Written answers

Monday, 27 November 2006

  • International Development

    • Aid Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development to how many countries his Department has contributed funds via basket funding alongside other donors.

    • Aid Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the value is, as a proportion of recipient countries' gross domestic products, of (a) UK and (b) all bilateral and multilateral...

      Aid Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on (a) (i) direct budgetary support, (ii) humanitarian assistance, (iii) technical assistance and (iv)...

      Aid Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which projects with a value of (a) between £100,000 and £1,000,000 and (b) over £1,000,000 were funded by his...

      Bonus Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much was paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department each year since 2001-02; and how many civil servants received bonuses...

      Bonus Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what criteria a civil servant in his Department must fulfil (a) to be considered for a bonus on top of their regular salary and (b)...

      Climate Change Adaptation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contribution the UK has made to the Climate Change Adaptation Fund agreed on 14 November at the UN Framework Convention on Climate...

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the likely impact on international aid projects in the region of the joint United Nations-African Union...

      Departmental Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which statistics have been put forward by his Department for consideration to become new national statistics in each of the last five...

      EU Association Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what steps the Government are taking to ensure that the Association Agreements the EU will begin negotiating in January 2007 with...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the occasions since he has held his present office when he has used (a) rail services, (b) the London underground,...

      Refugees (Africa)

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the number of refugees crossing into Kenya from Ethiopia and Somalia as a result of recent conflict.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Annual Canvass (Armed Forces)

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what work the Electoral Commission has carried out during the annual canvass to encourage...

    • Electoral Commission

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how much the Electoral Commission (a) spent on hospitality in each year since its creation...

  • Transport

    • A1

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to dual the A1 between Edinburgh and Newcastle.

    • Aerodrome Designation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria he uses in deciding whether to designate an aerodrome under section 80 of the Civil Aviation Act 1982, to assess whether there is a need...

      Aircraft Crashes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what aircraft crashes there have been in England in each of the last five years; which of these involved a Cessna 206 aircraft; and in which cases...

      Airline Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the impact of Manchester Airport's (a) proposed expansion and (b) proposed increase in night flights on neighbouring...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will respond to the conclusions and recommendations of (a) the Review by the Light Aviation Airports Study Group and (b) the Regulatory...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of people in each income quintile took (a) no, (b) one, (c) two, (d) three or four and (e) five or more trips by aeroplane in 1997.

      Bonus Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department each year since 2001-02; and how many civil servants received bonuses in each year.

      Bonus Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what criteria a civil servant in his Department must fulfil (a) to be considered for a bonus on top of their regular salary and (b) to be awarded a bonus.

      Cessna Crash (June 2004)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the (a) members of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch and (b) other individuals involved in the investigation of the crash of a...

      CIA Gulfstream Jet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what the (a) starting destination and (b) final destination were of the 80 flights by CIA Gulfstream jet registration N379P which took place...

      Concessionary Fares Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the proposed national concessionary fares scheme.

      Concessionary Fares Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how free off-peak transport for the elderly and disabled will be funded.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been (a) allocated and (b) spent on the Crossrail project, broken down by financial year.

      Drink/Drug-driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents were caused by drink-driving in each year since 1997, broken down by police force area.

      Drink/Drug-driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road accident fatalities were caused by or contributed to by driving under the influence of drugs in each of the last five years for which...

      Drink/Drug-driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on publicising the risks of driving under the influence of drugs in each of the last five years.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the estimated income to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency from fees for providing replacement registration certificates (V5C) was in (a)...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what targets the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) has for responding to complaints; and how many complaints received by (a) telephone,...

      First Great Western

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will urgently investigate the reliability of the 125 fleet on the Great Western lines; and what discussions he has had with First Great Western...

      Foreign Hauliers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure foreign drivers of foreign registered vehicles are adequately insured to drive in the UK.

      Hit-and-run Drivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many personal injury road accidents involving one or more hit and run drivers or riders there were in each year from 1997 to 2004, broken down by...

      Left-hand Drive HGVs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what percentage of reported traffic incidents involved a heavy goods vehicle with left hand drive in each of the last five years; and what...

      Lifeboats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the full call out figures are for each lifeboat station in the UK in the last 12 months.

      Mot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the timetable is for the introduction of the MOT computerisation programme; and what the timetable was when the contract to run the system was awarded.

      Mot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was in 2006-07 prices of the original contract with Siemens Business Services to run the MOT computerisation programme; when this...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) locomotives, (b) multiple units, (c) freight wagons and (d) carriages are in use on the rail network, broken down by (i) train...

      Road Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether revenue raised from road pricing schemes will be used to upgrade existing motorways and trunk roads.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatalities occurred in each year between 2000 and 2005 as a result of motor accidents in the Humberside region.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much profit was generated by Humberside Safety Camera Partnership in 2004-05; and how this profit was (a) distributed and (b) spent; (2)...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average maintenance expenditure per mile of road on (a) A roads and (b) B roads was in each region in the last period for which figures are...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average 24-hour traffic volume was at the (a) J3-J4E, (b) J4A-J5, (c) J9-J10, (d) J10-J10A, (e) J10A-J11, (f) J12-J13, (g) J6-J7 and...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average 24-hour traffic volume was at the (a) J6-J7 and (b) J9-J10 automatic traffic counters on the M42 on (i) Mondays to Fridays, (ii)...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of (a) the net change in UK carbon dioxide emissions resulting from the road schemes approved through the targeted programme...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the 10 most congested (a) motorways and (b) non-motorway roads were in the last year for which figures are available.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what total length of roads has been detrunked in each (a) county council and (b) unitary authority area since 1997.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles on average used the M6 toll motorway in each month since January (a) in total and (b) on (i) workdays and (ii) weekends and public...

      Street Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will undertake pilots of permit schemes in respect of street works in order to assess the costs and benefits of such schemes and resolve any...

      Vehicles (End of Life)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department funds schemes to dispose of end-of-life lorries.

      Woodhead Tunnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether it is his policy to protect the disused rail route through the Woodhead Tunnel for future rail development.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the budgeted expenditure by his Department is for 2006-07.

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to reduce the expenditure of his Office; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) marketing officers, (b) communications officers and (c) press officers are employed in his Department; and what the total expenditure on...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many civil servants accompanied him on his recent trip to the Far East.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his Department uses an internal traffic light or colour coded system in relation to written parliamentary questions; and whether his Department grades or...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many full-time equivalent staff were employed by the Arts Council England in each year since 1997.

    • BBC (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent representations she has received on the future funding of the BBC.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff were employed through employment agencies in (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies in each of the last five...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff were employed on a consultancy basis in (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies in each of the last five years...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether people employed (a) through employment agencies and (b) on a consultancy basis are included in the calculations for the...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's annual budget is for employing workers on a consultancy basis; and how much of this budget was used in each of the...

      Departmental Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which statistics have been put forward by her Department for consideration to become new national statistics in each of the last five...

      Digital Dividend Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which industry representatives Ofcom (a) plans to consult and (b) has consulted in the period prior to publication of the proposals...

      Digital Dividend Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what (a) current and (b) future spectrum usage estimates are being used by Ofcom in the preparation of its consultation paper on the...

      Listed Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many (a) barns and (b) other agricultural buildings are listed grade II and above in each county in England.

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which staff in her Department are (a) seconded from organisations with charitable status and (b) have (i) costs and (ii) salaries met...

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cost was of tracing people who had moved house and not informed TV Licensing in each of the last five years.

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the maximum fine is which may be imposed for failing to possess a valid television licence; and what the average cost was of...

      Television Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many detector vans are in use by TV Licensing.

      Theatre Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with Arts Council England on funding for local theatre in relation to the 2007 comprehensive spending...

      TV Quiz Channels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent consideration has been given to the further regulation of television quiz channels which offer cash prizes.

      TV Quiz Channels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976 in regulating television quiz channels...

      TV Quiz Channels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which digital television quiz channels are entitled to broadcast in the United Kingdom.

  • Public Accounts Commission

    • Foreign and Commonwealth Office

      To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission (1) what the causes have been of the delay in finalising and publishing the National Audit Office report into the use by the Foreign and...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to deliver cost sharing between Government and the private sector for animal disease control; and if...

    • Average Temperatures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the annual average temperature of the UK has been in each year since 1976; (2) what the average annual...

      Avian Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was (a) planned for and (b) spent on dealing with avian influenza in 2005-06; and what the figures are for 2006-07.

      Bonus Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria a civil servant in his Department must fulfil (a) to be considered for a bonus on top of their regular salary...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans his Department has to review the amount of compensation paid to farmers for cattle of high genetic value...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when results will be announced for the evaluation of changes in pre-movement testing of cattle for bovine TB.

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the evidential basis is for the view that human interference with badger setts is a causal factor in the transmission...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many incidences of bovine TB there were in 2005.

      British Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what Government funding has been provided to British Waterways in each of the last five years for which figures are...

      British Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the likely impact on remainder waterways of the proposed reduction in the budget of the...

      Cathode Ray Tubes (Recycling)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the capacity in the UK for recycling of televisions and computer monitors...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what response he has made to the proposals made on 15 November by the United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan for an...

      Dairy Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made by the Dairy Supply Chain Forum; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the shortfall in his Department's budget on (a) the performance of...

      Departmental Pay Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on staff employed at his Department but remunerated through an employment agency in each...

      Departmental Pay Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many members of staff have received payments through an employment agency for work undertaken in his Department in each...

      Departmental Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which statistics have been put forward by his Department for consideration to become new national statistics in each of the...

      Discovering Lost Ways Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that property owners in rural areas are aware of possible future claims for a public right of...

      Domestic Rubbish

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance his Department has given to local authorities on the leaving of fixed penalties for litter offences relating to...

      Energy Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what incentives are in place for those with responsibility for public buildings to install insulation as an energy saving measure.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average time is for the Eaga Partnership to process a Warm Front grant application.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will increase the maximum level of Eaga Partnership Warm Front grants available to householders in Cornwall.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria his Department uses to accredit contractors to carry out work under the Eaga Warm Front scheme.

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was allocated to householders under the Eaga Group Warm Front grant scheme in each local authority area in the most...

      Energy from Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans his Department has to promote the generation of energy from waste and the acceptability of the concept among the...

      England Rural Development Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment he has made of the impact on farmers' incomes of the delay in implementing the England Rural...

      Environmental Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which environmental directives have been agreed and published since 8 June 2001; and what the date or expected date of...

      EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the auctioning of carbon emission permits under Phase III of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme; and if he...

      Farm Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the bodies of the farming industry on including farming within the carbon dioxide emissions...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many British ships have licences to fish off the coast of Mauritania.

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what volume of waste he estimates was illegally fly-tipped in each year since March 2005, broken down by the nature of the waste.

      Food Stocks Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of the Food Stocks Survey 2005.

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which countries he has been informed have had an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the last 12 months.

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make it his policy to use the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification as a system of certifiable...

      Gloucestershire County Council (Farm Estate)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with Gloucestershire County Council on its decision to review each tenancy on its farm estate as...

      Greyhounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to bring forward regulations to establish minimum standards for the transportation of greyhounds.

      Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which hunts the Forestry Commission has assessed as having successfully transferred to chemical-only based scents when drag...

      Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the effect on inland waterways of the recent reduction in funding.

      Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information he has received as to how much each EU member state is charging poultry units for compliance with Integrated...

      Land-based Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to improve skill levels among sectors for which his Department is responsible in relation to the land-based...

      London Mayor and Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether all integrated waste collection and street cleansing contracts let by waste authorities in London will be subject to...

      London Mayor and Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what statutory powers the Mayor of London will have under the proposals set out in The Greater London Authority: The...

      London Mayor and Assembly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions between his waste strategy team officials and his (a) climate change team, (b) transport team, (c) energy...

      Meat Hygiene Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what responsibility his Department has for the Meat Hygiene Service.

      Milk Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects milk quotas to be abolished.

      National Air Quality Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects the review of the National Air Quality Strategy to be completed.

      Natural England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) contracts and (b) service level agreements with environmental organisations Natural England has inherited from...

      Office of Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken to appoint a director for the new office of climate change.

      Pollution Prevention and Control Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what consideration has been given to waiving integrated pollution prevention and control charges for any period of...

      Pollution Prevention and Control Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how the amount of the fee for an integrated pollution prevention and control permit application was determined by the...

      Pollution Prevention and Control Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress he has made in his discussions with the National Farmers' Union and the Environment Agency to limit the...

      Poultry Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many enriched poultry cages have been introduced to replace battery cages in the poultry industry since 2001.

      Poultry Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking in conjunction with the poultry industry to ensure that the 2012 ban on battery cages is met.

      Poultry Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that annual inspection charges do not undermine the competitiveness of the UK poultry industry.

      Pyrolysis Plants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the frequency of waste collection is, broken down by local authorities which (a) directly operate and (b) subcontract...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of materials collected for recycling were exported overseas in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information his Department has on specific problems related to recycling of waste by the school and college sector.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding has been allocated for school recycling projects in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the employment position is of Johnston McNeill.

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints were received against (a) the Rural Payments Agency and (b) its (i) permanent and (ii) agency staff in...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of total rural payments are outstanding; what the average delay in such cases has been; how many cases are...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many appeals have been made against reductions in single payment scheme payments as a result of cross-compliance.

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many claimants in the Forest of Dean have received (a) full payment, (b) an 80 per cent. partial payment and (c) no...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to change the IT supplier for the single farm payment scheme.

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will visit the new livestock market in Shrewsbury to discuss problems with single farm payment provisions with local...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that the Rural Payments Agency will make a substantial part payment of the 2006 payments due...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) formal and (b) informal discussions have taken place between his Department and European Commission staff on the...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to his intervention of 7 November 2006, Official Report, column 721, on what basis the figure of £25 million...

      Sewage in Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions untreated sewage was discharged into the (a) Hampshire Avon, (b) River Nadder, (c) River Ebble, (d)...

      Sheep Dip

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has undertaken on alternatives to organophosphate diazinon in sheep dips.

      Sheep Dip

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will review the use of organophosphate diazinon in sheep dips.

      Soil Protection Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the basis was for the decision that farmers should be required to complete the Cross Compliance Soil Protection Review.

      State Veterinary Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the budgets for (a) the State Veterinary Service and (b) the Veterinary Laboratories Agency have been reduced for...

      Stewardship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what take-up there has been of crop protection management plans within entry level stewardship.

      Thames Barrier

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what high tide level was recorded on each occasion on which the Thames Barrier has been closed.

      Thames Estuary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on the Thames Estuary 2100 project; and if he will make a statement.

      Vehicles (End of Life)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what obligation an owner of an unviable motor vehicle, who wants to dispose of it, is under to take it to an authorised...

      Veterinary Products Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many members of the Veterinary Products Committee also sit on the Medical and Scientific Panel.

      Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if the Government will act to stop the export of waste electrical and electronic equipment that leaves the UK under the guise...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, (b) the Greater London Authority and (c)...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what definition he uses of waste authorities (a) having regard to and (b) being in general conformity with the Mayor's...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what statutory powers the London Waste and Recycling Forum is expected to have to deal with (a) waste management, (b) the...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what statutory powers the Mayor will have under proposals set out in July by the Greater London Authority to deliver the...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the potential to introduce a regional element to the Waste Infrastructure Development...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans there are to dispose of London's residual waste to landfill sites outside London.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of London's waste was disposed of at Newton Longville landfill site in the last 12 months; and how much he estimates...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with Gloucestershire County Council on its proposals to concentrate its handling of composting...

      Waste Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the household waste recycling rates were in of each English region in the most recent period for which figures are...

      Waste Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect on waste management of Manchester's joint private finance initiative procurement;...

      Waste Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with representatives of the waste industry in the...

      Waste Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what distinctions are made between mass-burn incineration and anaerobic digestion in his Department's policy on energy from waste.

      Water Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress he has made in implementing the conclusions of the Government's Water Affordability Report of December 2004 in...

      Water Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what total water use was in England and Wales in each year since 1997, broken down by water company area.

      Water/Sewerage Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average monthly cost to consumers was of (a) water services and (b) sewerage services to (i) metered and (ii)...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Car Parking (Coleraine)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the Department of Regional Development to start work on site to provide multi storey car parking in Coleraine.

    • Children/Young People Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the timescale is for the development of the action plan for the 2006 to 2016 strategy for children and young people.

      Dromore Central Primary School

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made on the acquisition of a site for the new Dromore Central primary school.

      Olympics (2012)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what bids he has made for Northern Ireland to host events during the 2012 Olympic games.

      Planning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new planning officers (a) were recruited by and (b) left the Planning Service in each of the municipal areas in Northern Ireland in...

      Planning Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what account will be taken in the assessment of domestic planning applications by the Planning Service in Northern Ireland which include energy...

      Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of ethnic minorities are serving as permanent full-time police officers in Northern Ireland.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the current (a) male and (b) female prison population in Northern Ireland is; and how many (i) male and (ii) female prison vacancies...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applications for personal grants to install renewable energy in private homes in Northern Ireland have been received by his Department.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps his Department plans to take to advertise renewable energy funding packages.

      RPA Central Joint Forum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) meetings and (b) consultation the RPA Central Joint Forum has held with organisations representing (i) doctors, (ii) nurses and (iii)...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what resources he has allocated to ensure that the target that 95 per cent. of features on statutory designated sites should be in or...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the basis was for the decision to delay the Public Service Agreement target in the Sustainable Development Strategy that 95 per cent. of...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what meetings (a) he and (b) his officials have held with Concordia since its formation in relation to wind farm development in Northern...

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how long the Planning Service took to process planning applications made by (a) private individuals and (b) businesses for wind farms in...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department paid to DHL in each financial year between 1997-98 and 2005-06.

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether people employed (a) through employment agencies and (b) on a consultancy basis are included in the calculations for the full-time equivalent...

      Departmental Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which statistics have been put forward by his Department for consideration to become new national statistics in each of the last five years; and how many...

      Gender Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he expects to publish his Department's gender equality scheme.

      Health Finances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will take steps to ensure that the National Assembly for Wales pays the same for Welsh patients being treated at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital as...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the occasions since he has held his present office when he has used (a) rail services, (b) the London Underground, (c) tram or light...

  • Leader of the House

    • Adjournment Debates

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will take steps to increase the number of adjournment debates during the parliamentary session.

    • Accessibility

      To ask the Leader of the House what discussions he has had with the Royal Institute of British Architects on improving public accessibility to the proceedings on the floor of the House since June...

      Westminster Hall

      To ask the Leader of the House what assessment he has made of the role of Westminster Hall debates in providing time for hon. Members to debate issues of concern.

      Gender Equality

      To ask the Leader of the House (1) when he expects to publish the Privy Council Office's gender equality scheme; (2) what steps he is taking to ensure that private organisations contracted to...

      Ministerial Pensions

      To ask the Leader of the House what the average annual ministerial pension payment for a former Government Minister was in (a) 1985, (b) 1995 and (c) 2005.

  • Prime Minister

    • "Today" Interviews

      To ask the Prime Minister how many times he has been interviewed by John Humphreys on BBC Radio 4 Today programme since May 1997.

    • Allawi Family

      To ask the Prime Minister which members of the Allawi family have visited Downing Street since 1 January 2006.

      Departmental Website

      To ask the Prime Minister which topics were addressed in the questions (a) submitted to and (b) answered in his online question and answer session with the public on 16 November; and if he will...

      Downing Street (Functions)

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) which Ministers have hosted non-official party receptions or functions in No. 10 Downing street since May 1997; (2) on what date each function held at No. 10...

      Dr. Kizza Besigye

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will meet Dr Kizza Besigye while he is in Uganda.

      Drugs Trade (Afghanistan)

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what discussions he had on (a) the drugs trade from Afghanistan, (b) the effectiveness of counter cross-border incursion and (c) the compact with tribal leaders...

      E-mail Address

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish a direct e-mail address at which the public may contact him.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Prime Minister how many Freedom of Information Act requests his Office has received since May 2006; and how many (a) are in train, (b) are concluded and (c) were answered within 20...

      Gifts

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) where the wine held by his Office as part of the Donated Asset Reserve is stored; (2) to what use his Office has put the (a) Segway transporter and (b) electric...

      Gifts

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the items, gifted by (a) foreign governments and (b) domestic sources that he has authorised retiring ministers to take with them at the end of their...

      Intercept Communications

      To ask the Prime Minister whether it his policy that no authorisation will be given for the interception of communications in respect of (a) hon. Members and (b) Members of the House of Lords;...

      Ministerial Code of Conduct

      To ask the Prime Minister whether the Ministerial Code of Conduct applies to Ministers notifying hon. Members when visiting their constituency for purposes other than Ministerial engagements; and...

      Misc 31

      To ask the Prime Minister how many times the Ministerial Committee on Data Sharing (MISC 31) has met.

      Office Costs

      To ask the Prime Minister what the total cost of his Office was in the financial year 1996-97.

      Office Departments

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the (a) sub-departments and (b) departments within his Office.

      Official Ministerial Duties (Expenses)

      To ask the Prime Minister what the guidelines are on ministers claiming expenses in relation to their official ministerial duties.

      Visits

      To ask the Prime Minister when he last visited St. Albans constituency.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Competent Persons Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when her Department will issue the accreditation framework to assess schemes to register companies and individuals for...

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will publish the proposed staff structure of her Department; and when it will be fully implemented.

      Deprivation (Norwich, North)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps have been taken to tackle deprivation in Norwich, North.

      Devon County Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the long-term debt of Devon county council was at the end of each financial year from 2001-02 to 2005-06.

      Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) wholetime firefighters and (b) retained firefighters were employed on 11 September (i) 2001 and (ii) in each...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many persons were rescued alive from fires in dwellings by the fire service in each year since 1994. [R]

      Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) aircraft accidents were attended by the fire service and (b) people were rescued alive from aircraft accidents by...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) railway accidents were attended by the fire service and (b) people were rescued alive from railway accidents by...

      Fire Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many lift rescues were carried out by the fire service in each year since 1994.

      Free Travel Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make good the shortfall in council tax revenues to local authorities in implementing the free travel scheme for the...

      Government Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost of running the Government Office for the South West was in the most recent period for which figures are available;...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) powers and (b) duties local authorities have to control urban taxes.

      Lyons Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many jobs in her Department have been relocated (a) to Liverpool and (b) elsewhere as a result of the Lyons Review; and...

      Rate Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in what circumstances rural public houses may apply for rate relief; what the current level of take-up is of (a) mandatory...

      Rate Relief

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she has plans to (a) increase mandatory rate relief for rural public houses above 50 per cent. and (b) extend rate...

      Regional Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding her Department gave to (a) regional government offices, (b) regional development agencies and (c) regional...

      Retirement Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have mandatory retirement ages.

      Small Business Friendly Concordat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether the Small Business Friendly Concordat is planned to be made a compulsory agreement; and if she will make a...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Asylum and Immigration Tribunal

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress has been made on the appointment of new judges for the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal; and if she will make a...

    • Bonus Payments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much was paid in bonuses to civil servants in her Department in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; and how many officials...

      Bonus Payments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what criteria a civil servant in her Department must fulfil (a) to be considered for a bonus on top of their regular salary...

      Community Legal Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which 10 barristers received the highest fees for civil work from the Community Legal Service in the most recent year for which...

      CORE Electoral Database

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the technical specifications of the CORE electoral registration database will allow for data matching with other...

      E-voting Pilots

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will place in the Library a copy of the procurement exercise notice to find providers for the e-voting pilots in the May...

      E-voting Pilots

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the budget is for the e-voting pilots in the May 2007 local elections.

      Information Commissioner

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many Section 50 Decision Notices the Information Commissioner has issued in response to complaints about the citing by the...

      Ministerial Residences

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many staff from her Department are provided to assist the Lord Chancellor in holding functions at his official residence in...

      Magistrates

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many magistrates serving in Warrington come from (a) Warrington, North, (b) Warrington, South constituency and (c)...

      Parliamentary Boundaries

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) when the Government will publish a hard copy version of the Boundary Commission's recommendations on new parliamentary...

      Postal Votes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the number of electors who registered for postal votes in each year's elections since...

      Postal Votes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the Government plans to conduct further elections via all-postal voting.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Smoking

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what recent representations he has received on making the Commons estate a smoke-free environment.

    • Dining Rooms

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many hon. Members have booked more than three private dining room lunches or dinners in the last 12 months.

      Parliamentary Estate (Security)

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission (1) how much has been spent on external consultants to advise on matters relating to the security of the...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Civil Service Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the rates of employer contributions to the Civil Service pension schemes are; and if she will make a statement.

    • Departmental Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the combined cost of marketing and advertising was for the Cabinet Office in each year since 2004-05.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many full-time equivalent staff from the Cabinet Office provide assistance to the Deputy Prime Minister's Office.

      Housing Conference

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether she will be attending the Regeneration and Housing Conference at the University of Bedfordshire at Putteridge Bury on 11 December in a...

      Knowledge Network

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster who the 20 customers are of the new version of the Knowledge Network.

      Ministerial Residences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many full-time equivalent staff from the Cabinet Office are provided to assist the Lord Chancellor in holding functions at his official...

      Ministerial Residences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if she will place in the Library a copy of the revised guidance recently provided by the Cabinet Secretary on council tax and official ministerial...

      Special Advisers/Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the cost of provision of mobile phones to special advisers in (a) Downing street and (b) the Cabinet Office has been in the last 12 months.

      Special Advisers/Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many special advisers are employed by the (a) Cabinet Office and (b) Prime Minister's Office.

      Volunteering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what role Rod Aldridge played in the GoldStar programme on volunteering.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Disabled People (Benefit Services)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to improve the provision of benefit services by his Department for people with disabilities.

    • Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on progress towards the Government's target to halve relative child poverty by 2010.

      Carer's Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of a higher minimum wage on recipients of carer's allowance.

      State Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that more women are entitled to the full state pension.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects the successor to the Child Support Agency to be operational.

      Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions at what level cold weather payments were in each year from 2002-03 to 2006-07; and how many people received cold weather payments in each of...

      Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from which weather stations measurements are taken for the purpose of assessing entitlement to cold weather payments.

      Departmental IT Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the IT strategy of his Department and its agencies.

      Information Prescription

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in which areas he expects trials of the information prescription to take place; how many people will be involved in the trials; what funding...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the occasions since he has held his present office when he has used (a) rail services, (b) the London Underground, (c) tram...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many national insurance deficiency notices have been distributed since (a) 30 November 2005 and (b) 25 May 2006; and how many of these...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 20 November 2006, Official Report, column 22W, on pension schemes, whether the reference to plans encompasses...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library the advice about possible changes to the qualifying conditions for receipt of a full basic state pension that...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the average rate of private sector employer contribution into (a) defined benefit pension schemes and (b)...

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on the scheme to replace the Post Office card account in 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of households in each UK constituency are (a) from ethnic minority backgrounds, (b) living in poverty and (c) from ethnic...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) highest and (b) average amount was of leave not taken in the last leave year and not carried over in the (i) Army, (ii) Royal Navy and...

    • Armed Forces Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force were not able to take all of their annual leave in the last leave year.

      Armoured Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what factors he took into account when deciding to purchase a combination of Cougar and Vector Pinzgauer armoured vehicles rather than one large batch of...

      Armoured Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Cougar and (b) Vector Pinzgauer armoured vehicles are being purchased by his Department.

      Astute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the unit production cost is of an Astute class ship submersible nuclear class.

      Bevin Boys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent meetings he has had with the Bevin Boys Association to discuss the case for a medal for Bevin Boys; and when he expects to report on the...

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with NATO allies on the continued employment of cluster munitions.

      Conventional Weapons Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will bring forward measures to ban the use of cluster munitions as a response to the Convention on Conventional Weapons Review.

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support the British Army is prepared to give to support the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force for Darfur in terms of (a)...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what duties personnel diagnosed with (a) type 1 and (b) type 2 diabetes may undertake in each of the forces and their reserves.

      Falklands Anniversary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a list of the stakeholders being consulted about the commemorations planned for the 25(th) Anniversary of the Falklands...

      Falklands Anniversary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to ensure that the whole House has ownership of the commemoration of the 25(th )Anniversary of the Falklands conflict, as urged...

      Far East Prisoners of War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what correspondence his Department has sent to potential recipients of the Far East prisoners of war ex-gratia payment living in Australia; when the...

      Flying Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average number of flying hours for a RAF (a) Hercules C-130, (b) Nimrod MR2 and (c) Harrier aircraft was in each of the last 12 months.

      Harmony Guidelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which units will be operating outside harmony guidelines as a result of the deployment to Iraq of Telic 9 and Telic 10; and what the average tour gap...

      Health and Safety Summons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions since 1st April 1999 each of the armed services has received summons under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

      HMS Invincible

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will assess the merits of disposing of HMS Invincible when it is decommissioned in 2010 to the Torbay unitary authority to create the northern arm...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what risk assessments had been carried out with regards to personnel transfers on the Shatt-al-Arab waterway prior to the fatal attack on 12 November.

      Joint Service Publication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of Joint Service Publication (JSP) 530 covering financial years 2000-01 to 2006-07.

      Music on Fire Event

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department received for the Army Benevolent Fund's use of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for the Music on Fire event in September.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the armed forces final salary pension scheme was introduced; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what (a) rationale and (b) criteria the number of years of completed service for eligibility for an immediately payable pension for (i) officers and...

      PFI/PPP Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many private finance initiative and public private partnership contracts with his Department and its agencies have been won by Halliburton or its...

      President of the Regiment Institute Shops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the President of the Regiment Institute shops operate out of military bases in the UK; and how many are run by external commercial businesses.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of QinetiQ's issued share capital is held by the Government; and whether there are plans to reduce this shareholding.

      QinetiQ

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage shareholding his Department has in QinetiQ.

      Research and Development Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much was spent prior to 2005-06 on (a) research and development and (b) construction of the (i) CVA, (ii) Type-45 and (iii) Astute...

      RG31

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the indicative whole life costs of the RG31 which were received from the contractor as part of the assessment...

      Royal Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average working hours for personnel in the Royal Navy were in each year since 2001.

      Ship Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what capital receipts his Department received from the sale of HMS London and HMS Coventry to BAe; how much they were sold for to the Government of...

      Troop Transportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received from the Chief of the General Staff on the efficiency of handling ground troops by RAF movement staff.

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Type 45 Destroyers he plans to purchase; what the planned in-service date is of each; and if he will make a statement.

      Unestablished Posts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many positions are on the unestablished post database, broken down by (a) service and (b) army regiment.

      Voluntary Outflow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many voluntary outflow exits there were from the regular (a) infantry, (b) Royal Artillery, (c) Royal Engineers, (d) Royal Corps of Signals, (e)...

      Winter Supplementary Estimates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates 2006-07 (HC2), if he will break down the (a) current and (b) revised request for resources one, two and...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Bonus Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how much was paid in bonuses to civil servants in his Department in (a) 2001-02 and (b) 2002-03; (2) how many civil servants in his...

    • Bonus Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what criteria a civil servant in his Department needs to fulfil (a) to be considered for a bonus on top of their regular salary and (b) to...

      Burma (Exports)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the British exports to Burma were in each of the past five years; and what the value of the exports was in each year.

      Citizens Advice Bureaux

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much funding was provided to citizens advice bureaux to support advice to tax credit claimants in each of the last four years.

      Civil Service Relocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many jobs in his Department have been relocated (a) to Liverpool and (b) elsewhere as a result of the Lyons Review; and on how many...

      Coal Health Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many successful claims have been registered in post code areas (a) LE1, (b) LE2 and (c) LE5 for (i) vibration white finger and (ii)...

      Coal Health Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been paid to Vendside Limited for handling claims registered in post code areas (a) LE1, (b) LE2 and (c) LE5 under the coal...

      Coal Health Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many former miners have received a full and final payment of £500 or less for chronic bronchitis and emphysema in each of the last...

      Community Interest Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many community interest companies have been formally incorporated in the East Midlands region in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total design and printing cost was for his Department's publication "Promoting Female Entrepreneurship".

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many BP employees are on secondment to his Department; what areas they are working on; on what terms they are working; and how many BP...

      Departmental Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which statistics have been put forward by his Department for consideration to become new national statistics in each of the last five years;...

      DNA Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which organisations have been asked to alert the Government if they become aware of any significant advances in DNA sequestration which may...

      Enterprise Week

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent by the Small Business Service on publicising Enterprise Week in 2006.

      Euro-Mediterranean Partnership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made by the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership in turning the existing bilateral agreements into a free trade area; and if...

      European Communities (Pooling of Activity)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his policy is on future pooling of activity under the umbrella of the European Communities; and what proposals are under discussion for...

      Gas and Electricity Supplies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many applications for supply of (a) gas and (b) electricity were declined by each energy supplier in (i) each region of England, (ii)...

      Hazardous Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research his Department has (a) undertaken, (b) evaluated and (c) commissioned to find viable alternatives for lead solders banned...

      Hazardous Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) resources and (b) enforcement procedures are in place to prevent the import of goods from outside the European Union which do not...

      Hazardous Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made by the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements for the European Commission in developing reference...

      Hazardous Substances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what mechanisms are in place to assess manufacturers' claims that they have been unable to source essential component parts that adhere to the...

      Internet Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has to hold regional and national conferences before the next Internet Governance Forum in Brazil in November 2007.

      Internet Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what agreement was reached on spam at the Internet Governance Forum in Athens.

      National Institute for Energy Technologies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding is available to the National Institute for Energy Technologies; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Fusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much funding his Department has provided for research into nuclear fusion in each year since 1995.

      Oligonucleotides

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which representatives attended a meeting in August 2006 to consider the feasibility and potential risks of viruses being created by joining...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether his Department has a traffic light system in place for processing parliamentary questions, where questions are categorised using a...

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices there are in Northern Ireland, broken down by category.

      Post Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the cost of post office closures under the urban reinvention programme.

      Privatisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made with the sale of (a) Westinghouse, (b) the Tote and (c) part of British Energy.

      Retirement Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what account he took of (a) his Department's economic impact assessment and (b) other academic and research studies commissioned by his...

      Science Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what initiatives he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to enhance the science base in the UK economy.

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which staff in his Department are seconded from organisations with charitable status; and which have (a) costs and (b) salaries met (i) in...

      Trading Standards Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent on training trading standards officers in each of the last five years.

      WEEE Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Government will publish the results of its consultation on the recent waste electrical and electronic equipment directive.

      WEEE Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions have taken place with the Local Government Association on the implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment...

      WEEE Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate his Department has made of the likely costs associated with recycling televisions and monitors containing cathode ray tubes...

  • Home Department

    • Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were recorded as committed on (a) buses and (b) trains in Essex in each of the last five years, broken down by type of crime.

    • Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cautions were issued in the Cambridgeshire constabulary area for (a) violence against the person, (b) theft and handling stolen...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many appeals have been determined by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel in each of the last five years; and what percentage...

      Dispersal Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dispersal orders have been issued in each police authority area since April.

      Gun Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to reduce the number of gun crimes in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement.

      Identity Cards/Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to issue identity cards to foreigners; and if he will make a statement.

      Identity Cards/Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the First Section 37 Report to Parliament about the Likely Cost of the Identity Cards Scheme, which Government Departments his...

      Identity Cards/Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contracts his Department has signed with external organisations relating to (a) the identity cards project and (b) the National...

      Identity Cards/Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with representatives of the high street banks concerning the identity...

      Identity Cards/Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to page nine of the First Section 37 Report to the Parliament About the Likely Costs of the ID Cards Scheme, what existing assets...

      Identity Cards/Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is the Government's policy to issue an early variant identity card to UK citizens.

      Identity Cards/Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he defines, "touched by identity fraud", as used in the First Section 37 Report to Parliament About the Likely Cost of the ID Cards...

      Identity Cards/Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department at what distance identity cards produced under ISO standard 14443A can be read.

      Identity Cards/Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who will determine whether the number of a designated document under schedule 1, paragraph 4(1) of the Identity Cards Act 2006 should be held...

      Identity Cards/Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what pieces of personal information the National Identity Register (a) is intended to store and (b) will have the capability of storing.

      Identity Cards/Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he expects British citizens to be charged for a change to their surname as a result of marriage under the proposed National Identity...

      Identity Cards/Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the timetable is for the publication of the schedule of fees for the National Identity Card scheme.

      Identity Cards/Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the number of individual authorised users of the National Identity Register there will be once it is fully...

      Identity Cards/Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of Government officials who will be permitted to enter data into the National Identity Register.

      Identity Cards/Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who will have operational responsibility for the National Identity Register.

      Identity Cards/Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether it is the Government's policy to use a private finance initiative in the development of the National Identity Register.

      Illegal Alcohol Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many licensed premises were closed down by (a) police and (b) local authorities for selling alcohol illegally in (i) Dudley, (ii) the...

      Illegal Alcohol Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what penalties may be imposed in cases where licensed premises sell alcohol illegally.

      Illegal Alcohol Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of underage drinkers in (a) Dudley, (b) the West Midlands and (c) the UK.

      National Identity Scheme Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the appointment process is for the proposed National Identity Scheme Commissioner; and if he will make a statement.

      Passport Interviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements the Government plans to make for residents of the islands of (a) Tiree, (b) Coll, (c) Jura and (d) Colonsay to attend...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the (a) present and (b) future retirement age arrangements are for each public sector pension scheme for which his Department...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate he has made of the (a) rate and (b) annual cost of employer contributions to each public sector pension scheme for...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his most recent estimate is of the unfunded liability, in present value terms, of each public sector pension scheme for which his...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the potential for savings to his Department of the reforms to public sector pensions agreed with trades unions...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) actual and (b) percentage increase was in the police precept for each police authority area in each of the last 10 years; and...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers per 1,000 of the population there are in each police force in England.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the police precepts were for police authorities in England and Wales in each of the last five years listed in descending order.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the (a) total number of police officers and (b) number of police officers on the streets and in neighbourhood...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances police cells in West Yorkshire would be used to house prisoners to relieve prison overcrowding.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many investigations into officers' conduct were undertaken at (a) HMP Wymott and (b) HMP Garth in each of the last three years;...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effects of the work-life balance arrangements for prison officers.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many allegations against prison staff have been made by prisoners since the offence of making a false and malicious allegation was...

      Rape Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what strategy he has for dealing with false rape claims.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions were made of drivers using mobile phones while driving in the most recent period for which figures are available,...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hit and run incidents led to an individual being convicted in each police force area in each of the last eight years.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the progress being made by his Department on the approval of roadside drug testing equipment.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many traffic offences were lost under the six-month rule in the last financial year for which figures are available.

      Security Industry Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications received by the Security Industry Authority are waiting to be processed; what the average waiting time is for...

      Statements (Disabled People)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of training provided for police officers in taking statements from disabled people.

      Terrorist Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many terrorist suspects have been detained for 28 days; and how many of these have subsequently been (a) charged and (b) released.

      Underage Drinking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding is available from his Department for the local council trading standards Christmas campaigns against underage drinking.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times children have been released from Ashfield Young Offender Institution without their property in each of the last three years.

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what injuries were incurred by boys held in Huntercombe Young Offenders Institution during control and restraint in each month in (a) 2005...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many boys were subjected to a strip search in Huntercombe Young Offenders Institution in each month in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006; and how...

  • Education and Skills

    • Boarding Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many places were available in state boarding schools in England in each year since 1976.

    • Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of families living in poverty in each UK constituency have (a) free and (b) subsidised childcare.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average class size is for (a) primary and (b) secondary classes.

      Early Years Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent in each of the last five years supporting early years teachers with funding towards their continued professional development.

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what financial assistance will be offered to local education authorities where a significant proportion of children do not speak English as...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much Government funding per head has been provided to local education authorities for children in (a) Shropshire, (b) Herefordshire,...

      Educational Attainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the national average percentage of candidates achieving five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and mathematics was in...

      Educational Attainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in England gained (a) nine, (b) 10, (c) 11, (d) 12, (e) 13 and (f) 14 GCSEs in each year since 1997.

      Educational Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on (a) primary education and (b) nursery education in each year since 1990-91 in 2004-05 prices; what the estimated...

      Environmentally Sustainable Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what advice and assistance his Department provides to schools wishing to introduce energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives.

      Every Child Matters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what provisions are being made in the Every Child Matters initiative for families who opt for education at home.

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research his Department has commissioned into the cultural and ethnic make-up of pupils in faith schools in England.

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many (a) Muslim, (b) Catholic, (c) Hindu, (d) Jewish and (e) Sikh pupils there are at Church of England (i) primary and (ii)...

      Fingerprinting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in England collect fingerprints of their pupils; and what guidance his Department has given on fingerprinting of pupils.

      Five-Year Strategy for Children and Learners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what budget has been allocated to the Learning and Skills Council for the purpose of implementing paragraphs 36 to 42 of the Five Year...

      Graduate Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on levels of graduate debt.

      Higher Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what discussions he has had with the Higher Education Funding Council for England on the decision not to introduce a change to the fee...

      Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many head teacher posts are filled by temporary head teachers.

      Head Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many head teacher positions are vacant in secondary schools; and what the average length of vacancy of such a position was in 2006-07.

      HM Chief Inspector of Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the appointment procedure is for Her Majesty's Chief Inspector for Schools.

      Maintained Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools he estimates wish to opt out of local authority control.

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which datasets held by his Department have been identified as suitable for use in the National Identity Register database.

      New Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new schools commissioned by local authorities have been built since 2001; and how many applications he received from local...

      New Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills now many new teachers have been employed since 1997, broken down by local authority.

      North Devon College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what factors underlay the decision of the Learning and Skills Council to refuse additional funding to North Devon College, on behalf of the...

      Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will publish the business case made in relation to the proposed relocation of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority from...

      School Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many schools in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each local education authority closed for at least one day due to snowfall...

      School Estates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what powers he has in relation to unauthorised dwellings that are established on and adjacent to schools and close to classrooms which may...

      School Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how the Financial Management Standards in Schools initiative will apply to smaller schools without bursars; and if he will make a statement.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what proportion of schools are equipped with kitchens capable of providing school meals for all pupils attending the school; (2) what...

      Science and Maths Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to improve the teaching of science and mathematics in schools to engage young people more effectively.

      Special Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) independent and (b) maintained special schools have opened in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority.

      Teacher Shortages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in Bournemouth have teacher shortages.

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what training qualified teachers from overseas must complete in order to teach in schools in England.

      Teachers' Pay and Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether teachers working in academies will retain their national negotiating rights on pay and conditions.

  • Health

    • Brachytherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations she has received about extending availability of brachytherapy to men with prostate cancer; (2) what assessment she has made...

    • Cancer/Heart Disease (Mortality Rates)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her Department's press release of 27 September, entitled Mortality Rates from Cancer and Heart Disease Improve ref. 2006/0317, how her...

      Carruthers Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the terms of reference are for the Carruthers Review.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will urge the managing director of the West Midlands South Strategic Health Authority to reply to the letters of (a) 22 August and (b) 17 October...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients received dental treatment at an NHS walk-in centre in each month since 1 April 2005.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients visited an NHS dentist in each month since 1 April 2006.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what method her Department is using to measure patient access to NHS dental care following the end of patient registration upon the implementation of the...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is given by her Department to primary care trusts regarding the administration of patient charges for NHS dental services.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the projected shortfall is in patient charge revenue from NHS dental services.

      Deprived Wards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many non-executive directors of (a) primary care trusts, (b) acute trusts and (c) mental health trusts live in wards categorised as being in the...

      Drug Analysis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will direct the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency to publish on its website drug analysis prints containing details of yellow...

      EEA Nationals (Health Care)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether EEA nationals who obtain the right to reside in the UK under the Immigration (EEA) Regulations 2006 are entitled to free (a) hospital treatment...

      Hospital at Night Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what risk assessment has been made in respect of replacing doctors with Hospital at Night practitioners in NHS hospitals.

      Lyons Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many jobs in her Department have been relocated (a) to Liverpool and (b) elsewhere as a result of the Lyons Review; and on how many occasions...

      Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate she has made of the prevalence of macular degeneration; and what estimate she has made of the number of such patients for whom...

      Macular Degeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department is funding research into (a) dry and (b) wet macular degeneration.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of midwives needed throughout the NHS; how many are employed in the NHS in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire;...

      NHS (Consultancy Work)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many former chief executives of strategic health authorities are engaged in carrying out consultancy work for the NHS.

      NHS Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions she has had with the NHS Appointments Commission on increasing the number of non-executive directors of NHS trusts who come from...

      Non-UK Nationals (NHS Care)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of treating non-UK nationals in the NHS in the last financial year for which figures are available, broken down by county.

      PCTs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many former primary care trust (PCT) chief executives are to be made redundant following the recent merger of PCTs; and what payments will be made to each.

      Professor Mike Richards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what Professor Mike Richards' role was in implementing information delivery of benefits to cancer patients; and if she will make a statement.

      Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will intervene to stop the cutting of 16 tests in the maternity unit at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

      Shropshire PCT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which (a) posts and (b) services in Shropshire primary care trust (PCT) are under review as a result of the requirement on the PCT to find savings...

      Strategic Health Authority (London)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the selection process is for the chair of the new strategic health authority in London; and if she will make a statement.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets her Department has for waiting times for cataract operations; and what the waiting times were for such operations in each strategic health...

  • Treasury

    • Benefits Claimants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which options for payment are offered to new claimants of (a) child benefit, (b) child tax credit and (c) working tax credit; and if he will place in the...

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of total real spending on (a) child benefit, (b) child tax credit and (c) child trust funds for each year since 1990-91 using...

      Child Pornography

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Customs Consolidation Act 1876 in preventing child pornography from being imported into...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what projection his Department has made of (a) the total level of public expenditure and (b) spending by each Government Department between 2015 and 2020.

      Departmental Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which statistics have been put forward by the Treasury for consideration to become new national statistics in each of the last five years; and how many...

      Fruit Juices (VAT)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the merits of abolishing VAT on fruit juices; and if he will make a statement.

      Gender Equality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to publish his Department's gender equality scheme.

      Gender Equality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to carry out gender impact assessments of his Department's major policy developments and new legislation.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information HM Revenue and Customs shares with (a) the Department of Work and Pensions, (b) the Home Office and (c) the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether decisions may be taken on the future of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) offices before the end of the consultation process announced by the Acting...

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) staff will be kept appraised of progress in the consultation process on the closure of...

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many penalty notices sent out by HM Revenue and Customs were rescinded in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of (a) the acting chairman of HM Revenue and Customs and (b) the 10 highest paid...

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which programme will be funded by the additional £100 million for reconstruction in Iraq he pledged on 18 November; and from which sources the...

      Lyons Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what remuneration Sir Michael Lyons received for chairing the review of the location of public sector departments.

      Lyons Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings Treasury Ministers have had with Sir Michael Lyons in the last 12 months.

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria the Government will apply to ascertain whether a person has the right religious credentials to qualify for the alternatively secured pension.

      State School Cadet Units

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he had with the Department for Education and Skills on the announcement made on 27 June 2006 on the creation of six new state school cadet...

      Tax and Payroll Advice

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many small companies received direct help with administration of their tax and payroll in 2005.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) men and (b) women in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituency were in receipt of tax credit at (i) 30 December 2005, (ii) 30 March...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit renewals were outstanding in each month since April 2005.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit compliance team staff there were in each year since 2001-02; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of individuals involved in large scale attempts to defraud the tax credits system.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the tax credits computer system software was last updated; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how calls between tax credits helpline callers and HM Revenue and Customs are (a) recorded and (b) archived; how many people are employed in such...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many cases of tax credit fraud involving (a) giro cheques and (b) fake giro cheques his Department has investigated; (2) what investigation his...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claimants received giro cheques for (a) regular and (b) exceptional payment of tax credits in each of the last four years.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in the Beverley and Holderness constituency are in receipt of tax credits; how many receive tax credits by giro cheque; and if he will make...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many compensation payments for maladministration and poor service were made by the tax credits section of his Department in each month from May 2006 to...

      Tax Liability Assessments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what tax liability assessments are made in respect of (a) people and (b) companies who buy and sell goods over the internet; what guidelines are in place...

      UK Payments System

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he will bring forward legislation to ensure that the UK payments system is open to new competition as announced in his Budget Statement on 21 March 2000.

      Women Pensioners

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many women he expects to reach the state pension age (a) by April 2010 and (b) after April 2010.

      Work Force Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of the workforce was working (a) fewer than 16, (b) 16 to 20, (c) 21 to 25, (d) 26 to 30, (e) 31 to 35, (f) 36 to 40 and (g) in...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Adapted Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her position is on the proposal for an Adapted Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty; and if she will make a statement.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in implementing the National Action Plan for Peace, Reconciliation and Justice in Afghanistan; and...

      African Union (Peacekeeping Forces)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had on contributing to an African Union force for peacekeeping in Darfur.

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the protections afforded to freedom of speech in Bangladesh; and if she will make a...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the government of Bangladesh on that country's human rights record.

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the government of Bangladesh about the case of Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury.

      Bonus Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much was paid in bonuses to civil servants in her Department each year since 2001-02; and how many civil servants received...

      Bonus Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria a civil servant in her Department must fulfil (a) to be considered for a bonus on top of their regular salary and...

      Bulgaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when she last discussed the transfer of Michael Shields to the UK with the Bulgarian authorities.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of (a) the visit of United Nations Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs, Ibrahim...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what preparations have been made to move the Question number missing in Hansard, possibly truncated question.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports she has received of the Burmese regime targeting members of the Karen, Karenni, Shan and Mon ethnic groups;...

      Civil Service Relocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many jobs in her Department have been relocated (a) to Liverpool and (b) elsewhere as a result of the Lyons Review; and on...

      Cluster Bombs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment her Department's human rights monitors have made of the use of cluster bombs; why those used in the...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the consequences of the recent breakdown of the humanitarian accord talks between the...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) representations her Department has made and (b) advice it has offered to the embassy of Colombia on adopting a...

      Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions have taken place between her Department's officials and officials from the US Administration on Cuba.

      Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is her policy to support the activities of the US Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba.

      Cuba

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which representatives of the UK Government met the US Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba on 16 August 2006; where the...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action the UK Government took (a) unilaterally and (b) multilaterally towards ensuring that the general election in Congo...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and whether she plans to press for the...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff were employed through employment agencies in (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies in each of the...

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will estimate the cost of electronically contacting (a) heads of missions and (b) governors of overseas territories to...

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who the current members of the internal selection board for appointing heads of mission for her Department are; and in what...

      Horn of Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her assessment is of the (a) security and (b) political situation in the Horn of Africa; and if she will make a statement.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the level of human trafficking in the Great Lakes region; what steps her Department has...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations were made by Iran to the EU High Representative during recent P5+1 discussions on the (a) P5+1 set of...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her Department's policy is on the proposed extradition to Iran of the Iranian dissidents in Camp Ashraf, South East...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether her Department has evidence of involvement by members of the Iraqi al-Da'wa organisation in the planning and execution...

      Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the political and security situation in Lebanon; and what support the UK is providing to the...

      Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what equipment requirements for the Lebanese armed forces the UK military team referred to in the answer of 4 September 2006,...

      Madagascar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the British High Commission in Port Louis regarding the security situation in Madagascar.

      Madagascar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the actions of General Andrianafidisoa in Madagascar; and what (a) representations she has made...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what work her Department is undertaking to examine economic aspects of the Middle East peace process.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) she and (b) members of her Department have had with (i) the United Nations Secretary General and (ii) his...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her assessment is of progress made in the formation of (a) a Palestinian unity government and (b) commitment to the...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the publications available on the history of Israel's nuclear programme referred to in the answer of 2 May 2006 to...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with (a) Israel and (b) Syria on the future of the Golan Heights.

      Minister for Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what dates since his appointment the Minister for Europe has attended Cabinet; and if she will make a statement.

      Minister for Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what responsibility the Minister for Europe has for Ugandan affairs.

      Minister for Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Minister for Europe's official job title is; what his full job title as set out on the official plaque on his office...

      Minister for Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will list the overseas visits undertaken by the Minister for Europe since his appointment.

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her assessment is of the role of NATO in international relations; and if she will make a statement.

      Nepal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports she has received regarding the recruitment of child soldiers by Maoist rebels in Nepal; and what steps she...

      Nuclear Disarmament

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make it her policy to promote a UN Treaty on nuclear disarmament; and if she will make a statement.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the previous draft UN Nuclear Weapons Convention; if she will make it her policy to sponsor a UN...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps her Department (a) has taken and (b) is planning to take in the next 12 months to implement Article 6 of the...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her assessment is of the possible effects of NATO's (a) nuclear-sharing policy and (b) nuclear first-use policy on the...

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what measures the President of Pakistan indicated would be taken to deal with the Taliban and reduce the level of activity...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her US counterpart on proposals to strengthen Palestinian security forces; and what assessment...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of civil liberties in Russia.

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's position is on the French judicial authorities' indictment of President Kagame of Rwanda for his role in...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions her Department has had with representatives of Somalia's transitional Government; and if she will make a...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of reports that fighters from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Eritrea have entered Somalia in support of...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government played a role in the recent visits of the hon. Member for Mid-Ulster (Mr. McGuinness) to Sri Lanka to...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contacts her Department has made with organisations representing the Tamil people of Sri Lanka in the last 12 months; and...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the government of Sri Lanka on achieving a ceasefire with the Tamil Tigers; and if she will...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings her Department has held with humanitarian groups in Sri Lanka to discuss the effects of the conflict in the North...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has held on the provision of peace keeping troops in Darfur with (a) the African Union and (b) the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in the extension of the UN arms embargo to cover the whole of the Sudan; and if she will make a...

      Thailand

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of freedom of speech in Thailand; and what discussions she has had with (a) the UK Embassy...

      Tonga

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support the UK Government (a) have committed and (b) plan to commit to support democracy in Tonga; what discussions she...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the impact of the (a) arms embargo and (b) restrictions on admission to the European Union...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the restrictive measures against Uzbekistan adopted by the EU on 14 November 2005 were last reviewed (a) by her Department...

      Uzbekistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of (a) freedom of political and religious expression in Uzbekistan and (b) the Uzbek...

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which UK observers she expects to be in Venezuela for the forthcoming presidential election; when those observers will arrive in...

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when UKvisas will provide the hon. Member for Aylesbury (Mr. Lidington) with the reply dated 11 October 2006 about the case of...

      Work Experience Placements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in which regions those on work experience placements in her Department resided in each of the last five years.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reasons were cited for Zimbabwe's expulsion from the Commonwealth; under what conditions or circumstances the country would...

  • House of Lords

    • Alcohol

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have proposals to develop a methodology for updating the estimate of £20 billion for the amount of harm caused by alcohol, given in the Cabinet...

    • Animal Welfare: Wild Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What statistics they have for the mortality rate of birds imported into the United Kingdom before the temporary ban (a) in transit, and (b) in quarantine.

      Animal Welfare: Wild Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 9 November 2005 (WA 87), what they meant by the term "unexpected deaths" in a consignment of imported birds in...

      Animal Welfare: Wild Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of the provisions of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, whether they have established an acceptable rate of mortality for imports of birds which would apply if...

      Animal Welfare: Wild Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their assessment of the impact of the duties created by the Animal Welfare Act 2006 on the working practices for (a) traders of wild birds; and (b)...

      Crime: Rape

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many cases have been referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission on the issue of rape in each year since the establishment of the...

      Crime: Rape

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make it a specific criminal offence for a police officer deliberately to fail to provide evidence of help to the defence in rape cases.

      Disabled People: Employment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to the Leonard Cheshire Ready to Start initiative to assist disabled people to start businesses; and what assessment has been...

      Energy: Carbon Dioxide Dumping

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether carbon sequestration in the form of dumping of carbon dioxide under the London convention and the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment...

      Freedom of Information: Environmental Information Regulations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On how many occasions reviews have been held following refusal of information under environmental information regulations; and what was the nature and subject...

      Health and Safety: Falls

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the May-June Health and Safety Executive height awareness campaign, in light of the fact that most injuries occur when people...

      Olympic Games: Shooting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they expect to issue Section 5 permits to those hoping to compete for Britain in shooting events in the next two Olympic Games; and whether this will allow...

      Prisons: Vulnerable People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Statement by the Secretary of State for the Home Department on 20 July (HC Deb, col. 473) that vulnerable people and those for whom mental health...

      Railways: Freight

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, bearing in mind the lack of clarity as to whether heavy goods vehicles pay the full cost of access, and other costs, associated with road use and foreign...

      Roads: Advertisements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to encourage local authorities to take action against illegal and unsafe roadside billboards, including those found on Britain's...

      Schools: Nursery Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In which 20 local authority areas they are piloting the extension of the weekly entitlement to free nursery education to 15 hours; and what is the current...

      Schools: Nursery Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what statutory basis business costs should not be apportioned equally across all the hours in which nursery education is offered by private providers.

      Schools: Nursery Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average cost per head of providing nursery education in maintained settings by local authority area; and Whether they will provide in tabular form for...

      Schools: Nursery Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why no regulatory impact assessment was undertaken before the issuing of the Department for Education and Skills Code of Practice for Nursery Education Provision...

      Schools: Nursery Education

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received any representations from private and voluntary providers against the Department for Education and Skills Code of Practice for Nursery...

      Schools: Sport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to undertake a comprehensive assessment of school sport and recreational facilities to ensure that their policy that every school should have...

      Schools: Sport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What negotiations the Chancellor of the Exchequer has had with his colleagues in Scotland and Wales to ensure that all schools in the United Kingdom will offer...

      Security Industry Authority

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 2 November (WA 73), how the Security Industry Authority will meet the deficit of £3.1 million...

      Shipping: Seamen Recruited Abroad

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Seamen Recruited Abroad Order 2003 introduced any racial discrimination in respect of foreign national seafarers, particularly in relation to...

      Shipping: Tonnage Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the tonnage tax on merchant shipping introduced in 2000 and, in particular, its effect on employment levels of British officers...

      Sport: UK Sport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has asked the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment to review issues relating to possible...

      Sport: UK Sport and Youth Sports Trust

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many grants have been made to the Youth Sports Trust from UK Sport for each year since its creation; and whether all such awards were the result of an open...

      Water Supply: Abstraction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Environment Agency's decision to remove online access to water abstraction information is (a) necessary for national security; and (b) in accordance...

      Whistleblowers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What guidelines or regulations cover the treatment of whistleblowers in the Civil Service.

      Young Offender Institutions: Stoke Heath

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 2 November (WA 75-6), how many staff were in each tornado team; and how many of these were directly...

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