Written answers

Tuesday, 19 December 2006

  • Solicitor-General

    • Compensation Payments

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much in compensation payments was paid by the Law Officers' Departments in 2005-06; and what the reason was for each payment.

    • Furniture

      To ask the Solicitor-General how much was spent by the Law Officers' Departments on furniture made by British firms in each year since 2000.

      International GCSE

      To ask the Solicitor-General whether (a) the Crown Prosecution Service, (b) HM Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office and (c) the Serious Fraud Office recognise the international GCSE as an...

      Official Cars

      To ask the Solicitor-General how many cars run by the Law Officers' Departments were manufactured (a) in the UK and (b) abroad.

  • Treasury

    • Bank of England Yacht

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the Bank of England of maintaining the Bank of England yacht was in the most recent year for which figures are available; and on how many...

    • Building Societies: Charitable Assignments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has received representations on the ability of managers of building societies to remove the charitable assignment of benefits at their discretion.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families have received the baby element of the child tax credit in each year since its introduction, broken down by (a) in-work and (b)...

      Children's Charity Party: No. 11 Downing Street

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost to public funds is expected to be of the 2006 children's charity party at Number 11 Downing Street; and what the cost was for the party...

      Cold-related Deaths

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths in each of the past 10 years have been due to cold-related illnesses in the (a) over 65s and (b) under 65s.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Tax Credit Office in Preston will reply to the letter of 3 October 2006 from the hon. Member for Edinburgh, West about his constituent, Mrs....

      Council of Economic Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether Gavin Kelly is (a) an interim special adviser in the place of the reduced duties of Dr. Wood and (b) a permanent addition to the Council of...

      Council of Economic Advisers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answers of 29 November 2006, Official Report, column 722W, on External Employment Notices, and 6 December 2006, Official Report, column...

      Departmental Computer Systems

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any corrupt data have been detected on his Department's computer systems.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the cost was of (a) vehicle maintenance and (b) vehicle fuel to (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies in each of the last three years; (2)...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2006, Official Report, column 719W, on Departmental expenditure, what his Department's staff subsistence costs were...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many directors in his Department have a member of staff of pay band E or higher to support their duties.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consultations there have been with staff on the training to be offered to staff seeking redundancy in his Department; and what the deadlines are for...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to paragraph 6.4 of his departmental report, Cm 6830, how many staff reductions have taken place.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost was of staff recruitment campaigns in his Department for the last 12 months.

      Departmental Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department receives in taxation of other Government Departments; and what the cost of administering this is.

      Departmental Working Practices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of lean working practices introduced by his Department.

      Diet Foods: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the annual revenue that will be raised from charging standard-rate VAT on specialist diet foods; (2) what the basis was...

      Employers' Forum Disability Standard

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in which areas his Department was measured as below average in the Employers' Forum Disability Standard 2005.

      Environmental Research Institute

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the reasons were for the change in the level of funding for the new Environmental Research Institute in the Pre-Budget Report; and if he will make a...

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the legal basis was for HM Revenue and Customs' policy change in July 2006 to refuse the right of claimants from outside the European Union in the...

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the impact on (a) inward investment to and (b) the competitiveness of the City of London of HM Revenue and Customs' policy...

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer why HM Revenue and Customs changed their policy in July on the right of claimants from outside the European Union in the financial services and insurance...

      Flood Risk

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the economic costs to the UK of increased flood risk; and whether he will take these costs into account when...

      Government Gilts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the end-life total debt is associated with Government gilts issued since May 1997.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any corrupt data have been detected on the computer systems of HM Revenue and Customs.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what HM Revenue and Custom' performance has been against its targets on (a) combating drug smuggling and (b) productivity gains; and if he will make a...

      HM Revenue and Customs: Prosecution Office

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when HM Revenue and Customs' Prosecution Office expects to publish its resource accounts for 2005-06.

      HM Revenue and Customs: Social Security Advisory Committee

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans there are to review the Memorandum of Understanding between HM Revenue and Customs and the Social Security Advisory Committee; what the (a)...

      International Survey Research

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what purpose International Survey Research was paid by his Department in (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05.

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in pursuance of which of his Ministerial responsibilities he visited Iraq recently.

      Iraq

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) travel, (b) security and (c) other costs were for his first visit to Iraq in November 2006; and on which departmental budget those costs...

      Legal Advice

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent by his Department on external legal advice in each of the last five years.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the reliability of the HM Revenue and Customs computer records on national insurance contributions; and if he will make...

      Public Affairs Agencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to ensure that the Office of Government Commerce issues guidance to all public bodies on the adherence to the principles of the...

      Recruitment Advertising

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on recruitment advertising in each of the last three years.

      Red Diesel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information he has received from the European Commission on the reasons for refusing to extend the UK derogation on the use of red diesel; and if he...

      Suppliers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of (a) the function of supplier accreditation services and (b) the development of a centrally...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people did not renew their tax credit applications by the 2006 deadline; and how many of these have ceased receiving payments.

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claimants appealed (a) successfully and (b) unsuccessfully through the HM Revenue and Customs complaints procedure against a decision to change...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will publish the monthly HM Revenue and Customs management account information on tax credit call centre performance for each month from April...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit applications have been referred by HM Revenue and Customs for criminal proceedings to date in 2006-07; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether people serving prison sentences in the UK are entitled to tax credits; and if he will make a statement.

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average overpayment was of (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit as a result of claimants not notifying the authorities of a change of...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the frequency of (a) administrative and (b) data handling and input errors in the tax credits computer system; and...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what HM Revenue and Customs' estimate is of the number of system faults showing incorrect amounts in overpayments.

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost of the £25,000 earnings disregard on tax credit payments is estimated to be in terms of (a) Exchequer effect and (b) increased...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assumptions his Department has used regarding its ability to recover tax credit overpayments when estimating the Exchequer effect of increasing the tax...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Paymaster General's written ministerial statement of 6 November 2006, what IT changes were necessary before a process of imposing automatic...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on research and development tax credits in each year since its introduction, broken down by (a) local authority area and (b) region.

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was spent on (a) television advertisements, (b) radio advertisements, (c) public awareness campaigns and (d) other advertising and marketing...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people in Northern Ireland involved in attempts to defraud the tax credits system in the latest period for which...

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his target is for reductions in the levels of tax credits error within Northern Ireland.

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many tax credit overpayments were made to recipients in Northern Ireland in (a) 2003-04 and (b) 2004-05; and how much was recovered from such...

      Tax Credits and Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has spent on advertising (a) tax credits and (b) the child trust fund.

      Tax Fraud and Error

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his answer of 22 November 2006, Official Report, column 102W, on tax fraud and error, if he will place in the Library the available data on the...

      Tax Offices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the potential effect of his tax office closure plans on the administration of tax credits; (2) what assessment he has...

      Tax Offices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people are employed in each tax office in each region of the UK; and what changes he expects to the number and percentage employed in each region...

      Tax Returns

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many employer end of year tax returns were not processed on time in each of the last five years; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

      Timber Sales: Tax

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

      UN Sanctions Lists

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the identified assets linked to an individual on UN sanctions lists were disposed of.

      Unemployment: Sunderland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the level of unemployment in the Sunderland city council area was in (a) 1997 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Visits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2006, Official Report, column 981W, on the Paymaster General, whether he has visited a tax credit (a) contact...

      Volunteering

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the Treasury's staff took one day's paid leave to participate in volunteering in each financial year since this scheme was established.

      Working Families Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in London were in receipt of working families tax credit in each of the last five years, broken down by constituency.

      Written Submissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many formal written submissions he has received from his Department's civil servants in the last 12 months; and to how many of these submissions he has...

  • Transport

    • Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what change there has been in the use of light railways in the last 10 years.

    • Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to increase capacity on the railways; and if he will make a statement.

      Rail Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the future capacity of the railways.

      Roads: Kettering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will visit Kettering to discuss local highways during his visit to Northamptonshire on 10 January 2007.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on levels of bus usage.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on levels of bus usage.

      Channel Tunnel Rail Link

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects the channel tunnel rail link section 2 to St. Pancras to be completed.

      Fuel Duty: Congestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the likely effect on congestion of increases in fuel duty.

      Boys-Smith Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made on the implementation of the Boys-Smith review of airport security; and if he will make a statement.

      Freight Transport: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the implications of recent reductions in the budget...

      Air Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will set up a committee answerable to him charged with auditing the direct effect of European legislation on (a) air safety and regulation...

      Airport Expansion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential impact of airport expansion on greenhouse gas emissions from (a) passenger aircraft and (b) cargo...

      Airport Expansion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what advice has been given to local councils about the length of time before decisions are taken on applications for regional airport expansion.

      Airport Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Department's budget is for security improvements at British airports in 2006-07.

      Bus Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how his Department measures overcrowding on buses.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many consultants are working for his Department.

      Departmental Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many of his Department's (a) computers and (b) laptops were stolen in each of the last nine years; and what the total value was of stolen...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total budget for his Department will be if spending on transport is increased in real terms by 2.5 per cent. in each year until 2015.

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of gross domestic product was allocated to his Department in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the effective date is for annual pay awards to his Department's staff; and what the actual implementation date has been in each of the last five years.

      East Coast Main Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the most overcrowded train was on the East Coast main line in the last 12 months.

      Eddington Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will consult ministerial colleagues in the Department of Communities and Local Government to ensure that the Government take account of the...

      Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent by his Department on furniture made by British firms in each year since 2000.

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent by his Department and its associated public bodies in order to achieve Gershon efficiency savings; whether these costs have...

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much efficiency savings have been made in his Department and its associated public bodies as a result of the Gershon Review; and if he will make a...

      Highways Agency: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many contracts have been entered into by the Highways Agency and its predecessor under the terms and conditions of the fifth edition of the ICE...

      Kemble to Swindon Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the five stages are which apply to the construction of a new piece of railway line; what stage the Kemble to Swindon line has reached; and what...

      Motorway Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many lane kilometres there are on the motorway network in England.

      Non-slip Road Surfaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department gives to the (a) Highways Agency and (b) highway authorities on the use of non-slip road surfaces to minimise risks to...

      Non-slip Road Surfaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has commissioned into non-slip road surfaces.

      Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what personal data held by his Department will be entered on to the National Identity Register; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Finance Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total liability to his Department would be in circumstances of immediate termination of all (a) public/private partnerships and (b) public...

      Public Opinion Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department spent on commissioning public opinion research in each of the last five years.

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) local and (b) national targets have been set by his Department for the take-up of public transport since 1997; and what progress against...

      Public Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people travelled on public transport in London in each of the last 10 years.

      Railway Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many security guards are employed on the railways.

      Recruitment: Advertising

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

      Road Pricing Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for a national road user pricing scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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.

      Sustainable Communities Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding will be available in 2007-08 to support the amelioration of traffic congestion for growth areas within the Sustainable Communities Plan;...

      Track Conversions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on the conversion of main and branch line track to light passenger railway use in loss-making areas; and if he will make a statement.

      Transport Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much was spent by his Department on capital projects in transport infrastructure in each region in each of the last 10 years.

      Transport Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which schemes have been funded by (a) the Community Infrastructure, (b) Growth Area and (c) Growth Point Funds since each fund's inception; how much...

      Travel Concession Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many claims have been made against each authority in respect of reimbursement claims under the Travel Concession Scheme; and if he will make a...

      Travel Concession Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people in Coventry claimed under the Travel Concession Scheme in the last 12 months.

      UK Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the expected number of (a) air passengers, (b) aircraft movements and (c) tonnes of freight at UK airports in (i) 2040...

  • Scotland

    • Act of Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will discuss with the Royal Mail issuing a stamp commemorating the 300th anniversary of the Act of Union.

    • Bonus Payments

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

      Bonus Payments

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

      Departmental Energy Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to ensure that his Department becomes carbon neutral.

      Departmental Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on statistics relating to the work of his Department in each of the last five years.

      Dover House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what hospitality events were held at Dover House pursuant to paragraph 3.12 of the annual report of the Advocate-General.

      Legal Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was spent by the Department on external legal advice in each of the past five years.

      Ministerial Duties

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

      Ministerial Travel

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

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how many parliamentary written questions his Office received in each parliamentary session since 2001; and how many of these questions (a) were...

      Retirement Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2006, Official Report, columns 189-190W, from the Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, the hon. Member for...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Libra Project

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress has been made on the Libra project; and if she will make a statement.

    • HM Court Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on the reorganisation of HM Courts Service.

      Child Care Court Proceedings

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what representations she has received on child care court proceedings; and if she will make a statement.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will place a duty on electoral registration officers to use all available databases to compile the electoral register.

      Bailiffs

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the system for the issue of bailif warrants.

      Judicial Appointments Commission

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when she last met the chair of the Judicial Appointments Commission to discuss the criteria for judicial appointments.

      Access to Justice: East Cheshire

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps she is taking to improve access to justice in East Cheshire.

      Voting Systems

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of voting systems used in the UK.

      Carter Review

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discussions she has held with legal practices about the proposals in the Carter review.

      Carter Review

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what representations she has received from (a) solicitors and (b) barristers on the Carter review since its publication.

      Computer Security

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what measures her Department has taken since the incident in July 2006 to prevent further security breaches of computer databases.

      Departmental Studies

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2006, Official Report, column 655, on departmental studies, at what (a) staff grade and...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which central Government Department granted the lowest percentage of Freedom of Information Act requests in full in the most...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans her Department has to consult the public on its plans to amend Freedom of Information Act regulations.

      Jury Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the (a) lower end and (b) upper end age limits are at which people may carry out jury service in Northern Ireland.

      Knowledge Network

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2006, Official Report, columns 346-47W, on the Knowledge Network, what the functions of...

      Procurement Projects

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2006, Official Report, column 656, on procurement projects, how many project managers...

      Public Bodies: Staff

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many and what percentage of staff of each public body responsible to the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs were...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2006, Official Report, column 657, on renewable energy, what plans her Department has to...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2006, Official Report, column 599W, on departmental studies, what the purpose of each project listed was.

    • Retirement Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2006, Official Report, columns 189-90W, on the retirement age, what his Department's policy is on the application of...

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many farmers in Wales have received their 2006 single farm payment.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what mechanism he plans to use to assess local authorities' performance in fulfilling their duty under the Natural...

    • Carbon Dioxide Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate he has made of the number of tonnes of carbon dioxide that will be emitted in (a) 2010, (b) 2020, (c)...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on bottled water since the last period for which figures were given in the answer of 19...

      Departmental Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what departmental capital projects exceeded their original funding allocations in 2005-06.

      Departmental Pay Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what average hourly rate was paid for (a) a member of staff employed at his Department and remunerated through an employment...

      Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress has been made on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

      Flood Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2006, Official Report, column 730W to the hon. Member for Southport(Dr. Pugh), on...

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research his Department has carried out regarding the link between deforestation in the UK and carbon dioxide levels.

      Greenhouse Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much his Department has spent on policies to combat emissions of greenhouse gases in each of the last 10 years.

      Local Site Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how he plans to ensure the implementation of his Department's "Guidance on Local Site Systems" published in April 2006; and...

      Official Cars

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

      Private Finance Initiatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total capital value is of each private finance initiative scheme overseen by his Department which has reached...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2006, Official Report, column 220W, on renewable energy, what plans his Department has...

      Retirement Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the Answer from the Parliamentary Secretary Cabinet Office, the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, South-East (Mr....

      Rural Development Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were trained under the Rural Development Programme in the UK in 2003; what the average cost was per person of...

      Rural Development Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he has made an assessment of the extent to which other European Union member states have delayed the implementation...

      Rural Development Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what additional (a) staff and (b) other resources he plans to put in place to deal with applications for support under the...

      Rural Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what support programmes his Department provides for rural areas; and what the financial cost of these programmes is expected...

      Single Farm Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to ensure that Mrs. G. Bidwell, a constituent of the hon. Member for Northavon, receives outstanding...

      Wood Fibre Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications of the report "Forecast Wood Fibre availability and demand in Scotland and...

  • International Development

    • Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of UK aid distributed by third party agencies was spent on administration in the last period for which figures are...

    • Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effect on the humanitarian situation in Chad of the decision of the UN Refugee Agency and the World...

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with (a) EU counterparts and (b) Cabinet colleagues regarding the Norwegian conference to discuss a...

      Conflict Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken by his Department to strengthen institutional capacity in states affected by conflict.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much financial aid his Department gave to Sudan in 2005-06.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what audit arrangements are in place to assess the use of donated funds by the African Union Mission (AUM) in Sudan; and what...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the African Union's (AU) capacity to (a) manage and (b) apply effectively funding from the UN for its...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions the Government have had with the Sudanese Government on increasing areas in which humanitarian programmes may operate.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Broadcasting

      To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee if he will make a further statement on the changes recommended by the Committee to the rules on broadcasting proceedings of the house and on...

    • Visitor Entrance

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what the current estimate for completed works on the new visitor entrance is; and what percentage this is of...

      Visitor Entrance

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission what extension of time has been granted for construction of the new visitor entrance; and on what grounds such...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she plans to make to President Karzai on (a) regional stability and (b) Afghan-Pakistan relations.

    • Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the (a) Bangladeshi Government and (b) Bangladeshi embassy in London that forthcoming...

      British Citizens: Participation in Conflicts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the participation of British citizens in military conflicts between third party states is governed by any domestic...

      Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the Sudanese authorities over its involvement in Chad.

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will meet her Norwegian counterpart to discuss cluster munitions.

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which officials from her Department will be attending the conference to discuss a future cluster munition treaty in Oslo on...

      Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with (a) EU counterparts and (b) Cabinet colleagues on the Norwegian conference to discuss a...

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what recent occasions she has raised the human rights situation in Colombia.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost was of her Department's Band C Assessment and Development Centres (ADC) in each of the last four years; and how...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which consultants received funding from the total indicated in the pie chart on page 75 of her Department's annual report.

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the UN Human Rights Council's decision to hold an emergency session on the on-going conflict in...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost of running the Band D Assessment and Development Centres was in the 2005-06 financial year.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many candidates in her Department have gone through the Band C assessment and development centres whilst on temporary...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which (a) independent and (b) maintained educational institutions accommodate pupils and students receiving the boarding...

      Departmental Studies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2006, Official Report, column 661W, on departmental studies, at what (a) staff grade and...

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking to promote the respect of human rights in Ethiopia.

      Ethiopia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the political situation in Ethiopia; and if she will make a statement.

      European Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the (a) budget, (b) agenda and (c) mission statement is of the European Programme for Critical Infrastructure...

      Guatemala

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her policy is on the proposed International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala; and whether the UK plans to offer any...

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what investigations or inquiries the Government have initiated during the last three years into the dealings of Mr. David Mills...

      Lebanon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the governments of Syria and Iran about their alleged involvement in efforts to destabilise...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British nationals have reported being refused an entry visa for the Occupied Palestinian Territories by the Israeli...

      Romania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with her Romanian counterpart on the likely number of Romanian citizens wishing to come to the UK...

      Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to her Russian counterpart on the ability of British citizens to travel to Russia without visas.

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps her Department is taking to support the United Nations resolution to send troops to Somalia to support the Somali...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the status of peace talks with the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Digital Broadcasting

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

    • Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2006, Official Report, column 113W, on digital television, if she will break down by category of...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of premises licences which are not (a) exclusively and (b) primarily for the carrying on the...

      Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Independent Licensing Fees Review Panel in its work on the setting of fees for...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of civil servants who worked on the 2012 Olympics bid from across Government Departments; and...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the projected operational life is of the Olympic Stadium.

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what opportunities there are for businesses in (a) Coventry and (b) the West Midlands region to exploit the commercial opportunities...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what discussions she has had with trade unions about job creation and skills training for the 2012 Olympics.

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much of the construction area of the Olympic Stadium has been investigated for contamination; what was discovered in each area which...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport when the revised budget for the London 2012 Olympics will be published.

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to ensure that architects use wood and other sustainable materials when designing buildings to be...

      Procurement Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2006, Official Report, column 597W, on procurement projects, who the recipients were of the...

      TV Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with the chairman of the BBC on the future of the television licence.

      VisitBritain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much VisitBritain spent on promotion, broken down by target audience.

  • Prime Minister

    • Christmas

      To ask the Prime Minister what Christmas lights are in use at No. 10 Downing street; and what assessment he has made of their environmental impact.

    • Departmental Website

      To ask the Prime Minister how much public money has been spent on maintaining his website in each year since it was set up; and if he will make a statement.

      Downing Street Ministerial Flat

      To ask the Prime Minister what the cost (a) in notional rent and capital charges and (b) of routine maintenance for his ministerial flat above 11 Downing street was in the 2005-06 financial year.

      Hospitality and Travel Costs

      To ask the Prime Minister how much was spent by his office on (a) travel and (b) hospitality in (i) 1995-96 and (ii) 2005-06.

      Ministerial Code

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will investigate the compliance with the Ministerial Code of the attendance in an official capacity by the Minister for Housing and Planning at the Regeneration...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • "Preventing Extremism Together"

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding her Department has allocated in following up recommendations in the Preventing Extremism Together working document...

    • 2005 Code of Practice on Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many local authorities have adopted the 2005 Code of Practice on Consultation; (2) what steps she has taken to...

      Anschutz Entertainment Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many civil servants from the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister accompanied the Deputy Prime Minister's visit to the...

      Buildings Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on progress in (a) drawing up specifications and (b) training of personnel in buildings energy...

      Charity Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Charity Commission for England and Wales recognises the International GCSE as an acceptable substitute for a GCSE...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account the forthcoming Climate Change Policy Statement will take of the impact of out-of-town grocery shopping on climate...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which projects (a) her Department has commissioned and (b) the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister commissioned by the...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which 10 consultancy fees charged to her Department since May 1997 were the most expensive.

      Council Housing: Property Transfer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much gap funding was produced for stock transfers by local authorities in each year since 1997; and from which of her...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of how local authorities used the revenue resulting from the ending of the second home council tax...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) North East Lincolnshire council and (b) North Lincolnshire council raised in council tax in each of the last five...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what costs were incurred from the change of the name of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to the Department for...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total spend was by her Department on (a) catering, (b) hospitality and (c) official entertainment in 2004-05.

      Election Candidates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what work her Department is undertaking with local authorities to encourage people to stand for election.

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether larger homes will be charged more for an energy performance certificate.

      Equality Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether she has had any discussions with the Commission for Racial Equality on bringing forward amendments to equality...

      Faith Communities Consultative Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the membership is of the new Faith Communities Consultative Council set up in March 2006; how many times it has met; and...

      Faith Communities Consultative Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will publish the interim recommendations from the Faith Communities Consultative Council.

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) average and (b) target response time is for fire services attendance at the scene of an incident following a 999 call.

      Gender Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to ensure that private organisations contracted to work (a) in her Department and (b) for...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what expenditure her Department has made on pump-priming funding for home information packs.

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the purpose was of the consultancy contracts held by her Department with (a) PA Consulting Group and (b) Xansa UK Ltd. in...

      Home Information Packs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many home inspectors are undertaking training at each assessment centre; and what the contact details of each assessment...

      Housing Stock Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities have carried out housing stock transfers since 1997; and what surveys have been conducted on the...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria will be used to judge applications for unitary council status.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what balances are held by (a) Norfolk county council and (b) Norfolk district councils; and what balances were held in each of...

      Local Government Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was payable in grants to (a) Leicestershire county council and (b) Charnwood borough council by her Department in...

      Local Government Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many cases have been referred to the Local Government Ombudsman in each year since 1976; how many cases were completed...

      Local Government Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which sectors of employment are covered by the Local Government Pension Scheme; what the membership of the scheme is in each...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions her Department has had with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on the potential role of (a) the...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which Ministers in her Department have visited Leicester in the last year; and where they visited in Leicester.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account she takes of the use to which funds raised by a conference are to be put before deciding whether it is appropriate...

      Out-of-town Grocery Outlets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria included in PPS6 will be used to assess the merits of future applications for large-format out-of-town grocery outlets.

      Oxford Cambridge Arc

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department has provided to Bedfordshire county council in relation to the Oxford Cambridge Arc.

      Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which public appointments have been made by her Department and its predecessor to former Ministers who have served in the...

      Public Opinion Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department has spent on commissioning public opinion research in each of the last five years.

      Resident Co-ordinators

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding is available from her Department to help (a) local authorities and (b) crime and disorder reduction partnerships...

      Secondments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which staff in her Department are seconded from organisations with charitable status; and which have (a) costs and (b)...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Alzheimer's

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what Government policy is on the prescription of Alzheimer's drugs based on a clinical need as assessed by medical staff in Northern Ireland.

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people claimed (a) disability living allowance, (b) incapacity benefit, (c) attendance allowance, (d) income support and (e) job...

      Buses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average daily passenger numbers were for each Goldliner Express bus route to Belfast in each month in the last three years.

      CCTV: Diamond, Portstewart

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the contract was awarded for the installation of CCTV cameras at the Diamond in Portstewart; and when the decision was taken to tender for...

      Child Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many child sex offenders were convicted in Northern Ireland in each of the last10 years.

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many community support officers he expects to be recruited in Northern Ireland in each of the next five years.

      Departmental Energy Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to ensure that his Department becomes carbon neutral.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent by each Northern Ireland Department on (a) press, public relations, publicity and communications work and (b) advertising...

      Departmental Staff

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

      Disability Discrimination Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the timescale is for public houses and clubs in Northern Ireland to comply with the requirement of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995;...

      Epilepsy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland were diagnosed with epilepsy in each of the last three years.

      Further Education Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the budget for further education was in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years.

      Further Education Budget

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the budget for further education in Northern Ireland is for 2007-08.

      Health Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland were diagnosed with (a) cancer, (b) heart disease and (c) Alzheimer's disease in each of the last three years.

      Hearing Aids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the average waiting time is for a (a) hearing test and (b) fitting for a digital hearing aid in Northern Ireland; (2) how many...

      Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what he estimates will be the final total expenditure on the Historic Enquiry Team.

      Inquiries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) total costs and (b) legal fees have been to date of the (i) Robert Hamill, (ii) Billy Wright, (iii) Rosemary Nelson and (iv)...

      IT Projects

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

      Language Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the consultation paper on the Irish language agreed at St. Andrew's will be published.

      Language Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects to publish the Irish Language (Northern Ireland) Bill.

      Language Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what opportunities for prelegislative (a) consultation and (b) scrutiny will be provided in relation to the proposed legislation on language...

      Language Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will begin the consultation process on new language legislation for Northern Ireland; and what the timetable will be for the consultation.

      Organ Donation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the level is of human organ donation in Northern Ireland; and what change there was in this level in (a) numbers and (b) percentage in...

      Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pensioners there are in Northern Ireland.

      Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many planning decisions are outstanding in the (a) Magherafelt district council, (b) Antrim borough council and (c) Newtownabbey borough...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effect of the abolition of 50 per cent. remission for sentenced prisoners in Northern Ireland on the...

      Public Finance Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total liability to his Department would be in circumstances of immediate termination of all (a) public/private partnerships and (b)...

      Reconviction Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps his Department is taking to achieve his Department's target of a reduction in reconviction rates; and if he will make a statement.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much energy consumed by his Department is acquired from renewable sources.

      Road Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have applied for the new zero rate road tax for environmentally friendly cars in Northern Ireland.

      Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what programmes his Department operates to make particular provision to rural areas; and what the cost of such programmes is expected to be in...

      Rural Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to protect rural (a) post offices and (b) schools.

      School Building

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) when the Magherafelt Controlled Primary School new build is to commence; and what the completion date is; (2) when the (a) Rainey...

      Single Farm Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many farmers in Northern Ireland have received their 2006 single farm payment.

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) budgeting loans and (b) crisis loans from the Social Fund were awarded in each of the 26 district council areas in each of the...

      Street Works (Amendment) Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what account was taken of (a) the implementation of the Traffic Management Act in Scotland and (b) the appointment of a Scottish Road...

      Street Works (Amendment) Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will postpone the Draft Street Works (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order until the Northern Ireland Assembly is in a position to consider...

      Tennis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will announce funding for a Centre of Excellence for Tennis in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Transport Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what public funds have been offered to ensure the restoration of the Ballycastle-Campbeltown ferry during 2007-08.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of progress towards meeting the waste management strategy in each of the 26 district and borough councils.

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Departmental Equipment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many of the Cabinet Office's (a) computers and (b) laptops were stolen in each of the last nine years; and what the total value was of stolen...

    • E-government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2006, Official Report, column 888W, on e-government, which government services are e-enabled and available...

      Ministerial Residences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2006, Official Report, column 890W, on ministerial residences, which contractors were commissioned to...

      National School of Government

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many foreign nationals have attended the National School of Government, broken down by country; what the cost to public funds was; and if she...

      Regulatory Impact Assessments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the total amount was of additional costs listed in Regulatory Impact Assessments of Government legislation in the 2005-06 parliamentary session.

      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 retirement age, what her Department's policy is on the application...

      Rod Aldridge

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what contribution Rod Aldridge made to (a) the Office of Third Sector's Action Plan and (b) the Future Role of the Third Sector in Social and...

      Social Enterprise Start-ups

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what sources of funding are available to assist social enterprise start-ups.

  • Education and Skills

    • Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of5 December 2006, Official Report, column 237W, on Building Schools for the Future, (1) how many proposals...

    • Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made towards increasing the number of people working in childcare since 2002-03.

      City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if his Department will take steps to ensure that the funding agreements for future city academies can be amended to bring them into line...

      City Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills why the legislative provisions relating to (a) the composition and operation of the governing body under Chapter 1 of Part 3 of the...

      Credit Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will make a statement on progress on the development of credit transfer and accreditation programmes in higher education.

      Domestic Visits: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which Ministers in his Department have visited Leicester in the last year; and where they visited in Leicester.

      Examination Results

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will rank English local education authorities by (a) average performance at Key Stage 3 and (b) the percentage of pupils gaining...

      Extended Schools: Sunderland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what funding was allocated to Sunderland city council local education authority to support the development of extended schools (a) up to...

      Fingerprinting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which schools fingerprint children for administrative purposes, broken down by education authority; and if he will make a statement.

      Fingerprinting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what advice his Department gives to schools on consultation of parents on fingerprinting children at school for administrative purposes.

      Fingerprinting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of school children who are fingerprinted by schools for administrative purposes.

      Foreign Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students opted to study a foreign language at (a) A level and (b) degree level in each of the last five years.

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students are studying for foundation degrees; and at which institutions.

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which organisations were consulted prior to the publication of the Further Education and Training Bill on the granting to further education...

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what consultations he has undertaken on the provisions in the Further Education Training Bill [HL] that will allow further education...

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the compatibility of extension of taught foundation degree-awarding powers to further education colleges with...

      Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of students attending academies in January were entitled to free school meals.

      Further and Higher Education Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many times (a) he and (b) his predecessors used powers under section 57 of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992; and if he will...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of each grade was awarded at GCSE in each year since 1996.

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will identify the proportion of pupils achieving five A*-C GCSE grades in each of the last 10 years, broken down by local education...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the participation rate was of 18 to 24-year-olds in higher education in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) each Government office region...

      Key Stages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what skills he expects pupils to have after completing key stages (a) one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four; and how the achievement of...

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much the chief executive of the Learning and Skills Council is paid; and who appointed him.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people are employed by the Learning and Skills Council; and what its expenditure on administration was in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he last met the Chief Executive of the Learning and Skills Council; and what the subjects of discussion were.

      Learning and Skills Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many times he overruled Learning and Skills Council decisions on funding projects in 2005.

      Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent on consultants over the last 12 months in relation to (a) the restructuring of the Learning and Skills Council,...

      Nursery Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the average salary of nursery workers in each year since 2003-04.

      Ofsted Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the quality of Ofsted inspections; and how many inspections were adjudged to be (a) below and (b) above the...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his answer of 28 November 2006, Official Report, column 509W, on private finance initiatives, what his Department's total...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to his Answer of 28 November 2006, Official Report, column 509W, on the private finance initiatives, and the table deposited in...

      Public Finance Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the total liability to his Department would be in circumstances of immediate termination of all (a) public/private partnerships and...

      Public Finance Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what (a) public-private partnerships and (b) private finance initiative contracts have been entered into by his Department; what assets...

      Pupils: Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what sub-categories of exclusions are included in the figure listed under "Other" for exclusions in London referred to in his answer of 18...

      Rural Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what programmes of support his Department makes available to rural areas; and what the cost of such programmes is expected to be in 2007-08.

      School Nursing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made towards developing a national programme for best practice in school nursing.

      School Playing Fields

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school playing fields there were in (a) May 1997 and (b) the most recent period for which figures are available.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school admission appeals there were in each of the last 10 years, broken down by local authority area.

      Skills Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent on (a) redundancy, (b) merger, (c) infrastructure charges and (d) equipment costs of reorganisations of (i)...

      Smacking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the implementation of the law on smacking.

      Special Educational Needs

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

      Student Finance Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he has taken to remedy the (a) administrative problems at and (b) problems caused for customers by the new Student Finance...

      Student Finance Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of (a) administrative and (b) customer-facing problems of the Student Finance Direct body.

      Student Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students from (a) North East and (b) North Lincolnshire local education authority (i) attended university courses and (ii)...

      Supervised Contact

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was allocated by his Department and bodies for which it is responsible to fund centres run by charitable and voluntary...

      Tuition Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of students have their university tuition fees paid in (a) full and (b) part by their local education authority.

      University Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students (a) applied for and (b) were successful in obtaining places on degree courses at English universities in (i) law, (ii)...

      University Courses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what percentage of (a) 18 and (b) 19-year-olds from Milton Keynes attended university courses in each year since 1997.

      University Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the rate of take-up of university places from prospective students from less affluent families.

  • Defence

    • Agency Personnel: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of its personnel budget for financial year 2005-06 the Defence Estates spent in Scotland in (a) monetary terms and (b) as a percentage of the...

    • Agency Personnel: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are employed by the Army Personnel Centre; how many are employed in Scotland; what the personnel costs of the agency are expected to be...

      Annual Reports: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost of (a) producing, (b) publishing and (c) distributing the annual report of (i) the Armed Forces Personnel Administration Agency, (ii)...

      Armed Forces Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Armed Forces personnel have been injured in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq since 11th September 2001; and if he will make a statement.

      Army Strength

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many personnel make up the difference between total strength and trained strength of the Army; and of what rank those personnel are; (2) what...

      Civilian Personnel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK civilian personnel have been (a) wounded and (b) killed in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan since the commencement of operations.

      EU Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2006, Official Report, column 362W, on EU co-operation, if he will place in the Library a copy of the UK response...

      Eurocorps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his answer of 27 January 2005, Official Report, columns 539-40W, on UK liaison officers with Eurocorps, if he will place in the Library a...

      Ex-servicemen: Psychological Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent on psychological rehabilitation of ex-servicemen in each year since 1997.

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of those killed by British forces in Iraq in the last 12 months were (a) militants and (b) civilians.

      NHS Treatment: War Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his assessment is of the level of communications between NHS trusts and clinicians on war pensioners' entitlement to priority NHS treatment.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there are times when Trident submarines are deployed with fewer than 48 warheads; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Trident submarines are routinely loaded with their full complement of 16 missiles; and if he will make a statement.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list those consulted on the estimate of procurement timeframe for the programme to build new Vanguard-Class ballistic missile submarines; and...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence why the planned service lives of HMS (a) Trafalgar, (b) Turbulent, (c) Tireless, (d) Talent and (e) Triumph were extended; and why the planned...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has for the construction and operation of a facility to fabricate the fuel rods for four replacement ballistic missile...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the replacement ballistic missile submarines will use the PWR2 reactor.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the projected costs are of (a) submarines, (b) tactical weapon systems and (c) strategic weapons systems' equipment for replacement ballistic...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the projected costs are of (a) missiles and (b) strategic weapons systems equipment for a successor missile system to Trident on the basis of a...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the United Kingdom's Negative Security Assurance to non-nuclear weapons states applies in relation to the circumstances in which the United...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has for ensuring an adequate supply of tritium to maintain the UK's nuclear weapons' capability until 2055; and what the...

      UK Armed Forces Veterans Lapel Badge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he estimates the eligibility for the UK Armed Forces Veterans Lapel Badge will be extended beyond 31 December 1969.

      UK Nuclear Weapons Capability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of (a) the projected total cost of maintaining the UK's nuclear weapons capability and (b) the costs of (i) procurement, (ii)...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to enable Royal Navy ships placed in extended readiness to be capable of rejoining the fleet if required; which ships are being held in...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Companies: Investigations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry which companies his Department is investigating; what types of investigation each case involves; and when each investigation is expected to report.

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many of the policy advisers listed on page 219 of his Department's annual report are consultants; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the purpose was of the expenditure in relation to (a) Gambia and (b) Dornier aircraft referred to in table B4 of his Department's...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the purpose was of the (a) smart metering, (b) microgeneration, (c) power train, (d) European Home Leisure Accident Surveillance...

      Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for what purpose the expenditure in Uganda referred to in table B4 of his Department's annual report was made.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the number of people living in fuel poverty in England in each of the last five years.

      Furniture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent by his Department on furniture made by British firms in each year since 2000.

      Industrial Injuries: Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many claims registered by (a) Beresfords and (b) AMS Law for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease where no postcode was provided have...

      Industrial Injuries: Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what dates (a) AMS Law and (b) Moss Solicitors met with his Department in (i) 1998 and (ii) 1999 to discuss the UDM and Vendside claims...

      International Subscriptions: Non-proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been spent on the International Subscriptions (non-proliferation), broken down by main budget heading.

      Internet Providers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to secure stricter performance and service-quality targets from internet service companies providing a migration access...

      Nanotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much the Government has spent on nanotechnology research in the last five years.

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether procedures for informing his Department of reductions in generating capacity at UK nuclear power stations differ according to the (a)...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices in each London borough are planned to be closed under the most recent reorganisation proposals.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what percentage of towns with a population of 15,000 or more has no post office.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much funding his Department gave to the (a) Advisory Committee on Carbon Abatement Technologies, (b) Carbon Trust, (c) Energy Saving...

      RDAs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what criteria (a) the North West Regional Development Agency and (b) other regional development agencies use (i) to assess their general...

      Retirement Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer from the Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, the hon. Member for Wolverhampton, South-East (Mr. McFadden), to the...

      Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been spent on supporting small and medium-sized enterprises through the Small Firms Loan Guarantee scheme in each region in 2005-06.

      Smart Metering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions the Government have had with stakeholders on smart metering systems.

      Telephone Service Providers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will take steps to ensure that those most vulnerable at-risk service users registered with telephone service providers have faults dealt...

      Trade Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether UK Trade and Investment staff overseas have a role in the formulation of trade policy; and if he will make a statement.

      Union Modernisation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will review the (a) value for money and (b) efficacy of the grants given to (i) Amicus, (ii) the Communications Workers Union, (iii)...

      Unions 21

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2006, Official Report, column 811W, on Unions 21, on what dates and for what purpose public money has...

      Work-life Balance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of (a) the effect of care responsibilities on the work-life balance for employees and (b) the merits of...

  • Health

    • Alcohol Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals in England routinely screen for alcohol intake patients admitted to the hospital.

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on representations to the European Union in relation to...

      Alexander Litvinenko

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Health Protection Agency was first (a) notified of and (b) asked to assist in the investigation into the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko.

      Calorie Intakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the average daily calorific intake of a (a) male and (b) female (i) aged 11 and under, (ii) aged 12 to 17 and (iii) aged...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made in the health effects of care responsibilities; what assessment she has made of the merits of an...

      Child Vaccinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost has been of bonus payments to GPs for child vaccinations in each of the last five years; and how many children have received such...

      Community Matron Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the effect on hospital bed usage has been of the introduction of the community matron scheme.

      Complementary and Alternative Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress the Government have made in developing a framework for complementary and alternative medicine delivery.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when she will reply to the letter of23 October relating to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence from the hon. Member for...

      Dairy Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to tackle food safety issues in the dairy industry; and if she will make a statement.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists operating within the City of Canterbury carry out work for the NHS; and how many did so prior to the new contract being introduced.

      Diet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards the Government's target of reducing the average dietary salt intake by 6 g by 2010.

      Directed Enhanced Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what expenditure on (a) implementation and (b) reward payments for directed enhanced services has been since they were instituted.

      Drug Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the extent of the misuse of (a) anabolic steroids and (b) pseudophendrine; and what assessment she has made of the impact...

      Drug Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to educate young people on the misuse of anabolic steroids and pseudophendrine.

      Fit for the Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) who the author was of Fit for the Future produced by Surrey and Sussex strategic health authority; (2) what terms of reference were given to the...

      Food Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many inspectors are employed by her Department to inspect food entering the UK from abroad.

      Food Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations the Food Standards Agency has received following its notification on 21 November to interested parties that the European Commission...

      Food Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to make representations to the European Commission (a) to set the highest possible safe levels for nutrients and (b) to amend the...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding she plans to make available to GPs to respond to patients' requests for surgeries outside office hours.

      Health Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what services will be offered by the organisation Health Direct; and when it will begin offering services to the public.

      Health Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of health promotion initiatives since the abolition of the Health Development Agency in 2005.

      Healthy Living Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the aim is of the network of healthy living centres; what the costs of the centres were in 2005-06; and what analysis she has undertaken of their...

      Hospital Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) cases and (b) fatalities there were arising from (i) clostridium difficile and (ii) C difficile type 027 in each month for which records...

      Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2006, Official Report, columns 560-61W, on infectious diseases (border control), where immigrants entering the UK...

      Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2006, Official Report, columns 560-1W, on infectious diseases (border control), how many immigrants were referred...

      IVF Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what lower age limits are set by each primary care trust for access to IVF treatment.

      Keep Warm, Keep Well Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what factors led to her decision to shut down the Keep Warm, Keep Well campaign helpline; and what her estimate was of the cost of continuing to...

      Keep Warm, Keep Well Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received following her decision to shut down the Keep Warm, Keep Well campaign helpline in July.

      Lung Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts within the East Strategic Health Authority have a lung cancer multi-disciplinary team (MDT); how frequently each lung cancer...

      Meat Hygiene Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what responsibility her Department has for the Meat Hygiene Service.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what basis the statistics for the number of homicides committed by those who are mentally ill in (a) "Violent Crime Overview Homicide and Gun Crime...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will make a statement on the (a) progress with and (b) future development of her Department's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account was taken of the European Parliament resolution on improving the mental health of the population during the conduct of the national...

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in Suffolk were recorded as having mental health problems in each of the last 10 years.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of recent trends in MRSA cases in Shropshire hospitals.

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the capital repayment liabilities are of acute trusts in England; and what each acute trust's deficit or surplus was for 2005-06.

      NHS Professionals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health trusts are using NHS Professionals; and how many of those that were previously using NHS Professionals have stopped doing so.

      Nice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account is taken of the size of the patient population affected by a disease when the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence decides...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department has commissioned into links between obesity and cancer; and if she will make a statement.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has commissioned into links between sugar intake and body weight amongst (a) schoolchildren and (b) adults.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the costs to the NHS attributable to conditions caused by (a) excess weight and (b) obesity.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has commissioned into the sources of free sugar intake among (a) schoolchildren and (b) adults.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many parliamentary written questions her Department received in each parliamentary Session since 2001; and how many of these questions (a) were not...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what target her Department has for the maximum acceptable amount of time to answer parliamentary written questions; and what percentage of parliamentary...

      Patient Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients normally resident in Wales were treated in English hospitals in each year since 2000.

      PCT Fund Reductions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with the North Essex Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust on the planned reduction in funds provided by the West Essex, Mid...

      Peterborough Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether any financial surplus of the Peterborough primary care trust will be used to subsidise the financial deficit of the Cambridgeshire primary care...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2006, Official Report, columns 565W, on prescriptions, how many prescriptions were issued in each month between...

      Psychologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to protect the title of psychologist within the proposed statutory regulation of psychologists and related professions; and if she will...

      Psychologists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received from professional bodies representing psychologists on the proposed Health Professions Council; and if she will...

      Public Health Observatory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) public health observatories have been established and (b) public health observatory reports have been published.

      Public Involvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to decide whether local involvement networks will have statutory powers of inspection.

      Reduced Ignition Propensity Cigarettes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions about reduced ignition propensity cigarettes officials in her Department have had with representatives of the Tobacco...

      Residential Drug Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residential drug rehabilitation places are available in England; and how many are available to women and their children.

      Rural Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what programmes her Department operates to provide particular provision to rural areas; and what the cost of such programmes is expected to be in 2007-08.

      School Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the budget was for the school nursing service in the Coventry Teaching primary care trust area in each of the last five years; (2) what budget...

      Strategic Health Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she made of the potential effects of cuts in the training budgets of strategic health authorities before the cuts were made.

      Sudan One

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prosecutions there have been under the General Food Regulations 2004 and Article 14 of EC regulation 180/2002 with regard to the presence of...

      Sulphites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the effect on health of sulphites in alcoholic beverages; and if she will make a statement.

      Temozolomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients normally resident in Wales and treated in English hospitals received the drug Temozolomide in each year since 2000.

      Temozolomide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether English general hospitals whotreat patients normally resident in Wales with Temozolomide receive reimbursement from the Welsh Assembly Government.

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the current average waiting time is for an outpatient appointment at (a) Chorley and South Ribble District hospital and (b) Preston hospital.

      Working Time Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate has been made of the total cost of the working time directive to the national health service since 2001; and if she will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 23 November 2006, Official Report, column 714, to the hon. Member for Warrington, North (Helen Jones), in which...

    • Approved Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of people housed in approved premises are categorised as (a) high and (b) very high risk; and if he will make...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment the Immigration and Nationality Directorate makes of whether children seeking asylum in the UK are economic migrants.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the proposed reform of the asylum system for unaccompanied asylum seeking children will take into account the (a) legal services,...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken by his Department to improve facilities and services, including medical support and counselling for asylum...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures are in place to identify whether an applicant for asylum has been tortured.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many asylum seekers who made an unsuccessful application for indefinite leave to remain under the concession announced by the Home...

      Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by (a) the police and (b) prison and detention facilities on (i) beds and (ii) furniture in each year since 1997; and...

      Bonus Payments

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

      Cannabis Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions relating to the use, distribution, supply or possession of cannabis there were in each year since 2002.

      Common Visa Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the proposed EU legislation for the establishment of common visa offices; and what its legal base is.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter of 16 October 2006 from the right hon. Member for Manchester Gorton with regard to Mrs Carmen Nesbeth.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines he has issued to his officials for time taken in responding to hon. Members' letters; and what the performance was against...

      Counter-terrorism Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when his review of the UK's counter-terrorism capacity is expected to report; and whether the report will be published; (2) how many...

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his most recent estimate is of the percentage of crimes committed in England and Wales by registered drug addicts.

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) armed robberies and (b) car thefts were recorded in Suffolk in each of the last five years.

      Darfur

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many female Sudanese nationals from the Darfur region since 2003 have cited rape in their application for refugee status in the UK...

      Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will cease the practice of neither confirming nor denying the holding of data by the security services on individuals which is not...

      Departmental Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State forthe Home Department pursuant to the answer of30 November 2006, Official Report, column 899W on Departmental energy, what the figure 62,505,257 kWh represents as...

      Departmental Pay Award

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the effective date is forthe annual pay award for his Department; and what the actual implementation date was in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what monitoring his Department has undertaken of its dispute resolution strategy; (2) what steps (a) the Department and (b) its...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what procedure is followed in respect of complaints and concerns about (a) the Permanent Secretary, (b) legal advisers, (c) staff...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which (a) buildings and (b) jobs illegal immigrants have been found to be working in his Department; and for how long.

      Departmental Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much his Department spent on statistics relating to the work of his Department in each of the last five years.

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many EU citizens have been deported from the UK pursuant to section 3(5)b of the Immigration Act 1971 in the last 12 months.

      DNA Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will break down by ethnic origin the number of people who had a DNA profile on the National DNA Database in each of the last12 months.

      Drug Intervention Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the specification is for drug testing devices used in his Department's Drug Intervention programme.

      Drug-related Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of crime in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) England and Wales was drug-related in each year since 1995.

      Foreign Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what types of crime foreign national prisoners have been sentenced in the UK in each of the last three years.

      Foreign Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the oral answer of9 October 2006, Official Report, column 38, with which European countries he has discussed the repatriation of...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish the UK action plan on human trafficking.

      Identity Cards and Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the biometric information stored on passports is held on a central database operated by his Department.

      Illegal Alcohol Sales

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

      Immigration Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of places in the immigration detention estate was taken up by former prisoners whose sentences had expired on30 September 2006.

      Indefinite Leave to Remain

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long it took on average to determine applications for indefinite leave to remain in the UK in the latest period for which figures are...

      Individual Support Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many individual support orders have been issued, broken down by (a) area and (b) year of issue; (2) how much funding has been...

      Internet: Extremist Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the use of the internet by extremist groups; and if he will make a statement.

      IT Projects

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

      Licence Breaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the circumstances were of the licence breaches which necessitated 12 level three offenders and 51 level two offenders under the...

      Membership of Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the organisations of which his Department's staff are required to declare membership.

      Miles Per Hour 2006 Show

      To ask the Secretary of State forthe Home Department pursuant to the answer of29 November 2006, Official Report, column 777W, how many hours of police staff time were used in (a) organising and...

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which Ministers in his Department have visited Leicester in the last year; and where they visited in Leicester.

      Mr. Litvinenko

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether (a) the Security Service and (b) the Secret Intelligence Service warned Mr. Litvinenko of a threat to his safety; (2)...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what means checks on identity within the National Identity Register will be made; and what technology systems have been procured for this...

      National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to makethe reporting of attacks one of the functions of the National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre.

      National Non-emergency Phone Number

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost has been of the trial schemes of a national non-emergency telephone number; and when he plans to publish a report of the trials.

      National Offender Management Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding will be made available to regional offender managers under the National Offender Management Service for the financial year 2007-08.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passports his Department lost in each of the last 10 years.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cautions were issued in each division of the West Mercia constabulary area in each of the last five years, broken down by category...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of27 November 2006, Official Report, column 405W, on police, what the total police officer strength was in each year...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cautions were issued in (a) Essex and (b) the Mid-Essex Division of Essex constabulary area for (i) violence against the person,...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) England in each year since 1991; and how many there were...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police stations there were in (a) Cornwall, (b) Devon, (c) the South West and (d) England in each year since 1995.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables operate under private sponsorship arrangements.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the (a) Metropolitan and (b) City of London police forces were called in to handle an incident on a (i) Transport for London...

      Police: Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vehicles each police force in England and Wales owns, broken down by (a) category and (b) value.

      Police Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much per capita funding was given by his Department to Avon and Somerset police for (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; and what the overall...

      Police and Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) civilian police support officers were stationed in the Sunderland city council area in (i) 1997 and...

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been paid in the form of compensation by HM Prison Service in each year since 1997; and for what reasons.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the results of the latest Prison Service staff survey.

      Prisoner Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with (a) prison governors and (b) the Prison Officers Association on prisoners' access to education...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of security arrangements at Ford prison.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure that children and young people held in prisons have adequate access to (a) physical exercise and (b)...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in Thames Valley Police have been (a) breathalysed, (b) arrested for drunk driving and (c) given a caution for...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2006, Official Report, column 292W, on prisons, what the (a) original offence was for which they were...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of11 December 2006, Official Report, columns 835-36, on prisons, what criteria were used to establish those prisons...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of5 December 2006, Official Report, column 291W, on prisons, how many of the prisoners transferred to Leyhill open...

      Prisons: Drug-testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the mandatory drug testing rates were for each residential unit at HM Prison Pentonville in each of the last 18 months; and if he will...

      Public Appointments

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

      Refugee Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding his Department gave to the Refugee Council in each of the last five years.

      Resident Co-ordinators

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding is available from his Department to help (a) local authorities and (b) crime and disorder reduction partnerships employ...

      Road Crash Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the Home Office pilot studies of face-to-face support for road crash victims.

      Road Crash Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support services are available for road crash victims.

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was levied in motoring fines (a) in total and (b) excluding speed camera penalties in each region in each year since 1997.

      Safer Neighbourhood Teams

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received regarding Safer Neighbourhood teams in London.

      Strip Search

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young offenders were subject to a strip search in each of the last five years, broken down by institution; and if he will make a...

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking to tackle attempts to support terrorism in the UK via the internet.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals arrested in connection with terrorist crimes in the last 10 years have subsequently been charged.

      Tilon Number Plate Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will bring forward measures to require insurance companies to provide details of drivers' insurance details for the use on the police...

      Westminster City Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will respond to the Leader of Westminster City council's request for an urgent meeting to discuss the issue of A8 nationals sleeping...

      Wheel Clamping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the merits of a mandatory scheme for regulating the behaviour of wheel clamping operators (a) on private land...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the estimated (a) on-flows and (b) off-flows for incapacity benefits are for each year to 2019-20.

    • Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in Cleethorpes constituency are in receipt of winter fuel allowance.

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Leeds West constituency and (b) Leeds have received the winter allowance for pensioners in each year since it was...

      Benefits

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

      Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Great Britain and (b) Boston and Skegness constituency were in receipt of each benefit administered by his Department...

      Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants in (a) Great Britain, (b) each region and (c) each London borough did not receive the full child support payments they...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the average age of uncleared Child Support Agency cases in each quarter since Q2 1997; and if he will make a...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what his estimate is of the amountof Child Support Agency outstanding unpaid maintenance arrears in each quarter since 1993, broken down...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what compensation he plans to pay to people awaiting the payment of Child Support Agency arrears; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many uncleared Child Support Agency applications there have been in each month since May 1997.

      Expatriate Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners living overseas have not had their pensions uprated annually in each year since 1976-77, broken down by country; what plans...

      Expatriate Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Government's policy is on uprating pensions of UK citizens who take-up residence overseas; what the policy will be on pensioners...

      Expatriate Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria need to be met to enable a reciprocal agreement to be in place between the United Kingdom and another country to allow for the...

      Expatriate Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with which countries the United Kingdom has a reciprocal agreement on the annual uprating of British expatriate pensions.

      Financial Assistance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been spent on (a) administration and (b) legal fees for the Financial Assistance Scheme in each month since its inception; and...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average duration of an incapacity benefit claim was in each year since 1997.

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women were in receipt of incapacity related benefits in each year since 1976-77.

      IT Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which web-related information technology projects have cost his Department more than £50,000 since 2001; how many qualified tender...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many questions for written answer from (a) the hon. Member for Yeovil and (b) other hon. Members have been colour-coded red by his...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many questions for written answer from hon. Members in the last parliamentary session were not answered by 8 November 2006; how many and...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he introduced a traffic light colour-coding system for dealing with questions for written answer; for what reasons this system was...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether an estimate has been made of the net cost of compensating those identified in the Ombudsman's report "Trusting in the Pensions Promise"...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will disaggregate the cost of basic state pension reforms, as shown in figure 9 of the Pensions White Paper, Security in Retirement:...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost is to his Department of work related to pension reform that has been undertaken by consultants since the publication of the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the combined value of basic state pension and state second pension payments at the point of retirement for an average...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish a revised version of Figure 8 from the Pensions White Paper Security in Retirement: Towards a New Pension Scheme in which...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish a revised version of Figure 1.xiv in the Pensions White Paper Security in Retirement: Towards a New Pension System to show...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will estimate what proportion of pensioner benefit units, including those with sufficient income not to qualify for pension credit,...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will disaggregate the cost of pension credit reforms listed in figure 9 of the Pensions White Paper into (a) the cost of uprating the...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost would be of restoring the link between the basic state pension and earnings in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010 and (d) 2012 for...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of running the Pensions Service in each year from 1990-91 to 2005-06.

      Retirement Planner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost has been of developing his Department's web-based retirement planner.

      Suzan Sampson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will ensure that Mrs Suzan Sampson of South Brent, Devon receives her national insurance number by Christmas; and what the reasons are...

      Unemployment: Eastbourne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were unemployed in Eastbourne in (a) 1996 and (b) 2006.

      Written Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which official in his Department is in charge of monitoring answers to written parliamentary questions; and if he will make a statement.

      Written Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of written parliamentary questions to his Department in the last session of Parliament were substantively unanswered (a) three...

      Written Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department's special advisors have had discussions with the parliamentary clerk in his Department on the time within which replies...

      Written Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has a policy of prioritisation of replies to written parliamentary questions.

      Written Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what targets his Department has relating to the time within which written parliamentary questions should be replied to.

      Written Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of written parliamentary questions to his Department were substantively unanswered in the last session of Parliament.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departmental Expenditure Limits

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to his statement of 21 November 2006, Official Report, column 30WS, on departmental expenditure limits 2006-07, whether his administration budget...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Set-aside

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of set-aside in the current year is respectively in single field plots and in six to 10 metre strips along field margins.

    • Ambulance Service: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the costs of buying, maintaining and staffing an ambulance in Northern Ireland.

      Ambulance Service: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, since 1970, they have had any contractual arrangements with the voluntary ambulance services in Northern Ireland.

      Armed Forces: Joint Strike Fighter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the memorandum of understanding with the Government of the United States relating to further stages...

      Armed Forces: Joint Strike Fighter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: To what extent the United Kingdom, as the only Tier 1 partner in the Joint Strike Fighter project, is party to arrangements between the Government of the United...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why the Cabinet Office Code of Practice on Consultation was not followed by the Ministry of Defence in respect of the Pensions Appeal Tribunals (Armed Forces and...

      Armed Forces: Pensions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Drayson on 1 December (WA 104), whether, and, if so, at what stages, the Ministry of Defence will consult the Department for...

      Army: Maximum Service

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will review the maximum period of service of 22 years which an enlisted soldier is allowed, in light of increasing life expectancy and the operational...

      Army: Resettlement Grant

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the resettlement grant provided at the end of a soldier's military career.

      Assets Recovery Agency

      asked Her Majesty's Government: In what ways the powers of the Assets Recovery Agency in Northern Ireland differ from its counterpart in England.

      Autism

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to Lord Warner's response to the debate on autism on 20 July (HL Deb, col. 1459) in which he undertook to draw points to the attention of the Secretary of...

      Benefits: Winter Fuel Payment

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What saving to the Exchequer would result if the winter fuel payment to pensioners were made taxable to those pensioners whose income places them in the 40 per...

      Bridges Community Ventures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What have been the investment returns so far to the taxpayer from the £20 million of public funds invested in Bridges Community Ventures (BCV); and what are...

      Bridges Community Ventures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to confirm the integrity, independence and corporate governance standards of the board of Bridges Community Ventures in view of its...

      Bridges Community Ventures

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who nominates the chairman and non-executive directors of Bridges Community Ventures (BCV); whether these nominations are subject to their approval; and, if so,...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 27 March (WA 91) on British Coal respiratory disease litigation, what is the current total of all...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 27 March (WA 92) on the British Coal vibration white finger litigation, what is the current total of...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the practice whereby solicitors subject to Law Society adjudication decisions in respect of complaints made by retired miners and widows...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to notification by the Law Society that, in proceedings against solicitors in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal consequent on their...

      Buses: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to invest in bus travel in County Fermanagh.

      Buses: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By what percentage the volume of bus passenger journeys has changed during the past five years in (a) Northern Ireland outside Belfast, and (b) Belfast.

      Business Information: ACCA Recommendations

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What action they will take in response to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants' call to align the requirements on small businesses with regard to the...

      Children: UN Conventions

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures are in place to ensure that personnel in appropriate government departments and public services, including schools, health centres, hospitals, the...

      Civil Service: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether pension arrangements have been agreed for civil servants working in cross-border implementation bodies.

      Civil Service: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether bonus payments are made to members of the Northern Ireland Civil Service; if so, in what circumstances; and what size are such bonuses.

      Communications: 3G

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they have made of the recent suggestion by the European Commission that mobile phone companies are charging United Kingdom customers for services...

      Coral

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What funds are available to the public or businesses to help create a stock of captive bred specimens of a kind of animal such as coral for the purposes of...

      Credit Cards

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to regulate the charges that are imposed by credit card companies.

      Energy: Sellafield Clean-up

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will set out the process leading to the award of the contract for the clean-up of the Sellafield site; and whether Ministers at either the Department...

      Energy: Sellafield Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Under what conditions they would allow the thermal oxide reprocessing plant at Sellafield to reopen.

      Energy: Sellafield Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What was the cost of the accident at the thermal oxide reprocessing plant at Sellafield in April 2005.

      Energy: Sellafield Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will consult the Government of Norway about the proposed reopening of the thermal oxide reprocessing plant at Sellafield.

      Energy: Solid-state Lighting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of the £9 million allocated for the technology priority area, Electronic and Phonetics: novel technologies for low-cost high-efficiency...

      Energy: Solid-state Lighting

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they have declined to have a national solid-state lighting programme comparable with the programmes of Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China and the United States.

      Energy: Wind Farms

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How much electricity would be generated by the proposed new wind farm on the Isle of Lewis; and how many people this amount of electricity could supply; and How...

      EU: Defence Industry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the framework agreement between France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom concerning measures to facilitate the restructuring and...

      EU: Defence Industry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the reply by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 11 December (HL Deb, col. 1362), how they reconcile her remarks with Article 1(h) of the framework agreement...

      EU: Defence Industry

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the reply by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 11 December (HL Deb, col. 1362), whether any other European Union member states have signed the framework...

      EU: Overseas Aid

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the United Kingdom's share of the expenditure of the European Union on overseas aid.

      Freedom of Information

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the cost limits imposed on requests for information through—(a) Parliamentary Oral Questions; (b) Parliamentary Questions for Written Answer; and...

      Freedom of Information: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many applications under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 have been made to the Office of the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister in Northern...

      Furniture

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they will take to support the efforts of the British furniture-making industry to secure European Union financial assistance for long-term development.

      Gambling: Casinos

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they have taken to ensure that the Casino Advisory Panel makes its decision on the location of the first regional casino primarily on the basis of the...

      Gambling: Casinos

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What assessment they and the Casino Advisory Panel have undertaken on the impact and introduction of the first regional casino on existing leisure businesses in...

      Gambling: Casinos

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How the impact of the regional casino on the local area will be regulated once it is open for business; and when a framework will be published for consultation.

      Gambling: Casinos

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that the claims of economic benefits from the local authorities bidding for the regional casino licence are properly...

      Gambling: Casinos

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What steps they are taking to ensure that the successful local authority in the regional casino license competition is not placed in an unacceptable conflict of...

      Government: Ministerial Correspondence and Statements

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What mechanism is in place to ensure that Ministers in the Northern Ireland Office make accurate observations in their correspondence and statements in their areas...

      Gulf War Illnesses

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When, by what process and with what outcome the marmoset study carried out for the Ministry of Defence by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton...

      Health: Electronic Patient Records

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What plans are in place, or under discussion, to make electronic patient records accessible in prisons.

      Health: Overseas Territories

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they intend to allow residents of overseas territories access to specialist healthcare on the same terms as United Kingdom residents.

      Health: vCJD

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many NHS patients identified by the National Blood Service as having received blood from a donor who later developed vCJD were people with haemophilia.

      Health: vCJD

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their response to the findings of Professor John Collinge in the December 2006 edition of the Lancet on the transmission by infected blood of variant CJD;...

      Housing: Disabled People

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have issued any specific advice to officials of the Northern Ireland Planning Service about the implementation of the Northern Ireland draft planning...

      Housing: First-time Buyers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to assist first-time home buyers in Northern Ireland.

      Income

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the average income for all persons in employment in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.

      Iraq and Afghanistan: Reconstruction and Development

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been the cost to public funds in each of the past five years of reconstruction and development in (a) Iraq, and (b) Afghanistan; and what financial...

      Iraq: Royal Military Police Deaths

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What has been done to give effect to each of the 12 recommendations made by the board of inquiry into the deaths of six members of the Royal Military Police at Al...

      Irish Language Bill

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the arrangements for a consultation process for the proposed Irish Language Bill.

      Micro-Credit

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they plan to introduce micro-credit programmes to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises for women in the United Kingdom.

      Montserrat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have agreed a package of assistance to the Government of Montserrat to help with reconstruction following damage estimated at more than a £1...

      Montserrat

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will ask the Government of Montserrat to account for the way in which they have invested the amounts provided by the United Kingdom since volcanic...

      Northern Ireland Assembly

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the circumstances that would cause an election to be held for the Northern Ireland Assembly in March 2007.

      Northern Ireland Assembly

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What would happen were an election not to be held for the Northern Ireland Assembly in March 2007.

      Northern Ireland Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many employees and other staff were attached to the Northern Ireland Office on 1 December 2006 and on the same day in each of the past four years.

      Northern Ireland: First Minister and Deputy First Minister

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether Northern Ireland has a First Minister and Deputy First Minister designate; if so, who they are; and when they were designated.

      Northern Ireland: Review of Public Administration

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether, as part of the review of public administration in Northern Ireland, they propose to make special severance payments to the chief executives or chief...

      Ordnance Survey: Belfast Office

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the public office of the Ordnance Survey Agency in Belfast was closed on the afternoon of Friday 8 December; if so, why; and what notice was given to...

      Pensions: Winding Up

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the number of occupational pension schemes in wind-up which (a) have applied for assistance under the financial assistance scheme; (b) are currently under...

      Planning: Greenfield and Brownfield

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have conducted any studies in respect of the comparative cost between greenfield commercial developments and similar town-centre brownfield commercial...

      Planning: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the recent policy planning statement 14 pronouncement in Northern Ireland by Lord Rooker has resulted in a speeding-up of planning decisions; and, if so, how.

      Railways: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the percentage increase year on year for the past five years in the number of railway journeys over each section of Northern Ireland railways.

      Railways: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are still considering extensions to the railway network in Northern Ireland; and, if so, where.

      Roads: Motorcycle Accidents

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many people have been killed as a result of motorcycle accidents in Northern Ireland this year and for each of the past four years.

      Roads: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to improve the traffic flow in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.

      Roads: Street Lights

      asked Her Majesty's Government: When the process of putting new street lights on the Earlswood Road, East Belfast commenced; when it is planned that the works will be completed; and why no work...

      Science: Skills

      asked Her Majesty's Government: By what means and when since 1997 they have made or received estimates of likely shortfalls in the number of skilled or otherwise qualified personnel to fulfil the...

      Single/Double Summer Time

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they can demonstrate with proven statistics that the current use of Greenwich Mean Time +1, which is not synchronised with Central European Time, creates...

      Special Advisers

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the comments by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 13 December (HL Deb, col. 1519), whether the contents of the e-mail sent by special adviser Damien McBride to...

      Stormont Parliament Buildings: Ministerial Offices

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Which ministerial office accommodation in Stormont Parliament Buildings is currently occupied; by whom it is occupied; and from when they have occupied the...

      Sudan: Investments

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What endowments and investments are held by the parliamentary pension fund or by the Government in companies with commercial interests in Sudan; how large are...

      Tax Credits

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether persons serving custodial sentences are entitled to claim (a) working tax credits, or (b) any other tax credits; and, if so, how much has been paid in each...

      Transport: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to co-ordinate bus and rail travel in Northern Ireland.

      Trees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many unlawful infringements of tree preservation orders have occurred in Northern Ireland since 1 January 2003; and where those multiple infringements have...

      Trees

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many cases are being prosecuted in Northern Ireland in respect of the unlawful destruction of trees that were subject to tree preservation orders since 1...

      Ulster-Scots

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What consideration they have given to the possible introduction of an Ulster-Scots Language Bill.

      Water and Sewerage: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation has the power to regulate disposals of land under Article 217 of the Water and Sewerage Services...

      Water and Sewerage: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What proposals they have to invest in sewerage facilities in the Coleraine, Portrush and Portstewart areas.

      Water Service: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what terms the Department for Regional Development in Northern Ireland intends to make the general authorisation for disposal of land under Article 217 of the...

      Water Supply: Northern Ireland

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What amount was required by central government to be added to council rates in Northern Ireland in 1998, 1999 and 2000; and what proportion of council rates paid...

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