Written answers

Monday, 4 December 2006

  • Transport

    • A12/A127

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are being taken to improve the condition of the (a) A12 and (b) A127.

    • A12/A127

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost has been of improvements to the (a) A12 and (b) A127 since 1997.

      A1307

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatalities have occurred on the A1307 in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Airports: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the recommendations of the Boys-Smith review of airport policing will be implemented.

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the external costs of UK aviation arising from (a) greenhouse gas emissions, (b) noise and (c) local air pollution; and...

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when and how he plans to assess the potential reductions in carbon dioxide aviation emissions that may be realisable from an emissions trading scheme.

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of people who took (a) no, (b) one, (c) two, (d) three, (e) four and (f) five or more flights to (i) UK,...

      Cancelled Transport Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which transport projects have been announced by the Government and subsequently cancelled since 1997.

      Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the additional carbon dioxide generated by road schemes in the targeted programme of improvements in the opening...

      Concessionary Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the extent to which bus companies are increasing their fares as a result of the concessionary fares scheme to increase...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which (a) private finance initiative, (b) public-private partnership and (c) other external consultants were used by (i) his Department and (ii)...

      Cycle Road Signs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department has issued on the requirement for local highways authorities to erect cycle road signs on highways.

      Departmental Secondments

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

      Drink/Drug Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2006, Official Report, column 267W, on drink/drug driving, which drugs were involved in each case.

      Drink/Drug Driving

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2006, Official Report, column 267W, on drink/drug driving, what means were used to identify the niche audience...

      Foreign Hauliers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of new powers given to police in dealing with owners of foreign vehicles committing traffic offences...

      Foreign Hauliers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals (a) to charge foreign hauliers for the use of UK roads an amount equivalent to the domestic vehicle duties paid by...

      Fuel Economy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has made to the European Union on adopting actual road test conditions to determine the official fuel economy figures of new...

      Gender Equality

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

      Gender Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that private organisations contracted to work (a) in his Department and (b) for non-departmental public bodies and...

      Gender Equality

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

      Gender Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies and Executive agencies for which he is...

      Halliburton

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

      Helicopters: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many helicopter flights took place over Buckinghamshire in each year since 2001.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) original estimated cost and (b) most recent cost estimate is of (i) each Highways Agency scheme in the Targeted Programme of...

      Lighting: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the likely effects on road safety of the decision of Essex county council to switch off the majority of street lights during the...

      MidMan Multi-modal Study

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what public transport improvements recommended in the MidMan multi-modal study of 2002 have been (a) completed, (b) started, (c) approved for a...

      National Pensioners' Bus Passes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive about reciprocal arrangements for cross-border use of national pensioners' bus passes; and what...

      Parking Offenders (Database)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for a national computer database of persistent parking offenders; and if he will make a statement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which Ministers have met One Railway executives in the last two years.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how frequently rail franchises are reviewed; and under what circumstances franchise conditions can be altered.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trains of each train company were cancelled in the last 12 months; how many of those trains were cancelled (a) before reaching their final...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the legal powers and planning consent he granted to Network Rail in respect of its Thameslink 2000 rail enhancement scheme will allow the...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received on the Kent Integrated Railway franchise.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether plans exist to begin running a 24-hour train service (a) on lines that serve major cities and (b) on other lines.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what operating revenue First Great Western is making on its service from London Paddington to Swansea for the most recent period for which figures are...

      Road Pricing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assumptions about the likely effect of his proposals for road pricing he makes when assessing the case for the construction of individual...

      Road Surfacing Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of used waste road surface was recycled in each of the last 10 years.

      Road traffic: Census

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department provides to local authorities with regard to (a) road and (b) weather conditions when carrying out traffic censuses...

      Roads: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department has given to local authorities bidding to take part in road user charging road toll experiments on ensuring that the roads...

      Sadlers Farm Roundabout

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles used the Sadlers Farm roundabout on the A13 according to Essex in the last four sets of data available.

      Sadlers Farm Roundabout

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of (a) carbon dioxide and (b) other emissions from traffic on the Sadlers Farm roundabout on the A13 in Essex.

      Television Advertisements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent by his Department on television advertisements in the last year for which figures are available.

  • Leader of the House

    • Consultants

      To ask the Leader of the House which 10 consultancy fees charged to his Department since May 1997 were the most expensive.

  • Solicitor-General

    • BAE Systems

      To ask the Solicitor-General what the role is of (a) the Serious Fraud Office and (b) the Ministry of Defence police in the investigation of allegations of corruption by BAE Systems with...

    • Barristers (Prosecution Fees)

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much was paid to each barrister prosecuting a case on behalf of the Crown in each year from 2001 to 2006 listed in descending order of the value of fees paid.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Business Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress he has made on the regionalisation of Business Link.

    • Coal Industry Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the departmental minute to Parliament on non-statutory liability to compensate miners for exposure to surface dust tabled in July 2000...

      Coal Industry Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether his Department sought medical advice on the compensation for miners for exposure to surface dust before it tabled a minute reporting...

      Coal Industry Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date his Department decided to seek medical advice on the compensation for miners exposed to surface dust.

      Coal Industry Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether Ministers in his Department had been informed that officials were seeking medical advice on compensation for miners for exposure to...

      Coal Industry Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether Ministers in his Department approved the action of officials to seek medical advice on compensation for miners for surface dust; and...

      Companies Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the evidential basis is for the Government's view that the Companies Bill will bring significant savings to companies in all areas...

      Departmental Contracts

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

      Departmental Research and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of his Department's research and development budget has been spent on research establishments based in (a) Wales, (b)...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many value for money exercises on the use of (a) management consultants and (b) professional advisers were conducted by his Department...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his Department's annual budget is for employing workers on a consultancy basis; and how much of this budget was used in each of the last...

      Energy Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the number of people in arrears for electricity and gas bills.

      Energy Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent (a) discussions he has had with and (b) representations he has received from steel manufacturers on energy costs.

      Energy Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what changes in expenditure his Department is making to the non-household sectors of the low carbon buildings programme to fund the additional...

      Energy Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much of the £6.2 million funding for the household section of the Low Carbon Buildings programme (LCBP) announced on 27 October is...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the financial cost of EU regulations to UK businesses.

      Farepak

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to ensure the administrator costs for Farepak are kept to a minimum.

      Fuel Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of consumers have a pay-as-you-go meter to supply (a) gas and (b) electricity.

      Microgeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which local authorities use microgeneration programmes to power council facilities (a) wholly and (b) partly.

      North East Productivity Alliance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many companies have received the assistance of the North East Productivity Alliance's Best Practice Team (NEPA); in what (a) locations,...

      Nuclear Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many sites in the UK are being considered for the storage of nuclear waste.

      Patent Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Patent Office; and if he will make a statement.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the social (a) role played and (b) value provided by post offices in disadvantaged communities; and if he...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which public appointments have been made by his Department to former Ministers who have served in the Government since May 1997.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what grants are available to (a) local authorities and (b) the private sector to establish wind turbines.

      S Band Spectrum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what his policy is on optimizing S band spectrum space; (2) if the Government will review the process for allocating S band spectrum;...

      South-West Regional Development Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the cost was of running the South West Regional Development Agency in the last period for which figures are available; and what work it...

      Supply2.gov.uk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) how many business organisations attended the Supply2.gov.uk roadshow on 25 October 2006 sponsored by South East England Development...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with E.ON since January 2005 on the level of financial support for off-shore wind farms; and if he will make a...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much energy from wind power is being directed to the National Grid.

      Work and Families Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received from (a) businesses and (b) business organisations on the operation of the Work and Families Act 2006.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Barnsley metropolitan borough council's scheme to reduce its carbon...

    • Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to approve the new Biodiversity Action Plan targets.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the UK's biofuels consumption is met by imports, broken down by (a) country of origin and (b) feedstock.

      Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment his Department has made of the environmental impact of importing biofuels; (2) what steps his...

      Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what compensation EU countries receive from the European Commission for bovine tuberculosis breakdowns.

      British Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of recent funding changes to British Waterways; what criteria his Department took...

      Bush Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to tackle the international trade in bush meat.

      Cattewater Harbour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will respond to petitioners who have objected to the decision to grant a licence to dispose of dredging material from...

      Cattle Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to reassess the arrangements for the pre-movement testing of cattle.

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many civil servants on (a) permanent and (b) temporary contracts have (i) been recruited and (ii) left his Department...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice and guidance he has provided for farmers on the effects of climate change and the potential effects it will have...

      Climate Change Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in what ways the Government's Waste Strategy 2000 and its pending review will inform the provisions of the Climate Change...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which external consultants were used by (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in relation to (i) private finance...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will reply to the letter of 11 October 2006, reference 273451, from the hon. Member for Walsall, North regarding a...

      Council Tax Rebate Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to his Department's press release of 13 March 2006, how much funding (a) his Department and (b) its agencies is...

      Countryside Stewardship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in making Countryside Stewardship payments; and if he will make a statement.

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will hold discussions with EU partners on steps to ensure that British dairy farmers receive at least the cost of milk...

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to promote exports of UK dairy products.

      Draft Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what legislation his Department has drafted in the last 12 months which was not contained in this year's Queen's Speech.

      Emissions Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on allocating allowances in phase two of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme.

      Emissions Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will assess the impact of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme.

      Emissions Trading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of (a) carbon dioxide emission and (b) Kyoto basket emissions are estimated to have come from air transport...

      Energy Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to provide farmers with (a) information and (b) guidelines on the (i) production and (ii) support...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of recipients of support for (a) energy efficiency and (b) central heating installation from Eaga Group...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to his departmental press release of 13 March 2006, what definition he used for a household that could benefit from...

      Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what additional measures his Department has considered to promote energy efficiency within the home; and if he will make a...

      Fishing Fleet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the age of fishing vessels in the national fleet.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was spent (a) in England and (b) in the Ouse catchment area on flood protection and alleviation measures by (i)...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) capital and (b) revenue funding was (i) allocated and (ii) spent on flood relief in each financial year since...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) capital and (b) revenue expenditure on flood and coastal defences from (i) his Department and (ii) the Environment...

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the risk of flooding in Oxford in winter 2006-07.

      Flooding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure additional flood defences for Shrewsbury.

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans his Department has to increase new planting of forestry in the UK; and if he will make a statement; (2) how...

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of EU-wide comparisons of forestry cover; and if he will make a statement.

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what plans he has to increase woodland cover in the UK as part of the EU Forest Action Plan; and if he will make a...

      Foxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) powers and (b) duties local authorities have to control urban foxes.

      Foxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps are being taken by his Department to control urban foxes.

      Gender Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he expects to publish his Department's gender equality scheme.

      Gender Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to carry out gender impact assessments of his Department's major policy developments and new legislation.

      Gender Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies...

      Genetic Modification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has invested in research on (a) genetic modification and (b) marker assisted selection technologies...

      Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's policy is when determining applications for (a) field testing and (b) commercial growing of a...

      Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received from Paul Lasok and Rebecca Haynes on behalf of the Soil Association on the proposals of...

      Hosepipe Ban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria his Department will use when assessing the effectiveness of the 2006 hosepipe ban in the South East.

      Hunting Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will introduce legislation to amend the Hunting Act 2004 (a) to repeal provisions which allow mammals to be chased by...

      Lyons Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many jobs in his Department have been relocated (a) to Liverpool and (b) elsewhere as a result of the Lyons Review; and...

      Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the chairman of the Office of Fair Trading to discuss the price paid by supermarkets for milk.

      National Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department funds projects to encourage people from ethnic minority groups to visit national parks.

      Orang-utans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of natural habitat loss on the orang-utan population of Borneo.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department has a traffic light system in place for processing parliamentary questions, where questions are...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures he is putting in place in response to the Commission for Rural Communities' recent report on poverty in rural...

      Protection of Animals Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many successful prosecutions have been brought under the Protection of Animals Act 1911 in the last 30 years; and how...

      Ragwort

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure councils deal with the spread of ragwort in Shropshire.

      Ragwort

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that councils in Oxfordshire deal with the spread of ragwort.

      Rainfall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what average rainfall was in the Staffordshire area in each of the last 20 years.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the percentage of plastic bags which is recycled.

      River Thames

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the running costs were of the two bubbler boats used to oxygenate the Thames in the last year for which figures...

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints have been received about incorrect single farm payments in the last 12 months.

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the levels of single farm payment (SFP) awards across EU member states; and what steps he is...

      Species Loss

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the loss of species in England in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Sugar Beet Farming (Shrewsbury)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will provide financial support for sugar beet farmers in the Shrewsbury constituency following the closure of the...

      Treasury Accounting Rules

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his Department was first advised of the changes in Treasury accounting rules noted by the Minister for Sustainable Food...

      Voluntary Modulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what response he has made to the recent EU vote against an early introduction of voluntary modulation; and if he will make a...

      Warm Front

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the maximum grant is which is made available under the Warm Front regime in England; and what assessment he has made of...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the recent growth of British recycling industries.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) weight and (b) volume of all household waste was diverted to landfill in each of the last five years.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the Revised Waste Strategy will be published; and what he expects the role of waste minimisation to be in the strategy.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tonnes of household waste intended for landfill were exported to countries in (a) the EU and (b) developing...

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what percentage of household rubbish in each region is recycled in the last period for which figures are available.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much the Government gave to local authorities to help with recycling schemes in each of the last three years.

      Water Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average domestic water bill (including sewerage) in England was in each year since 1996-97.

      Water/Sewerage Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) carbon dioxide and (b) carbon equivalent including other gases was emitted from water treatment and sewerage...

      Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations his Department (a) has made and (b) intends to make to the Convention on International Trade in...

      Whales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the retention of large whale species on Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in...

      Woodchip Burners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage councils to use carbon neutral woodchip burners in council premises.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many staff were employed through employment agencies in (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in each of the last five...

    • Development Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much development assistance which was not provided to contribute to a reduction in poverty has been provided to British overseas...

      Gender Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to ensure that private organisations contracted to work (a) in his Department and (b) for non-departmental...

      Genetically Modified Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the implications for developing countries of genetically modified crops containing...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he plans to take in response to the recent joint United Nations and World Health Organisation report on HIV; and what...

      HIV/AIDS

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the (a) availability of and (b) access to(i) Kaletra and (ii) Viread in (A) sub-Saharan Africa, (B)...

      Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid was given to countries in Latin America in each year since 2000, broken down by country.

      Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the Department's offices in Latin America will be maintained; and if he will make a statement.

      Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether bilateral aid to Latin America will continue in its existing (a) form and (b) scale over the next three years.

      Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the level of funding allocated to Latin American countries in 2006-07 will be maintained; and if he will make a statement.

      Palestinian Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding has been provided by (a) the UK Government and (b) other members of the Quartet to the Palestinian Territories through...

      Palestinian Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the possibility that tax moneys currently withheld by Israel could be paid to the Palestinians through...

      Palestinian Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with Quartet partners on increasing the levels of funding through the Temporary International Mechanism to...

      Palestinian Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the likely duration of the Temporary International Mechanism; and when he expects full financial...

      Parliamentary Questions

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

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the impact of the closure of the A9 road to Jaffna on the delivery of food aid in Sri Lanka; and what...

  • Minister for Women

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what action she is taking to ensure a more integrated and strategic approach to tackling domestic violence.

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on improving the services offered to women seeking refuge from domestic violence.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Al Qaeda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the EC flight ban on members of Al Qaeda, amended Council Regulation (EC)...

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the level of unrest related to the general elections in Bangladesh; what action her Department...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the statement by United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari to...

      Civil Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Governments of (a) United Arab Emirates, (b) Yemen, (c) Turkey, (d) Egypt, (e)...

      Civil War

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what definition her Department uses of civil war; and if she will make a statement.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has received on the discovery by a United Nations human rights team of a mass grave in an army camp in...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what percentage of staff employed in her Department were registered disabled in each year since 2001.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in encouraging applications for jobs in her Department from the widest possible range of backgrounds.

      Food Intervention Stocks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which organisations received supplies of food from intervention stocks under Commission Regulation 1539/2006 in the last year...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had recently with the Indian High Commissioner on strengthening commercial, cultural and educational...

      Indian Subcontinent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many spouses and fiancé(e)s from each of the countries of the Indian sub continent were given entry clearance to the UK...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of the death of Sohail Faisal on the peace process in Kashmir.

      Kimberley Process Plenary Meeting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether UK officials attended the recent Kimberley Process Plenary meeting; and what assessment she has made of the outcome of...

      Kosovo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the decision by United Nations special envoy Martti Ahtisaari to delay his recommendations on...

      Maldives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make representations to the Maldives authorities about the policing of peaceful protests; and if she will make a...

      Marie-Thérèse Nlandu Mpolo-Nene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports her Department has received on the treatment of Marie-Thérèse Nlandu Mpolo-Nene by the Congolese authorities.

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of (a) Palestinians and (b) Israelis who have died since September 2006 as a result...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether her Department has held discussions in the EU on (a) construction of the wall in the Palestine village of Al-Walajah...

      Nato

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her policy is on the future role of NATO; and if she will make a statement.

      Non-proliferation Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in which international conferences relating to non-proliferation (a) the UK and (b) the European Community has participated in...

      Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to her answer of 21 November 2006, Official Report, column 63W, on the non-proliferation treaty, if she will make it...

      Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to her answer of 21 November 2006, Official Report, column 63W, on the non-proliferation treaty, what multilateral...

      Non-proliferation Treaty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to her answer of 21 November 2006, Official Report, column 63W, on the non-proliferation treaty, if she will make it...

      Occupied Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what records are kept by the British consulate-general in Jerusalem on the refusal of visa permits to British nationals wishing...

      Poppy Eradication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2006, to question Ref 106094, on poppy eradication, what proportion of the £21.25...

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the investigation by the Rwandan Government into France's relationship with Juvénal...

      Rwanda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of (a) the effect of issuing arrest warrants for nine associates of the Rwandan President and (b)...

      Six Party Talks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the ongoing negotiations between China, the United States and the Democratic People's Republic...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the proposal by the African Union Peace and Security Council to the United Nations Security...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of the breakdown of peace talks between the Sri Lankan Government and the Tamil...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has received from the British-Tamil community on the conflict in Sri Lanka.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her European counterparts on securing a peaceful settlement in Sri Lanka.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the recent statements by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on the ceasefire in Sri Lanka.

      Zimbabwean Beef

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with other Governments on targeted sanctions on Zimbabwean beef.

  • Wales

    • China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will initiate discussions with the Chinese ambassador on the prospects for the establishment of a Chinese consulate in Cardiff; and if he will make a...

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) marketing officers, (b) communications officers and (c) press officers are employed in his Department; and what the total expenditure on...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many temporary employees were contracted to work for his Department in 2005-06; and what the total cost of such employees was in (a) 2005-06 and (b)...

      Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on which dates in the last month he (a) attended his Department's offices (i) in London and (ii) in Cardiff, (b) dealt with departmental business (i) in...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many parliamentary written questions his Office received in each parliamentary Session since 2001; and how many of these questions (a) were not...

      Procurement Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the 20 largest procurement projects initiated by his Department since May 1997 were; what the (a) original budget, (b) cost to date and (c)...

      Recruitment Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent on recruitment advertising in each of the last three years.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many of his Department's civil servants work full-time to support departmental special advisers; and what the salary is of each such civil servant.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of the Taliban who are (i) reconcilable and (ii) ideological.

    • Armed Forces Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will list the deployments of armed forces units based in Germany over the last four years; what the name was of each unit deployed; and what...

      Armoured Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel have been killed in roadside bomb attacks while patrolling in Land Rovers since 2000.

      Basra Air Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the security of military and civilian personnel at Basra Air Station; and if he will make a statement.

      Defence Export Services Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assistance with applications to the Export Credits Guarantee Department is given to companies by the Defence Export Services Organisation; and if he...

      Eurofighters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any of the Eurofighters being sold to Saudi Arabia under the agreement announced in August 2006 are already in production.

      Flying Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average flying hours of pilots for the Royal Air Force (a) Hercules C-130, (b) VC-10, (c) C-17 Globemaster, (d) Tristar aircraft and (i)...

      Motorised Vehicle Patrols

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many patrols by motorised vehicles outside protected zones were undertaken by British service personnel in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan in each of...

      Panther Armoured Vehicle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost has been of procuring the Panther armoured vehicle.

      Tanks/Armoured Personnel Vehicles (Germany)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British (a) tanks and (b) armoured personnel vehicles are stationed in Germany; and what the cost of keeping the German-based fleet was in the...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how often (a) Devonport, (b) Rosyth, (c) Aldermaston, (d) Faslane and (e) each other site associated with Trident is decontaminated; what his most...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the expected lifespan is of the guidance systems and flight control electronics of Trident D5 missiles.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what public consultation is proposed on the replacement of Trident; and if he will make a statement.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what options for the replacement of the Trident nuclear deterrent have been considered by his Department in the preparation of the forthcoming...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the running costs have been of the strategic nuclear deterrent in each of the past 10 years, broken down by main budget heading.

      Tri-service Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Tri-service management of the movement of troops to and from theatre.

      Troop Deployment (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the UK's armed forces are on duty in Northern Ireland.

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions his Department has held with (a) BAE Systems and (b) VT Group on compensation for reducing the order for Type 45 Destroyers.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Audiology Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of patients in each health trust area in the Province who will receive digital hearing aids over the...

    • Blindness/Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what services are available in the community to assist residents of North Down and Ards who are blind and visually impaired.

      Children/Young People Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans there are to extend the Green Paper "Care Matters: Transforming the Lives of Children and Young People in Care" to apply to Northern...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding has been provided for people with chronic fatigue syndrome in each of the last five years.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what services are provided for people with chronic fatigue syndrome on the NHS in the Province.

      DHL

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

      Elderly Care (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he plans to change the charging system in Northern Ireland for long-term care for the elderly to avoid the family home of the elderly...

      Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the timetable is for the implementation of the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006; and if he will delay...

      Free Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people who claimed to be entitled to free prescriptions in 2005 were subsequently (a) found not to be so entitled and (b) successfully...

      Haemophiliacs

      To ask the Secretary of Statefor Northern Ireland how many haemophiliacs in Northern Ireland became infected with (a) HIV and (b) hepatitis C in each of the last five years.

      Health Trusts (Meals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent by each health trust in the Province in each of the last five years on providing meals on their premises.

      Health Trusts (Meals)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent by each health trust in the Province in each of the last five years on importing food from outside Northern Ireland.

      INVEST Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many jobs INVEST Northern Ireland has created in Belfast, West in each year since April 2002.

      Local Government Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the total estimated one-off restructuring costs are for the local government reorganisation in Northern Ireland; (2) what (a)...

      Mental Health and Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the timetable is for setting up the Mental Health and Learning Disability Taskforce; to whom the taskforce will be accountable; what its...

      Mental Health and Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding has been earmarked in the Comprehensive Spending Review for the Mental Health and Learning Disability Taskforce.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what mechanisms are in place to monitor the compliance of health service staff with guidance for minimising MRSA; (2) whether checks on...

      Peace Package

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to what extent the funding in the Chancellor's Peace Package represents resources not previously committed to Northern Ireland; from which...

      Post Office Card Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will assess the merits of allowing the Social Security Agency and benefit recipients to retain Post Office card accounts as a regional...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which public appointments have been made by his Department to former Ministers who have served in the Government since May 1997.

      Rural Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reason the Department for Regional Development (DRD) adopted a policy of 'presumption against growth in the countryside'; and what...

      Water NI Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether Water NI Ltd will have Crown immunity from prosecution.

      Water NI Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the remuneration (a) structure and (b) arrangements will be made available for staff of Water NI Ltd., and if he will make a statement.

      Water NI Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what provision has been made for funding performance-related payments for the chief executive of the Water Service in 2006-07.

      Water NI Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has for redundancies at management level within Water NI Ltd.; and whether his proposals will be subject to public consultation.

      Water Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what penalties may be imposed when a new water company in Northern Ireland is found to have breached EU pollution guidelines.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • 2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what liability the Greater London Authority (GLA) will have for higher than expected expenditure on the 2012 Olympics under the terms of...

    • 2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the estimated financial contribution towards the 2012 Olympics is on London council tax.

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate the Government have made of their contingent liability arising from their commitment to underwrite the 2012 Olympic games;...

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what reports have been prepared by consultancy firms on the cost of the 2012 Olympics; which firm produced each report; when each report...

      2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what items of work her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) undertaken on estimating the cost of a London Olympic Games; what the...

      Art Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department has spent on administering the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art in each year since 1997.

      Art Provenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will take steps to require art institutions to check the legitimate provenance of items they propose to borrow from overseas for...

      Art Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the impact of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill on the ability of victims of art theft to...

      Art Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will assess the merits of requiring institutions borrowing art works from overseas for public temporary exhibitions in the UK to...

      Art Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the likely effects of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill on the Government's commitment to right...

      Art Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will bring forward measures to empower national museums and galleries to return stolen or looted artworks to their lawful owners;...

      Art Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many items have been identified as looted art by the Spoliation Advisory Panel since it was established; how many of these have been...

      Art Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many spoliation cases are open before the Spoliation Advisory Panel.

      Art Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill on the ability of rightful owners to...

      Art Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions Ministers in her Department have had with Holocaust victims and their representatives on the effects of the Tribunals,...

      Arts and Sport Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much Government expenditure there was for (a) the arts and (b) sport in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) 2005-06; and what the percentage...

      Concessionary TV Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many pensioner households have received a full television licence in each year since the scheme was introduced.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many temporary employees were contracted to work for her Department in 2005-06; and what the total cost of such employees was in...

      Digital Television

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

      Renaissance in the Regions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much each museum and gallery which has been allocated funds under Renaissance in the Regions has received.

      Renaissance in the Regions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funds her Department allocated for acquisitions by galleries outside London in each year since 1997.

      School Swimming Pools (Suffolk)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many swimming pools there are in (a) primary schools, (b) middle schools and (c) upper schools in Suffolk; and how many there...

      Sevso Treasure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what advice she has received on the provenance of the Sevso Treasure.

      Sevso Treasure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with the Governments of (a) Croatia, (b) Hungary and (c) the Lebanon on the provenance of the Sevso treasure.

      Sevso Treasure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received from the Ministry of Education and Culture in Hungary on the Sevso treasure.

      Tate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when she expects to be able to make a definitive statement on the future of the Tate.

      Temporary Export Bars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many temporary export bars were issued by Ministers in her Department in each year since 1997.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departmental Staff

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) what the job title is of each staff member in his Department; (2) how many full-time equivalent staff work (a) in and (b) for his Department; (3) what...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Court Buildings (Gloucestershire)

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to provide new court buildings in Gloucestershire; and if she will make a statement.

    • Criminal Justice Regionalisation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the possible effect on local criminal justice teams of the regionalisation of some services.

      Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discussions she has had with colleagues on progress towards implementing the provisions of the Domestic Violence, Crime...

      Magistrates Courts

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plansshe has to reorganise the magistrates courts systemin South Wales; and if she will make a statement.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which public appointments have been given by her Department to former Ministers who have served in the Government since May 1997.

  • Education and Skills

    • A-levels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in England gained (a) three, (b) four, (c) five, (d) six, (e) seven, (f) eight and (g) nine A-levels in each year...

    • Bexley Business Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what role (a) Land Investors plc, (b) Rangeview Properties Ltd., (c) Thamesoval Properties Ltd. and (d) Minerva plc have had in the(i)...

      Citizenship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will encourage local authorities to monitor the number of citizenship specialist trained teachers.

      Citizenship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the desired outcomes on pupil development are of the (a) knowledge and understanding about becoming informed citizens, (b) inquiry...

      Citizenship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many GCSE Citizenship examinations have been taken since its introduction.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what his Department's average expenditure was per pupil for each school year group of compulsory schooling in the latest year for which...

      Education Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what sources of public funding are available to schools in England; how much (a) was available in financial year 2005-06 and (b) is...

      Educational Attainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of candidates achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and mathematics in each (a) selective, (b)...

      Educational Attainment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students in Stafford constituency achieved each grade in (a) GCSE examinations and (b) A Level examinations (i) in 2006 and (ii)...

      Excellence in Cities Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was allocated to Loughborough constituency through the Excellence in Cities programme in the last year for which figures are available.

      Faith Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) faith primary schools, broken down by faith and (b) non-faith primary schools there are in each local education authority area.

      International Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools in England offer the International Baccalaureate; and how many did so in (a) 1997 and (b) 2001.

      Physics (Universities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment he has made of provision of physics courses in universities.

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils were in primary school classes larger than 30 in (a) the North West, (b) Manchester City and (c) Manchester, Gorton...

      Residence Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many residence orders were made in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005; how many have been made in 2006; and how many of these orders were...

      School Closures

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

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools fall within each percentage point in terms of the proportion of pupils attending...

      School Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many applications his Department has received from local authorities to sell school playing fields since the School Standards and...

      School Staff (Redbridge)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) teachers and (b) teaching assistants were employed in (i) Redbridge and (ii) Waltham Forest in (A) 2005-06 and (B) each of...

      School Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many children were transported to and from school by taxis provided by Essex county council in each of the last five years; (2)...

      Schools Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what factors he took into account when deciding that schools that select up to 10 per cent. of their intake by aptitude in permitted...

      Schools Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many schools are permitted to use pre-existing partial selection by ability under section 100 of the Schools Standards and Framework Act...

      Schools Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many representations his Department has received (a) in favour of and (b) opposed to permitting partially-selective schools from...

      Social Deprivation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that small areas of social deprivation receive assistance under funding initiatives in his Department.

      State Boarding Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many places were available in state boarding schools in (a) Oxfordshire and (b) Wantage constituency in each year since 1976.

      Tamworth (Higher Education)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people from Tamworth constituency applied to attend university in the UK in each of the last five years.

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students successfully completed post graduate teacher training qualifications in each year since 1997, broken down by sex.

      Teacher Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what information on the number of teachers teaching by subject he has collected since25 October 2006.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers were recruited from overseas in each of the last five years.

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many members of the Teachers Pension Scheme are staff of independent schools; and what (a) administrative and (b) other costs are met...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers took early retirement in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) sex and (b) type of institution from which they retired.

      York Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students from City of York (a) attended university courses and (b) received student loans to attend university courses in each...

      York Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much government funding was provided to (a) the University of York and (b) University College of York St. John in each year since...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders (Wirral)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in Wirral in 2006-07 to date.

    • Police Force Amalgamations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received concerning the reimbursement of costs arising from aborted police force amalgamations.

      Prison Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the likely prison population in 12 months' time.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the Probation Service in reducing the re-offending rate.

      Probation Service

      To ask the Secretary of State forthe Home Department what recent guidance his Department has issued to the Probation Service in connection with the monitoring of offenders when released from...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the costs of identity cards to be met by (a) the holder and (b) the public purse were the cards to become...

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to reduce the trafficking of women for sexual exploitation.

      People Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the UK Government will sign up to the European Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings.

      Foreign Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps he has taken to ensure that foreign prisoners are deported following their release from prison.

      Legislative Provisions (Effectiveness)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to review the effectiveness of legislative provisions within the responsibility of his Department that have come into...

      Prison Anti-drugs Strategies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding was provided to prison anti-drugs strategies in 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to tackle domestic violence; and if he will make a statement.

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were committed by people on trial in each of the last five years.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests and (b) convictions of drugs dealers there were in London in each year since 1997.

      Ethnic Groups (Criminal Activities)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will undertake research into potential links between ethnic groups and particular criminal activities better to inform police...

      Eye Tests (Motorists)

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

      Gender Equality

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

      HMYOI Huntercombe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will assess the effect on (a) safety and (b) child protection of the late arrival of young offenders at HM Young Offender Institution...

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average delay is in processing applications by the immigration and nationality directorate for variation of leave to remain in the...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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)...

      Mobile Phones (Driving)

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices were issued in Essex for using hand-held (a) mobile telephones and (b) other electronic devices when driving...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether data from the National Identity Register may be shared with private sector organisations.

      Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to ensure that information on the activities of organised criminals is shared between police forces in England and...

      Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made by the Serious Organised Crime Agency of the potential for organised criminal gangs to extend their activities...

      Prisoner Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which prisons have received funding to improve their education facilities in each of the last five years; how much each received; and on what...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women with a home address in Wales were (a) held on remand and (b) serving prison sentences on 23 November, broken down by (i)...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the role of the Prison Service Fraud Investigation Unit is in the investigation of performance data submitted by prison establishments...

  • Prime Minister

    • Act of Union

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans the Government have made for the official celebrations of the 300th Anniversary of the Act of Union on 1 May 2007.

    • Briefing Material

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the books pertaining to the European Union which have been supplied to him by civil servants as background reading material since May 1997.

      Donated Asset Reserve

      To ask the Prime Minister for what reasons each item held by Downing street from the Donated Asset Reserve since 2004 has been retained.

      Donated Asset Reserve

      To ask the Prime Minister what depreciation has occurred of gifts held by 10 Downing street as part of the Donated Asset Reserve since 1997.

      Interpretation Costs

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what the most recent estimate is of the annual cost to the Government of interpreting for non-English speakers in the UK; (2) what the most recent estimate is of...

      Leak Inquiries

      To ask the Prime Minister on how many occasions his Office has conducted a leak inquiry since May 1997; what the subjects of those leak inquiries were; and who authorised each inquiry.

      Ministerial Bank Accounts

      To ask the Prime Minister whether interest paid to Ministers from offshore bank accounts is declarable under the ministerial code.

      Official Engagements

      To ask the Prime Minister what guests have attended official dinners at No. 10 Downing street in the last 12 months.

      Peerages

      To ask the Prime Minister how many life peers were created in each parliamentary term since 1976.

      Peerages

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) how many peerage nomination forms members of his Government have (a) been involved in completing and (b) signed; (2) whether any nomination forms for peerages...

      Policy Tsars

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the policy tsars established since May 1997; what the budget has been of each; what personal expenses have been claimed by each; what the pay grade is of...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefits (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk constituencywere in receipt of (i) disability living allowance and(ii)...

    • Bereavement Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department takes to ensure that spouses and civil partners of people who have died are made aware of the possibility of claiming...

      Blindness/Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what measures his Department is taking to ensure that blind people are given support for extra mobility costs.

      Blindness/Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make provision for those registered blind and with severe sight problems to receive the higher rate mobility component of disability...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of how many (a) carers there are in the UK and (b) hours on average they spend fulfilling their caring...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with whom responsibility lies for informing parents and carers of profoundly disabled children in receipt of disability living allowance of...

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to improve (a) the awareness of and (b) access to child tax credit, with particular reference to families...

      Departmental Contact Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many calls there were to his Department's contact centres in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the annual real growth of his Department's spending in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21, assuming (a) the basic...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many housing benefit claimants subject to the single room rent restriction are (a) under 21 years and (b) 21 years or older; (2)...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Midlothian were claiming incapacity benefit at November 2006.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Redbridge and (b) Waltham Forest are in receipt of incapacity benefit; and how many of these people have been in...

      Industrial Injuries Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost was of industrial injuries benefits in each year since 1996-97; and what the projected costs are in each year up to 2008-09.

      Industrial Injuries Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what effect receipt of industrial injuries benefit has on entitlement to incapacity benefit.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria are used to determine whether pension credit is eligible to be backdated.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the UK are in receipt of pension credit; and what the average payment received is.

      Pension Protection Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with officials about amending the Pension Protection Fund so that it does not unfairly disadvantage scheme members...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of consultations by his Department on reform of the UK pension system has been since May 2005; and if he will make a statement.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with employer representatives on section 67 of the Pensions Act 1995 in the last 12...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions his Department has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on women's pensions; and if he will make a statement.

      Winter Fuel Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what factors he took into account when deciding (a) the tax treatment of the winter fuel payment and (b) whether the winter fuel payment...

  • Health

    • Alder Hey Children's Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the services provided by the specialist burns unit at Alder Hey Children's Hospital; and if she will make...

    • Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's policy is on the standards of care provided by care home operators; and if she will make a statement

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there is a national minimum per capita sum for the provision of food for residents of care homes; and if she will make a statement.

      Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 23 November 2006, Official Report, column 225W, on contaminated NHS blood products, how decisions are made on the communication...

      Corporate and Transactional Shared Services (Lancashire/Cumbria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what public consultation has taken place on the introduction of Corporate and Transactional Shared Services in Lancashire and Cumbria.

      Corporate and Transactional Shared Services (Lancashire/Cumbria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who took the decision to introduce Corporate and Transactional Shared Services in Lancashire and Cumbria.

      Corporate and Transactional Shared Services (Lancashire/Cumbria)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effects of introducing Corporate and Transactional Shared Services on NHS hospitals trusts in Lancashire and Cumbria.

      Electronic Patient Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what access other (a) local and (b) central Government agencies and Departments will have to electronic patient records under the Connecting for Health...

      Electronic Patient Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans have been made to integrate English and Welsh patient records systems after Connecting for Health goes ahead in England.

      Electronic Patient Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who will audit the use of Connecting for Health electronic patient records in England.

      Excelcare Ltd.

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when her Department last inspected the performance of Excelcare Ltd. in providing care for the elderly; and if she will make a statement

      General Practitioner Patient Survey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what provisions there will be to assess the particular requirements of deaf and hard of hearing patients in accessing NHS services as part of the GP...

      Healthy Living

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 21 November 2006, Official Report, columns 29W-30W, on Healthy Living, whether she has assessed the merits of using fiscal...

      Orphan Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what response her Department has made to the March 2006 paper by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, Appraising Orphan Drugs; and...

      Payment by Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what effect the payment by results programme has had on community health services in England.

      Pharmaceutical Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to consult (a) the Doctors Dispensing Association and (b) pharmacy trading bodies on changes to the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

      Pharmaceutical Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent meetings she has had with representatives of the pharmaceutical wholesale and pharmacy industries to discuss the new distribution arrangements...

      Pharmaceutical Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what powers her Department has to ensure the supply of pharmaceutical products to pharmaciesif the supply is disrupted due to the commercial decisions of...

      Physicians' Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance she has issued on the use of physicians' assistants.

      Physicians' Assistants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the use of physicians' assistants was the subject of a pilot programme; and if she will make a statement.

      Prisoners (Mental Health)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to improve mental health services for prisoners.

      Royal Hospital Haslar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements have been made for the provision of services by the Royal Hospital Haslar after 31 March 2007.

      Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will ensure that there is an independent assessment of the findings of the public consultation process that has taken place for the strategic...

      Southampton General Hospital Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make it her policy to ensure that Southampton residents who wish to be treated by the Southampton general hospital trusts will not need to...

      Southampton Independent Sector Treatment Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the local capacity and impact analysis for the proposed Southampton independent sector treatment centre was completed; and if she will publish...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England were treated for TB in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • "Preventing Extremism Together"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government further to the Preventing Extremism Together working plan, what funding each Department provided for The Radical Middle Way...

    • "Preventing Extremism Together"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant toher Department's Preventing Extremism Together document, what the cost was of the visits by British Muslim...

      Business Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will reduce the business rates due on stand-by communication services.

      Community Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many community associations are (a) formally registered and (b) incorporated in each of the English regions.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the average parish precept levied on an average Band D council tax bill in a parished area is in England in 2006-07;...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average Band D council tax was in each local authority area in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) England in each...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many value for money exercises on the use of (a) management consultants and (b) professional advisers were conducted by...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what foreign visits have been undertaken by departmental staff on official business since 7 July 2006.

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost was of the visits abroad by staff in her Department in the last 12 months.

      Elected Mayors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what referendums have been held for elected mayors since the relevant provisions of the Local Government Act 2000 came into...

      Emergency Response Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what fire brigade response times to emergency calls were for each fire service in each year since 2000.

      Firefighters' Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of likely savings to public expenditure arising from the changes announced to firefighters' pensions...

      Flood Risk (Development)

      To ask the Secretary of Statefor Communities and Local Government what representations she has received from the Environment Agency on decisions by the East of England Development Agency to...

      Health Services: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to ensure adequate provision of health care services for planned housing development and...

      Health Services: Thames Gateway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health about future health care provision in the Thames Gateway.

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding for homelessness prevention services her Department made available in (a) the North West and (b) Chester in each...

      Hostel Provision

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to reduce the requirement of a Meteorological Office forecast of zero degrees Celsius or lower for three...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were registered for rehousing with each local authority in Tyne and Wear in each year since 2000.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people are on housing waiting lists in England.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what proportion of people on a housing waiting list refused the first offer of a property in (a) Hemsworth constituency,...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many right to buy (a) applications and (b) sales there were in Yorkshire and Humberside in each year since 1980.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many applicants are registered on housing waiting lists in each local authority in the North West of England.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many right-to-buy sales in (a) the North West of England and (b) Chester there have been in each year since 1980.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding her Department has made available under the hostels improvement programme in (a) the North West and (b) Chester...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) average price of a home and (b) average household income was in each higher tier local authority area in each of...

      Housing (Oxfordshire)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what percentage of homes sold in (a) Wantage constituency and (b) Oxfordshire in each year since 1997 were sold to first time...

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which information technology projects are being undertaken by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies; what the (i) start...

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the results of bids for places on Round Six of the Arm's Length Management Organisation Programme will be announced.

      Local Government Restructuring

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what effect on subsequent local government financial settlements the rejection of unitary authority status in a referendum will...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what cost was incurred by the Deputy Prime Minister's (a) private office and (b) ministerial private office for taxi fares in...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of enforcement notices were followed by successful retrospective planning applications in the last...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of retrospective planning applications were approved in England in the last period for which...

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many appeals against (a) retrospective local planning applications and (b) local planning applications have been received...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much energy consumed by her Department is acquired from renewable sources.

      Rent Assessment Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what percentage of requests to increase rent was granted in rent assessment committees in each of the last five years for...

      Tobacco: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Government's policy is on reduced ignition propensity cigarettes.

      Unitary Councils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to set a minimum population for district authorities assuming unitary status.

      Wharves

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what planning policy guidance her Department has issued which is applicable to wharves; and if she will make a statement.

      Wirral Council: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much Wirral council would have received in the 2006-07 settlement if the new formula for calculating the cost of social...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental Accommodation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the total floor space is of the Ripley building in Whitehall.

    • Departmental Bodies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many projects have been undertakenby the Better Regulation Executive since it was established; how much each project cost; and what assessment...

      Departmental Websites

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the forecast costs are for maintaining websites within the Cabinet Office's responsibility in the 2006-07 financial year.

      Eunomia

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what projects run by the consultancy Eunomia the Cabinet Office has funded in each of the last five years; and what the (a) cost and (b)...

      European and UK Law

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) by what mechanism draft UK legislation implementing European legislation is checked for gold plating; and if she will make a statement; (2)...

      Religious Buildings: Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate she has made of the number of mosques that (a) were and (b) were not registered as (i) charities and (ii) trusts in each year since...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much energy consumed by her Department is acquired from renewable sources.

      Retirement Age

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which Government Departments have mandatory retirement ages.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many of her Department's civil servants work full-time to support departmental special advisers; and what the salary is of each such civil servant.

      V Charity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the salaries of the senior management at v are.

      V Charity

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many civil servants in her Department are allocated to work with the v charity on youth volunteering.

  • Treasury

    • Bank Services : Post Offices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which (a) banks, (b) building societies and (c) credit unions are (i) accessible and (ii) not accessible through the Post Office network; what...

    • Birth Registrations

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average waiting time was for a birth registration appointment in each local authority area in 2005-06.

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many children are eligible for child trust fund contributions; and how many trust funds have received contributions in each parliamentary constituency.

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Child Trust Fund vouchers have been issued to families in (a) England, (b) each English region and (c) each London local authority area; and...

      Child Trust Funds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the take up of child trust funds has been in (a) Wantage constituency and (b) Oxfordshire since their introduction.

      Counterfeit Money

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many counterfeit (a) sterling notes and (b) euros have been seized (i) in the UK and (ii) elsewhere since January 2002; what (A) denomination and (B)...

      Data Sharing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions his Department has had with banks on data sharing.

      Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) amount of unsecured personal debt, (b) average amount of unsecured personal debt and (c) average household disposable income was in each...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what purposes his Department has employed Opinion Leader Research (OLR); and what the (a) title and (b) cost was of each research project undertaken...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of the opinion poll undertaken by his Department on the potential bid for the 2018 World Cup was; and if he will place in the Library a copy...

      Departmental Gifts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what each gift given by his Department in the 2005-06 financial year was; on what date each was given; what the estimated cost was of each gift; what the...

      Departmental Inquiries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions his Department has conducted a leak inquiry since May 1997; what the subjects of those leak inquiries were; and who authorised each...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff were employed on a consultancy basis in (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in each of the last five years for which...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of staff employed in his Department were registered disabled in each year since 2001.

      Departmental Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many different sets of statistics are produced by the Government Statistical Service each year; and how many of these are designated as national statistics.

      Departmental Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which statistics have been withdrawn from the National Statistics Series over the last five years; what the reason was in each case; and what process is...

      Departmental Studies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which studies have been commissioned by his Department from (a) external agencies, (b) companies, (c) academics and (d) individuals in 2006.

      Driver Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what tax incentives there are for companies and small businesses to offer driver training in vehicles covered by (a) B, (b) B1, (c) C, (d) C1, (e) D...

      Economic Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were in work in (a) Great Britain, (b) England and Wales, (c) the north west, (d) the city of Manchester and (e) Manchester, Gorton...

      Economic Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the rate of inflation is; and what it was on 2 May 1997.

      Fuel Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the reduction in revenue has been since the introduction of the 20 pence preferential Fuel Duty rate on biofuels; and if he will make a statement.

      Fuel Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department holds or administers a ring-fenced fund through which increases in fuel duties are spent on the modernisation of roads and public...

      Import Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consultation HM Revenue and Customs undertakes with UK manufacturers in advance of it changing a tariff heading on components imported from outside the...

      Import Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment is made by HM Revenue and Customs of the impact of the variation of an import tariff heading on the UK manufacturing base before such a...

      Import Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether electronic components not manufactured in the EU are free of tariffs when imported into the UK for incorporation into a UK manufactured product.

      Import Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to ensure that changes in import duty rates are not applied retrospectively when a tariff heading is changed by HM Revenue and...

      Import Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer why the Binding Tariff Information relating to the importation of board cameras was invalidated in February 2006.

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total mileage was for journeys in his official car in the last 12 months.

      Mortality Rates (Tamworth)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the mortality rate was of (a) men and (b) women in Tamworth in each year since 1991.

      Mortality Rates (Tamworth)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) diagnosis and (b) mortality rate was for (i) chronic lung disease, (ii) coronary heart disease and (iii) cancer in each ward in Tamworth...

      Mortality Rates (Tamworth)

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the main causes of death were for (a) men and (b) women living in Tamworth constituency in each of the last 10 years.

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) charitable and (b) independent bodies have been reclassified by the Office for National Statistics as non-departmental public bodies in each...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has its own guidance on the appropriate time limit for answering written parliamentary questions.

      Private Finance Initiatives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the extent to which risk is transferred to the private sector in private finance initiative transactions where...

      Private Finance Initiatives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what reviews the Government have (a) undertaken and (b) commissioned on the cost-effectiveness of (i) private finance initiative projects, (ii)...

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which public appointments have been made by his Department to former Ministers who have served in the Government since May 1997.

      Public/Private Forum on Identity Management

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the (a) private sector and (b) public sector organisations which the Public/Private Forum on Identity Management has consulted since its...

      Renewables

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what percentage of HM Treasury's energy supply is generated from renewable sources.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what each gift received by (a) special advisers in his Department and (b) the Council of Economic Advisers declared to his Department in the 2005-06...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria were used to determine the locations of the new Research and Development tax credit offices.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assets have been frozen in relation to those suspected or convicted of terrorist activity in each year since 1997.

      The Olympics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff in his Department spend the majority of their time on work related to the 2012 Olympics; and what the pay band is of each of these staff members.

      The Olympics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what reports have been prepared for his Department by consultancy firms on the cost of the 2012 Olympics; which firm produced each report; when each report...

  • House of Lords

    • Africa: Dialogue with China

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What arrangements they are making to develop dialogue with the Government of China on African issues and the opportunities for practical co-operation in Africa.

    • Aviation: Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the conclusion on page 341 of the Stern review that the impact of aviation on climate change is two to four times higher than the impact...

      Aviation: Climate Change

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the figure 0.2704 kilogram/carbon dioxide per passenger mile travelled used by Carbonfund.org is an appropriate emission value for the purposes of...

      Carbon Emissions: Clean Development Mechanism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money they have so far invested in the clean development mechanism and on which projects; and how much money they are intending to invest over the next...

      Climate Change: Greenhouse Gases

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have commissioned research into the potency of (a) methane as a greenhouse gas, and (b) nitrous oxide as a greenhouse gas compared to carbon dioxide;...

      Crime: Rape

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many persons imprisoned for rape have been given early release from prison where the original allegations leading to conviction have been shown to be false in...

      Cyprus: Direct Flights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 1 February 2005 (WA 29-30), what progress has been made since Turkish Cypriots voted to accept...

      Cyprus: Direct Flights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 21 February 2005 (WA 149—50), what progress has been made since the Turkish Cypriots...

      Education: Social Background

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What source of information they use to determine the social class background of students entering higher education.

      EU: Promoting Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Statement by Lord Adonis on 21 November (WS 40), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the draft resolution on...

      EU: Promoting Citizenship

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 21 November (WS 40), what is the estimated cost of implementing the draft resolution on implementing common...

      Football: Use of Olympic Stadium

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have ruled out the use of the London Olympic stadium for professional football after the Olympic Games in 2012; and Whether they have consulted the...

      Freedom of Information: Radioactive Materials

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many requests for information concerning radioactive materials such as uranium they have received in recent years; and how many of these requests have been granted.

      Guantanamo Bay

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Government of the United States to secure the early closure of Guantanamo Bay and the release of the remaining...

      Health: Pfizer Products Distribution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have received on the consequences for patients of Pfizer's decision, as the major supplier of medicines to the National Health Service,...

      Health: Psychologists

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they are giving to proposals for an independent regulatory body for psychologists working within and without the National Health Service.

      Heritage Champions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the responsibilities of the local authority heritage champions; how many of them have so far been appointed; what benefits are expected to accrue from...

      House of Lords: Fair Trade Products

      asked the Chairman of Committees: What fair trade products are sold in the House of Lords.

      House of Lords: Security

      asked the Chairman of Committees: Whether security advice is tendered by the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police or by his officers to the Lord Speaker.

      Housing: Low-carbon Building Programme Grants

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What work is being or has been done to predict the likely demand for low-carbon building programme grants.

      Immigration: Tribunals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the terms of reference of the exercise currently being conducted on the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal by PA Consulting; and what is its cost.

      Immigration: Tribunals

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What were the recommendations which were implemented on the exercise conducted on the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal by PA Consulting in 2004, and what was the...

      Iraq: British Business

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they reviewed the travel advice issued to British businesses for travellers to Iraqi Kurdistan; on what basis the security assessment was made; who made the...

      Iraq: Christian Minorities

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assistance they have given to the Kurdish regional government for the protection of the Christian minorities in the region, and in particular for the...

      Iraq: Funding

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the aid package for Iraq recently announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer will include funding for infrastructure in Kurdistan.

      Iraq: Refugees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What practical and financial help they and their international partners are providing to Iraqis who have fled to Syria and Jordan; and whether the International...

      Iraq: Saddam Hussein

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What representations they have made and intend to make to the authorities in Iraq concerning the execution of Saddam Hussein.

      Israel and Palestine: Gaza

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they support the United Nations Human Rights Council's proposals for a United Nations fact-finding mission to Gaza.

      Israel and Palestine: Gush Enumim

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will hold discussions with the Government of the United States about the decision in 2005 to allow Israel to take territory in and around the Gush...

      Israel and Palestine: Occupied Territories

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What specific action they are taking to prevent violations of international law by Israel through attacks on civilians, house and property destruction, movement...

      Israel and Palestine: Peace Talks

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of a possible change of policy by Hamas representatives and other Palestinian groups concerning the process of de facto...

      Light Pollution

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When they intend to bring forward legislation on the avoidance of light pollution that was announced following the publication of the planning guidance PPS23 by...

      Ministry of Defence: Statutory Instruments Committee

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action the Ministry of Defence is taking to avoid any repetition of the finding communicated to the ministry by the chairman of the House of Lords Merits of...

      Office of Fair Trading

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Office of Fair Trading investigates cases only where the possible predation is short of national significance.

      Olympic Games 2012: Roadshow

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which constituencies the Olympic roadshow visited during the 2006 summer tour; how many were Labour-held seats; how many were Conservative-held seats; and how many...

      Olympic Games 2012: Security

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, in view of NATO's security role at the 2004 Athens Olympics, they have begun talks with NATO with regard to the 2012 Olympic Games.

      People Trafficking

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What reasons they have for not signing the European Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.

      Prisoners: Skills

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 6 November (WA91—2) on the skills of prisoners on reception into prisons in 2002—03, what were the...

      Railways: Cornish Riviera Sleeper

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it was a condition of the award of the Greater Western franchise to First Group that it should enable bookings for the Cornish Riviera Sleeper service to...

      Roads: Deaths

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Based on their analysis of fatal crashes during the past five years, which are the three most common fatal crash types in which drivers aged 17 to 19 are involved.

      Security Industry Authority

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 2 November (WA 72), whether the Security Industry Authority has met its objectives.

      Smoking: Tobacco Duty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether it is their policy to increase the rate of duty on tobacco in excess of the rate of inflation in order to decrease the percentage of smokers in the population.

      Sport: Community Club Development Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans Sport England has for the expansion of the Community Club Development Programme.

      Sport: Elite Coach Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the target number of coaches to complete the elite coach programme by 2012.

      Sport: Elite Coach Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the budget for the elite coach programme for each of the years 2006-12.

      Sport: Elite Coach Programme

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many British coaches have qualified through their elite coach programme; and which Olympic governing bodies of sport have contracted these coaches.

      Sport: Governing Bodies' Overheads

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much UK Sport and Sport England has spent on rate, rents and overheads during the current financial year to date; and what were the corresponding figures for...

      Sport: Ms Sue Campbell

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much Ms Sue Campbell has been paid in her advisory role to the Department for Education and Skills for each year since her appointment in January 2000.

      Sport: National Sports Centres

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the most recent market values and running costs incurred for each of the national sports centres at Lilleshall, Bisham and Holme Pierrepoint; and whether...

      Sport: Public Relations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether UK Sport has contracted external consultants to advise on public relations; if so, with whom; and at what cost.

      Sudan: Mobile Helipad Exports

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have authorised the export to the Sudan of mobile helipads, made by Vaughan's of Leicester (Aerosystems) Ltd; if so, why, in view of the use of...

      Sudan: Oil Revenues

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What safeguards exist to ensure that international aid contributions and the south of Sudan's share of oil revenues are protected and spent only for proper...

      Victims' Commissioner

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will set up an independent inquiry in accordance with the recommendations by Mr Justice Girvan concerning the intervention by the Northern Ireland...

      Water Supply: Abstraction

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

      World War II: Conscripted Coal Miners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which departments are involved in the consideration of some form of recognition for the conscripted coal miners who served in the mines during the Second World...

      World War II: Conscripted Coal Miners

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Drayson on 1 November (WA 29), whether there is a register of the conscripted coal miners who served in the mines during the...

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