Written answers

Monday, 15 January 2007

  • Leader of the House

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House how many written parliamentary questions to the Leader of the House in the 2005-06 Session were not answered wholly or in part on grounds of disproportionate cost.

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House how many written parliamentary questions to him in the 2005-06 Session were answered with a reply that it had not been possible to reply before Prorogation, or...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House on how many occasions he has circulated round robin guidance to Departments following the tabling of written parliamentary questions in the last 12 months.

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House how many parliamentary questions were tabled to his Office in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what percentage of ordinary written...

      Political Party Finance

      To ask the Leader of the House what responsibilities he has for political party finance reform.

  • International Development

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper, including online, in the last year for which figures are...

    • Child Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent estimate he has made of the number of school-aged children in the world who are not in education.

      Clean Water Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department is providing to facilitate the creation of public partnership bodies in the water industry in developing...

      Forestry

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries have signed up to Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Partnership Agreements; and if he will make a statement.

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the outcomes of the Multistakeholder Forestry Programme in Indonesia since 2000; and what plans there...

      Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding and resources his Department committed to combat illegal logging in Indonesia in each of the last three financial years;...

      Infrastructure Projects

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the amount of UK bilateral aid allocated to infrastructure projects in each year since 1997.

      Outstanding Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much debt is owed by (a) low and (b) lower-middle-income country governments to the UK through (i) the CDC group and (ii)...

      Outstanding Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much has been received by the Government from (a) low and (b) lower middle income countries on debts owed to (i) the CDC group...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to support the United Nations World Food Programme in Somalia to ensure that food reaches (a) Wajid, (b)...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the impact of the additional resources provided by the United States to Somalia on the situation in that...

      Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development on how many occasions in the last five years the publication date of statistics produced by his Department has been changed; what the...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if he will reform the constitutional composition of the House of Lords to include formal representation from...

    • Catering Facilities

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will discontinue its policy of not releasing details of bookings made by individual hon....

      Catering Facilities

      To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many dinner menus have been printed by the Refreshment Department for hon. Members' private dinners in...

  • Transport

    • Airspace

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the implications for British national sovereignty arising from the EU proposal to treat all airspace above 25,000 feet...

    • Cycle Spaces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was of supplying 2,900 extra cycling spaces at stations, as referred to on page 132 of his Department's annual report 2006.

      Dvla

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many names and addresses of drivers the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency sold to non-governmental organisations in each of the last 12 months.

      Electric Vehicles: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what regulations govern the use of disabled person's mobility scooters; and what recent representations he has received on the use of mobility scooters.

      Government Car Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether individual Departments are re-billed for the cost of their ministerial cars by the Government Car Agency.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what effects on costs does he expect as a result of the reorganisation of the Major Projects Division of the Highways Agency.

      Light Dues System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when he last met Irish Ministers to discuss the renegotiation of the 1985 Agreement on the funding arrangements for the Commissioners of Irish...

      Liverpool: Transport Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the adequacy of road and rail links to the port of Liverpool.

      M1 Closure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the incident which caused the closure of part of the M1 on Christmas Day.

      M3

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what (a) resurfacing and (b) noise reduction works are planned to be undertaken between junctions 5 and 7 of the M3 motorway; and if he will...

      M6

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what regard he will have to the Visioning and Backcasting for UK Transport Policy report published in 2005 in relation to his decision making for the...

      Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what traffic calming measures are available to tackle speeding by motorcycle traffic.

      Motorcycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment he has made of the impact on road safety of permitting 16-year-olds to drive 50 cc motorcycles; (2) if he will assess the merits...

      National Ports Council: Pension Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the future of the National Ports Council pension scheme.

      Network Rail: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the total levels of Network Rail's debt guaranteed by the Government are; what the annual interest charge on that debt is; and what proportion of...

      Operating Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what account is taken of whether a company is trading on green belt land when the traffic commissioners consider its application for renewal of...

      Parking Regimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has held with local authorities about the timetable for introducing new parking regulations by October 2007; what estimate he has...

      Parking Regimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what timetable has been agreed for the establishment of a transitional regime for local authorities to migrate their existing parking regulations from...

      Passenger Transport Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 14 December 2006, Official Report, column 1269W, on passenger transport authorities, if he will provide the details of each...

      Permit Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will bring forward secondary legislation on permit regulations under the Traffic Management Act 2004.

      Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much capital spending Network Rail has allocated to each of its mainline stations over the past 10 years; and what its plans are for future such...

      Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the adequacy of Network Rail's proposals for development at Lime Street station, Liverpool.

      Road Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road accidents were caused by drivers failing to use headlights when road and weather conditions required their use in each of the last five years.

      Road Congestion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to reduce congestion on the roads serving (a) Nottingham East Midlands and (b) Birmingham airports.

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much of the Highways Agency's (a) capital and (b) revenue budget was spent on roads which fall completely within (i) the boundary of a single...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new roads were built in Essex in each of the last five years.

      Roadworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on overstay charges for utility companies in relation to works undertaken on minor roads.

      Roadworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consultations he has undertaken with local authorities on future fee levels for permit schemes for streetworks; and if he will make a statement.

      Royal National Lifeboat Institute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the additional cost to the Royal National Lifeboat Institute arising out of (a) health and safety, (b) working time and...

      Safety Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fixed speed cameras there are in each local authority area in England and Wales.

      Severn Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions his Department has had with the Severn Bridge Toll Company to facilitate the introduction of credit and debit card payment for toll...

      Speed Cameras

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much revenue was generated from fines resulting from speed camera convictions in Cambridgeshire in the latest year for which figures are available;...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with his Swedish counterpart on the use of (a) biofuels and (b) biofuel-powered vehicles.

    • Bovine TB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria were used to determine matters to be referred to the Independent Scientific Group investigating bovine TB; and...

      British Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the original grant allocation from his Department was for British Waterways in advance of subsequent in year reductions...

      Cattle Stocks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the relative values of organic and non-organic cattle stocks; and if he will...

      Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2006, Official Report, column 579W, on the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act,...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what total Government funding was for climate change research in each of the last five years; who the recipients were; how...

      Council Environmental Programmes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he is taking to help (a) county councils, (b) district and borough councils and (c) parish and town councils...

      Electric Shock Collars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the banning of electric shock collars for dogs.

      Environmental Liability Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will clarify the definition of liable body set out in the consultation document on the Environmental Liability Directive.

      Environmental Liability Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria were used in deciding which species to include as protected under the terms of the proposals in relation to the...

      Envirowise

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the relationship is between his Department and Envirowise.

      EU Directives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many EU directives have been transposed by his Department and its predecessor Departments since 1997; and how many of...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely impact of ECJ Case C-184/06 on (a) UK total allowable catch and (b) fish stocks.

      Fox Hunting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the numbers of foxes (a) hunted by dogs then shot and (b) hunted using a bird of prey since...

      Gasplasma Process

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of gasplasma process technology in treating domestic waste; and if he will...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) mobile telephones, (b) printer cartridges and (c) MP3 and other music players he estimates were (i) recycled,...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research has been conducted (a) by and (b) for his Department on the recycling and reuse of (i) mobile telephones and...

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the environmental and climate change implications of transporting large amounts of recovered...

      Snares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans he has to review the legality of using snares.

      Waste Resources Action Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made by the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) in setting up a stand-alone organisation which...

  • Defence

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on consultants in each year since 1997.

    • Flying Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many flying hours on (a) aircraft and (b) simulators is required for each grade and type of RAF flying instructor; and what the equivalent required...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the reason was for the delay in holding the first Joint Consultative Committee meeting between the Gibraltar Services Police Staff Association and...

      Joint Strike Fighter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will set out details of the assurances given by the United States in connection with the transfer of technology on the Joint Strike Fighter; and if...

      Letters of Condolence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2006, Official Report, column 1096W, on letters of condolence, how many letters of condolence have been sent by...

      Ministry of Defence Police: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the establishment of Ministry of Defence police is in Colchester; and whether he has any plans to reduce this establishment.

      Navy Vessels: State of Readiness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which (a) Royal Navy and (b) Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels are (i) being held in and (ii) under consideration for consignment to a reduced state of...

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has for ensuring an adequate supply of highly enriched uranium to fuel four replacement ballistic missile submarines; and what...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what differences there are between the Trident warhead and the US W76 warhead.

      Official Cars

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

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will provide an answer to question (a) 105967, on helicopter pilot flying hours, (b) 103359, on ministerial visits and (c) (i) 101077 and (ii)...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he will answer question 101406, on Colombia, tabled by the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South (Mr. Hancock) on 20 November 2006.

      Red Arrows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether there are plans to change the colours of smoke used by the RAF's Red Arrows Display Team.

      Red Arrows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the budget is of the RAF's Red Arrows Display Team in 2006-07; and what the planned budget is for 2007-08.

      Red Arrows

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many performances in (a) the UK and (b) abroad the RAF's Red Arrows Display Team participated in during 2006.

      Trade Union Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funding his Department has given to individual trade unions in the last three years.

      Transport Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times (a) C-17A Globemaster, (b) Hercules LC-130, (c) Tristar and (d) VC-10 aircraft have been cannibalised in the last 12 months.

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to decide whether to order the seventh and eighth Type 45 destroyers.

      Type 45 Destroyers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Type 45 destroyers will typically be available for deployment at any one time if six such ships are constructed.

  • Home Department

    • Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to reclassify cannabis as a class B drug.

    • Police: Derbyshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funds his Department plans to provide to support policing in Derbyshire in addition to the Police Grant Settlement.

      Community Support Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences have been dealt with by community support officers in Halifax since 2005.

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of measures to deport failed asylum seekers.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent research he has evaluated or commissioned on the effectiveness of prisons in reducing reoffending.

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visitors were arrested for possession of contraband at each prison establishment in each of the last 12 months for which figures are...

      Probation Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vacant positions there are for probation officers.

      Road Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with the Association of Chief Police Officers' head of road policing on the impact on crime detection...

      Anti social Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of legislation introduced in the last 10 years to combat antisocial behaviour.

      Anti social Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of interventions to combat antisocial behaviour.

      Police Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners are being held in police cells.

      Border Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the e-Borders scheme on the security of the UK's borders.

      Immigration and Nationality Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last visited the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in Croydon to assess the efficiency of the service.

      Neighbourhood Policing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of the introduction of neighbourhood policing in (a) Avon and Somerset police force and (b) England and...

      Drug Addiction and Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the inter-relationship between drug addiction and crime; and what steps he is taking to reduce drugs...

      Community Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment he has made of (a) public awareness of unpaid work carried out by offenders complying with the terms of community...

      Conditional Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the trial to assess different models of conditional cautions in seven criminal justice areas.

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences of (a) violence against the person, (b) theft and (c) criminal damage were committed in Stockport in each year since 1998.

      Crime Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent crimes took place in Peterborough city council area in each of the last five years.

      DNA Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to question 103285, on the DNA database, tabled by the hon. Member for West Chelmsford (Mr. Burns) for named day answer on...

      Drivers' Vision

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many motorists have been (a) fined, (b) awarded penalty points and (c) disqualified for driving with vision below the required...

      Foreign Prisoner Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his letter to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 28 November 2006, on foreign prisoner releases, when he will provide the number...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how his Department will determine whether a civil offence has been committed under section 7(2) or (3) of the Identity Cards Act 2006; and...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans his Department has to use local authority offices or facilities to facilitate the recording of biometric information for the...

      Licence Breaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance is issued by his Department to (a) multi-agency public protection panels with regard to the supervision of level three...

      Licence Breaches

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what investigations took place following the serious sexual or violent offences committed by the one level three offender and the four level...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether university students will be required to register their term-time address with the national identity register in addition to their...

      National Identity Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there will be a charge to register a second residence with the national identity register.

      Prison Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how complaints about the leadership of the director-general of the Prison Service and the provision by him to his staff of organisation,...

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total capital value is of each private finance initiative scheme overseen by his Department which has reached financial close; over...

      Racially Aggravated Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were charged with racially aggravated offences in each English region in each of the last five years.

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of how the effectiveness of written warnings to young offenders in combating rape; in what circumstances young...

      Translation Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of translating departmental publications into languages other than English was in 2005-06.

  • Prime Minister

    • Agricultural Sector

      To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of brigading Government responsibilities for the agricultural industry and the environment within one Department; and if...

    • Annual Reports

      To ask the Prime Minister when he expects the Annual Reports for 2005 of (a) the Interception of Communications Commissioner and (b) the Intelligence Service Commissioners to be published.

      Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister how many letters to his Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d)...

      Donated Asset Reserve

      To ask the Prime Minister where the register of items held by his Office which belong to the Donated Asset Reserve is (a) held and (b) maintained.

      Downing Street Staff

      To ask the Prime Minister what the job titles are of each staff member employed at public expense at No. 10 Downing street.

      Engagements

      To ask the Prime Minister on what dates he has made official visits to the London boroughs of (a) Tower Hamlets, (b) Newham and (c) Waltham Forest in each year since 1997.

      EU Constitution

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will appoint an adviser to take part in talks on the EU constitution and on agreeing a new political declaration of the EU's purpose, as requested by the...

      Honours

      To ask the Prime Minister for which jobs people are given honours automatically by convention; and if he will make a statement.

      Iraq

      To ask the Prime Minister which officials from his Office were seconded to the political party of former Prime Minister Alawi in the period leading up to the most recent elections in Iraq.

      Miami Trip Costs

      To ask the Prime Minister what the cost to the public purse was of the (a) travel, (b) accommodation and (c) hospitality for the staff who accompanied him to his recent trip to Miami.

      Ministerial Residences

      To ask the Prime Minister what residences have been made available to Ministers in the course of their duties; where each is; what the council tax banding of each is; and to which Minister each...

      Ministerial Residences

      To ask the Prime Minister how much was spent on each residence made available to a Minister on (a) council tax, (b) rent, (c) repairs and maintenance, (d) redecoration and (e) other running...

      Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister how many parliamentary questions were tabled to his Office in 2006, broken down by (a) ordinary written and (b) named day; what percentage of ordinary written...

      Policy Review

      To ask the Prime Minister which Cabinet committees are involved in the Prime Minister's policy review.

      Policy Review

      To ask the Prime Minister how many staff in (a) No. 10 Downing street and (b) the Cabinet Office are involved in work on the Prime Minister's policy review.

      Russia

      To ask the Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with his Russian counterpart on UK trade.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister whether special advisers in No. 10 Downing street have made use of an official car in the last 12 months, excluding travel, when accompanying a Minister.

      WMD Review

      To ask the Prime Minister who the (a) sources and (b) alleged sub-source were on the sourcing chain referred to in paragraph 405 of the Review of Intelligence of Weapons of Mass Destruction; if...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • 5th Avenue Partners Ltd.

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission if the Electoral Commission will re-commence its investigation into the admissibility of 5th...

    • Advertising

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission how much the Electoral Commission spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper (including...

      Political Party Expenditure

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what research the Electoral Commission undertook into political party expenditure in the last...

      Political Party Expenditure

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what research the Electoral Commission has undertaken into the total current level of direct...

      Public Awareness Expenditure Budget

      To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what the Electoral Commission's Public Awareness Expenditure budget was in (a) 2005-06 and...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Canals and Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what effect she expects reductions in the British Waterways grant to have on sport, leisure, recreation and tourism associated with...

    • Departmental Targets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the progress towards the targets set out in her Departmental Business Plan 2006-07; and if she will make...

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of people who are eligible for the digital switchover targeted assistance programme but who may...

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the outcome was of her Department's disability equality impact assessment of digital switchover and the targeted help scheme.

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the number of households which will qualify for assistance in switching over to digital television in...

      Digital Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether there will be published maps detailing the frequencies to be used in each UK region that will broadcast digital television...

      Events Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will assess the cost of obtaining events licences for scout and guide premises.

      Funding Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many applications for funding to (a) the National Lottery, (b) the Big Lottery Fund and (c) Reaching Communities were refused in...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 23 November 2006, Official Report, column 166W, on gambling, with which members of the Small Bookmakers...

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many of the homes on the Olympic site will meet the Government energy efficiency targets.

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whether the accommodation to be built in the Olympic Park will meet the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government's...

      National Heritage Memorial Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to her answer of 8 January 2007, to question 112787, on board members, which board member of the National Heritage Memorial...

      Public Sector Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in her Department and...

      Swimming Pools: Drownings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress she has made on the research into childhood drowning in public pools promised to the Right to Swim Campaign in October...

  • Wales

    • Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many letters to his Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (a) one, (b) two, (c)...

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many written parliamentary questions to his Department in the 2005-06 Session were not answered wholly or in part on grounds of disproportionate cost.

      Public Sector Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in his Department; and if he will make a...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much his Department spent using Royal Mail in each of the last five years.

  • Scotland

    • Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how many written parliamentary questions to his Department in the 2005-06 session were not answered wholly or in part on grounds of...

    • Procurement Projects

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

  • Education and Skills

    • Bookstart Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) children and (b) schools received resources from the bookstart scheme.

    • Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what future funding he proposes to local authorities to fund children's centres following the first year's funding.

      Citizenship Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills when he last met Ofsted to discuss the teaching of citizenship in schools.

      Departmental Publications: Translations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the cost of translating departmental publications into languages other than English was in 2005-06.

      Early Years Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the evidential basis was for determining that the funding allocation for the free early years entitlement is sufficient to cover the...

      Early Years Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what estimate he has made of the expected cost to the Exchequer of extending the entitlement to free nursery care for all three and...

      English Language Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans he has to improve the (a) accessibility and (b) affordability of English for Speakers of Other Languages courses; and if he...

      Foundation Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2006, Official Report, column 1863W, on foundation degrees, if he will list the interested parties in...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what percentage of year 11 pupils at state schools in York achieved five or more A* to C GCSEs in each year since 1992.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many and what proportion of non-prescribed courses in higher education were funded by local skills councils in each of the last five years.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will assess the merits of transferring the responsibility of funding non-prescribed courses of higher education in further education...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the costs of (a) part-time and (b) full-time students to an higher education institution.

      Inner-London Supplements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will review the process whereby outer London boroughs have to pay inner London supplements to their teaching employees without...

      Nuclear Skills Academy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made on the establishment of the Nuclear Skills Academy.

      PE and School Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress has been made with the PE and Schools Sports consultation; and if he will make a statement.

      Religious and Islamic Studies (Funding)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research he has undertaken into to what degree university departments of (a) religious and (b) Islamic studies are funded from...

      University Staff: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect of pay increases for university staff on institutions with no full time students.

      Veils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of pupils in schools wearing hijabs or other veils.

      Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students have been assisted by centres for vocational education since their inception.

      Youth Opportunities: Basingstoke

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many young people were not in education, employment or training in Basingstoke in each of the last five years; and if he will make a...

  • Trade and Industry

    • Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Government plan to replace the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission.

    • China-US Strategic Economic Dialogue

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the impact of the China-US Strategic Economic Dialogue on trade between (a) the EU and (b) the UK and (i) the...

      Christmas Hamper Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will bring forward new regulatory controls on the Christmas hamper schemes and related industries.

      Christmas Lights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate his Department has made of the (a) cost, (b) electricity used and (c) carbon emissions generated by Christmas lights.

      Coal-fired Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking to promote the use of biomass in coal-fired power stations.

      Doha

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has made as part of the Doha trade talks to (a) the EU Trade Commissioner, (b) the US Trade representative and (c)...

      Electric Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with representatives from the car manufacturing industry on the development of electric cars.

      Energy End Use Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has had with representatives of the electrical industry regarding the implementation of the Energy End Use Directive, with...

      Energy Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what representations he has made to energy retailers requesting that they reduce prices in line with falling wholesale costs of energy on...

      Energy Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what (a) regulatory and (b) self-regulatory protection is afforded to (i) domestic and (ii) small business consumers in the energy market.

      Energy White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Government expects to publish the forthcoming Energy White Paper.

      Energy White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions the Government expects to have with stakeholders ahead of the publication of the Energy White Paper.

      Energy White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make the distinction in the Energy White Paper between the objectives of climate change and those of security of energy supply.

      Energy White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the Energy White Paper will discuss the role of electric heating and hot water appliances within a low carbon and sustainable energy...

      Enterprise Insight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much Enterprise Insight has spent on consultants in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006 to date.

      Furniture Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will provide guidance to trading standards officers to ensure consistent implementation of the Furniture and Furnishing (Fire) (Safety)...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment his Department has made of trends in demand for domestic grants under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme; and if he will make...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been allocated to domestic renewable energy installations under his Department's Low Carbon Buildings Programme for (a) 2006-07,...

      Low Carbon Buildings Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been allocated to domestic renewable energy installations since the start of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme.

      Mining Industry Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many surface workers have had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease health tests paid for by his Department since 1999.

      Mining Industry Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will assess the merits of further interim payments to coal health claimants where claims are not being settled due to action by contractors.

      Mining Industry Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding has been allocated in anticipation of potential claims (a) from surface workers in the mining industry and (b) for bursitis for...

      Mining Industry Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what checks are carried out on the (a) competence and (b) eligibility of claims handlers to act in lieu of solicitors for industrial disease...

      Mining Industry Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when Stuart Bell Associates was registered as a solicitor under the compensation for miners claims handling agreement; and by whom.

      Mining Industry Claims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions he has held with Venside Ltd. on the release of papers relating to the industrial disease claim of Mr. Stephen Todd of...

      National Grid: Proposed Pipeline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when public consultations will be held on the National Grid's proposed gas pipeline through the Cotswolds; what assessment he has made of (a)...

      North-west Regional Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the North West Regional Development Agency Chief Executive and Chair last met North West right hon. and hon. Members to discuss regional...

      North-west Regional Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry from what sources the Lancashire Economic Partnership receives funding.

      North-west Regional Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many staff work for the North West Regional Development Agency.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices there were in the parliamentary constituency of Bishop Auckland in each year since 1997.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how local communities will be consulted on individual instances of proposed post office closures.

      Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what discussions has he had with independent postal carriers on the provision of a wider range of postal services through sub-post offices.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much funding his Department gave to the (a) Technology Strategy Board, (b) Simpler Trade Procedures Board and (c) Industrial...

      Regional Development Agencies: Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding was made available to each regional development agency from the single pot contributed to by the Department for Education and...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much funding has been allocated to domestic renewable energy installations in the last full year of the (a) Clearskies and (b) Solar PV...

      Renewable Installations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to ensure that awards of grant aid for renewable installations in the public sector to be made under his Department's...

      Royal Mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much his Department spent using Royal Mail in each of the last five years.

      Trade Union Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what funding his Department has given to individual trade unions in the last three years.

      Trade Union Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2006, Official Report, column 1909W, on Unions 21, what the name was of the project for which payment...

      Trade Union Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2006, Official Report, column 1909W, on Unions 21, what the name was of the conference in respect of...

      Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans his Department has put in place to ensure full compliance with EU Directive 2002/96/EC on waste electric and electronic equipment,...

      Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what estimate he has made of the cost of disposing of the electrical and electronic equipment that will become redundant following digital...

      World Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the effect of the outcome of the recent meeting of Trade Ministers of India and Mauritius on prospects for (a)...

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the possible effect of Russian membership of the World Trade Organisation on Russian trade with the (a) EU and...

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what his Department's policy is on World Trade Organisation requests that East African Community member states commit themselves to a single...

      World Trade Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of the effect of Vietnam's accession to the World Trade Organisation on (a) EU-Vietnamese and (b) UK-Vietnamese...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Aegis Security Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Aegis Security Services has been invited by her Department to tender for Government security service contracts in (a)...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the spraying of herbicides on opium crops in Afghanistan.

      Bulgaria and Romania

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps her Department is taking to support the European Union in reducing corruption and organised crime in (a) Bulgaria...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the prospects of opposition parties in Burma being able to campaign against the proposed new...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the Ambassador of Burma about the prosecution of State Peace and Development Council officials...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps she has taken to counter the use of child soldiers in Burma.

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking to secure the release of the Burmese dissidents Min Ko Naing, Ko Gyi and Htay Kwe who were re-arrested...

      Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the Ambassador of Burma about an independent investigation into the recent death of political...

      Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the recent conflict near the eastern Chadian town of Biltine and in the Ouaddei area.

      Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on recent attacks around the eastern Chadian town of Biltine and in the Ouaddei area.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with overseas counterparts on the embargo of Chinese products made using forced labour.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she was informed that the US had issued a démarche to the Chinese authorities about the recent shooting of Tibetans...

      China and Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the UK Government's position is on the recent Chinese nuclear deal with Pakistan; what assessment she has made on whether...

      Death Penalty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to which foreign governments the UK Government has made representations since 1 May 1997 on the application of the death penalty.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the outcome of recent talks between representatives of the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC)...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions she has had with the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo on the imprisonment of Fernando Kutino,...

      Dr. Kizza Besigye

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will meet Dr. Kizza Besigye while she is in Uganda for the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

      East Timor

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the East Timorese Government on the findings of the Independent Special Commission of...

      Fiji

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made on the restoration of democracy to the authorities in Fiji; what representations she has made...

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what request has been received from the Israeli Government for permission for Israeli military aircraft (a) to enter airspace...

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the UK Government's position is on the recent US nuclear deal with India; what assessment she has made on whether the deal...

      Intercepts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government have (a) asked for and (b) received from foreign Governments data from intercept activities on (i)...

      Iraq

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the UK Government have made to the Government of Iraq on the circumstance of the application of the death...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to the Government of Libya since 19 December 2006 on the sentencing to death of five Bulgarian...

      Malta

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what aid and assistance she has provided to the Foulkes family in the Sittingbourne and Sheppey constituency in relation to the...

      Morocco

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on relations between Morocco and the United Kingdom.

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the agreement with the US under which the UK acquires nuclear submarine-related technologies required by way of...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals her Department will present at the May 2007 Preparatory Committee meeting of the nuclear non-proliferation...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether she will attend the forthcoming preparatory committee meeting of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, in Geneva in May;...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) foreign policy and (b) diplomatic considerations support the Government's decision to commence the replacement of the...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proposals her Department will present to the May 2007 Preparatory Committee meeting of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice she has received from her officials supporting the view that it is necessary to make a decision on Trident...

      OECD Anti-bribery Convention: UK Compliance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the UK's record of compliance with the 1999 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and...

      Overseas Convictions and Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements are in place for British consular staff to inform (a) the Home Office and (b) British police of convictions...

      Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to ensure that the Israeli Occupation Authority meets its obligations under international...

      Reframing the Debate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the estimated cost will be of the initiatives set out in the paper Reframing the Debate, prepared by the Government's Head...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made in response to calls from Somalia's interim President for a speedy deployment of international...

      Somalia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made urging Somalia's neighbour states to respect Somali sovereignty.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of civilian deaths arising from the recent conflict in Sri Lanka; what action she is...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps have been taken by the UK Government to promote the protection of the rights of the Christian Community in Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to ensure that the International Commission of Inquiry on the situation in Darfur can...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking to support United Nations personnel in Darfur; when she expects the UN to provide further (a) military...

      Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations she has made to seek to ensure that all signatories adhere to the principles of the Darfur Peace Agreement.

      Sudan and Chad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations she has made to the governments of (a) Sudan and (b) Chad on (i) complying with bilateral...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will request a special session at the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Uganda to discuss human rights in...

      Uganda

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the report by HE Sir Ketumile Masire, chairperson of the Commonwealth Observer Group on Uganda...

      United Arab Emirates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the UK has had with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on extradition arrangements; what agreements are in place...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of the Zimbabwean Government's decision to close their remaining independent newspapers.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs why Zimbabwe was suspended from the Commonwealth; under what conditions or circumstances that country would be readmitted; and...

  • Duchy of Lancaster

    • Central Office of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what environmental criteria the Central Office of Information uses in selecting companies for placing on to its roster of communications and public...

    • Central Office of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps the Central Office of Information is taking to encourage companies on its roster to take steps towards becoming carbon neutral; and if...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when she will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford of 5 October 2006 on behalf of Mr. John Candles of Springfield Park...

      Ministerial Residences

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether individual Departments are re-billed for the cost of the provision of official ministerial residences which are maintained by the Cabinet...

      Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many Government publications published by The Stationery Office are available in foreign languages; and what the cost was of such publications...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2006, Official Report, column 277W, on ministerial visits, what the grade was of each civil servant who accompanied him on...

    • Special Advisers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his special advisers have travelled abroad in an official capacity since the creation of his Department.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether special advisers in his Department have made use of an official car since its creation, excluding travel when accompanying the Deputy Prime Minister.

  • Solicitor-General

    • BAE Systems

      To ask the Solicitor-General what account was taken of Article 5 of the 1977 Convention on Bribery of the OECD when the decision was made to cease the Serious Fraud Office inquiry into BAE.

  • Treasury

    • 1921 Census

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Freedom of Information applications were made to the Office for National Statistics in each month between January 2005 and November 2006 for...

    • Benefits Take-up

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the take up rate is of (a) child benefit, (b) child tax credit and (c) working tax credit in Wimbledon.

      Bilderberg Group

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in which years since 1997 (a) he and (b) other Treasury Ministers have attended meetings of the Bilderberg Group.

      Breweries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed in breweries producing (a) below 5,000, (b) between 5,000 and 30,000, (c) between 30,000 and 60,000, (d) between 60,000...

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer above what threshold expenditure by the Department for Education and Skills on the Building Schools for the Future programme must be approved by his Department.

      Building Schools for the Future

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which year is Year One of the Building Schools for the Future programme.

      Candlemaking

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if his Department will evaluate the effect of import duties applicable to materials used by candlemakers on the competitiveness of the UK candlemaking...

      City Bonuses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will investigate how much of the City bonuses paid at the end of 2006 was paid (a) via offshore trusts and (b) in currencies other than sterling,...

      Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance produced by the Office of Government Commerce on the use of consultants.

      Departmental Overspend

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2006, Official Report, column 393W, on departmental overspend, what the Department of Health's overspend was on its...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his Department's expenditure on foreign travel (including accommodation) was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) 2005-06.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate the Office for National Statistics has made of the number of people on the electoral register who are not eligible to vote.

      Electricity: VAT

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider reducing VAT on electricity for people with disabilities who have to charge the batteries on their wheelchairs; and if he will make a...

      Fuel Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations the European Commission has made to the Government on the fuel taxation regime for recreational aviation.

      Gershon Review

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what total amount has been paid to civil servants who have lost their jobs as a result of the Gershon review.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many members of staff at the HM Revenue and Customs offices in (a) Rhyl, (b) Colwyn Bay, (c) Bangor (Gwynedd), (d) Holyhead and (e) Porthmadog are...

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total cost was of salaries paid to officers at the HM Revenue and Customs offices in (a) Rhyl, (b) Colwyn Bay, (c) Bangor (Gwynedd), (d)...

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many specialist Welsh speakers are employed at the HM Revenue and Customs offices in (a) Rhyl, (b) Colwyn Bay, (c) Bangor (Gwynedd), (d) Holyhead...

      Hospital Births

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many births there were in 2005-06 at (a) the West Cumberland hospital, Whitehaven and (b) the Cumberland infirmary, Carlisle.

      Planning Gain Supplement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2006, Official Report, column 845W, on planning gain supplement, when the responses to the consultation paper will be...

      Private Pleasure Craft

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has undertaken of the compliance costs of ensuring that owners of private pleasure craft will only use rebated fuels for...

      Regional Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what correspondence he has received from the European Commission on auditing procedures relating to regional aid; and if he will make a statement.

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many diagnoses of skin cancer there were in each year since 1996.

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the mortality rate for skin cancer cases was in the UK in each year since 1996.

      Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many compensatory payments were made in respect of tax credits in each of the last five years to Wimbledon residents; and what the cost was.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the UK's adult population were deemed to be economically inactive in each year since 1997; and what percentage this was in each case of the UK's...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what percentage of the population from each of the EU15 member states were deemed to be economically inactive in each year since 1997.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many affordable homes there are in Bournemouth; and how many there were in (a) 1997 and (b) 2003.

    • Building Valuations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether Ordnance Survey has provided the Valuation Office Agency with (a) aerial and (b) satellite imagery.

      Business Rates Valuations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the Valuation Office Agency plans to use automated valuation processes for business rates valuations.

      Commercial Leases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many complaints the Department has received from members of the public on commercial lease issues since March 2005.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much in capital receipts from the sale of council houses in South Manchester under the right to buy legislation has...

      County Council Chief Executives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to what extent chief executives of county councils are allowed to engage in party political campaigning.

      Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what high risk items were identified in Firelink and replaced, as referred to on page 45 of her Department's annual report for 2006.

      Departmental Annual Report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the fire safety campaigns targeted at ethnic communities to which she refers on page 62 of her Department's annual...

      Departmental Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many of her Department's (a) computers and (b) laptops were stolen in each of the last nine years; and what the total...

      Departmental IT Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what effect on costs has been achieved by her Department outsourcing IT through the Steria contract; and if she will make a...

      Departmental Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2006, Official Report, column 699W, on departmental staff, whether any staff in the...

      Design for Manufacture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated sale price is of the (a) affordable and (b) market-priced homes in each of the Design for Manufacture...

      Design for Manufacture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects properties in the Design for Manufacture competition areas to go onto the market.

      Energy Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the level of demand was for energy certificates in each year since 2000.

      English Regions Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding the Government has provided to the English Regions Network in each year since its establishment; and for what...

      Fire Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total number of reductions of accidental fire-related deaths in the home has been in each of the last five years; and...

      Fire Risk Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which estimate she has made of the cost to Government to date of making fire risk assessments.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests her Department and the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has received...

      Funding Settlements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans her Department has to review local government settlements; and if she will make a statement.

      Government Office for London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many staff were employed by the Government Office for London in each year since 1996-97; and what the forecast is for 2006-07.

      Government Office for the North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the cost to public funds is of the planning directorate of the Government office for the north east.

      Home Inspectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the numbers of home inspectors needed to meet the level of demand for energy certificates.

      Home Inspectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the planned timetable is for the preparation of the new Energy Inspector Qualification.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to bring social housing up to the decent homes standard.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Bristol East of 7 December 2006, Official Report, column 706W, on housing, what...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were registered for rehousing in (a) Leeds West and (b) Leeds in each year since 2000.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what temporary housing provision was made available to the homeless in (a) City of York council (b) Harrogate borough council...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what provision of (a) social housing and (b) affordable housing was in (i) City of York council (ii) Harrogate borough council...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will re-instate the Parker Morris housing standards.

      Housing Associations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to ensure that sufficient provision is made available to Supporting People to finance support services...

      Housing Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance she has given to the Housing Corporation on the terms of reference for its discussions with (a) housing...

      Landlords: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measures she has taken to allow landlords to deal with tenants who display antisocial behaviour.

      Leicester City Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what meetings she has had with representatives of Leicester city council in the last 12 months; and who was present at each such...

      Local Area Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library a copy of the research document by Henry Peterson commissioned by her Department entitled...

      Local Government Funding: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will take steps to increase the local government settlement awarded to South Lakeland district council for 2007-08.

      Local Government Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has in relation to the number of (a) inspection regimes and (b) inspectorates that regulate local government.

      Local Government Inspectorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has for a single inspectorate of local government; and if she will make a statement.

      Market Information Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what use the Valuation Office Agency makes of market information units; and if she will make a statement.

      Mayor of London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what definition of strategic importance she proposes in connection with the new planning powers for the Mayor of London.

      Official Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether special advisers in her Department or its predecessor have made use of an official car in the last year, excluding...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average employer contribution is, as a percentage of pensionable salary, towards a local government pension scheme...

      Performance Inspection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what reductions in inspection have been implemented for (a) good and (b) excellent councils since the introduction of...

      Residential Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her Department's definition is of previously residential land; and whether it includes the whole curtilage of a previously...

      Retail Premises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent progress has been made on encouraging the provision of residential property above retail premises.

      Right to Buy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the Government have received in capital receipts for the sale of council houses sold in East Sussex under the Right to...

      Secure Letter Boxes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what requirement is made by (a) planning legislation and (b) building regulations for developers to provide secure letter...

      Security Passes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) staff, (b) contractor and (c) consultant new and replacement permanent building passes were issued by her...

      Severalls Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects the sale of the former Severalls Hospital in Colchester to be completed.

      Social Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with local authorities on planned new social housing in Milton Keynes.

      Tablighi Jamaat Mosque

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with (a) the Mayor of London and (b) Newham council on the proposed Tablighi Jamaat Mosque in...

      Unitary Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have made formal bids to become a unitary authority in the last six months.

      Vacant Dwellings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many vacant dwellings there were in the eastern region in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the Valuation Office Agency's definition is of a dwellinghouse.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether provisions in the contract between Cole Layer Trumble and her Department prevent discussion in public by the company on...

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2006, Official Report, column 474W, on the Valuation Office Agency, how many domestic...

      Westfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what meetings (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have had with representatives of developers Westfield in the...

  • Constitutional Affairs

    • Advertising

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much her Department spent on advertising with The Guardian newspaper, including online, advertorials and advertising...

    • Clementi Report

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when she intends to respond to the recommendations in the Clementi Report; and what measures she plans to put in place to...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) how many letters to her Department sent from hon. Members during Session 2005-06 remain unanswered, broken down by those...

      Court Televisions

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many courts have television displays available in the courtroom for video imagery and evidence to be used; and if she will...

      Departmental Hospitality

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) how much the Lord Chancellor's Department spent on hospitality and entertainment in 1996 to 1997; (2) what her...

      Departmental Publications: Translation

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the cost of translating departmental publications into languages other than English was in 2005-06.

      Election Officials

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to review the upper age limit on working at a polling station or as an election count official in the light...

      Employment Law

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the Government plan to restrict to members of the legal profession the ability to provide advice on employment law; and...

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the Government plan to restrict representatives at employment tribunals to members of the legal profession; and if she...

      Freedom of Information Act Fees

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will publish the representations her Department has received from the BBC on plans to change the regulations governing...

      Jury Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate her Department has made of the number of people given temporary exceptional leave to remain who have (a) been...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether her Department has made a recent assessment of (a) any alternative fee systems and (b) graduated fee systems for...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the introduction of fixed fees for legal aid on (a) people from...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs which 10 (a) individual lawyers, (b) firms and (c) cases received the largest sums in legal aid in 2006; and what the sums...

      Magistrates

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2006 to the hon. Member for Warrington, North (Helen Jones), Official Report, column...

      Magistrates

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what her objective justification is under the Employment Directive 2000/78/EC for section 13 (1) of the Courts Act 2003...

      Magistrates

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether data were collected on the average travel times of prospective users of magistrates courts when re-locations were...

      Magistrates

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many magistrates courts were capable of undertaking criminal proceedings in cases which would require imprisonment upon...

      Magistrates

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many magistrates courts were capable of undertaking family proceedings in each year since 1997.

      Magistrates

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what changes were made to magistrates' training (a) within the last 12 months and (b) in each year since 1997.

      Magistrates

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what training is provided to (a) prospective and (b) sitting magistrates.

      Mental Health Guidance

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs for what reasons the Mental Health guide was withdrawn from the Legal Services Commission's "Improving your Quality" guides and...

      Public Defender Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many requests (a) her Department and (b) the Legal Services Commission has received in the last 12 months for publication...

      Public Defender Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs on what date her Department plans to publish the final report of the monitoring and evaluation study of the Public Defender...

      Public Defender Service

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much the Public Defender Service cost in each year since inception; how many (a) qualified lawyers and (b) other staff...

      Public Records

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the Public Records Act 1958 Instrument of Extended Retention No. 38 was last reconsidered; and when she expects it next to...

      Public Records

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how soon after the transfer of the 1911 census records for England and Wales to the National Archives the Keeper of Public...

      Solicitor Firms

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of firms of solicitors closing over the last three years; and if she will make a statement.

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether special advisers in her Department have made use of an official car in the last 12 months, excluding travel when...

      Supreme Court

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress has been made towards the creation of a supreme court.

      Trade Union Funding

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what funding her Department has given to individual trade unions in the last three years.

      Voting Rights

      To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of British citizens living abroad who are no longer entitled to vote in UK...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria are used to assess the levels of communication support provided for deaf employees under the access to work scheme; and if he...

    • Access to Work Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what provisions there are under the access to work scheme for deaf clients, using British Sign Language as a preferred language, who require...

      Access to Work Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) necessary qualifications are required by and (b) training is provided for access to work advisers.

      Administration Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to table five on page 153 of his Department's departmental report 2006, what the Department's administration costs for (a) children,...

      Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if his Department will make an estimate of the number of homes sold in 2005-06 to fund care home residency.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's total expenditure on carers was each year since 1990-91 in (a) cash terms and (b) real terms using 2004-05 prices; what...

      Carson Case

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to the public purse has been of the Carson case in the European Court of Human Rights.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many DNA tests were carried out on behalf of the Child Support Agency in each of the last five years.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many Child Support Agency cases were (a) outstanding and (b) unprocessed in (i) Yeovil and (ii) Somerset in each year since 1997;...

      Departmental Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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 Publications: Translations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of translating departmental publications into languages other than English was in 2005-06.

      Economic Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the impact of economic migration to the UK on the pay rates of low skilled workers; and if he will make a statement.

      Henshaw Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the additional costs to the Court Service arising from the increase in court settlements proposed in Sir...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of housing benefit claims were subject to a non-dependent deduction for which the claimant was (a) registered...

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many inspectors were employed by the Health and Safety Executive in each year between 1996 and 2006; and how many are expected to be...

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the total cost was of the recent Health and Safety Executive campaign targeting (a) back pain and (b) tripping accidents; (2)...

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cost was of the recent Health and Safety Executive "Fit Out" phase campaign.

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many accidents have taken place on the premises of (a) the Health and Safety Executive and (b) the Health and Safety Commission since May...

      Health and Safety Executive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many accidents involving members of (a) the Health and Safety Executive and (b) the Health and Safety Commission have taken place since...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) 18 to 29, (ii) 30 to 39, (iii) 40 to 49 and (iv) 50 to 59 and (c) males aged 60 to 65 have...

      Incapacity Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Eastbourne constituency are in receipt of incapacity benefit; and how many of these people have been in receipt of...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Jobcentre Plus offices had their opening hours reduced in each of the last eight quarters for which figures are available; and which...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what checks are made by Jobcentre Plus on the immigration status of applicants and claimants.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what role was played by Mind in the development by his Department of the two-day learning event for advisers on working with customers with a...

      Maternity Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many women in the UK were entitled to maternity allowance in each year since 2001-02; and what estimate he has made of the future...

      Maternity Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the annual cost in nominal terms of statutory maternity pay in the UK was in each year since 2001-02; and what estimate he has made of the...

      Maternity Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women in the UK received statutory maternity pay in each year since 2001-02; and what estimate he has made of the likely number in...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many occupational pension schemes have collapsed in the last two years.

      Oil and Gas Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) lost time accidents and (b) fatal accidents there were in the oil and gas industry in the UK continental shelf in each of the...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the take-up rate is of pension credit in Wimbledon.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many compensatory payments were made in respect of pension credits in each of the last five years to Wimbledon residents; and what the cost was.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the (a) new thresholds will be for the savings credit element of pension credit for April and (b) maximum levels of income will be above...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in (a) Eastbourne constituency and (b) the UK receive the retirement pension age addition to those aged 80 years or over.

      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 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 (1) what proportion of pensioner benefit units, including those with sufficient income not to qualify for pension credit, will face in 2050...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will break down 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 whether an estimate has been made of the cost of compensating those identified in the ombudsman's report "Trusting in the Pensions Promise"...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what the timetable is for the competitive tendering process for the new Post Office card account; and when he expects a decision to be...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what targets his Department has set for the number of (a) children, (b) pensioners and (c) working age adults without children in relative...

      Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) pensioners and (b) children in Coventry have been lifted out of poverty since 1997.

      Predictive Dialling Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which contractors his Department employs who use predictive dialling technology; how many calls using predictive dialling technology were made...

      Public Finance Contracts

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

      Refreshments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent by his Department on refreshments in each year since 1997.

      State Pension: NI Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women began to receive state pensions in 2005-06; and how many such women had the number of qualifying years of national insurance...

      State Pension: NI Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the net Exchequer cost is of the proposed reduction to 30 years national insurance contributions for a full basic state pension in 2010,...

      State Pension: NI Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many years of national insurance contributions would be required to receive a full basic state pension in each tax year from 2007-08 such...

      State Pension: NI Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the (a) merits and (b) costs of measures to smooth the change planned for 6 April 2010 to the number of...

      Workless Households

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which 50 wards have (a) the highest proportion of children living in workless households and (b) the highest proportion of workless households.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral answer by the Prime Minister of 13 December 2006, Official Report, column 866, on engagements, if she will list the accident and...

    • Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department has spent on (a) television and (b) radio advertising in each year since 1997-98 in (i) real and (ii) nominal terms.

      Bank Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hours of work were covered by bank nurses in the NHS in each year between 2000-01 and 2005-06.

      Birthing Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the reasons for variations in the cost of deliveries referred to in the answer of 10 October 2006, Official Report,...

      Breast Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on extending the NHS breast screening programme to women aged 65 to 70 years; and if she will make a statement.

      Cataract Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cataract operations were carried out at (a) Good Hope Hospital and (b) Sir Robert Peel Hospital in each of the last 10 years.

      Cheese Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the possible impact on the cheese industry of the proposed restrictions on television advertising of unhealthy foods.

      Choose and Book System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the cost of (a) establishing the choose and book system and (b) operating the system to date; whether the system is rolling out to plan; and if...

      Cirencester Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when her Department expects to sign a contract for the provision of elective surgery at Cirencester hospital.

      Cirencester Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Gloucester Partnership trust has any plans (a) to curtail and (b) to move any of the NHS services which are provided at the Cirencester...

      Cirencester Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there are any plans to reduce the hours of accident and emergency treatment at Cirencester memorial hospital.

      Community Service Volunteers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department has (a) budgeted for and (b) paid to the Community Service Volunteers in the 2006-07 financial year; and what the figures were...

      Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects the chairman of the Appointments Commission to write to the right hon. Member for Warley with the information requested in the question...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure that figures for missed dental appointments in each primary care trust in England are collected centrally.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account was taken of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's guidelines on the provision of dental services for children in...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what growth funding was provided to each (a) primary care trust and (b) local health board from 1 April 2006 from the previous year's allocation for the...

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of each primary care trust's devolved budget for NHS dentistry has not yet been allocated to the delivery of dental care.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have accessed NHS dentistry in England in each of the last 12 months, broken down by primary care trust or local health board.

      Dentistry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many units of dental activity were allocated to each dental practice in Wimbledon constituency in 2005-06.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the criteria will be for the funding decision for the National Diabetes Support Team in the next financial year; and when the decision will be made.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding will be made available by her Department for the National Diabetes Support Team from March 2007 to March 2008.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding the National Diabetes Support Team received from her Department in (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005 and (d) 2006 to date.

      Gershon Review

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

      Health Protection Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes in practice have resulted following publication of the Health Protection Agency's port health and medical inspection review.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds were available in NHS hospitals in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many were (a) intensive care, (b)...

      Hospital Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost per hour is for parking at hospitals in (a) England, (b) the Midlands and (c) Staffordshire.

      In-patient Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been removed from the official NHS in-patient waiting list in each year since 1990.

      Institute for Innovation and Improvement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement plans to spend on its new initiative, the Productive Community Hospital; how many staff will be...

      Lesbian and Gay History

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what sponsorship was provided to Lesbian and Gay History Month by her Department in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006; and what sponsorship is planned for 2007.

      Local Involvement Networks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she has taken to ensure that moneys provided to local authorities for local involvement networks will be passed on.

      Long-term Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on her Department's policy on the treatment and care of patients with long-term conditions.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to advise Gloucestershire Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee of her decision on the referral of service delivery in Gloucestershire...

      Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what population figures were used to calculate the NHS funding for the Milton Keynes primary care trust for 2006-07 and 2007-08; and how many prisoners at...

      Myasthenia Gravis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer by the Under-Secretary of State of 30 November 2006 to the hon. Member for Daventry (Mr. Boswell), Official Report, column 919W,...

      National Partnership for Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in establishing the national partnership for obesity; which organisations she expects to participate in the national...

      NHS: Barnet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) average and (b) longest time for which a Barnet resident (i) waited for an (A) MRI and (B) CT scan in (1) 1996-97 and (2) 2005-06 and (ii)...

      NHS: Fast Food Outlets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many branches of (a) Burger King, (b) McDonalds, (c) Kentucky Fried Chicken and (d) other fast food outlets there are in NHS hospitals; whether...

      NHS Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) net financial outturn, (b) gross surplus and (c) gross deficit of the NHS was in each financial year since 1990-91.

      NHS Funding: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what elements of NHS care are included in the NHS funding to primary care trusts for prisoners; and whether this changed in April 2006.

      North Bristol NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the accumulated financial deficit of North Bristol NHS Trust owed to her Department in respect of annual deficits is since 1997; how much of the...

      North Bristol NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to announce her decision on the PFI proposal of North Bristol NHS Trust for a new hospital at Southmead; what account she takes of trusts...

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total average annual cost is of employing a nurse; and what it was in 1997.

      Paediatrics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training places are planned for (a) consultant paediatricians and (b) staff grade paediatricians for each of the five financial years...

      Patient and Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of existing patient and public participation prior to (a) the abolition of the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement...

      Public Information Campaigns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has for information campaigns to tackle (a) obesity, (b) smoking, (c) teenage pregnancy, (d) hepatitis and (e) sexually transmitted...

      Special Exception Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role special exception committees within primary care trusts have in approving NHS treatments.

      Special Exception Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts have special exception committees; what (a) clinical and (b) financial guidance is given to special exception committees;...

      Talking Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether any measures are being considered to improve access to talking treatments for (a) black and minority ethnic groups, (b) refugees and asylum...

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of translating departmental publications into languages other than English was in 2005-06.

      Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each primary care trust spent on translation services in each of the last three years.

      Trust Funding Allocations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average allocation of funding for education and training was within NHS trusts in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; and if she will make a statement.

      Turnaround Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the total spent on the turnaround programme at national and strategic health authority (SHA) level is divided between (a) local baseline assessments,...

      Volunteer Retention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures she has put in place to try to ensure volunteer retention during the introduction of Local Involvement Networks (LINks); and what national...

      Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people had been waiting more than six months for an NHS operation at an English hospital at the latest date for which figures are available.

      War Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of war pensioners not being given priority treatment on the NHS for pensionable injuries the Health Services Commissioner has investigated...

      World Cancer Research Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what grants have been allocated by her Department to the World Cancer Research Fund Ltd.; (2) what (a) submissions, (b) papers and (c)...

  • Northern Ireland

    • A26

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the daily average volume of traffic using the A26 road between Coleraine and Ballymoney is in Northern Ireland.

    • Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) whether there are restrictions on political activity included in the contracts of additional advisers appointed to the main political...

      Alzheimer's Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what criteria are used when determining the prescription of Reminyl to patients with Alzheimer's disease on the NHS in Northern Ireland.

      ASBOs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months, broken down by parliamentary constituency.

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what contribution he expects Northern Ireland to make to the target of halting the loss of biodiversity by 2010 agreed by all the member states...

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made by the Department of the Environment to halt biodiversity loss by 2010 in Northern Ireland.

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what resources have been made available to meet the target to halt biodiversity loss by 2010 in Northern Ireland.

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what policies he has in place to meet the target to halt biodiversity loss in Northern Ireland by 2010; and whether he plans to introduce...

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures have been put in place to monitor and evaluate progress towards the target to halt biodiversity loss in Northern Ireland by 2010;...

      Car Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new pay and display machines were installed in car parks run by the Department for Regional Development in Northern Ireland between 1...

      Child Abuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Roman Catholic diocesan officials have been (a) interviewed by the police in Northern Ireland and (b) charged in relation to...

      Daisy Hill Hospital

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has for the provision of pathology services at Daisy Hill hospital, Newry from April 2007 onwards.

      Derry City Centre: Car Parking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will introduce a permit scheme to exempt residents of Derry city centre from new car-parking restrictions introduced under the Northern...

      Draft Street Works Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) whether the Draft Street Works (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order takes account of Targeting Social Need Policy; (2) whether the Water...

      Education Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had on identifying a severance package for chief executives of education boards in Northern Ireland following the...

      Educational Psychology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children in the Foyle constituency were assessed by an educational psychologist in each of the last five years.

      Elderly People: Falls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many elderly people in residential nursing homes in the (a) private and (b) public sector in each health board area in Northern Ireland...

      Elderly People: Falls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how often checks were made on residential nursing homes and hospital units in each health board area in Northern Ireland caring for the elderly...

      Elderly People: Falls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether follow-up checks are made by officials to elderly people who live in the community in Northern Ireland and who are recorded as having...

      Environmental Building Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Government are taking to promote higher environmental building standards in publicly funded buildings in Northern Ireland.

      Equality Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to ensure that the Equality Commission in Northern Ireland has a staff composition approximately in ratio to the...

      EU Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of EU funding allocated in Northern Ireland in the period 2000 to 2006 has been (a) spent and (b) returned.

      Fertility Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much of the additional funding for the enhancement of fertility counselling services announced by the Minister for Health, Social Services...

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many training days were delivered at divisional level by the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service during 2005-06.

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many training days were delivered by the Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre at (a) Boucher Road, Belfast and (b) Westland Road,...

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) work-related and (b) fire-related injuries were sustained by Northern Ireland firefighters in each year since 2000-01.

      Fire and Rescue Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effect on firefighters' safety of the shortfall in planned real-fire training reported by the Northern...

      GCSEs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pupils left (a) Catholic managed and (b) other managed schools with (i) less than five GCSEs and (ii) no qualifications in each of...

      Gender Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) when he expects to publish his Department's gender equality scheme; (2) what steps he is taking to ensure that private organisations...

      George Bruce Kelso

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what investigation the Eastern Health and Social Services Board conducted into the conduct of dentist George Bruce Kelso.

      Gershon Review

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

      Health Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of health service staff in Northern Ireland have been (a) notified of their pay band under Agenda for Change and (b)...

      Health Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) has taken to address concerns expressed by trade unions on the...

      Health Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what provision has been made to consult on changes to the (a) nursing and (b) midwifery functions at (i) the Department of Health, Social...

      Home Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many home carers are employed in the western health and social services board area.

      Home Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions patients in the Western Health and Social Services Board area have been detained in hospital because no home carers were...

      Hospital Waiting Times

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people had been waiting more than six months for an NHS operation in Northern Ireland at the latest date for which figures are available.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will increase the co-ownership housing support limit for first time buyers to reflect the house price rises in Northern Ireland.

      Legislation: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many times the Government have consulted the public in Northern Ireland on legislation in each of the last five years; and on what pieces of...

      Local Government Boundary Commissioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what procedures were used to select the recently appointed Assistant Local Government Boundaries Commissioners for Northern Ireland.

      Medical Professional Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what consideration has been given to filling the medical professional vacancies created when non-European area students leave Northern Ireland...

      Ministerial Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to ensure that all flights undertaken by Ministers and officials in his Department are carbon neutral; and if he will make a...

      NCP Contract

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was paid by the Department for Regional Development Roads Service to National Car Parks (NCP) under the contract to enforce car parking...

      Northern Ireland Children's Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applicants there were for the post of Northern Ireland Children's Commissioner announced in December 2006.

      Police Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many of the (a) Protestant applicants, (b) Roman Catholic applicants and (c) non-determined applicants to the police in Northern Ireland...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2006, Official Report, column 91W, on free prescriptions, what actions were taken against those who...

      Road Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many road traffic accidents there were in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years; and how many in each year involved drivers from...

      Special Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Department of Health plans to produce an inventory of services available for adults with special needs in each health trust area in...

      Statutory Designated Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) funding and (b) capacity would be required to ensure 95 per cent. of features on statutory designated sites are in, or approaching,...

      Statutory Designated Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the public service agreement target published by the Department of the Environment in 2003 to ensure 95 per cent. of features on...

      Valuation and Rating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the presence of (a) a wind turbine and (b) solar panels on a domestic property will affect the assessment of its capital value by the...

      Valuation and Rating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many households in Northern Ireland are on the valuation list for domestic rates.

      Valuation and Rating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many households in Northern Ireland have a personal financial liability for domestic rates (excluding those on 100 per cent. benefit) under...

      Valuation and Rating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Valuation and Lands Agency's Automated Valuation Model uses Computer Mass Assisted Appraisal (a) techniques and (b) technology.

      Wind Farms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 23 November 2006, Official Report, column 205W, on wind farms, which businesses were successful in their...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Scrapie

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What weight they give to the value of the National Scrapie Plan for human health and animal welfare respectively; and Whether bovine spongiform encephalopathy is...

    • Agriculture: Scrapie

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their estimate of the proportion of rams of each sheep genotype before the commencement of the National Scrapie Plan; and what is their estimate of the...

      Agriculture: Scrapie

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many cases have been identified of atypical scrapie and of which genotype were the sheep concerned.

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who are the 30 highest-earning firms of solicitors in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation; and what amount of legal costs was paid to each such firm.

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Who are the highest earning firms of solicitors in the British Coal white finger litigation; and what amount of legal costs was paid to each such firm.

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will assist miners and widows in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation and British Coal white finger litigation to seek redress against...

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total sum of legal costs, including those incurred at trial and paid to solicitors and barristers in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation.

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the total sum of legal costs, including those incurred at trial and paid to solicitors and barristers in the British Coal vibration white finger litigation.

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many claimants continue to await payment of their compensation in the British Coal respiratory disease litigation.

      British Coal Compensation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many claimants continue to await payment of their compensation in the British Coal vibration white finger litigation.

      Crime: Gender Balance

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 8 November (WA 197), whether their research into the causes of crime suggests that the disparity of...

      EU: Constitutional Treaty

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will discuss with the current European Union presidency how member states will proceed with the second phase of a constitutional treaty, now that 18...

      Immigration: Face Covering

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the current guidance issued to immigration officers on the identification procedures to be applied to...

      Immigration: Fast-track Procedure

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will provide a breakdown of the number of persons detained under the fast-track system at the latest convenient date, by nationality and length of...

      Immigration: Joint Report

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have made an assessment of the joint report, The Destination Trap, published on 7 November by Refugee Action and Amnesty International; and, if so,...

      Prisoners: Deportation

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How they identify prisoners early in their custodial sentences who are European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and in particular long-term resident EEA nationals...

      Prisons: Wormwood Scrubs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they have made in implementing the recommendations set out in Chapter 8 of the Clark report of 15 April 2003 (Report of an investigation into the...

      Prisons: Wormwood Scrubs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Why they will not implement certain recommendations set out in Section 4 of the April 2004 report by Peter Quinn and Peter Siddons (HMP Wormwood Scrubs Review of...

      Prisons: Wormwood Scrubs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date HM Chief Inspector of Prisons was supplied with reports of internal inquiries on events at HMP Wormwood Scrubs, including the London Area Office...

      Prisons: Wormwood Scrubs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any of the management team at HMP Wormwood Scrubs during the period December 1992 to April 1998 are still employed within the National Offender Management...

      Prisons: Wormwood Scrubs

      asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether any of the management team at HMP Wormwood Scrubs during the period December 1992 to April 1998 faced any form of disciplinary action arising out of the...

      Waste Management: Litter

      asked Her Majesty's Government: How many individuals and businesses have been prosecuted for fly-tipping, dropping litter and similar offences in the last five years; how many have been found...

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