prices paid to farmers.

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what additional costs the Government (a) have incurred and (b) are projected to incur as a result of missing the 30 June...

      Food Stocks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the last Food Stocks Survey was carried out by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Government Social Research Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost was of the Government Social Research Service in his Department in each of the last five years; how many...

      Local Authority Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 20 October 2006, on amendment to the local authority fees and charges scheme...

      Meat Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the UK imports meat products from Tanzania.

      Media Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the merits of reducing the number of media advisers in his Department.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) related agencies and non-departmental public bodies were affected by the...

      Monopoly Food Processors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans the Government have to regulate the activities of (a) British Sugar and (b) other monopoly processors in...

      Natural England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of the financial savings targeted by the establishment of Natural England have been realised; what the estimate is...

      Private Finance Initiative Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent by his Department on private finance initiative projects postponed pending further consideration or...

      Poultry Farms (Pollution Prevention)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the proposed charges for the pollution prevention and control regulations have been calculated with regard to poultry...

      Poultry Farms (Pollution Prevention)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps have been taken to prevent the spread of Campylobacter through the chicken production chain.

      Recycled Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department provides to local authorities about sending recyclable waste to be recycled overseas; and if he...

      Recycled Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which local authorities in England operate a compulsory recycling scheme; when each came into force; how much each local...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Department has allocated to the Rural Payments Agency, in addition to its agreed annual budget, in each year...

      Tree Planting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has for encouraging the planting of more trees by farmers.

      Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment was made of the effects of the reduction in grant in aid for 2006-07 to British Waterways prior to the...

      Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the backlog of maintenance works on waterways.

      Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the effect of the cuts in the budget of British Waterways will be on canals in Sandwell.

      Whaling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he will take against Iceland when it resumes commercial whaling.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliamentary Papers

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many copies of inHouse are produced; at what cost; to whom copies are distributed; how (a) hon. Members...

    • September Sittings

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what estimate the Commission has made of the additional costs of the House sitting in September.

      Voters Pack

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many copies of the guide to new voters have been (a) produced and (b) distributed; by whom this has...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Alcohol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether it is an offence for minors to attempt to purchase alcohol from shops.

    • BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the contribution of the BBC to (a) the UK balance of payments and (b) the creative economy; and if she...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what contracts (a) her Department and (b) its related agencies have placed with (i) Hobsbawm Macauley Public Relations, (ii) HMC...

      Departmental Dress Code

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's policy is on the display of religious (a) artefacts, (b) symbols and (c) dress by its staff; how many staff...

      Departmental IT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how much her Department has spent on (a) information technology projects generally and (b) web-facing projects in each year...

      Departmental IT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many and what percentage of information technology projects undertaken by or for her Department since 2001 have been delivered (a)...

      Departmental IT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which web-related information technology projects cost her Department more than £50,000 since 2001; which companies submitted...

      Departmental IT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which non-web-related information technology projects cost her Department more than £1 million since 2001; how many qualified...

      Departmental IT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which of her Department's databases are (a) wholly and (b) partly operated by external organisations or individuals; and which...

      Departmental IT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which databases operated by her Department are located (a) wholly and (b) partly outside the UK; and where each of those databases and...

      Departmental Telephone Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the average response time was of her Department's general inquiries telephone line over the last period for which figures are available.

      Departmental Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what proportion of vacancies in her Department in the last 12 months required candidates to have at least a grade C in (a) English and...

      Digital Dividend Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether her Department has consulted industry representatives on the period between publication of the final proposals of the Digital...

      Digital Dividend Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to publish an interim report further to the Digital Dividend Review Consultation; and if she will make a statement.

      Digital Dividend Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which industry representatives were consulted as part of her Department's Digital Dividend Review consultation.

      Digital Switchover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her estimate is of the percentage of households that will qualify for assistance in switching over to digital television in the...

      Digital Switchover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her estimate is of the percentage of households that will qualify for assistance in switching over to digital television in the...

      Digital Switchover

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her estimate is of the percentage of households that will qualify for assistance in switching to digital television in the...

      Islam and Muslim Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what arrangements her Department has for offering her advice on Islam and matters relating to Muslims; and who her advisers are on Islam...

      Licence Fee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what account she takes of (a) the financial position of and (b) borrowing by the BBC when considering changes to the licence fee.

      Muslim Council of Britain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much (a) financial support and (b) support in kind her Department and its agencies have given to the Muslim Council of Britain in...

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Chancellor on his pledge to recruit 1 million Olympic volunteers; what additional resource will be...

      Places of Worship (VAT)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions her Department has had with HM Treasury on extending the VAT refund arrangements available to listed places of worship...

      Radio Spectrum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assistance her Department is giving to the programme making and special events industry in its negotiations to harmonise the use of...

      Religious Organisations (Grants)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department has provided in (a) grant and (b) non-repayable grant to (i) the Church of England, (ii) Islamic organisations...

      Sarah Brown

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings (a) her Department and (b) its related agencies have held with Sarah Brown since 1997.

      Seaside Piers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment her Department has made of the (a) condition, (b) viability and (c) cultural significance of British seaside piers.

      Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 20 October 2006, Official Report, column 1452W, on Sport England, whether she was aware that one of the...

      Website Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the standard of age verification procedures on websites selling (a) alcohol and (b) DVDs, videos and...

  • Prime Minister

    • Air Fuel Taxes

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the prospects for introduction of EU-wide taxes on kerosene air fuel.

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Prime Minister if his Office will (a) carry out an age audit of its staff to establish an age profile of its workforce, (b) negotiate an age management policy with trade unions and...

      Diaries/Memoirs

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to request (a) Cabinet Ministers and (b) all other Ministers to disclose publicly whether they are keeping a diary with a view to publication.

      Diaries/Memoirs

      To ask the Prime Minister how many manuscripts of memoirs were submitted to the Cabinet Secretary in each year since 1997; and how many of them were cleared without any amendment of the text...

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to oppose a change of Prime Minister in Iraq.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Prime Minister when he last met General Richard Dannatt; and what matters were discussed.

      Ministerial Statements

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will make it his policy to issue written Ministerial statements announcing changes to Ministerial posts and personnel; and if he will make a statement.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the pay grades are of the staff in his Department.

    • Diplomatic Gifts

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what gifts purchased with public funds he has given to foreign dignitaries in each of the last nine years; what the (a) name of the recipient, (b) nature of the...

      Overseas Visits

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister who is accompanying him at public expense on his forthcoming trip to the Far East; how he will travel on each part of the journey; what the estimated cost is to...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Airbus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will place in the Library the minutes of his meeting of 23 October 2006 with the head of (a) Airbus UK and (b) EADS on the future role...

    • Airbus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what undertakings he has been given by (a) Airbus UK and (b) EADS on preserving the jobs of Airbus employees in Wales.

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what Government funded research is undertaken at Long Than monkey farm and testing centre in Vietnam; and if he will make a statement.

      Balance of Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the annual balance of payments surplus or deficit is for (a) each of the English regions, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales.

      Carbon Capture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent discussions he has had with Commissioner Piebalgs on European Commission proposals to require all new coal-fired power plants...

      Construction Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the construction industry of delays in utility companies carrying out the required...

      Corus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with (a) Corus and (b) Tata Industries in respect of (i) the proposed takeover of Corus and (ii) its potential...

      Counterfeit DVDs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent assessment he has made of the effect upon legitimate traders of the illegal trade in DVDs; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much his Department spent on (a) the Employment Tribunals Service, (b) the Insolvency Service, (c) the Patent Office, (d) the National...

      Departmental Redundancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will place in the Library copies of the advice his Department provides to officials on (a) taking voluntary redundancy and (b) being...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been spent by his Department on (a) chartering aircraft and (b) non-scheduled air travel in each of the last five years.

      Energy Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the expected timetable is for completion of each of the consultations and further studies set out in chapter 9 of the Energy Review, Cm 6887.

      Energy Technologies Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 20 October 2006, Official Report, column 1495, on the Energy Technologies Institute, who the (a) large company,...

      Enterprise Capital Funds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been invested in Enterprise Capital funds.

      Enterprise Insight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will reply to Question 85681, on Enterprise Insight, tabled by the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland on 11 July.

      Farepak

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will investigate the circumstances surrounding the administration of hamper company Farepak.

      Farepak

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the circumstances surrounding the collapse of Farepak; whether the company continued to collect payments from...

      Farepak

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what response he has had from the British Retail Consortium to his inquiry about support for those affected by the collapse of Farepak.

      Farepak

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received concerning the placing into administration of Farepak Food and Gifts Limited; and if he will make a statement.

      Furniture Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with HM Revenue and Customs on the import of furniture which does not meet required safety standards.

      Furniture Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with the European Commission on the effect on the UK furniture industry of standards applying to the manufacture...

      Furniture Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the European Commission's policy is towards the regulation of standards in the furniture industry in Europe.

      International Trade Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many international trade advisers there are in his Department.

      Lancaster Vision Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total annual staffing costs are of the Lancaster Vision Board.

      Lancaster Vision Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding has been allocated to the Lancaster and Morecambe Vision Board since it was set up.

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims have been made for (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (b) vibration white finger in the name of John Mann of...

      Miners' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which solicitors submitted more than 100 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease claims on 31 March 2004; how many claims were submitted on this...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he plans to make of which designs of generation III reactors are suitable for pre-licensing assessment.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent assessment has been made of the safety of UK nuclear power plants; and if he will make a statement.

      Olympic Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what measures his Department is taking to ensure that sufficient radio spectrum will be available to the programme making and special events...

      Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what applications to his Department for new power stations are outstanding; what the size of each proposed station is; when each application...

      Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received from (a) the Countryside Council for Wales and (b) other organisations on the proposed RWE power...

      Retirement Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 12 October 2006, Official Report, column 867W, on retirement age, what the evidential basis was for the decision to...

      Retirement Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to his Department's review of the default retirement age, (1) on what basis decisions were made to allow working beyond 65; (2) if...

      Retraining Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what investment and initiatives his Department is providing to retrain low skilled workers.

      Shoes (EU Duties)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the Government's policy is on the imposition by the EU of duties on shoes from China and Vietnam; and how the policy was formulated.

      Small Business Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many managing directors the Small Business Service has.

      UK Competitiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the competitiveness of (a) South Korea and (b) the United Kingdom in terms of (i) educational attainment,...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent by the Government on UK Trade and Investment in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Vision Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the North West regional development agency has provided model constitutions for the Vision Boards it has set up in the North West.

      Vision Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what criteria are used for the selection of representatives for the Vision Boards set up by the North West Regional Development Agency.

      Vision Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions have taken place between the chairman of the Lancaster Vision Board and the North West regional development agency on (a)...

      Watson Burton Solicitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) vibration white finger and (b) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease cases have been settled by Watson Burton solicitors; and...

      Watson Burton Solicitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the average size of settlement is for (a) a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease case and (b) such a case processed by Watson Burton...

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made on negotiations on the future of the Working Time Directive; what options are being considered; what the...

  • Defence

    • Veterans' Badges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many veterans' badges have been issued.

    • Arctic Emblem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many applications have been received for the Arctic Emblem.

      Hercules

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the Hercules fleet have had explosion suppressant foam installed; and if he will make a statement.

      Operational Tour Bonus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made with the implementation of the operational tour bonus.

      Operational Tour Bonus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost of the new operational bonus in (a) 2006-07 and (b) the following three financial years.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans the Army has to deploy Warriors to Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the security situation in Helmand province; (2) what progress has been made in the preparations on the ground in...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average number of Harrier sorties in Afghanistan was in each month of 2006.

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provisions are in place for compensation for Afghan civilians (a) killed, (b) wounded and (c) otherwise harmed during International Security...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the expected length of duty is for servicemen and women serving in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of future requirements for troop numbers in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with the Chief of the General Staff about the security situation in Iraq.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK servicemen and women who have been (a) killed and (b) injured in Iraq since 20 March 2003; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many troops were injured in action in Iraq in each month since the deployment in 2003; (2) how many serious injuries were sustained by British...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total cost has been to the UK of all military operations in Iraq since April 2005; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospital Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress is being made on establishing a military managed ward at Selly Oak hospital.

      Hospital Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the hospital treatment of injured service personnel.

      Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what impact the reduced frequency of equalised maintenance packages has had on (a) costs, (b) aircraft availability and (c) safety assessments; and...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Department has (a) undertaken and (b) commissioned hyperbaric chamber tests on live goats in the last five years.

      Army Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the troop numbers required to allow the army to operate effectively; and whether that requirement is being met.

      Battle Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether units of the armed services are allocated to more than one order of battle deployment.

      Ceremonial Duties/Parades

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what royal and ceremonial duties and parades have been cancelled in each of the last five years; and for what reasons each was cancelled.

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment the Government has made of the humanitarian impact of the use of cluster munitions by UK forces in recent conflicts to ensure compliance...

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the failure rate is for RBL 755 cluster bombs used by British forces.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 20 July 2006, Official Report, column 593W, on Colombia, what percentage of the cost of the military assistance given to...

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's budget is for 2005-06; and how much of that budget has been allocated to current overseas deployments.

      Departmental Project Approvals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which (a) category A, (b) category B and (c) category C projects of his Department have received (i) Initial Gate and (ii) Main Gate approval since 1...

      Eufor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the submarines which are flagged under EUFOR.

      Far East War Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people have been (a) paid, (b) refused and (c) are awaiting a decision on payments under the Far East Prisoners of War Ex-Gratia Payments...

      Fischer-Tropsch Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the merits of powering military platforms with green fuels made by the Fischer-Tropsch process.

      Flight Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the monthly average for (a) flight training and (b) flight trainer hours was for Red Arrows pilots in the last year for which figures are available.

      Flight Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many flight training hours on average were flown per month during the last 12 months by pilots of (a) Tornado F-3, (b) GR variants, (c) Jaguar and...

      General Sir Richard Dannatt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the transcript of the interview with General Sir Richard Dannatt reported in the Daily Mail on 13 October.

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his latest estimate is of the number of helicopters available in Iraq; what steps he is taking to ensure sufficient helicopters have been procured;...

      Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with Boeing on the return to flight of the eight Mk3 Chinook helicopters which have been grounded since their delivery...

      Joint Strike Fighter Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress has been made in discussion with the United States on the joint strike fighter programme.

      Military Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence of what type and how many vehicles the Vector and Cougar vehicles will replace.

      Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the value of the Harpoon missile as a weapon.

      Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in what circumstances surface ships would engage hostile surface forces with the Harpoon missile; and if he will make a statement.

      Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to equip the Type-45 Destroyer with the Harpoon missile.

      Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the range is of the Harpoon missile.

      Missiles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which ships carry the Harpoon surface-to-surface missile.

      Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the supply of ammunition to combat troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      Naval Dockyards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the future of the HM dockyards Portsmouth and Devonport.

      Nimrod MR2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what additional checks have been made of the Nimrod MR2 fleet since the loss in Afghanistan.

      PFI Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent by his Department on Private Finance Initiative projects postponed pending further consideration or stopped in the last 12 months.

      Sponsored Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many students were subsidised to attend university with the aim of recruitment to the armed forces in each of the last five years, broken down by...

      Theatre-wide Missile Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the need for theatre-wide missile defence in out-of-NATO area land and sea operations.

      Trident Replacement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to publish the white paper on options for the replacement of Trident.

      Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to install a gun on the Typhoon; and if he will make a statement.

      Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department raised from the sale of former naval vessels (a) Sandown, (b) Inverness and (c) Bridport to the Government of Estonia.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the options under consideration for basing policy for HM ships.

      Weaponry (Collateral Damage Predictions)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how his Department makes collateral damage predictions in deployment of weaponry.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Civil Service Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what the annual savings would be from increasing civil service employee contribution rate to the civil service pension scheme by 1 per cent.;...

    • Civil Service Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) what the (a) present and (b) future retirement age arrangements are for each public sector pension scheme for which her Department has...

      Civil Service Sports Council

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the grant from the Cabinet Office to the Civil Service Sports Council Limited has been in each of the last three years.

      Civil Service Sports Council

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was given through the annual grant to the Civil Service Sports Council in each of the last five years.

      Crown Copyright

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if she will remove the text of parliamentary legislation from Crown Copyright and allow free access and reproduction.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if her Department will (a) carry out an age audit of its staff to establish an age profile of its workforce, (b) negotiate an age management...

      Muslim Dress

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate she has made of the number of women employed in the civil service who wear a veil for religious reasons.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which public appointments have been made of former Ministers who served in the Government since 1997.

      Service Provision (Voluntary Organisations)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what proportion of (a) Government, including health service, and (b) local government contracts for the provision of services by voluntary...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Age Discrimination

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if her Department will (a) carry out an age audit of its staff to establish an age profile of its workforce, (b) negotiate an...

    • Bailiffs

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what regulations govern the activities of bailiffs.

      Coroners Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many coroners' cases in Northern Ireland are open but not complete; and in how many such cases the deceased is from Foyle...

      Coroners Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the Coroners' Service in Northern Ireland has a coroner available on a 24-hour basis.

      Criminal Justice (Youth Cases)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many court days were allocated to youth cases in each criminal justice area in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Redundancies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many redundancies there were in her Department in each year since 1997; what the cost of such redundancies was in each...

      Departmental Vacancies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what proportion of vacancies in her Department in the last 12 months required candidates to have at least a grade C in (a)...

      Ineffective Trials

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many ineffective trials were recorded in (a) magistrates courts and (b) Crown courts in Cambridgeshire in each quarter...

      Information Technology

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which information technology projects are being undertaken by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies; what the (i) start...

      International GCSE

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether her Department recognises the International GCSEs as an acceptable substitute for a GCSEs for the purposes of recruitment.

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 20 October 2006, Official Report, column 1450W, on legal aid, how many prisoners at HMP Peterborough...

      Magistrates

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to change the account taken of age in the appointment of magistrates; and what assessment she has made of...

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which magistrates courts have (a) closed and (b) opened in each of the last 20 years.

      Non-able-bodied Judges

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many non-able-bodied judges have been appointed in England and Wales since 1997.

      Pensions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what the (a) present and (b) future retirement age arrangements are for each public sector pension scheme for which her...

      Pensions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what savings estimate she has made of the effect on costs of the reforms to public sector pensions agreed with trades...

      Pensions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what the current rate of ill-health retirement is for each public sector pension scheme for which her Department is...

      PFI Projects

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much has been spent by her Department on Private Finance Initiative projects postponed pending further consideration or...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2006, Official Report, columns 1033-34W, on anti-social behaviour, if he will take steps to record...

    • Anti-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effect of institutional racism in the police force on anti-terrorism strategies in the community.

      Biometric Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provisions he has made for people to register biometric passports.

      Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many burglaries there were in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06 to date in (i) North Yorkshire, (ii) Yorkshire and the Humber...

      Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many burglaries there have been in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06 to date in (i) Chorley and (ii) Lancashire and the North...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his statement of 19 January 2006, Official Report, columns 982-83, on cannabis regulation, when the education campaign on...

      Control Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many control orders involving (a) access to designated people to a home, (b) the surrender of a passport, (c) a specific 24 hour ban...

      Crime (Coventry)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people were arrested for shoplifting in Coventry South in the last 12 months; (2) how many people were arrested for car theft...

      Deepcut

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those documents originating from the Surrey police and concerning deaths in Deepcut barracks that have been (a) requested...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the value is of his Department's contracts with (a) ER Consultants and (b) Praesta in each of the last three years; and which...

      DNA Database (Hendon)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Hendon residents are on the National DNA Database.

      Drinking Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests and (b) prosecutions for (i) being drunk and disorderly, (ii) being found drunk on a highway, public place or on...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the timetable is for introducing (a) identity cards and (b) biometric identity cards.

      Laser Speed Meter

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will submit the LTI20.20 laser speed meter for independent testing.

      Laser Speed Meter

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions for speeding have been brought as a result of readings from (a) the LTI20.20 laser speed meter and (b) other laser...

      Motoring Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers were prosecuted for driving without insurance in each police authority area in each year since 1997.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) front line police officers and (b) police officers in total there were in (i) the Northern Division, (ii) Central Division and...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the cost to the public purse of the Cambridgeshire Police Authority's Equality Scheme since 31 May 2005; and if he will make a...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in negotiations on pay for police officers.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on the Police Pension Scheme in each year since 1980-81; what forecasts he has made of how much will be spent in each year...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have faced disciplinary procedures for negligence or oversight in investigating a crime and following up leads with...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of average increases in the police precept for English police forces in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the implementation of neighbourhood policing in Coventry South.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many traffic police officers there were in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex, (e) Hertfordshire and (f)...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many traffic police officers there were in Lancashire in each year since 1997.

      Professional Standards Investigations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people involved in professional standards department investigations in the last 12 months are (a) white and (b) from black or...

      Psychiatric Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many places are available in medium secure psychiatric units in each county of England and Wales; and what each figure represents per...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many random eye tests have been conducted on motorists in each of the last five years; and what proportion of drivers have been assessed...

      Terrorism Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the operation of the Terrorism Act 2006; and what recent representations he has received about the operation...

      Victim Support/Neighbourhood Watch

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding his Department has provided to (a) victim support and (b) neighbourhood watch schemes in each of the last 10 years; and if he...

  • Health

    • Air Ambulance Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients have been transported by the North West Air Ambulance in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement; (2) what...

    • Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that clinicians continue to be able to exercise flexibility in prescribing drugs for people with Alzheimer's disease.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average ambulance response time in attending 999 calls in (a) East Anglia and (b) England has been in each year since 1997.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans her Department has to review the funding for the North West Ambulance Service following the recent rating of "weak" by the Healthcare Commission.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ambulances are in service with the Sussex Ambulance Service; and how many are over five years old.

      Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the ambulance admissions to (a) Worthing Hospital and (b) the Royal Sussex County Hospital were emergency admissions in the most...

      Audiology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has for improving NHS audiology services; and if she will make a statement.

      Birth Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women registered with a Hartlepool GP gave birth at (a) the University Hospital of Hartlepool, (b) the University Hospital of North Tees, (c)...

      Birth Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many births there were at (a) the Princess Royal hospital, Haywards Heath, (b) St Richard's hospital, Chichester and (c) Worthing hospital in each...

      Bowel Cancer Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made with the implementation of the bowel cancer screening programme since 1 April; what the timetable is for further...

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the breast cancer (a) survival rate and (b) death rate was for women in each constituency in the North East region in each of the last 10 years.

      Breast Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the geographical consistency of testing of women newly diagnosed with breast cancer for suitability for treatment with...

      Cancer Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what change there has been in waiting times for cancer treatment in Burnley constituency since (a) 1997 and (b) 2001.

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether general practitioners may (a) remove from their patient lists and (b) refuse to take on to their lists people who are resident in hospitals,...

      Central Budget Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 July 2006, Official Report, column 510W, on the Central Budget Review, what the minor reductions considered inescapable were.

      Cholesterol Medication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients there were on cholesterol lowering medication in each of the last 20 years.

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether primary care trusts will be required to launch a full public consultation before submitting bids for the £750 million of capital made...

      Continuing Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes she plans to make to NHS arrangements for continuing healthcare.

      CSR 2007

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what working groups have been established by her Department in order to inform her Department's input into the comprehensive spending review 2007; what...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists with NHS contracts have been registered in (a) Bristol and (b) Bristol West in each year since 2003.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect of the new dental contract on the volume of NHS orthodontic treatment in (a) England and (b) the Shropshire...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average monthly income from patient charges is under the new personal dental services contract; and what a typical equivalent month's income...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average cost of a course of treatment in a new dental access centre is; and what the average cost of an equivalent course was from a...

      Departmental Advertisements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will list the advertisements which her Department has placed in the Official Journal of the European Union in 2006; (2) whether (a) a...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department spent on organising and hosting conferences in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department spent on taxis in the last 12 months.

      District General Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health of which NHS trust or foundation trust each NHS district general hospital in England forms a part.

      East of England SHA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the east of England strategic health authority plans to utilise maps of population density in its review and planning of acute hospital services;...

      Free Eye Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pensioners have received free eye tests since their introduction in each (a) local health authority area and (b) constituency.

      Head Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of how the move to practice-based commissioning will affect the commissioning and provision of specialised services for those...

      Health Worker Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) consultants, (b) GPs, (c) all doctors, (d) nurses, (e) ancillary staff and (f) NHS staff in each (i) trust and (ii) county there were in...

      Hospital Acquired Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths attributable to hospital acquired infections were recorded by each NHS trust in the 2005-06 financial year.

      Hospital Staff Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost is of pension contributions for staff at (a) Southlands Hospital in West Sussex, (b) Worthing Hospital and (c) the Royal Sussex County...

      Independent Birth Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place a moratorium on closure of independent birth units until the conclusion of the National Perinatal Epidemiological Unit's study into...

      Influenza Vaccine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are being put in place to avoid in 2007 the shortages of influenza vaccine which have been experienced in 2006.

      IT Systems (Sussex)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost has been of installing updated information technology systems in the last five years at (a) Southlands Hospital in West Sussex and (b)...

      Maternity and Paediatric Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what information and advice was provided by the local NHS to inform her decision to refer maternity and paediatric services in Teesside to the...

      Maternity Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's policy is on midwife-led maternity units.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of the total NHS mental health budget was allocated to (a) services dedicated to addressing the mental health problems of children...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions she had with Tony Maden before she produced the Review of Homicides by Patients with Severe Mental Illness; (2) what method she...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of the budget each strategic health authority was spent on mental health in each of the last five years; (2) what the budget was...

      Mental Health Advocates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the current level of provision is of mental health advocates for NHS patients; and what level of provision she plans to put in place in 2007-08.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives were enrolled in training between 2003 and 2006 due to the need to retrain because of absences from the profession.

      Multiple Myeloma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many responses from (a) health care professionals, (b) patients and (c) carers were received by the National Institute for Health and Clinical...

      Multiple Myeloma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the availability of innovative new medicines for the treatment of multiple myeloma.

      Myalgic Encephalopathy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to increase access to services for people suffering from myalgic encephalopathy in (a) Hartlepool constituency and (b) the North East...

      National Care Standards Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the relationship is between the National Care Standards Commission and the Commission for Social Care Inspections; and if she will make a statement.

      Necrotising Enterocolitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has examined on the causes of necrotising enterocolitis in the NHS.

      Necrotising Enterocolitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of children and babies with necrotising enterocolitis there were in each year between 2000 and 2006.

      NHS Direct and NHS Online

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received advice from (a) NHS Direct and (b) NHS online in each month since their introduction, broken down by local authority area.

      NHS Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS operations were cancelled in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex, (e) Hertfordshire and (f) Norfolk in each...

      NHS Services (Private Providers)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether headcount reductions as a result of staff transfers from the NHS Logistics Authority and NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency to the private sector...

      NHS Training Budgets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health authorities have announced reductions in their training budgets; and what the (a) percentage reduction and (b) cash amount of the...

      Nice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence technology guidance on drugs and technologies automatically ceases if the guidance is...

      Nice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she made of the extent to which the submissions which the Department of Health has put to the National Institute for Health and Clinical...

      Nice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether primary care trusts may refuse funding for a treatment based on an appraisal consultation document from a National Institute for Health and...

      Nice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason guidance from the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence on drugs is mandatory; and for what reason such guidance on devices...

      Nursing Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what immigration statuses are (a) sufficient and (b) insufficient to enable applicants to take NHS-funded access to nursing courses.

      Patient and Public Involvement Forums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role local involvement networks will have; and in what ways the role of local involvement networks are intended to be different to that of patient...

      PCT Allocations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 August to question 13422, if she will set out each allocation or target share of each of the four elements used to set...

      PCT Posts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many chief executive posts for the reconfigured primary care trusts from October 2006 are (a) vacant and (b) filled by a temporary position.

      Pregnancy Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the basis was for the recent statement by the chief executive of the NHS that pregnant women are best served by large consultant-led services; and if...

      Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total salary bill is for (a) the Royal Sussex County Hospital and (b) the Princess Royal Hospital in West Sussex in 2006-07.

      Ravenscourt Park Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospitals have been earmarked to take patients who would previously have been treated at Ravenscourt Park hospital's orthopaedic unit.

      Ravenscourt Park Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what factors were taken into consideration when deciding to close Ravenscourt Park hospital.

      School Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) headcount and (b) full-time equivalent school nurses have been employed in the NHS since 2003, broken down by the primary care trust area...

      Sentinel Node Biopsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps she is taking to encourage NHS trusts to sign up for the New Start training programme relating to sentinel node biopsy; (2) which NHS...

      Thames Gateway/Stratford City

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the additional population from the (a) Thames Gateway and (b) Stratford City developments which will need to be covered by...

      Therapists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many practising talking therapists were employed within the NHS, broken down by primary care trust, in each of the last 10 years; and if she...

      Trust Outturns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment the Government have made of the financial outturn of the (a) Guildford and Waverley Primary Care Trust and (b) Royal Surrey County...

      Turnaround Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) salary and (b) per diem rate is of each turnaround director appointed to a London hospital.

      Unpaid Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the outstanding amount was of unpaid fees by overseas patients in the NHS in Yorkshire in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time in hospitals within the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority was for a person referred by a...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 23 October 2006, Official Report, column 1544W, on Northern Ireland accident and emergency departments, how many...

    • Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) Protestant, (b) Roman Catholic and (c) non-determined appointees there have been to (i) the Child Support Agency in Northern...

      Central Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the quantity and quality of the Central Services Agency's legal work.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent by the Department for Regional Development on consultants' fees in connection with the reform of water and sewerage...

      Counterfeit Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the estimated total revenue loss was as a result of illegal trading in (a) cigarettes, (b) spirits, (c) diesel, (d) petrol and...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether his Department recognises the International GCSE as an acceptable substitute for a GCSE for the purposes of recruitment.

      Education (Northern Ireland) Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his statement of 16 October 2006, Official Report, column 595, on Northern Ireland, whether he plans to postpone the implementation...

      First Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the merits of children learning first aid skills; what first aid training schoolchildren in Northern Ireland...

      Government Social Research Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost was of the Government Social Research Service in his Department in each of the last five years; how many projects have been...

      Health Service Organisations (Contracts)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether there are plans for a review of the effectiveness of the provision of contracts by legal services for health service organisations.

      Housing Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether any land adjoining Knockdara Park and Shepherds Glen in Derry is owned by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

      Independent Living (Disabled People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to enable independent living among people with disabilities; and if he will make a statement.

      Investigatory Powers Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints against the Security Service have been heard by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal since its establishment; in how many of...

      NHS Staff (Attacks)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) physical and (b) verbal attacks on NHS staff have been recorded by (i) the Northern Ireland health boards and (ii) the ambulance...

      Nurses

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

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of plastic bags produced for the local retail sector in each of the last three years; what assessment he...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many payments of each social security benefit are paid by the Social Security Agency into (a) Post Office Card Accounts and (b) bank accounts.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent on the recruitment process for the (a) Chief Executive, (b) Chair and (c) non-executive board members of (i) Northern...

      Public Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the potential effect of new build public housing on the waiting times for public housing in (a) Belfast and (b)...

      Public Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will set targets and a timetable for the elimination of the differential in public housing waiting times between the two communities in...

      Racially Motivated Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been convicted of racially-motivated crimes in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years, broken down by (a)...

      Roads Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total expenditure by the Roads Service on roads maintenance in Northern Ireland was in each of the last five years, broken down by...

      Roads Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were employed by the DRD Roads Service in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years, broken down by grade.

      School Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2006, Official Report, column 1375W, on school bullying, to what system of written referrals the then...

      Service Improvement Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recommendations by the service improvement programme within the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety have been (a) made...

      St. John's Home (Downpatrick)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the bed occupancy was of St. Johns Home, Downpatrick in its various incarnations over the past five years.

      Tourism (Fishing)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have accessed the DCAL angling website; and what estimate is made of the number of additional tourists who have visited Northern...

      Water Charges/Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has received on pegging the Northern Ireland water charge to the English and Welsh average; and when pegging will be removed.

      Water Charges/Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent each year by the Water Service on performance-related pay (PRP) awards since 2001; what proportion, on average, PRP...

      Water/Sewerage Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how financial surpluses arising from the planned Government-owned company to deliver water and sewerage services in Northern Ireland will be...

      Water/Sewerage Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what efficiency targets on (a) operating costs and (b) capital costs the planned Government-owned water and sewerage company in Northern...

      Water/Sewerage Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures are in place to prevent financial disbenefits falling on customers should the planned Government-owned water and sewerage company...

      Water/Sewerage Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how the resources arising from any asset disposal by the planned Government-owned water and sewerage company in Northern Ireland will be...

  • Education and Skills

    • A-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils studied for an A-level in (a) physics, (b) biology, (c) chemistry and (d) mathematics in the East Riding of Yorkshire in...

    • A-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many hours on average A-level school pupils spend sitting examinations over their school career.

      A-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in England who enrolled for an A level qualification in the 2003-04 academic year did not achieve an A level qualification...

      Church Mead Junior School, Leyton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the outcome was of the bid to his Department by Church Mead Junior School, Leyton (a) to become a fresh start school and (b) for...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which contracts were awarded by his Department to Capita in each year from 2000-01 to 2005-06; what the cost was of each contract; what...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the date of commencement is of each contract awarded to Capita for the operation of the school improvement partner initiative; what...

      Disability Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) information gathering and (b) other actions his Department is taking to inform the production of the report on progress towards...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether local education authorities are given guidelines from central Government on how to divide funds between schools within their remit.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what grants are available to secondary schools within the Havering Local Education Authority area for refurbishment of information...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much capital investment his Department (a) made in schools in 2005-06 and (b) plans to make in (i) 2006-07 and (ii) 2007-08; how many...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils who received the Education Maintenance Allowance did not gain an A-level qualification in each year since 2004.

      Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students have been excluded permanently from schools in Suffolk in each year since 1997.

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many faith schools there are in (a) Romford, (b) Havering and (c) all London boroughs.

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of students in faith schools in (a) Romford, (b) Havering and (c) all London boroughs are not of the school's faith.

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many applications for the establishment of voluntary aided Muslim faith schools are being considered.

      First Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will introduce first aid training into the school curriculum; and if he will make a statement.

      Foreign Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which foreign languages are taught at each school in Easington constituency.

      Fostering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many children in England are being fostered under private arrangements.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his policy is on the publication of post-16 examination results in institutions of further education disaggregated by franchisee.

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of (a) 15-year-olds and (b) pupils at the end of the fourth key stage who achieved five or more GCSEs at A*...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of (a) 15-year-olds and (b) pupils at the end of the fourth key stage sat GCSEs in (i) chemistry, (ii)...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of pupils from independent schools achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and mathematics in each...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of pupils achieved seven or more GCSEs at A* to C in each year since 1996.

      Graduate Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent discussions he has had with university vice-chancellors on improving the employment prospects of graduates.

      International GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in maintained schools sat the International GCSE examination in English in 2006.

      Mature Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of mature students born before 1979 undertaking a foundation degree who now require a GCSE or...

      Nursery Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what advice has been given to education authorities on the level of grants they should provide to private sector providers of nursery...

      Partially Selective Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 23 October 2006, Official Report, column 1565W, on partially selective schools, if he will list the 38 schools to...

      Performance Monitoring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) performance management and (b) key performance indicators have been put in place to monitor the service quality for the (i) key...

      Pupil Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils there were in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) rural and (ii) non-rural areas in each year since 1997; and if...

      School Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to promote higher environmental building standards in new schools.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent, in today's prices, on school meals in each of the last 20 years.

      School Science Laboratories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many school science laboratories are designated of a satisfactory standard; (2) what progress he has made on bringing school...

      Sex Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make it his policy to encourage teenagers to abstain from sexual intercourse before the age of 16 years; and if he will make a...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of mainstream school pupils in (a) Ribble Valley and (b) Lancashire have a statement of educational needs.

      Speech and Language Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many local education authorities have strategic partnerships in place with local health authorities for the provision of speech...

      Teachers and Teaching Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) teachers and (b) teaching assistants were employed in Lancashire in (i) 2005-06 and (ii) each of the preceding five years.

  • Treasury

    • Aggregates Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much revenue has been raised by the aggregates levy in each year since its introduction; (2) what assessment he has made of the effect of the...

    • Agricultural Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what tax revenue accrued to the Exchequer from the UK agricultural sector in each year since 1997.

      Birth Certificates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the acceptability to organisations other than public bodies of the certificates issued at birth; whether he plans to make any...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will review the rules under which nationals of the European Economic Area member states are permitted to claim child benefit for children that do not...

      Child Trust Funds (Hendon)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in Hendon have taken up child trust funds; and if he will make a statement.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many civil servants his Department employs, broken down by pay band; and what the pay range of each band is.

      Cost Benefit Analyses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the usefulness of public value as a factor in undertaking cost-benefit analyses; and if he will make a statement.

      Currency Exchange

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the percentage change has been in (a) the value of the dollar against the pound and (b) the value of UK investments in US stocks in each of the last...

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 9 October 2006, Official Report, column 270W, on departmental carbon emissions, what methodology was used to calculate the figure...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of the refurbishment of the HM Revenue and Customs building on Parliament street.

      Departmental IT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which of his Department's databases are (a) wholly and (b) partly operated by external organisations or individuals; and which organisations and...

      Departmental IT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which databases operated by his Department are located (a) wholly and (b) partly outside the UK; and where each of those databases and parts of databases...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department conducts exit surveys for departing employees.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of vacancies in his Department in the last 12 months required candidates to have at least a grade C in (a) English and (b) mathematics GCSE.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department recognises the International GCSE as an acceptable substitute for a GCSE for the purposes of recruitment.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department uses a travel management company.

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the unemployment rate was for people aged 18 to 24 years in each month since January 1992; and if he will make a statement.

      Employment Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the employment rate was of the cohort of the least qualified UK adults for each year since 1996-97.

      Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases were received by the Financial Ombudsman Service in each of the last five years; and how many were resolved in each year.

      Financial Ombudsman Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases were received by the Financial Ombudsman Service in relation to the sale of (a) critical illness insurance, (b) payment protection...

      Fuel Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many petrol filling-station owners have been convicted of selling (a) illegally laundered and (b) smuggled fuel in Northern Ireland in the last...

      Household Poverty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK live in a family in which neither parent works.

      Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2006 to questions 95921 to 95925, whether the replacement rates, marginal deduction rates and tax benefit and model...

      Infant Mortality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the latest trends are in infant mortality.

      Lone Parent Households

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of children lived in lone parent households in each year since 1979-80.

      Military Tax-free Bonus

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his assessment is of whether the tax free bonus will affect the entitlement of soldiers in receipt of tax credits.

      Office of Government Commerce

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) budget and (b) total number of employees were of the Office of Government Commerce in each year since 2000.

      PR Contractors

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which (a) public affairs and (b) public relations companies were contracted to work for (i) his Department and (ii) agencies of his Department between...

      Public Service Broadcasting Licences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the contribution to Exchequer revenue of public service broadcasting licences was in each year since 2000; what estimate his Department has made of...

      Sport Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the basis was for his statement on GMTV on 25 October that the Government have a budget of £1.5 billion for sport; and if he will provide a...

      Sport Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions took place with (a) the Department for Education and Skills, (b) the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, (c) Sport England, (d) UK...

      Statistical Independence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to respond to the results of the consultation on independence for statistics; and when he plans to introduce legislation on this issue.

      Stern Report

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the Stern Report on the economics of climate change to be published; and if he will make a statement.

      Sustainable Communities Programme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the funding of the infrastructure for the Sustainable...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research has been conducted into the problems encountered by self-employed people claiming tax credits; and if he will take steps to change the system...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit verification checks have been (a) set aside and (b) granted an easement since April 2001.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2005, Official Report, column 341W, on credit overpayments, why HM Revenue and Customs made an error in paying tax...

      UK Investments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value was of (a) UK investments in the US and (b) UK lending to the US Federal Government in 2005-06; and what percentage of such UK...

      Unclaimed Assets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been invested in youth and community facilities through the unclaimed assets programme since its inception.

      VAT (Unions)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much VAT was collected from (a) registered trades unions, (b) the Union of Democratic Mineworkers and (c) Vendside Ltd. in each year since 1998.

      Wages and Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) average wage was for (i) full-time male, (ii) full-time female, (iii) part-time male and (iv) part-time female employees and (b) average...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations have been made to the government of Pakistan on the alleged supply route of Taliban fighters across...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the (a) implications and (b) likely effect of the recent peace initiative between the...

      Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimates have been made by her Department of whether the cultivation of poppies in Afghanistan has increased or diminished...

      Bosnia-Herzegovina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are for the renewal of the mandate of the European peacekeeping force in Bosnia beyond November 2006; and if...

      Bosnia-Herzegovina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of progress on the reform process in Bosnia-Herzegovina; and if she will make a statement.

      Bosnia-Herzegovina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are for the closure of the UN Office of the High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina; and if she will make a...

      Bosnia-Herzegovina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are for the role of the EU in Bosnia-Herzegovina after the closure of the UN Office of the High Representative;...

      Bosnia-Herzegovina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the progress made in police restructuring in Bosnia-Herzegovina; and if she will make a statement.

      Bosnia-Herzegovina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans there are to change the number of EU-led peacekeeping forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina; and if she will make a statement.

      British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what contracts have been awarded by the British Council to (a) Hobsbawm Macaulay Public Relations, (b) HMC Public...

      British Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what process was followed in selecting (a) Hobsbawm Macaulay Public Relations, (b) HMC Public Relations and (c) Brunswick...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations she has made to the Government of Burma regarding the employment of children in the Burmese armed...

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations she has made on behalf of (a) China's Christian community, (b) Gao Zhishung, (c) Pastor Goug...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether the Minister of State with responsibility for counter narcotics and counter terrorism discussed the activities of...

      Criminal Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many criminal offences her Department has created by Orders in Council in each year since 1997.

      Cyprus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with Turkey on that country's obligations to the EU to open up ports, airports and airspace to the...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what percentage of ambassadors were educated in (a) the state school sector, (b) the independent school sector,...

      Entity of Republika Srpska

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the representatives of the Entity of Republika Srpska; and if she will make a statement.

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to her statement in Prospects for the EU in 2006 (Cm 6896), on better regulation, what the Government's position is on...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make representations to the Iranian Government about the arrest and current whereabouts of Amir Montazini and his...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many senior officials from Saddam Hussein's regime are detained (a) without charge and (b) subsequent to being charged but...

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the negotiations on final status talks on Kosovo; when she expects the talks to conclude; and if...

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with President Tadic on the final status talks on Kosovo; and if she will make a statement.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 20 October 2006, Official Report, column 1517W, on ministerial visits, how much was recovered...

      North Korea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what work has been done by her Department on strengthening the rules governing the withdrawal of a country from the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made by the UN and African Union technical assessment mission towards establishing a UN mandate in...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the next steps are towards gaining the agreement of the Sudanese Government on the future UN peacekeeping force in Darfur.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the decision of the Sudanese Government to demand the removal of Special UN Representative Jan Pronk.

      Tanzania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 July 2006, Official Report, column 1285W, on Tanzania, what further action Ministers have taken to...

      Tibet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the Chinese authorities about the killings at Nangpa La, near the Tibet-Nepal border, of...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs why visas have not yet been issued to the individuals involved in appeal cases OA/32813/2005 and OA/32707/2005 (embassy...

  • House of Lords

    • Act of Union 1707: 300th Anniversary

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have any plans to mark the 300th anniversary of the Act of Union 1707.

    • Belfast Agreement

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 9 October (WA 15), what is their assessment of the Government of the Republic of Ireland's section of the...

      British Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will instruct the Ethnic Minorities Citizenship Unit at the British Consulate-General in Hong Kong to acknowledge within two working days, and respond...

      Discrimination: Sexual Orientation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to publish the draft regulations to prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in (a) the provisions of goods; (b) the provision...

      Energy: Deep-mined Coal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many deep-mined coal mines are still in production; what are their names and in which regions they are located; and how many people are employed underground...

      Government Departments: Financial Reporting

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

      Government Departments: Spending

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which departments have underspent their budgets for the years 2000 to date; and what was the amount of each underspend.

      Gulf War Illnesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 16 October (WA 174), what reviews of research into Gulf War illnesses funded by the Government...

      Immigration: Colnbrook Detention Centre

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action has been taken against those running the Colnbrook detention centre after an inquest into the death of a detainee found that there had been a failure...

      Immigration: Fast Track Removal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What efforts they are making to ensure that legal and professional advice, including the provision of adequate legal aid, will be of the same quality for asylum...

      Interpreters

      asked Her Majesty's Government: For the most recent period for which figures are available (a) nationally, and (b) for those police forces who contract out the provision of interpreting services...

      Iraq: Baghdad

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Triesman on 10 October (WA 138), whether United Kingdom officials experience the circumstances existing on the ground in...

      Iraq: Withdrawal

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the campaign among leading Iraqi political and religious groups to persuade United States and United Kingdom military forces to...

      Israel and Lebanon

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made to the Government of Israel about their actions in Lebanon, in the light of recent opinion polls suggesting a rejection by the...

      Israel and Palestine

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of the United States on the case for advancing proposals for the peace process between Israel and...

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to obtain a positive response from the Government of Israel to the letter from the European Union monitoring chief, Pietro Pistolese, and...

      Mental Capacity: Draft Court of Protection Rules

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What contact Ministers have had with the Society for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities and their Families regarding its concern that the draft Court...

      North Korea: Export Credit Guarantees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many export credit guarantees have been granted to British firms involved in activities in North Korea in each of the past 10 years; and, in each case, what...

      Palace of Westminster: Access

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether he will take steps to ensure that pedestrian access to the Palace of Westminster is not periodically impeded by inadequate rainwater drainage on St...

      Russia: Trade Sanctions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of the Russian Federation regarding the removal of Russian trade sanctions against Moldova and Georgia and...

      Sport: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What contributions they make to the Governments of Wales and Scotland for spending exclusively on sport in each country; and how these figures compare with the...

      Syria: Export Credit Guarantees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many export credit guarantees have been granted to British firms involved in activities in Syria in each of the past 10 years; and, in each case, what was (a)...

      UN: Approval for Military Action

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the findings of the long-term military planning report approved by the European Union Defence Ministers on 3 October in informal council...

      UN: EU Representation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the suggestion by the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mark Malloch Brown, that at some point in the future the European...

      Water and Sewerage Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the Water and Sewerage Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006 was published; and how many working days there were between publication and the end of the...

      Water and Sewerage Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What groups and individuals responded to the consultation process for the Water and Sewerage Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006; and whether they will place in...

      Water and Sewerage Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether there will be a further consultation process for the Water and Sewerage Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.

      Water Management: S&T Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to paragraph 8.26 of their response to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee report, Water Management (8th Report, HL Paper 191-I),...

      Water Management: S&T Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to Annex A of their response to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee report, Water Management (8th Report, HL Paper 191—I), if...

      Water Supply: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consultation process was used for the changes to charging for water in Northern Ireland; when the process started and ended; and how the consultation was...

      Water Supply: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the main elements of the estimated £130 million to £180 million costs arising from a delay of a year in the implementation of water charges, as...

      Water Supply: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether land currently owned by the Water Service in Northern Ireland will be disposed of within the next 10 years; if so, on what basis; and where the proceeds...

      Water Supply: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What role the Northern Ireland consumer council has in the future regulation of the provision of water.

      Wildlife: Protected Areas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which areas of the English countryside and coastline are protected because they are red squirrel habitats.

      Wildlife: Protected Areas

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which areas of the English countryside and coastline are protected because they are Natterjack toad habitats.

      Zimbabwe: Export Credit Guarantees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many export credit guarantees have been granted to British firms involved in activities in Zimbabwe in each of the past 10 years; and, in each case, what was...

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