Written answers

Tuesday, 12 December 2006

  • Transport

    • A303: Stonehenge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will announce his decision on the A303(T) road improvement project at Stonehenge; and if he will make a statement.

    • Buses: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost per litre to bus fleet operators of (a) bioethanol, (b) biodiesel, (c) liquid petroleum gas and (d) diesel.

      Buses: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures have been taken by his Department since 2001 to encourage (a) local authorities and (b) bus companies to use low-emission buses; and if...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration he has given to the improvement of local rail services in south-east London following the transfer of Eurostar services to St...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the performance of (a) Thameslink and (b) First Capital Connect on the Bedford to Brighton route over the last two years.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects railway stations at (a) Crystal Palace, (b) Anerley, (c) West Wickham, (d) Penge East, (e) Birkbeck, (f) Shortland, (g) Penge...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what response he has made to the findings of the National Rail Review for Quarter Two regarding the condition and availability of facilities and...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of how many miles of main and branch line track have been converted to light railway use in each of the last 10 years.

      Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of ship-to-ship oil transfers which take place outside harbour areas in the North Sea.

  • Trade and Industry

    • Credit Card Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make representations to UK credit card companies to cease the practice of issuing unsolicited cheques to account holders.

    • Departmental Staff

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

      Departmental Staff

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

      Energy Supply Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with (a) energy suppliers and (b) the Energy Retail Association on the extension of the remit of the Energy...

      European Commission: Metrication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to encourage the European Commission to bring forward proposals to extend the present authorisation of supplementary...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people are living in fuel poverty in North-East Fife; and if he will make a statement.

      Imperial Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the use of imperial units after 31 December 2009.

      Pedlars Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has received to repeal or amend the Pedlars Act 1871; and if he will make a statement.

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he plans to make an announcement on employee share ownership of the Royal Mail.

      Small Business Energy Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what codes of practice are in place on the billing of small business consumers by gas and electricity suppliers.

      Small Business Energy Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with energy suppliers on their obligations to supply (a) gas and (b) electricity to small business consumers...

      Small Business Energy Bills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department has taken to promote agreed standards for providing brokerage services to small business consumers in the energy market.

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the status is of each second-round offshore windfarm project application; what steps have been put in place to ensure that these...

  • Leader of the House

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will make nursery vouchers available to hon. Members who are parents of young children.

    • Retirement Age

      To ask the Leader of the House pursuant to the Answer from the Parliamentary Secretary in the Cabinet Office to the hon. Member for Blackpool, South (Mr. Marsden) of 4 December 2006, Official...

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Leader of the House what plans he has to alter the (a) salaries of, (b) number of support staff available to and (c) office space provided for his special advisers in the next 12 months.

  • International Development

    • International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development in what ways his Department will work with (a) other donor agencies and (b) international finance institutions to meet the two...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Light Bulbs

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what proportion of light bulbs used on the House of Commons estate were manufactured in the United Kingdom.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Art Exhibitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the art exhibitions, including performance art, sponsored by public bodies for which her Department is responsible over...

    • Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what representations she has received from members of the music industry in favour of the extension of the 50-year copyright rule.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the effective date is for annual pay awards to her Department's staff; and what the actual implementation date has been in each of...

      Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent by her Department on furniture made by British firms in each year since 2000.

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much efficiency savings she has made in her Department and its associated public bodies; and if she will make a statement.

      Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress her Department has made in its review of the Guidance issued to Licensing Authorities on the discharge of their functions...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of staff in her Department who will spend the majority of their time working on the 2012...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of (a) the number of staff who do not fall into the Department's pay band structure which her Department...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she plans to take to increase the medal take by British athletics during the 2012 Olympics; and at what estimated cost.

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consultation her Department is undertaking in connection with Olympic training camps.

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what consultation she has undertaken regarding the proposed Olympic equestrian venue at Greenwich Park; and if she will make a statement.

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what funding the Government has given to each Olympic training camp, broken down by sport.

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications were received for membership of the Big Lottery Board; how many candidates were short-listed; how many were...

      Public Opinion Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on commissioning public opinion research in each of the last five years.

      UK School Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria she plans to use to decide the location of the UK school games up to 2012.

  • Scotland

    • Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent devolution matters the Advocate-General has considered.

    • Ferry Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on the cost of ferry subsidies.

      Asylum and Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the handling of asylum and immigration cases in Scotland.

      Winter Fuel Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make representations to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to increase the funding available to the Department for Work and Pensions under the...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which 10 consultancy fees charged to his Department since May 1997 were the most expensive.

      Departmental Finance

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

      Financial Services Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps the Government are taking to promote the long-term prospects for the financial services industry in Scotland.

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many information technology projects within the responsibility of his Department, its agencies and their predecessors have been cancelled since...

      M74: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on the potential economic effects on Glasgow of extending the M74.

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many cars run by his Department were manufactured (a) in the UK and (b) abroad.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent representations he has received on the future of the post office network in Scotland.

      Recruitment Advertising

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

  • Defence

    • Armoured Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many complaints from service personnel about armoured vehicles in Afghanistan have been recorded in the past six months; (2) how many...

    • Compensation Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been paid in the form of compensation by HM Armed Forces in each year since 1997, broken down by service; and for what reasons compensation...

      Compulsory Discharge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces in each service were compulsorily discharged in each year since 1997-98, broken down by (a) senior and (b) junior...

      Conventional Military Threats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the existing major conventional military threats to (a) the UK and (b) NATO.

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the (a) meetings and (b) correspondence between his Department and BAE Systems to date in 2006-07.

      Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society: Combat Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding has been provided from the public purse to the Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society (Combat Stress) in each of the last five years.

      Operational Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the specified operational locations are for the operational allowance; and what methodology was used to identify them.

      Phalanx C-RAM Anti Mortar System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has evaluated the existing Counter Battery Radar to be adapted to provide targeting data for the Phalanx C-RAM Anti Mortar system.

      Priory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funding his Department has provided to the Priory Group for (a) psychological and (b) psychiatric treatments in each of the last five years.

      Thermal Imaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to replace Sophie thermal imaging equipment.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2006, Official Report, column 87W, on Trident, where in the Prime Minister's statement of 4 December the...

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2006, Official Report, column 87W, on Trident, where in the Prime Minister's statement of 4 December the...

      UK Nuclear Stockpile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps the Government have taken to reduce the UK's nuclear stockpile since the withdrawal of the WE 177 freefall bomb in 1998.

      Vanguard Submarine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the latest year of main gate for the procurement of the first replacement Vanguard submarine necessary in order to maintain the...

      Veterans: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the new community mental health service for veterans to be launched.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental Bodies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many projects have been undertaken by the (a) Social Exclusion Taskforce and (b) Office of the Third Sector since it was established; what...

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to her answer of 29 November 2006, Official Report, column 767W, whether her Department grades or classifies written parliamentary...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2006, Official Report, column 767W, on parliamentary questions, if she will place in the Library a copy of...

      Press Officers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the Government's policy is on press officers participating in blogs.

      Retirement Age

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2006, Official Report, columns 189-90W, on the retirement age, what her Department's policy is for the...

      Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much the Cabinet Office spent on statistics relating to its work in each of the last five years.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Ministerial Vehicles

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the estimated annual cost is of his ministerial car and driver, including all running costs and depreciation.

  • Minister for Women

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many parliamentary written questions she received in each parliamentary session since 2001; and how many of these questions (a) were not answered...

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what target her staff has for the maximum acceptable amount of time to answer parliamentary written questions; and what percentage of parliamentary...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Census

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many representations the Information Commissioner has received on her Department's policy on the confidentiality of census...

    • Census

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what representations she has received in the last 12 months from (a) the Federation of Family History Societies, (b) the UK...

      Consultants

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which 10 consultancy fees charged to her Department since May 1997 were the most expensive.

      County Courts: Wandsworth

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many (a) family, (b) injunctions, (c) small claims, (d) fast tracks, (e) multi tracks, (f) possessions, (g) return...

      Departmental Statistics

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much her Department spent on statistics relating to the work of her Department in each of the last five years.

      Electoral Administration Act

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether local authorities will be compensated for the new burdens introduced under the Electoral Administration Act 2006.

      Electoral Fraud

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the timetable is for representatives from her Department to meet the delegation from the Council of Europe to discuss...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs who the members of the Freedom of Information Users Group are; and what the declared political affiliation is of each member.

      Judicial Documents

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on the proposed EU development of legislation amending Regulation (EC) 1348/2000 on the service of...

      Local Elections

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what factors will be considered when evaluating value for money in assessing applications for (a) election pilots and (b)...

      Official Cars

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many cars run by her Department were manufactured (a) in the UK and (b) abroad.

      Postal Votes

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2006, Official Report, column 344W, on postal votes, whether her Department plans to...

      Secondments

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which staff in her Department (a) are seconded from organisations with charitable status and (b) have (i) costs and (ii)...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on consultant fees in each year since 2001; how much he estimates will be spent on such fees in each year to 2010;...

    • Environmental Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in the review of environmental governance in Northern Ireland; when he expects the review to be completed; and if he...

      Mains Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applications for connection to mains water supply for new rural properties were submitted in each year from (a) 1 April 2000 to 31...

      Mains Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how long it takes on average to process an application for a connection to mains water supply for a new property in a rural area.

      Outreach Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the waiting time for children with dyslexia to receive outreach support from Beechlawn Specific Learning...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps his Department is taking to educate the population of Northern Ireland about the threat of terrorism.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • British Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the budget for British Waterways was in each of the last 20 years in (a) cash and (b) real terms.

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will reply to the letter of 1 November 2006 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. L.F....

      Crop Spraying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total cost was of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution's report "Crop Spraying and the Health of...

      Department Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what percentage of staff employed in his Department were registered disabled in each year since 2001.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's budgeted expenditure against outturn has been in each month since April 2006; and if he will make a...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the Department's capital expenditure (a) budget and (b) out-turn was in each year since 2001-02 in cash terms,...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff were employed on a consultancy basis in (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in each of the last...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his Department's annual budget is for employing workers on a consultancy basis; and how much of this budget has been...

      Departmental Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department spent on statistics relating to the work of his Department in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which studies have been commissioned by his Department from (a) external agencies, (b) companies, (c) academics and (d)...

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the value of cross-compliance penalties relating to 2005 single farm payment has been; and what European Commission...

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his policy is on the proposals of EU Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel to cap payments under the Single Farm Payment.

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will respond to the comments made in the National Audit Office report into the administration of the 2005 single...

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many individuals are involved in the administration of the Single Payment Scheme, in terms of (a) headcount and (b)...

      Farm Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2006, Official Report, column 306W, on the Rural Payments Agency, how many of...

      Gender Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that private organisations contracted to work (a) in his Department and (b) for...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the Government considers minimum safe crop separation distance to prevent cross-pollination between GM and non-GM plants...

      IT Projects

      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 Information Technology by his Department...

      Local Government Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what targets his Department sets for local authorities.

      Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many and what percentage of staff in (a) his Department and (b) agencies for which he is responsible were (i) on fixed...

      Marine Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what effect the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership Annual Report Card on the marine environment will have on his...

      Organic Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much raw organic milk was sold in the UK in each of the last five years; and how much was imported from EU...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many parliamentary written questions his Department received in each parliamentary session since 2001; and how many of...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what target his Department has for the maximum acceptable amount of time to answer parliamentary written questions; and what...

      Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what powers are available to local authorities to take action against businesses that have illegally deposited fats, oils and...

      Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent legal advice his Department has sought on the legitimacy of recent prosecutions in Northamptonshire for (a)...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what charges the (a) European Union and (b) other organisations have made claims from his Department for delays in payments...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints have been received by the Rural Payments Agency in 2006.

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many follow up calls have been made by the Rural Payments Agency since 5 June 2006; and how many which were outstanding...

      Rural Payments Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) shortest and (b) longest processing times were for processing applications for a payment to farmers and...

      Waste Televisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what regulations regulate disposing of waste television sets in landfill sites.

      Woodland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the environmental effects of tax relief options available to private owners of...

      Year of Food and Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding his Department plans to provide for the Year of Food and Farming Education initiative.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Local Councillors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she has assessed the merits of having full-time elected local councillors.

    • South East Plan Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reason the Government commissioned Roger Tym and Partners to produce a report on the South East Plan.

      Neighbourhood Management Models

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how she will assess the benefits of proposed neighbourhood management or governance models in local authority areas.

      Civil Partnerships Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effect of the provisions of the Civil Partnerships Act 2004 on same sex couples.

      Regional Inequalities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to ensure that local authorities and city regions tackle regional inequalities.

      Brixham Town Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she expects the proposed town council for Brixham to be established before 1 April 2007 as referred to in a letter from...

      Brixham Town Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable will be for the election of a town council for Brixham; and whether she plans to schedule it to coincide with...

      Commission for Equality and Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) names, (b) length of service, (c) relevant experience and (d) organisational affiliations are of the (i)...

      Commission for Equality and Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will publish the minutes of the meetings of the steering group of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she will reply to the letter dated 25 September 2006 from the hon. Member for North Down in relation to her Department's...

      Council Housing: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the change in the number of households on council waiting lists for social housing has been since 1997.

      Council Tax: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much Coventry council received from council tax revenues in each of the last 10 years.

      Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she plans to attend the Regeneration and Housing Conference at the University of Bedfordshire at Putteridge Bury on 11...

      Engagements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Minister for Housing and Planning will be attending the Regeneration and Housing Conference at the University of...

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to clarify the role of firefighters in co-responding following judgment in the recent Nottinghamshire case.

      FOI Requests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many requests for internal reviews of Freedom of Information requests within her Department are outstanding.

      FOI Requests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's target time is for the conducting of internal reviews of Freedom of Information requests; and what the...

      FOI Requests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many requests for internal reviews of Freedom of Information requests her Department received in each year since the Act was...

      Gender Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when she expects to publish her Department's gender equality scheme; (2) what steps she is taking to ensure that (a) her...

      Local Government Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) cash and (b) percentage change in funding was for (i) Leicestershire county council and (ii) Charnwood borough...

      Local Government Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of overview and scrutiny committees in improving local government...

      Lyons Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made with the Lyons Review; and when she expects it to be reported to Parliament.

      Lyons Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the Lyons Review to be (a) completed and (b) published; and when the Government will publish its response.

      Procurement Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the 20 largest procurement projects initiated by her Department since May 1997 have been; what the (a) original budget,...

      Public Toilets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information she holds on the provision of public toilets in (a) Gateshead, East and Washington, West, (b) the North East...

      Regional Fire Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the expected dates are for (a) commencement and (b) completion of the operational assessment tests of the new regional...

      Regional Fire Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the expected date is by which fire emergency control rooms in the East Midlands will have completed the transition to the...

      Sustainable Communities Summit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which Minister in her Department took the decision to cancel the Sustainable Communities Summit 2007.

      Thames Gateway Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to announce her decision on the proposal for the Thames Gateway Bridge.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many parliamentary written questions her Department received in each parliamentary session since 2001; and how many of these...

  • Treasury

    • Consultants

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

    • Demographics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what forecast he has made of the population of Peterborough city council area in (a) five, (b) 10 and (c) 15 years time.

      Economic Statistics: City of York

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the gross domestic product per head of resident population was in City of York (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) council area in each year since...

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the achievement of economic targets in Objective One areas of Wales relating to the...

      HMRC: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consultation his Department has carried out with (a) employees, (b) the accountancy profession and (c) taxpayers on the proposed closure of HM...

      HMRC: Boat Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of uncanalised yacht and pleasure craft entering UK waters in each of the last five years (a) nationally and (b)...

      HMRC: Mobile Detection Teams

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total (a) travel and (b) subsistence expenditure incurred by HM Revenue and Customs on the deployment of mobile detection teams was in each of...

      Household Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the proportion of annual household costs accounted for by (a) housing costs, (b) utility costs and (c) food costs for...

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2006, Official Report, columns 452-53W, on Iraq, how much each Government Department provided for reconstruction in...

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Answer of 27 November 2006, Official Report, columns 452-3W, on Iraq, from which (a) sources and (b) departments the Global Conflict...

      Labour Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) men, (b) women, (c) young people and (d) people in Tamworth were unemployed in November 1997; and how many are unemployed according to the...

      Labour Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) men, (b) women and (c) young people in Eastbourne were unemployed in 1996; and how many are unemployed to date in the most recent year for...

      Light Aircraft

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many light aircraft landed in the UK from overseas destinations in each of the past five years; and how many of them were intercepted by HM Revenue and...

      Loan Repayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which developing countries are making loan repayments to the UK.

      Marginal Tax Deduction Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in work face marginal tax deduction rates in excess of (a) 60 per cent., (b) 70 per cent., (c) 80 per cent. and (d) 90 per cent.

      Paymaster General

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what visits (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department made to (i) Israel and (ii) the Occupied Palestinian Territories in each of the last 12...

      Paymaster General

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when (a) the Paymaster General was last (i) accompanied by him to and (ii) informed of a visit by him to and (b) the Paymaster General's office last took...

      Occupied Palestinian Territories

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department have had with (i) Ministers and (ii) officials from the Department for...

      Planning Gain Supplement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the merits of exempting higher education institutions from planning gain supplement legislation.

      Prisons

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the announcement by the Home Secretary on 21 July of 8,000 extra prison places, what funds his Department has allocated to the Home Office for...

      Public-Private Forum on Identity Management

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost to date is of the Public/Private Forum on Identity Management.

      Purchasing Criteria

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment the Office of Government Commerce has made of the case for applying (a) specified weighting and (b) priority listing to purchasing...

      Single Parents

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many single parents there were in London, broken down by constituency in each quarter from 2000-01 to 2006-07; and if he will make a statement.

      Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent supporting small and medium-sized enterprises through (a) enterprise investment trusts, (b) enterprise management incentives, (c)...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of the employees at the tax credits contact centre at Queen's Dock, Liverpool are employed on a temporary basis through...

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in each ward in Eastbourne constituency are in receipt of (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to reduce overpayments of tax credits.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are receiving working tax credits in each local authority ward in Darlington; and what the total cost was of these payments in the latest...

      Timber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value was of (a) income tax relief and (b) corporation tax relief on income and profits from timber sales in each year since 1997; and if...

      Timber

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value was of capital gains tax exemption on the increase in value of standing timber for each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

      Woodlands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value was of (a) business property relief on commercial woodlands and (b) heritage relief on woodlands of outstanding scenic, historic and...

      Woodlands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total value was of VAT relief in relation to woodlands in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bolivia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the general strike in four provincial capitals in Bolivia on (a) human...

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is her Department's policy to support discussion on the use of forced labour in Burma at the United Nations Security...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the International Labour Organisation on forced labour in Burma.

      Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the political situation in Chad.

      Chinese Executions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the government of China on the abolition of the death penalty.

      Chinese Executions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of people executed in China in each of the last 10 years.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of Colombian urban crime initiatives in the last decade.

      Conflict Diamonds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has received on the UN review of the Kimberly Process for the reduction in circulation of conflict diamonds.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely effect on regional stability of the emigration of people from eastern Democratic...

      Departmental Computer Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many attempts to gain unauthorised access to her Department's computer systems have (a) been detected and (b) been...

      Departmental Computer Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any of her Department's (a) computer data and (b) computer backup data is stored with online data storage providers.

      Departmental Computer Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any of her Department's (a) computer data and (b) computer back-up data is stored outside the United Kingdom.

      Departmental Computer Data

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any corrupt data have been detected on her Department's computer systems.

      Departmental Energy Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she plans to make her Department carbon neutral.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) marketing officers, (b) communications officers and (c) press officers are employed in her Department; and what...

      Ethical Foreign Policy Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the application of her Ethical Foreign Policy initiative in the course of 2006.

      Ethiopia and Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the (a) observance of human rights and (b) extra-judicial killings by government agencies in...

      Ethiopia and Eritrea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what part the UK played in the United Nations Commission to demarcate the borders of Ethiopia and Eritrea.

      Fiji

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to (a) the United Nations and (b) Australia regarding the conflict in Fiji; and what...

      Fiji

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on (a) the talks between Fijian Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase and military leaders in Fiji and...

      Fiji

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution her Department is making to the restoration of democracy in Fiji.

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent by her Department in order to achieve Gershon efficiency savings; whether these costs have been included...

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much efficiency savings have been made in her Department as a result of the Gershon Review; and if she will make a statement.

      Government Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the plans of Government Communications to appoint a European Union press co-ordinator in each...

      Human Rights and Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Government of the United States on (a) human rights and (b) torture.

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action she has taken on the imprisonment of (a) Yusak Pakage and (b) Filep Karma by Indonesia; and if she will make a...

      Middle East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made towards encouraging Israelis to withdraw from the West Bank.

      Nigeria: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the Government of Nigeria on the arrangements which are in place to ensure that the (a)...

      Official Gifts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what equipment was gifted to the Palestinian Authority as referred to in Unprinted Command Paper 15 of session 2005-06;...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of the package of aid offered by the United States to the Democratic People's...

      Paraguay: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the report by Manfred Nowak, UN Special Rapporteur on torture, on torture in police custody in...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the effective pay award date is for her Department's staff; and what the actual implementation date was in each of the last...

      Public Opinion Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much her Department spent on commissioning public opinion research in each of the last five years for which records are...

      Retirement Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer from the Parliamentary Secretary in the Cabinet Office to the hon. Member for Blackpool, South (Mr....

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent assessment she has made of human rights and political freedom in Russia; (2) what recent discussions she has...

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which staff in her Department are seconded from organisations with charitable status which have (a) costs and (b) salaries met...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate she has made of the amount of arms entering Somalia; what representations she has received regarding the...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received of the talks between Ethiopia's Deputy Foreign Minister and Somalia's Union of Islamic Courts; and...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the clashes between rival factions in Malakal, Upper Nile State in Sudan; and if she will make a...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the political situation in Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on the recent meeting of the Principal Deputy Special Representative of Sudan, Tayé-Brook...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment was made by the Director of the Africa Division in the UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations of the...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2006, Official Report, column 480W, on General Salah Abdallah, which officials discussed...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of (a) the level of fighting and (b) the deaths from conflict in southern Sudan since the signing...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received of the recent conflict in Malakal, Southern Sudan; what assessment she has made of the effect of...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the African Union on the maintenance of troops in Darfur in 2007.

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the prospect of success for the peace talks between the Ugandan Government and the Lords...

      UN Committee Against Torture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has received on the work of the UN Committee Against Torture.

      UN Human Rights Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) independence of the UN Human Rights Council.

      USA: Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will place in the Library copies of the agenda and minutes of the meetings between officials from her Department who have...

      USA: Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department have held with casino operators interested in securing...

      Venezuela

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made on the freedom of the press in Venezuela; and whether she has received reports of electoral...

      West Papua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her policy is on independence from Indonesia for West Papua; and if she will make a statement.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the statement of the Government of Zimbabwe that they have ceased printing money.

  • Education and Skills

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much his Department spent on purchasing space in The Guardian newspaper in each of the last five years.

    • Better Regulation Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made with the implementation of the Better Regulation Task Force proposals on child employment.

      Competition Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many people are employed as competition managers; what the (a) grade and (b) salary range is of each such post; what the (i)...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what change there has been in funding for (a) gender, (b) disability and (c) ethnic minority personnel issues in his Department, since 1997.

      Energy Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of the electricity used by his Department was generated from (a) renewable sources and (b) on-site micro-generation...

      Foundation Degree Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people enrolled on a foundation degree course in each year since its inception; and what the drop-out rate was in each year since...

      Further Education Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what mechanisms are in place to allocate funding to higher education provision in further education colleges, with particular reference to...

      Health School Status

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools and (b) colleges in England have achieved health school status.

      Higher Education Funding Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures he has taken to correlate the proposed regional structure of the Learning and Skills Council with the regional structure of...

      Looked-after Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of children are looked after children in each local authority with one or more academies; and how many and what...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many parliamentary written questions his Department received in each parliamentary session since 2001; and how many of these...

      Pupils with Learning Difficulties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils in mainstream education have a learning difficulty.

      Pupils: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent action he has taken regarding the implementation of advice in circular number 10/98 on the physical restraint of pupils in...

      School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many pupils received free fruit in Eastbourne constituency in each year since 1996.

      Sex Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much funding his Department provided for the running of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender history month in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006; and...

      University Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students from Stroud constituency (a) were allocated university courses and (b) received student loans to attend university...

      Youth Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of (a) 16 to 18, (b) 17 and (c) 18-year-olds are not in education, employment or training in each region.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Absence Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of (a) the major health reasons for short absences from work and (b) the extent to which gastric complaints cause...

    • Benefit Payments: Tamworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in Tamworth constituency are in receipt of council tax benefit; and how many of those recipients are (a) pensioner and...

      Bonus Payments

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

      Child Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the level of child poverty in Great Britain.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many changes of circumstances have been reported by non-resident parents on the (a) old and (b) new Child Support Agency scheme claims in...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the compliance rate for the self-employed in Scottish claims with the Child Support Agency.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what liaison he authorises the Child Support Agency to have with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority to ascertain whether heavy goods...

      Departmental Staff

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

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of extending the higher rate mobility component of the disability living allowance to blind people.

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to public funds is expected to be of providing the extended Financial Assistance Scheme over 50 years.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the amount of unclaimed housing benefit in each local authority in the latest period for which an estimate is...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who sets the rent limit for the purposes of housing benefit; how it is calculated; who it applies to; and what relationship it has to council...

      Internal Guidance Documents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which internal guidance documents are used in his Department.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the percentage of employers who offer a final salary pension to new employees.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the five most common reasons were for loans from the Social Fund being refused in each of the last 10 years.

      Social Security Benefits: West Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in West Chelmsford constituency were in receipt of (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit in each year since...

      Social Security Benefits: West Chelmsford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in West Chelmsford constituency were in receipt of incapacity benefit in each year since 1996.

      State Retirement Pensions: Overseas Residence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people overseas receive the state retirement pension; and of those how many receive (a) 100 per cent., (b) up to 20 per cent., (c)...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will bring forward proposals to start the payment of the £100 winter fuel allowance on an individual's 80th birthday.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of extending the eligibility for winter fuel payments received by those over 60 to (a) those in receipt...

      Workers' Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been paid by the Government to claimants under the Pneumoconiosis Etc. (Workers' Compensation) Act 1979 (a) in the UK, (b) in...

  • Health

    • A and E Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of accident and emergency patients in England had a trolley wait of over four hours in the last period for which figures are available.

    • Adhesive Arachnoiditis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will include adhesive arachnoiditis on the NHS list and codification of medical conditions.

      Adverse Drug Reactions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of in-patients' hospital stays were prolonged by adverse drug reactions in the last 12 months; what her latest estimate is of the...

      Agency Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on temporary (a) medical and (b) non-medical agency staff in each trust area within the East of England Strategic Health Authority...

      Alcohol Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what auditing procedures are in place to monitor spending on treatment for alcohol misuse by individual primary care trusts.

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish the economic model used by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in its most recent appraisal of drugs for...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what medical checks are made on asylum applicants to the UK.

      Biologics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost has been of biologics by acute trusts within (a) Manchester, (b) Greater Manchester, (c) the North West region and (d) England...

      Bowel Cancer Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost was of establishing a National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme hub; and what the annual running costs of each hub were in each year...

      Cancer Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of lives which have been saved as a result of new cancer treatments made available in the last five years; and...

      Cancer Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department spent on cancer care in each of the last five years; and how many new consultant posts in cancer care have been created in this period.

      Choosing Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many champions for health have been recruited under the Choosing Health agenda; and at what cost.

      Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects the terms under which funds will be allocated to support the community hospital programme to be determined; and if she will make a statement.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff are employed as consultants by (a) her Department and (b) NHS trusts; and what the cost was of employing such consultants in the last...

      Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis was for the establishment of 29 August 2003 as the earliest point of death which would entitle relatives and dependants of those...

      Counselling (Non-medical Staff)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many qualified non-medical psychotherapy and counselling practitioners are employed by the NHS in England.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent personnel were employed by her Department in each year since 1997.

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to tackle deceptive food labelling.

      Food Standards Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Food Standards Agency recognises the International GCSE as an acceptable substitute for a GCSE for the purposes of recruitment.

      Fostering and Adoption Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which approved fostering and adoption agencies have a religious ethos; and how many placements were made by each such agency in each of the last five years.

      Fostering and Adoption Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had on the possible impact of the Sexual Orientation Regulations on fostering and adoption agencies with a religious ethos which...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her latest estimate is of the cost of a general practitioner consultation.

      Health Care Professionals: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many agencies are registered on the NHS employers list; and which have signed up to the Code of Practice for the International Recruitment of...

      Health Care Professionals: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of nurses employed in the NHS (a) trained in and (b) were the nationals of developing countries before coming to the UK in...

      Health Care Professionals: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made of the effect of the Code of Practice for International Recruitment of Healthcare Professionals on the capacity of...

      Health Care Professionals: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the announcement made by the Home Office on restrictions on migrant nurses to the UK will affect the (a) operation and (b) monitoring of the Code of...

      Health Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been allocated to Health Direct in each year since 2003-04.

      Hepatitis C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to manage hepatitis C infection in community settings.

      Hospital Reconfiguration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on the effect on road traffic levels of hospital reconfiguration.

      Hospital Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the efficacy of air purifiers as a mechanism for combating hospital infections; and if she will make a statement.

      Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking in relation to the introduction of a national human papilloma virus vaccination programme during the school year 2007-08.

      Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings her Department has had with colleagues from the Department for Education and Skills to discuss the implementation of a schools-based HPV...

      Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation will meet in February 2007; whether the committee will consider HPV vaccination at this...

      Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation HPV sub-group will next meet.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to stimulate a market for the provision of new diagnostic products for influenza.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the merits of stockpiling the antiviral peramivir for use in the event of an influenza pandemic.

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of people over 65 in (a) Wantage constituency, (b) Oxfordshire and (c) the South East have received an influenza vaccination in the...

      Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library copies of the minutes of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation meetings within a month of each meeting.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the (a) psychiatrists and (b) organisations which have made representations to her expressing their support for the Mental Health Bill.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings have been held between the Director for Mental Health Services and (a) Labour, (b) Conservative and (c) Liberal Democrat hon. Members.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times she has visited health services in Surrey.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many products to tackle MRSA the Rapid Review Panel has given Level one recommendation to; and if she will make a statement.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of how hospital acquired infections such as MRSA are transmitted; and if she will make a statement.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many MRSA infections were reported in hospitals in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

      NHS Computer Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she has made an assessment of the compatibility of the English and Welsh NHS computer systems.

      NHS Health Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of appointees to NHS health trusts in each region (a) have declared political affiliations and (b) have declared that they are members...

      NHS IT Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of the new NHS IT programme has been to date, broken down by (a) main budget heading and (b) type of recipient of funding.

      NHS Treatment Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the cost to the NHS of providing (a) drugs and (b) other treatments approved by the National Institute for Health and...

      Omega 3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effects of omega 3 supplements for children.

      Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures complainants should follow when complaining about a particular NHS consultation before complaining to the Parliamentary and Health...

      Pseudamphistomum Truncatum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what warning she has issued to general practitioners about the possibility of the spread of Pseudamphistomum truncatum to humans.

      Public Appointments

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

      Seasonal Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her latest estimate is of the proportion of patients in each of the groups whose health is deemed at risk from seasonal influenza who have received...

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are seconded to the national health service in England from external organisations.

      Sexual Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when her Department expects to launch the £50 million advertising campaign to tackle the rise in sexually transmitted infections announced by...

      Smoking Ban

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when an announcement will be made on the date for implementation of the ban on smoking in public places.

      Southampton Independent Sector Treatment Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she has taken to ensure that primary care trusts in Hampshire will not be required to fund any shortfall in the number of patients referred to...

      Urologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many urologists were working in the NHS in each of the last eight years.

      Welfare Foods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children whose fourth birthdays fall after 1 September 2006 and will not attend school until September 2007 will not as a result be eligible for...

      West Devon Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will make representations to the Food Standards Agency to ensure that the investigation into West Devon Meat is resolved as quickly as...

  • Home Department

    • Acceptable Behaviour Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many acceptable behaviour contracts have been made in East Sussex over the last 12 months.

    • Assets Recovery Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the completed cases handled by the Assets Recovery Agency in (a) each complete financial year since it commenced operations...

      Bluewater

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether training has taken place at the Bluewater shopping centre to prepare for a serious terrorist type attack.

      Bluewater

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Bluewater shopping centre has received a specific terrorist threat; and whether he considers it a terrorist target.

      Bluewater

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department has advised the Bluewater shopping centre owners on protecting the estate from a potential terrorist threat.

      Chaplaincy Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many publicly funded full-time equivalent chaplaincy staff there were in the Prison Service in 2005-06, broken down by religion; what the...

      Children and Young People: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact of financial hardship among children and young people on crime.

      Community Justice Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the performance of North Liverpool and Salford community justice projects.

      Crime Detection Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) levels of and (b) detection rates for (i) violent crime, (ii) sexual crime, (iii) car crime, (iv) robbery and (v) burglary...

      Criminal Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the proposed EU development of legislation concerning the confiscation of criminal assets; and what its legal...

      Cyclists

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cyclists have been prosecuted for highways offences in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the administrative cost of his Department's library providing a blog monitoring service was in the last year for which figures are...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long Abid Javaid has been employed by his Department; what his responsibilities are; and whether he continues to carry out these duties.

      Dispersal Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will commission research on the effects of the implementation of dispersal orders on the relationship between police officers and young...

      DNA Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who have been arrested but not charged or cautioned for any offence have their DNA profile stored on the National DNA...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost of policing drug related crime in each year since 2002.

      European Contract Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the proposed EU development of legislation relating to European contract law; and what its legal base is.

      European Day of Civil Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the proposed developments at EU level of the Annual European Day of Civil Justice; and what its legal base is.

      European Evidence Warrant

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the proposed EU development of legislation concerning the European Evidence Warrant; and what its legal base is.

      Extradition Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what agreements the UK has with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on reciprocal extradition arrangements; what extradition agreements have been...

      Gun Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many gun crimes were committed in (a) England and Wales and (b) Gloucestershire in each of the last 15 years for which figures are...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) incidents of and (b) prosecutions for child trafficking there were in each of the last five years.

      Identity and Passport Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has issued to the Identity and Passport Service on ensuring full and immediate notification of passports stolen in other EU...

      Identity Cards Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) pursuant to section 10 (1) of the Identity Cards Act 2006, how those individuals who fail to register a change of circumstances will be...

      Intercept Evidence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many discrete pieces of information have been provided by the relevant British intelligence and law enforcement agencies for use as...

      London Underground: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what security measures are in place in relation to the vetting of workers on the London Underground.

      Mentally Ill: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of homicides in each of the last 10 years were committed by people with a treatable mental disorder under the...

      Mentally Ill: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of homicides were committed in each of the last 10 years (a) where the victim was unknown to the assailant and...

      Northamptonshire Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the performance was of (a) Northamptonshire police force and (b) the average of all similar forces on (i) burglary, (ii) car theft,...

      Personal Sampling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has issued to police forces on the retention of personal samples of individuals who are arrested but not subsequently...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many assaults on police officers there have been in each police force in each year since 1997.

      Police Interpreters

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will centrally collate the amount police forces in England and Wales have spent on interpreters in the last financial year; and if he...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what provision is made for the use of (a) video conferencing and (b) other forms of technology in the treatment of a prisoner with a...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effect on overcrowding in prisons of delays in categorisation of inmates; and if he will make a statement.

      Sudanese Minister: Visa

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons the Sudanese Minister Salah Abdallah Gosh was granted a visa to visit the UK.

      Terrorist Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms exist online to report securely extremist and terrorist activities; and if he will make a statement.

      Werrington Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will ask the Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire to investigate the issue of a dispersal order for the Werrington Centre in Peterborough;...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average number of (a) GCSEs, (b) GNVQs, (c) NVQs, (d) AS levels, (e) A-levels and (f) all qualifications held by (i) young...

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan: UK Personnel

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many extra United Kingdom military personnel are required to man the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Headquarters in Afghanistan compared to any other headquarters...

    • Alcohol and Drugs: Rehabilitation of Addicts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What information they have about the relative effectiveness of residential and day centres for the rehabilitation of drug and alcohol addicts.

      Alcohol and Drugs: Rehabilitation of Addicts

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any residential centres for the rehabilitation of addicts now have spare capacity; and, if so, what plans they have to make full use of this capacity.

      Animal Welfare: Wild Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Answer by Lord Bach on 20 November 2005 (HL Deb, col. 105), which stated that the mortality of those birds, once they entered the European Union to...

      Animal Welfare: Wild Birds

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How, if the ban on imports of wild birds is lifted, a veterinary officer supervising quarantine facilities will be updated about mortality in a consignment; and...

      Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many letters were outstanding in connection with the single farm payment scheme from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs or the Rural...

      Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many extra staff have been employed by the Rural Payments Agency to validate payments since the single farm payments scheme commenced; how many are still...

      Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many farmers in England have yet to receive the single farm payment for 2005; and when they expect to start paying the single farm payment for 2006.

      Common Agricultural Policy: Single Farm Payment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Statement by Lord Rooker on 7 November (HL Deb, col 678—9), whether HM Revenue and Customs has decided not to claim tax due from farmers who...

      Disabled People: Employment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the replies by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 11 November (HL Deb, cols 592—5), what percentage of staff currently employed in each government...

      Elections: Review of Systems

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the cost of the review of electoral systems to date; and what is the total expected cost of the review.

      Gulf War Illnesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Drayson on 9 October 2003 (WA 67—79) and the Written Statement by Lord Drayson on 19 October (WS 87—8), whether...

      Intellectual Property: Copyright

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what ways they intend to modernise copyright, in light of the recommendations of the Gowers review of intellectual property.

      Israel and Lebanon: Hostages

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What new initiatives they will discuss with their European Union counterparts to help the Government of Israel to secure the release of the three Israeli soldiers...

      Local Government: Council Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the expected average council tax increase in England in 2007—08 of less than 5 per cent is an average across all local authorities or a cap on each...

      Local Government: Council Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the statement by Baroness Andrews on 28 November (HL Deb, col 667) on the local government finance settlement for 2007—08, whether councils which...

      Museums: V&A Theatre Museum

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the proposal by the Victoria and Albert Museum to close the Theatre Museum on 7 January 2007.

      Museums: V&A Theatre Museum

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Victoria and Albert Museum submitted to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport detailed costings to show the savings from the proposed closure of...

      Museums: V&A Theatre Museum

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will make representations to the Victoria and Albert Museum about deferring the closure of the Theatre Museum's Russell Street site until proper...

      Planning

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, following the decision of the Information Commissioner in the case of the Vauxhall Tower, it is now the practice of the Minister who makes a decision on a...

      Schools: Admissions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House the admissions criteria for all the exclusive faith schools that have been approved since 1997.

      Shipping: Merchant Navy

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 28 November (WA 50), how many British Merchant Navy officers and ratings are currently in training; and...

      Sport: UK School Games

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the International Olympic Committee agreed to call the 2006 Youth Games Festival in Glasgow the School Sports Olympics, as stated by the Chancellor of the...

      Sport: UK Sport

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many UK Sport employees have had competitive experience at either winter or summer Olympic Games.

      Sudan: Darfur

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have proposals (a) to support, or propose the earliest possible deployment of, a United Nations Force in Chad; (b) to call for the enforcement of a no...

      Taxation: Inheritance Tax

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What the loss of tax revenue would be if the inheritance tax threshold was raised to £500,000.

      Waste Management: Recycling

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are their estimates of the amount and proportion of commercial waste that is recycled in England, and where applicable in each waste collection authority, in...

      Water Supply: Abstraction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What criteria the Environment Agency uses to assess whether online access to information about water abstraction is a threat to national security; and whom they...

      Water Supply: Abstraction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 27 November (WA 34), what is on the finite list of exemptions from disclosure of environmental information.

      Water Supply: Abstraction

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 27 November (WA 34), what are (a) the specified interests, and (b) the public interests they or the Environment...

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